I’m Anemic – How I’m Healing My Iron Deficiency/Smoothie Recipe)

I'm dealing with an iron deficiency - again. Ah, so frustrating! Have you ever had low iron? What did you do to heal it? I'd love to hear from you. I know that so many of us women experience this and we may or may not even realize it. I actually dealt with anemia seven years ago in addition to a B12 deficiency, adrenal fatigue, and low thyroid. At that time I'd been a vegan for 13 years and a raw vegan for three of those years. If you're a long time reader of the blog, you may remember me sharing my story about that and how I healed it.

Signs and Symptoms

Fast forward to last Fall when I was terribly fatigued all the time. I chalked it up to the fact that I had been working around the clock on my raw dessert business (food production, deliveries, ordering, farmers markets, and all the administrative work). I cut back on work but I was still soooo tired and weak. I had to stop doing my regular workouts. There were days where I would nap on and off throughout the day - and you should know that I'm NOT typically a napper. I couldn't think straight. I was in a terrible brain fog, I was getting regular headaches, and was experiencing a rapid heartbeat. I also had some dizzy spells. I finally went to the naturopath who said I better get some blood tests. The tests confirmed severely low iron levels (mine was 3 - to give you a reference, the doctor wanted me around 20 at the very least - and up to 600 is considered normal), to the point where the regular doctor considered blood infusions but then insisted that I just take a high dose of iron pills for 6-8 weeks and then get retested. (Denyse who had treated me homeopathically last time isn't practicing homeopathy anymore). The pills constipated me, as they do for most people. The doctor told me to take laxatives (seriously?!). I noticed a touch of improvement in my energy levels (not sure if it was due to the fact that I was working less or if it was the pills). I started eating red meat regularly and cooked my food in a cast iron pan.

Blood Tests

About eight weeks later I had a follow up blood test which showed barely any progress (up to 5 from a 3). I couldn't believe it. Admittedly I was pretty discouraged. Here's what really got me though. The doctor actually suggested that we stop my period in order to retain my blood stores!!!!!!! I said "Absolutely not!!!", and he seemed surprised that I was so against it. I've never taken the pill or anything that will mess with my period. I explained to him that 1. I don't have heavy periods and 2. we need to get to the root of this issue. I'm clearly not absorbing the iron. (I know there's a time and a place - surgery for example - but this is exactly why I don't like going to medical doctors). He told me to keep taking the pills and to get tested again in several months. He gave me a new requisition and sent me on my way. I stopped taking the pills.

The Spiritual Side

I had an intuitive reading with Denyse along the way who told me that part of the reason I was experiencing this was because I wasn't living my life to its fullest, and therefore my "life blood" wasn't flowing. It made perfect sense. I was working myself too hard, had become a robot in a commercial kitchen instead of being the food creator that I am, and had temporarily lost my creativity. It's so interesting how we can want something, and manifest it, only to see that it's not actually what we want. In my case my Sweetly Raw treats were in grocery stores, coffee shops, markets, and even in a high end restaurant, but it sucked the life right out of me. Anyway, I took all of that to heart and made the decision to let my business go. I started traveling again to teach classes and promote my book on tv. I got back into blogging and creating recipes, and agreed to make desserts for one of the stores I had been selling to - in their kitchen. Well surprise surprise - my energy levels were up and I was feeling creative and excited about life again! All of that happened around February...

These days I know my iron is still low because I have some of the symptoms, just a lot less than they were to start with. I haven't been taking any of the pills since January and occasionally eat meat.

Natural Treatment

For the next three months I'll be doing a plant based protocol to see if I can restore my iron levels.

A few days ago I had my iron tested again. I'm sitting at a 4, so I'm still extremely anemic.

I'm really excited to see if this plan can heal me. I do have high hopes! I feel like three months should make a difference.

Pranin Organic is a plant based supplement company that believes in a whole food approach for health and healing, so all of their products are made up of fruits, vegetables, leaves, herbs, and superfoods. When naturopathic doctor Dr. David Wang had clients who weren't healing or were experiencing negative side effects from regular vitamin and mineral supplements, he decided to create food based supplements that the body knows how to process.

Here are the Pranin Organic products I'll be taking daily:

Pure Iron

No constipation (yay) or stomach upset with this iron supplement unlike regular ones! It's made up of curry leaves, amla berries, and moringa leaves.

Pure C

This is an organic vitamin C powder made up of amla berries and moringa leaves. Vitamin C helps with iron absorption.

