@anon311725: To answer your question, it depends on how deficient your iron levels are, along with your B vitamin levels and folate levels or your levels of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to tissues in the body. I suggest you increase the amount of iron you get in your food. One suggestion is you eat iron in three of your meals during the day. There are a lot foods that are high in iron. A few of them are: nuts and seeds; lentils and beans; tofu; animal proteins; dairy products and eggs.
At the same time, you will want to increase your vitamin C levels as well. Fruits are very high in vitamin C. Grapefruit has extremely high levels of vitamin C. So you can incorporate these things into your diet. At breakfast, for example, eat an iron fortified cereal with orange juice or some type of freshly squeezed juice with beans or eggs. Your Vitamin B6 and B12 levels may be down also, so I would suggest a multivitamin with all of the B vitamins in it because when you cook food, say meat, you lose a lot of the content of vitamins B 6 B12 and B2. This is because B2 and magnesium are needed so the body can properly digest B12.
@anon183059: To answer your question, I kind of on it. But it all depends on what is the cause of your anemia. It could be many things. Maybe your hemoglobin levels are low, your folate levels are low or you are deficient in iron so your oxygen can't flow properly to the blood. So follow the steps to make sure you have folate, B vitamins and magnesium and iron in your diet. B vitamins are best taken as a supplement because when you cook the food, mostly all of the nutrients are stripped.
@anon154649: The reason you are so tired is because that is a symptom of anemia. The drink she gave you probably contained all of the above vitamins I discussed. All of these vitamins are available in supplement form at GNC or your local vitamin shop. I am a personal trainer and I take iron pills, folate, Brand amino acid pill, Omega 3 and Omega 6 and zinc and magnesium.
Now to answer the thing about the ice. Somerset is right. It is called Pagophagia, but it can actually be doing you more harm than good. The American Dental Association recommends not chewing ice because it can crack teeth; instead ice should be allowed to melt in the mouth. Also, depending on where you are, the soil and water may contain different levels of minerals. Hard water, for example, contains way more minerals than filtered water.
I am not a licensed physician or MD. These are all just suggestions, and based on the information I know about the human body and what I have read online. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.
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