Many of us have found it out the hard way. Conventional medicine doctors often won’t take you seriously when you say you feel drained.
In fact, in a lot of cases, that’s an understatement. Because they practically shrug when you describe feeling fatigued, tired, or weak. Perhaps mumbling something about getting more rest or losing a few pounds.
If you happen to be a senior, it’s even worse. Because unless you faint right there in the exam room, you’re bound to get “the talk.”
You know, the one where they patronizingly explain that “you’re just getting older.” And they insist you should “expect” to feel this way considering your age.
Then they’ll remind you to eat right and practically push you out the door when your 11 minutes are up. But new research reveals just how wrong they are.
The disturbing report shows how there could be something else going on just beneath the surface. That something has nothing to do with your age and everything to do with an alarming practice that’s invaded our supermarkets.
It’s leading to lousy food. And it’s a common contributor to a chronic hidden health condition that’s striking millions. And you could be next.
Anemia makes a major comeback
The new study finds that industrial food practices and our modern diet are a dangerous combination. The health-harming tag team has led to a silent epidemic.
Millions of Americans have been left walking around unknowingly low in critical nutrients. Chief among those is the essential mineral iron.
Levels of the micronutrient have plunged over the last 20 years. Leading to a climb in cases of anemia. The research finds that women get nearly 10 percent less iron from diet these days. And guys, you’re down 7 percent.
There are two driving factors behind that dangerous drop.
FIRST: The smear campaign against red meat.
The tide began to turn against red meat when saturated fats were labeled “unhealthy.” Now conventional health wisdom claims red meats are bad for your body. And you’re supposed to feel guilty just THINKING about grilling up a steak.
But the truth is saturated fats aren’t the villains they’ve been made out to be. And red meat is a top source of iron that chicken and other foods simply can’t compete with.
SECOND: Modern farming practices.
The food industry is essentially growing your produce in lifeless dirt devoid of nutrients. It’s cheaper to grow with chemicals instead of following the older crop rotation methods and always planting in rich, living soil.
As a result, your food isn’t just less delicious. It’s less nutritious, too.
A 2004 analysis backs that up. The study of 43 fruits and veggies found that over the past half-century, as “factory farming” practices took over, multiple nutrients’ levels have plunged.
Those drooping nutrients include…
- iron, which is behind the growing anemia crisis
- vitamin C which is critical for absorbing iron
- B12 a driver of another form of anemia
Honestly, it’s no wonder everyone is feeling so run down these days.
3 steps to fight low-iron fatigue
Anemia doesn’t just affect seniors either, of course. It can leave any one of us feeling weak, tired, dizzy, and more regardless of age. (See my earlier report on nutritional deficiencies for additional symptoms to be on the lookout for.)
There are three actions you can take to turn things around, especially if you’re feeling weak and sluggish yourself.
- ACTION #1: Get yourself tested for iron deficiency. Ask your doc to test both your circulating iron as well as ferritin levels for a complete picture.
- ACTION #2: Forget the fear-mongering and enjoy some natural red meats as a regular part of your diet. Worried about heart risk? Don’t be. I recently wrote about the truth behind saturated fats and heart disease. Click here to catch up.
- ACTION #3: Go organic to avoid factory-farmed foods and get the highest levels of nutrients per bite. And it’s not just your iron levels that could benefit. Studies show you’ll get more antioxidants and other essentials, too.
But whatever you do, don’t self-diagnose and take an iron supplement. You want the “just right” amount, not too much and not too little. Typically, that’s best achieved through diet. So always speak to a doctor first.