Actually in modern America, because people are likely to eat foods that are "iron-fortified", ie cereals, breads, dairy products...plus, of course, natural sources of iron...meat, fish, chicken and beans...there are more people that are too high in iron rather than too low. This is especially true for men and post menopausal women.
What are some problems with having too much iron in your body?
Too much iron in your blood may be just as bad as having too little. Iron is a potent oxidizer that can generate the production of "free radicals". By now, everybody has heard the term, antioxidants (and the importance of eating them)? Well, the job of antioxidants is to neutralize the tissue destroying effects of "free radicals". It's been suggested in recent studies that overdosing on vitamins may be causing cancer, diabetes and liver damage within the population.
The best solution is to see your doctor, annually, and be sure to have your blood drawn and tested as part of the checkup. Also, make sure you disclose all drugs, vitamins and supplements (especially, diet supplements) during annual check-ups, too.
Who are most at risk for iron deficiency? Babies, young children, adolescent girls, people on restricted diets, pregnant women & women with heavy periods...according to Dr. Oz: If you need to change your tampon after less than two hours, you're considered a heavy bleeder and could mean you're low in iron.View Thread
Absolutely, it has the same effect. I was reading the other night about forces on joints during normal walking and walking up hills. The load bearing forces applied to the knees, hips and core during hill climbs are mind- boggling. If you're lucky enough to have a few nice steep climbs where you live (or stairs at work), you can achieve good fitness quite easily through this kind of interval training. I throw on a 20 lb pack when I walk hills to up the challenge.View Thread
The reality is, if we truly ate "healthy", we won't be fat. We won't have Type 2 Diabetes. We won't develop heart disease. You won't have high blood pressure. There are dietary strategies in different parts of the world to confirm this. There is no such thing as emotional eating or slow metabolism. Rather, these are "symptoms" as a result of unhealthy eating.View Thread