Written by Kristie Kennedy
It was a normal afternoon like any other, while folding laundry I vividly remember feeling like a ninety year old woman living in a 35 year old body. On this day, I walked into the emergency room moving at a snails’ pace with no idea my world would forever change. It was my personal wakeup call that a major life alteration would have to take place if I wanted to have a life full of vitality. Over 80% of women are affected by fibroid tumors and 50% African American. These non cancerous tumors are one of the most common in the female uterine tract.
I have directly been impacted by this major health issue for the past four years. One of the most devastating blows came after losing half the amount of blood recommended for living due to abnormal menstruation. Upon medical evaluation I was informed by the doctor that I was at blood transfusion level. Fortunately, another solution was readily available. I was prescribed iron supplements and advised to change my diet to increase the iron level in my body.
This new lifestyle change would not come easy as I began to personally combat against years of poor health habits. My mantra would be, take it one day at a time. I immediately noticed my energy improve after exercising, making dietary adjustments and increasing my water intake.
An essential component of healthy living is directly related to establishing a balanced health plan. It is not enough to merely change your eating habits. Additionally, it is important to incorporate daily exercise into your schedule. If you desire to feel better and look better, it is crucial to begin placing health care at the top of your to do list.
Many individuals are merely existing day in and out. Often as a result of poor dietary habits and health choices our vivacity begins to suffer, leaving us physically depleted.
One of the most common reasons for lack of energy is Iron Deficiency Anemia. The group largely impacted are women of child bearing age especially those with abnormal menstrual cycles. Research shows that “20% women, 50% pregnant and 3% men are iron deficient.” (mamashealth.com)
Several symptoms that may be an indication of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) are:
1) Extreme fatigue & dizziness
2) Loss of stamina
3) Decrease in appetite
4) Pica-unnatural craving for ice, paint, dirt or starch
5) Shortness of breath
6) Frequently feeling cold in body
If one is experiencing IDA, “it can be easily treated successfully with dietary changes and iron supplements.” (Bettermedicine.com) Moreover, medical studies show that the recommended dietary allowance of iron for men is 11mg and women 16 mg. In order to ensure you are meeting the required daily dosage of iron, choose to purposefully select foods that are a good source of this essential mineral.
The following iron rich foods below absorb best into the blood stream when digested with vitamin c:
- Turnip greens
- Red meat
- Baked potato
- Nuts: cashews, almonds
- Beans: chick peas, lima beans, black beans
- Fish: tuna fish in oil, sardines, salmon
- Dried fruit: dates, prunes, raisin
Initially, there may be an internal battle raging within as you set out on this new course for the better. Every victory will become sweeter as the days go by when you appropriate the necessary changes to experience a more fervent life. Lastly, in the words of W. H. Auden, “Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.” Life is meant to be lived to the fullest! Live well, live strong, live long!
About the Author: Kristie Kennedy, Speaker-Author-Recording Artist, Women’s Beauty, Business, Brilliance and Body Image Coach, Ms. Tallahassee, Fl. for Ms. Corporate America 2012, 2010-2011 American Image National Pageant Queen. Visit www.kristiekennedy.com.