PureFood B

An organic vitamin B powder made up of guava, lemon, holy basil, and spirulina.

PureFood A-Z

This is an organic multivitamin powder that is a source of 25 essential vitamins and minerals. It's made up of moringa leaves, carrots, apples, spirulina, beets, red seaweed, spinach, cabbage, kale, collard, alfalfa leaves, guava leaves, parsley, amla berries, lemons, sesbania, holy basil, annatto seeds, Portobello mushrooms, Icelandic kelp, cilantro, horsetail, & mustard seeds.

All of the powders can be mixed with water or a smoothie but I tried it with water and find it to be too strong tasting so I'll be adding them to my smoothie every morning. I think its the easiest way to get them in each day.

And guess what?! I have a giveaway for one of you, for this bundle valued at $167.00.

TO ENTER:

  1. Leave a comment below answering this question: Do you take supplements? What 3 things do you look for when choosing your supplements?
  2. For a second entry subscribe to my blog (the bar at the top left hand side of the blog). Leave a comment saying "Subscribed".

This contest is open to residents of Canada and the USA.

A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday July 11th. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply within 24 hours in order to claim their prize.

For the past 4 days, I've been taking all the powders in this fruity smoothie every morning. One day I added cherries as they're in season right now, and it's incredible. Here I wanted to keep it light to show the colour contrast when I added the green powders in.

Fruity Summer Smoothie

2/3-3/4 cup water

1 orange

1/2 mango (I like ataulfo best)

1/4 avocado

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

2 soaked iranian dates (or 1 large medjool date)

5 large ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high speed blender. Optional: add green powder of your choice into half or all of the smoothie. Drink immediately.

I used a chopstick to get the swirly pattern.

I hope your summer is off to a great start! I've been enjoying the beach, the heat, and lots of fruit. If you need some ice cream recipes, be sure to check out my ebook, Ice Cream in the Raw.

 

This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own.

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86 Comments
  1. Crystal Bonnet
    July 5, 2017 at 18:23
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    Ooh i would love to win this, i love this brand!!!! I only take immune building supplements when I'm feeling uber the weather. I look for vegan good quality brands of supplements. And subscribed a long time ago 😘😘

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:44
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      Thanks for your input Crystal! xo :D

      • Marcia davidson
        July 7, 2017 at 03:23
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        I have anemia it is so bad that sometimes can never get enough sleep and always cold. I been on so many different iron supplements and they either leave me feeling bad or give me constipation. So for now I do not take anything for anemia. I believe the anemia is because I have been a vegetarian for close to a decade. But I do look for supplements that are not synthetic and gives me energy such as b12. Also that more antioxidant rich and vegan. Thank you for teaching your audience how to battle anemia and that there is hope to heal. M.D :)

        • sweet_raw
          July 7, 2017 at 18:47
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          HI Marcia, thank you for sharing. Im sorry to hear that you're dealing with anemia as well and I hope you can heal it. The fatigue is so rough. Please stay tuned to see how these products help it for me. :))

  2. July 5, 2017 at 18:24
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    Such a lovely giveaway, again, Heather! Thanks for sharing your story! Yes, I do take suppliments, maybe too many ;)/ B12, Vit D and always some clorella/spirulina but I also love to take some powdered plants like moringa or ginkglo. I always try to buy them in small portion so that I finish them in time. I also try always to find vegan pills. And I always try to get the pills from well-known companies, making sure to read the reviews etc. Thank you for this giveaway, Heather!

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:45
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      Good stuff Natalia, thanks for sharing!! xoxo

  3. July 5, 2017 at 18:28
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    I'm sorry you had to deal with this :( I had an iron deficiency about a year ago, and thankfully I was able to reverse it by being more conscious of iron-rich foods in my diet (had to be extra careful, since I don't eat any meat; but my doctor gave me a solid list of the best iron-rich plant-based foods and I incorporated more of those); and my doctor recommended a chewable, natural iron supplement (since, with Crohn's, it's especially hard to absorb all nutrients from food). It tasted great (like blueberry), didn't upset my stomach; and within about 5 months, I was back up in the normal range for iron in my blood work. Still doing well with that even without the iron supplement! I'm getting updated bloodwork in a few weeks, so we shall see if my iron is still at a good level (I suspect it is, since I'm still diligent about iron-rich plant foods and I've had a lot of energy). Sorry for this long comment - here's to healthy iron levels for all! :)

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:46
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      This is awesome Liz, Im so glad to hear that those things worked for you and that you're feeling better! Im curious about the chewable iron pills, Ive never heard of such a thing before! xo

  4. July 5, 2017 at 18:29
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    I take a ton of supplements. I think you're wise to focus on Whole Foods ones that your body will recognize. You might want to try yellow dock herbal infusion. I'm a holistic nutritionist, and my medical herbalist instructor at school said that it works when many other things do not. I'm not talking about a tea, but something stronger – if you want to check my blog I have an an article describing how to make them. Anyhow best to you I hope you overcome this and it's miserable to feel so tired all the time.

