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COACH_TANYA Posts: 3,815
3/30/11 2:40 P

Not sure why your program is set to only consume 61-87 % but you can aim for 100-120% and be in a good place.

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3/30/11 12:54 P

Honestly I don't think that's anything to worry about, especially when you're menstruating. My own doctor has recommended I get up to 130% of the DV during menstruation because of the heavy bleeding. Also, because I don't like a lot of meat that has iron in it, it's not all absorbed 100%- heme iron, or blood iron, is best absorbed into our bodies, and that's only found in animals. Non-heme iron, or iron that isn't from blood already, is found in plants, and it's harder for your body to absorb it. So I would say don't worry.

RISSA982 Posts: 540
3/30/11 11:18 A

I usually have 95-101 of iron when it says to have like 61-87.

FOLLOWER101 Posts: 16
3/28/11 4:45 P

I would subsitute cereal for a better breakfast like oatmeal or eggs, and see if your iron percentage changes any. If it doesn't, it might not be worth giving up cerel for.

COACH_TANYA Posts: 3,815
3/28/11 4:42 P

Have you been tracking your iron on Spark? What % of RDA are you at? Why do you think you are getting too much?

Coach Tanya

ESBNAU2 Posts: 7
3/26/11 9:41 P

Basically I would just stop eating foods with high iron content, and try to get more diverse foods in your diet!

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3/26/11 2:00 P

You're right; eating too much iron can be really bad for you. Eating too much of anything is bad, and the heavy metals can cause severe health problems.
However, unless you're eating a TON of cereal, you're probably not taking in enough to be dangerous. Females 13+ can take in 45 mg of iron without adverse effects. This is called the Tolerable Upper Intake Limit, or UL. 45mg is 250% of the DV% (100% DV = 18mg). If you're over that, then that's a reason to be concerned- stop eating so much cereal or things with iron in them.

RISSA982 Posts: 540
3/25/11 7:03 P

Is it really bad to take in too much iron? My iron levels daily are always extreamly high but everything else is low. I read up on it and it isnt good. I don't want to die from this, I am really scared. How should I handle the too much iron? It seems like it comes from eating cereal.

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