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Heart Smart
®
Has a New Cookbook
Have you taken care of your heart today? Part of taking care of your heart includes eating healthy foods and
watching your weight.
Introducing the new
Heart Smart® Cookbook Third Edition
, the Cookbook will assist
you with making the proper nutrition changes needed to improve your health
and well-being. The
Heart Smart® Cookbook
has 200 new recipes that have been
developed by the Heart Smart® dietitians in the association of the Edith and Benson
Ford Heart & Vascular Institute and the Detroit Free Press. The
Heart Smart®
Cookbook
is $23.95; however, if you order it today, you will receive a 20 percent
discount (the discount code is HeartSmart (all one word)). To order the
Heart Smart®
Cookbook Third Edition
, visit
www.freep.com/bookstore
or call
(800) 245-5082
.
Iron:
Throughout the ages, it’s been an element associated
with lasting strength. Turns out, that association is true,
whether it’s in the structural framework of a bridge or the
building blocks in your own body.
“Our bodies use iron in many ways,” notes Nancy S. White,
M.D., sports medicine and family practice doctor with
Henry Ford Medical Group. “It carries oxygen throughout
our bodies, it helps our muscles use the oxygen … it even
helps our bodies digest foods. So if we don’t have enough
iron, it impacts us in many ways.”
Wise Women in particular can be affected by a lack of iron.
“Iron deficiency can be common in women ages 35 to 50
as a result of heavy or frequent menstrual periods,” says
Dr. White. “We can also have low iron due to other types of
blood loss from things like surgery, an injury or repetitive
blood donations. It can also be simply a matter of poor
iron intake, or because our bodies are not absorbing iron
properly due to certain diseases or after gastric bypass
surgery.” In fact, in the United States, iron deficiency is the
most common nutritional deficiency and the leading cause
of anemia.
Wise Women need 18 milligrams of iron each day.
“Symptoms of iron deficiency can be subtle,” Dr. White
notes, “but you may notice weakness, headache,
irritability, fatigue and exercise intolerance.” Other
symptoms may include restless leg syndrome – the urge
or need to move the legs to stop unpleasant sensations –
and cravings of odd substances, particularly ice cubes.
If you suspect you may be
running low on iron, the only
way to know for sure is through
a blood test, Dr. White advises.
Your doctor can order tests to
check your hemoglobin and iron
stores. “Iron supplementation
is necessary to correct low iron,
and simple over-the-counter preparations are commonly
recommended,” Dr. White says. “If you take the supplement
with something high in vitamin C, such as orange juice,
it will help your body absorb the iron. You should also
increase foods high in iron, which include lean red meats,
dark-green leafy vegetables and iron-fortified cereals.”
Ask the Doctor
Nancy S. White, M.D.,
Henry Ford Medical Group
Do You Need
More Iron?