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:47
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      Thanks so much for this Laurel, I'll definitely check out your blog post on it and give it a try!! :D

  5. July 5, 2017 at 18:30
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    oooh i would LOVE to win this!! I LOVE this brand!!! I only take immune building supplements when I'm feeling under the weather, I look for vegan and high quality supplements. And I have subscribed to your blog long ago! <3

  6. Symentha
    July 5, 2017 at 18:39
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    What about Moringa-are u using that? I heard it was best. Xoxo

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:53
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      There is moringa in the iron product from Pranin and I've been taking straight moringa powder in my smoothies as of recently. xoxo :)

  7. Cecilia
    July 5, 2017 at 18:39
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    Great article. I can relate about anemia. I am currently taking Sisu Ester-C Supreme and Webber Naturals SuperVision Eye Formula. I look at ingredients and see what they put in. I bypass any vitamins that are full of chemicals or names that I don't recognize. Currently subscribed to your blog - that's how I know about this article :)

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:54
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      Interesting Cecilia, I've never heard of those 2 products before, I'll have to check them out. :))

  8. Natalia
    July 5, 2017 at 19:19
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    I have been a subscriber for a while now, I really enjoy your recipes as well as your personal stories. The things that I look for in supplements: 100% plantbased, organic, and fresh!! I recently found out from my holistic doctor that so many supplements on the market aren't actually effective, because they're not fresh.

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:54
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      Thanks Natalia! Yes good point. That's why I like that the Pranin Organics products are made from whole foods and have to be kept in the fridge otherwise they'll go bad.

  9. Patricia Peck
    July 5, 2017 at 19:25
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    I, too, use powders in my smoothies. I add collagen, protein and maca powder. I look for organic products that use ingredients of the highest quality. Having low thyroid due to a partial thyroidectomy and having been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, I find dietary diligence is necessary to sustain energy. I'm always looking for new products that make the journey easier and palatable.

  10. Patricia Peck
    July 5, 2017 at 19:29
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    I, too, use powders in my smoothies. I add collagen, protein and maca powders. I look for organic products that use ingredients of the highest quality. Having low thyroid due to a partial thyroidectomy and having been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, I find dietary diligence is necessary to sustain energy. I'm always looking for new products that make the journey easier and palatable.

  11. Megan Hand
    July 5, 2017 at 19:55
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    Hello, I'm Megan and I've reading/loving your blog for ages! I'm also dealing with a low iron issue, and hypothyroid runs in my family. I don't know if this info will help or is new to you, but when your thyroid is low, your body does not absorb the iron, no matter how pure the source. It's something to do with our digestion and how low thyroid can alter that (why people often gain weight from low thyroid even though there's no change in diet). Anyway, I've been completely off sugar and gluten, eating whole clean foods and primarily paleo and LOTS of veggies for 6 months now, and it's still not giving me everything I need. My mom helped me get on an iodine regimen with selenium. I also healthy gut supplements and a few necessary vitamins. I won't know for a little while, but I'm praying the iodine and selenium are enough to bring my thyroid back to working order and then I will start absorbing my iron. I've also been taking 100mg of "gentle iron". Hope this helps! Reading your story reminded me so much of myself.

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:57
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      Thank you so much for sharing this with me!! I didn't know about the thyroid and iron correlation :)) All the best to you too with it.

  12. July 5, 2017 at 20:22
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    Hi I was earlier this yesr, within days of taking spirulina I felt alot better. Took about 6 weeks. I then had a under active thyroid aswell & took maca. Felt great in 2 days. I continue to take both daily as im vegetarian/vegan also

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:57
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      I'm so glad to hear that it helped you! This is good to know :))

  13. Lynette Cruz
    July 5, 2017 at 20:29
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    I do take supplements,collahen powder,iron,cod liver oil,mahnesium,mmulti vitamin not all at the same time! L,But i always want whatever i use to have ingredients that are going to be beneficial to me!

