Hi I’m Kathryn, a 42 year old mother of three children, ages 7, 10 and 12. I am currently studying naturopathy and working a 5-day fortnight. I’m one of those obsessive-compulsive types, trying to juggle work, study, and home whilst attempting to maintain a relatively healthy diet and lifestyle.
I thought I was doing exceptionally well, running marathons, going to the gym 3 times a week, eating mostly homemade, fresh, organic, vegetarian food, drinking loads of cold pressed, fresh, organic, green juices and generally keeping everything afloat at home… until I got sick.
To make a long story short, I went to a hormone doctor last year because I was menstruating heavily and quite erratically. I was feeling unwell, exhausted, and having mood swings like you wouldn’t believe. I went from running marathons to barely being able to walk up the stairs. My hormone results came back normal, but my iron levels were extremely low, they were 4 umol/L to be exact and my ferritin (iron stores) levels were 6 ug/L. In conventional medicine, the normal range for iron should be anywhere from 10-33umol/L and ferritin levels, anywhere from 15 -290 ug/L. I had severe anaemia; it was so severe that I had to have iron infusions to bring my iron levels back up.
Here I am now, a year later, and still not feeling normal. My iron levels, in a conventional sense, are considered normal, and as of 09/07/14, my iron level was 13 umol/L, which is still on the low side of normal. I’m hoping that by doing this 60day challenge I’ll be able to raise my iron levels to around the 20 umol/L mark so that I’ll have the extra energy and resilience again to do the things I love to do. For those of you who don’t know about iron and its role in the body, iron is needed to make red blood cells, without red blood cells you cannot carry oxygen to cells, and without oxygen being carried through your body, you die!
Iron supplementation is absolutely necessary during times of deficiency, when the diet alone is not meeting the body’s iron requirements. Iron deficiency signs and symptoms can include low energy, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, tachycardia, inability to concentrate or retain information, pale skin, pale pink to white appearance on the inside of the eyelids, identifiable dents or dips on the fingernails and hair loss. Depletion of iron stores can develop over time and may be caused by increased blood losses during menstruation, stress, diet, and lifestyle, all things that were present in my life. Pregnancy or hindered absorption issues due to gastrointestinal disturbances can also cause a depletion of iron stores.
When I was asked to do the 60 day Fab Iron Challenge, I welcomed the opportunity to test it out, after all, what do I have to loose.
Below are my Iron results before the 60 day challenge.
COMPARE THE BLOOD RESULTS!!! CONCLUSION TO FAB IRON CHALLENGE PRESS HERE
I did not get paid, only recieved 60 days of product for free to write this review.