Becca's Digestion Tip Number Four: Combine iron-rich foods with vitamin C-rich foods.
Most people are deficient in iron. Women suffer from iron deficiency more often than men because they loose blood (and therefore iron) during their menses. People don't typically eat a lot of iron-rich foods, and even when they do, iron is often poorly absorbed by the body. However, iron is hypothesized to be better absorbed when it is combined with vitamin-C rich foods.
Meal ideas for maximum absorption:
- Top iron-rich green salads with fruit (orange, apple, or grapefruit segments) or with a vinaigrette made with citrus fruit juice.
- In trail mix, combine iron-rich nuts and seeds with dried apricots and figs.
- Pair iron-rich fish with broccoli and/or red, yellow, and green peppers (side note: it's too bad that citrus gets all the attention because there is a lot of vitamin C in vegetables too!)
Happy Friday! I'm off to have dinner at a vegan restaurant downtown. :)