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How To Get Iron Benefits Into Your Body

The iron mineral is essential to life. That’s because it helps to form the red blood cells that are essential to the functionality of our bodies.

Anemia is a common condition that indicates your body lacks enough iron. As a result, you’re tired and cold all the time because your body is not strong enough to function optimally.

Now, for some reason, plant-based people are more prone to anemia. There’s an assumption that because iron is a blood mineral, flesh and blood would need to be consumed to get iron.

Of course, that’s not true. The Earth has everything we need to be healthy!

As a matter of fact, carnivorous iron consumption is the least effective way to get a dose of iron.

The foods with the highest amounts of iron happen to be certain fruits and vegetables. Surprise surprise!

Some iron rich fruits include:

  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Prunes
  • Blackberries

Dried fruits have a higher iron content because when the water level is reduced, the other components become more concentrated.

Iron heavy vegetables are easy to spot.

  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, beet greens)
  • Beets
  • Beans

Beets are definitely on this list. After all, they are the same color as our blood. Don’t think about it too hard!

Other honorable culinary mentions: sesame seeds, molasses, pecans, pumpkin seeds.

Keep this in mind:

To get the most benefits from the above iron sources, consume them with some vitamin C rich foods.

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamin C and Iron are like friends who want to see each other succeed. When a vitamin C molecule senses that an Iron mineral molecule is nearby, it is attracted to it like a magnet. And then once they’re together, the iron is amplified, in a good way.

The body accepts this amplified iron much easier, it’s like the vitamin C reduces any barrier that is up. It’s all good.

Something else about the iron mineral… although it is a mineral that strengthens, also really needs to be protected. Very easily, it seems, iron can be leeched from the body.

The sure way to ensure that iron stays where it’s supposed to be – in Red Blood Cells – is to fortify the cells against free radical attacks. We can do this with vitamin C & also vitamin E.

Free radicals enter the body in various ways, including some cooking techniques and through environmental pollutions.

Antioxidants are good for protecting iron and all of the other minerals that our bodies thrive on.

Gnarly Avocado

Remember the creepy food from the yay avocado segment on Easy Light Sources Radio ep 2 ?

It turns out that Tamuredah DID have a copy of that old fruit!

She still had the picture! Give thanks for Cloud storage 😁

I haven’t even responded to Tam’s last text message yet bcuz I don’t want to open the text convo and see the picture.

Let me quickly psyche myself up & remind that I’m strong and brave and the avocado is a natural thing. It’s not that gross.

Here it is:

😷😷😷

Guacamole Salsa

Please know, I’m not claiming any originality on this one. Just keeping it real πŸ™‚

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This guacamole varies from others because of the avocado – to – tomato ratio. That’s reflective of my love of tomatoes and my lesser love of avocados…. other differences include : no fresh garlic and no cilantro.

A word about cilantro: some people love it. Some people hate it. I think it tastes like grass – freshly cut grass – in my mouth. I do not enjoy the flavor and for years I actively avoided it. However, nowadays, I’ll acknowledge the fact that it nearly ruins any dish it is added to. Knowing that fact, I’ll still eat some. So, either it doesn’t taste as bad as it did before or I just enjoy the flavor of freshly cut grass. :p

I made a video because videos are fun.

Perhaps I’ve gone a little heavy on the red onion, but what’s wrong with that? Emphasis on the RED onion, other onions are not a good substitute for eating raw,Β  in my opinion.

One thing that is NOT optional – lime juice. Sure, it prevents the avocado from oxidizing (turning brown) but more than that, it’s the fresh, bright flavor that citrus adds. I love it.

So, okay, this isn’t a recipe blog (partially because I do not measure when I cook) but for those who want to make this, here is what you need:

(Serves 2, double for more)

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 of a red onion
  • 1 lime
  • garlic powder
  • pink salt & cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. Chop the avocado into small cubes.
  2. Chop the tomato equally as small. Some people remove the tomato seeds but I like the seeds- they contain valuable nutrients and add to the flavor of the guacamole.
  3. Chop the red onion small – smaller than the avocado and tomatoes.
  4. Stir all of the above together. Add juice of half of the lime. Use the whole lime if you like it like that.
  5. Season to taste with the garlic, salt, and pepper.
  6. Enjoy with someone you love (OR EAT IT ALL WITH A SPOON ON YOUR OWN πŸ˜‰