For longer than I can remember, I’ve had trouble with “not enough red blood cells” and too many white blood cells. At one point my hematocrit was dangerously low at 32.
*The hematocrit (Ht or HCT, British English spelling haematocrit), also known as packed cell volume (PCV) or erythrocyte volume fraction (EVF), is the volume percentage (%) of red blood cells in blood. It is normally 45% for men and 40% for women.
Although my last physical with its blood tests was mostly positive, the PCV vales were down. Also, I feel tired much of the time. Thus, I’m looking for ways to improve my iron levels using nutrition.
1/ I seldom eat red meat so that is pretty much off the table. Besides, most of the literature I’ve examined says dried beans are a better source of iron;
2/ I can’t take iron supplements because they produce deleterious side effects in my troubled gut;
3/ I’ve eliminated antacids from my diet because they neutralize the iron I obtain from food, besides, I take two meds for stomach acid issues as it is ….. and drinking water helps dilute stomach acid.
In short, what I’m looking for are easily obtainable, not to costly, foods that won’t contribute to weight gain and contain nutritional iron.
I especially want to find tasty soup recipes.
This morning, I found a recipe for Shiitake Mushroom Seaweed soup I will try, but wonder if anyone has a favorite recipe they use to improve iron levels?
I’ve been eating bananas to raise my potassium levels, and it worked. I eat spinach in moderation, but must be careful because its contraindicated with one of my meds. Getting good nutrition is a tricky business isn’t it?