It’s been a while since I last posted about the challenges I’ve faced during the first lockdown and beyond. However, I thought it would be best to post an update about my struggles increasing my iron intake naturally.
Previously, I’ve shared with you all the anxiety I have when out shopping for food. How my GP (General Practitioner) felt my iron count may be low and how I may have to start taking prescribed iron tablets. *Not sure if I’ve shared the last part with you? I received my blood test results which highlighted the levels of iron in my body are extremely low. Which explains the feelings of faintness, tiredness and exhaustion I’ve been feeling the past few months.
As I don’t like the side-effects of prescribed iron tablets, I strived to increase my iron intake naturally through my diet. However, this Monday I accepted that I need to start taking the medication prescribed, as the fatigue was hitting me differently.
My prescription states I must take one tablet, three times a day…For the next 8 weeks
I’ve started taking one a day – as I have horrible side effects such as:
- Everything tastes disgusting
- Sometimes constipation
- Loss of appetite
I have been eating iron-rich foods to support my iron tablets, thus increasing my iron intake. I feel slightly less tired. But that could be down to receiving some new books – and new books always excite my mind.
It’s not as easy as it may appear – simply to take the medication and be done with it. I’m only taking one a day and already the side-effects are awful. One positive is that I drink more water as everything tastes weird apart from water.
With these changes, I hope my next test will show my anaemia is on route to be defeated and I continue to improve my health in the long-term.
I admit, I tried something and it didn’t work out – I didn’t continue with the same actions. I changed my behaviour and now the benefits are building, slowly but surely. If something isn’t working for you, don’t keep repeating the same actions and praying for a different result. Review and reflect and then make the required adjustments to see positive changes.
As my energy increases, I’ll be posting more on my blog. I hope that through sharing my health journey, I’m able to help at least one person…
Remember, there is no one else in our universe quite like you.