I was diagnosed with acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal (GERD) disease in 2012. Most people refer to this as heartburn. Acid refluxs from the stomach to the esophagus, causing a burning sensation. This can lead to ulcers and other health hazards. As a high school senior, I was more concerned about what college I was going to attended than avoiding acidic foods. I though, it can’t be that bad. A little heartburn, pop a Tums, and I’ll be just fine. Boy was I wrong. I was experiencing heartburn constantly and was no longer enjoying food the way that I once did.
In my first year of college, I could barely concentrate on my work. I was losing weight that I didn’t intend to lose, felt fatigue, my hair was falling out, and I always felt weak. So I visited my doctor and discussed these issues which turned out to be symptoms of iron deficiency or anemia. Great, I thought, another health issue!
I couldn’t let this control my life, so I took control. I changed my diet and I saw results instantly. Not only did the change improve my digestive issues, but it also improved my skin. I suffered from acne for years. Growing up, i assumed that the only way to get clear skin was to constantly wash my face, so that’s what I did. I washed my face so often that it produced more oil.
Iron deficiency is when the body is low on red blood cells, resulting in less oxygen flow to the body’s organs.
Here are some foods that I eat to increase my iron levels and remain healthy!
1. Spinach- This highly recommended since it contains a high level of iron and green leafy foods are healthy overall.
2. Bananas- This fruit is a great source of fiber, can reduce the chances of asthma, and preserves memory!
3. Water- C’mon. Do I have to spell it out? Water is hydrating, boosts energy, and prevents joint pain! I have recently added cucumbers to my water for an easy and healthy way to detox.
4. Dates- This fruit is popular among Muslims ( I think that’s the only reason that I’ve heard of it). Dates also provide a lot of fiber and helps the digestive track work properly. Although they look like water bugs, I promise they taste great!