I uploaded and accidentally deleted in the process of moving it, a package of pork liver from my runner friends group on Facebook…
This pork liver post, as random as it was, is quite an important one though, having enough iron in your body is essential for runners. Studies show that athletes have less iron in their bodies than regular ‘sit on the couch’ types which indicates a requirement for iron during exercise.
- Hemolysis: a condition in which red blood cells are damaged from the constant pounding of running. Red blood cells rupture and release hemoglobin, some of which is excreted by the kidney and therefore appears in the urine. It was stated that runners might lose 1.0 to 1.5 mg of iron from hemolysis, which suggests additional iron consumption is necessary to prevent symptoms of anemia.
- Sweat: its estimated that approximately 0.3 to 0.4 mg of iron is lost per litre of sweat during exercises.
Lately I have felt incredibly fatigued, to the point that the walk to nursery and back has been like sludging through treacle never mind the training I have to do for my races, this on the back of a chest infection, weeks of sleepless nights and stress (get the violin out) has left me looking and feeling like a zombie, which is quite handy as Walking Dead is back on our screens this week. That aside, I always have the instinct to know when I need to ‘up my iron’. During IVF and other times I have needed extra iron and think its the first thing to fall within me.
So I am going in prepared… I purchased today some Swisse Iron+ (with organic spirulina tablets) from Boots today, it has a whacking 20mg of iron in, women’s current recommendation is 15mg a/day. Plus today’s liver lunch should set me up quite well, I am eating it now as I am typing this and so far haven’t thrown up. So far, so good.
Here’s some helpful tips for other borderline anemic fans:
- Eat lean cuts of beef, pork, and lamb three or four times a week.
- Choose iron-enriched or fortified breads and cereals.
- Use cast-iron skillets for cooking.
- Don’t drink coffee or tea with every meal, particularly if you’re prone to anemia. Substances found in these drinks interfere with iron absorption.
- Combine vegetarian and animal sources of iron.
- Eat iron-rich foods with vitamin C (i.e., orange juice) to enhance absorption.
Well these tablets can sit alongside my whole other range of tablets in the kitchen, I must rattle when I walk! If they make me feel better.. then that’s all I am after.
Back out Wednesday for a run so I will see if this has any effect. The liver slices remind me of Hannibal Lector and no doubts I will be in padded cell like him sooner or later. Please come visit me and bring some liver…!
As for iron, I had better switch it on and defeat the leaning tower of ironing that awaits me…
Have a good week, BB xx