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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.

Sage Is Healthy – Inside and Out

Sage is an herb that is known for several different things. It can help out nutritionally, physically, spiritually, and other ways too. This article is a good list: 12 health benefits and uses of sage.

Sage is very well-known as a tool that is used to clean the air / atmosphere. Any stuffy places will be refreshed by burning sage. The smoke actually disinfects too – it kills bacteria in the air. More specifically, it’s the essential oils that become airborne that do the cleansing. We can thank the powerful sage essential oil for that.

Of course, a dry bundle of whole sage leaves is not the only form it’s found in. As an herb, rubbed and/or ground sage is found in many spice cabinets. The savory flavor goes well with comforting foods.

Fresh sage is really interesting – the leaves are soft like plant-based velvet. If you need to smudge your house in a emergency and you don’t have any sage bundles, you can boil fresh sage leaves and use the steam to do what you need to do.

Consuming sage in the form of a tea is great to fight inflammation in the body’s digestive system. The cleansing effects that sage brings to an environment also extends to the environment of your body. Be consistent with your sage consumption and your immune system will thank you. It comes in capsules to make it easier to eat a lot of. Remember, gaining benefits from herbs comes down to

1. Eating them consistently,

2. Over a respectable period of time.

Sage also smells wonderful and will cover up almost any other smell, for example burnt food or tobacco smoke.

Don’t leave hot sage unattended because sometimes it’s still smouldering when it should have gone out a while ago.

Easy Light Source: Chlorophyll

If you’re visiting this page from the Easy Light Sources radio show then some of this may sound familiar. However, we all know that important information is worth repeating πŸ™‚

(Click here for more information and a break down on health benefits)

Let’s talk about chlorophyll for a moment, please. We need to bring chlorophyll back into Health conversations because this natural substance does so much to benefit the human body.

You want to talk about an Easy Light Source? Well chlorophyll is a pigment substance sort of like plasma that lives in Plants. The primary objective of chlorophyll is to absorb sunlight, if you didn’t know. Chlorophyll is also the source of color for green vegetation fruits and vegetables. okay. at this point there are literally a million things I could say on chlorophyll right now. Please look up Photosynthesis to find out how Chlorophyll provides life and sustinance to plants.
It is important to know how good it is for your body and how to consume it. To prevent an over load of information in tonight’s show, the text of this segment as well as links of information can be found in the new post on chlorophyll on EasyLightSources.org
Chlorophyll can be found in raw form just by walking outside but when it comes to consuming, the choices are varied and refined – like a package of spring mix salad at the grocery store or even further processed into a liquid supplement, like the chlorophyll my mom Sister Reda provided for us. It was in a bottle from Nature’s Sunshine.
A serving was meant to be diluted with water but drinking it straight allows you to have the full flavor, if you like it like that; it’s not sweet. If you do drink it straight, make sure you still follow it down with a cup of water.
With leafy greens and veggies like green peppers, zucchini, okra, and others.. the naturally occurring hydration of water directly accompanies the chlorophyll found in whole, fresh foods.
Whatever your problem, Earth foods have inside of them the vitamins and minerals that fit within our body so perfectly. If you would like to incorporate some green Earth Foods into your diet, the Easy Light Sources Food Guide is a resource that makes it easy for you the food guide information on 18 fruits and vegetables including the green food cucumbers, asparagus, and avocados. The food guide is available at EasyLightSources.org/shop. BUY ONE TODAY πŸ™‚