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Happy Thursday to you!

Do you find that you have the following symptoms at times: tiredness, lethargy, looking pale, feeling faint and breathless? If so, your body might be running low on iron.

Your CHALLENGE FOR TODAY is to get in your iron (see your Spark nutrition table for your personal needs). Many of us take a multi-vitamin for vitamins/minerals that we might not be getting through food. That is great, but for iron you can also try:

* Roast beef and other red meat (beef, lamb, pork, offal) are rich in iron that is easy for the body to absorb. The darker the meat, the more iron it contains
* Chicken contains some iron choose leg meat rather than breast meat if you want to get more iron
* Baked beans
* Boiled eggs
* Canned sardines or other oily fish and mussels
* Breakfast cereals with added vitamins and minerals
* Green leafy vegetables, such as watercress, kale, spring greens and broccoli
* Dried fruit such as raisins, figs, apricots and prunes
* Wholemeal bread
* Lentils, beans and peas
* Nuts such as peanuts, cashew nuts, almonds and brazils
* Seeds such as sesame and sunflower

Here are a couple of iron tips for you:

* Avoid drinking tea or coffee at mealtimes or for half an hour afterwards. This is because these might reduce the amount of iron we absorb from food.

* Eating fresh fruit or salad vegetables (including tomatoes) or drinking fruit juice (all of which contain vitamin C) with meals might help the body absorb the iron in food.

Have a FANTASTIC Thursday!

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