  14. Lynette Cruz
    July 5, 2017 at 20:30
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    I do take supplements,collahen powder,iron,cod liver oil,mahnesium,mmulti vitamin not all at the same time! L,But i always want whatever i use to have ingredients that are going to be beneficial to me!Subscribed

  15. Suzanne
    July 5, 2017 at 21:35
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    I take vitamin D, lutein( for my macular) vitamin c and a supplement for women over 55. To my smoothie I add Moringa, mushroom powders and sometime maca and turmeric depending on what I am making. I am very interested in these supplements you are starting and can't wait to hear about your results.

    • sweet_raw
      July 5, 2017 at 21:59
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      Thanks for your input Suzanne. Yes Im really curious as well to see how this all works out for me :)

  16. July 5, 2017 at 22:57
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    Yikes, Heather! That's one of the worst feelings is when you don't feel like yourself and don't have the energy to devote to your life and things you enjoy. I'm glad you're back on track and feeling better. :)

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 16:11
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      Thanks Nicole, have you gone through anemia before? I'm not quite better yet but we'll see after 3 months of taking these products. Fingers crossed! Thanks for your lovely message :)

  17. Allie Futterer
    July 5, 2017 at 23:36
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    I take an iron supplement and look for one that has b vitamins incorporated, Vitamin C, and is easy on the tummy! Thanks

  18. avivathierry
    July 6, 2017 at 02:22
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    I've been suffering the same deary but anxiety and panic attacks are brought on by low iron!! Who knew?? Currently I'm taking orange naturals brand a b complex with iron and vitamin c b6 magnesium etc as well as a b12 multiple magnesium a day cos without magnesium you will get anxiety guaranteed and I'm eating a moose meat and lots of fish and omega three fats along with vitamin c fruits. I find that I can't get too into the crazy high supplements because they make me feel more spacey so I have to avoid spiraling for the time being. I also take green tea with lemon balm which helps anxiety and light favourite jnscences and have dearest essential oils in my purse for added comfort during high stress moments. Glutamine found in yogurt and cheese is helping me as well because I haven't eaten those things in almost 10 years. Hardly ever. Returning more to a normal diet but pale bases Sana processed food and including grass-fed beef or moose and oily fish and eggs. Oh and folic acid in high doses for mood balance. So many interesting things that are all necessary for mood balance. It's quite amazing. I have started taking the new iron pills today, they are very gentle and in capsules so they should be able to be absorbed and not cause bad side effects. I can't wait to feel better soon !! I bought 17 pks of oysters the other day cos they so high in iron, lol!! Been eating them like crazy. Thought of ur mom and her oyster burger on the food network. Haha 😊 take care dearie 💖💖

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 16:42
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      Thank you so much for your message my dear, and all these tips on what is helping you. Ahahaha my mom's oyster burger on the food network, too funny! I'm going to message you. Talk soon xo

  19. July 6, 2017 at 04:03
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    Yes and i look for price, quality and reputation.

  20. Pamela Southwell
    July 6, 2017 at 04:36
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    Hi Heathy, I take a lot of supplements because I don't think our food has as many of the good things they used to have due to engineering. I also know my body requires more than the average person of certain minerals etc either because of the requirements of my genetic makeup or it has difficulty absorbing them. I ALWAYS take B12, D, and other specialized ones because I don't eat that kind of regularly, such as green tea and red wine (anticancer properties). I usually have a smoothly everyday with a vegan, green powder and I use frozen cherries no matter the season because I LOVE cherries. I hope you're feeling better. Xo Pammie.

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 16:47
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      Hi Pammie, thanks for your message! These are all good things and I agree that our food isn't natually fortified anymore due to the soil being depleted. I love cherries too!!!! xoxo

  21. Yvonne
    July 6, 2017 at 07:10
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    Yes I take immune supplements. I look for something that is whole foods, organic, and a trustworthy company.

  22. July 6, 2017 at 09:20
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    Subscribed :) I've dealt with an iron deficiency myself recently. As a vegetarian-mostly vegan and a registered dietitian the hardest part was trying to convince my family eating meat would cure the problem. In 2014 I became sick when I was bitten by a tick and in 2016 diagnosed with Lyme, Babesia and Bartonella. Babesia shreds through blood cells and when my iron stores started to drop it was quick. Aside from foods that are good sources and making sure to eat vitamin c containing foods with them I started a liquid iron supplement and took vitamin C at the same time. I added a prenatal vitamin too for its higher iron content. After about 6 months of aggressive treatment and these changes my iron levels normalized. I found a good quality liquid iron at well.ca 😊

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 16:49
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      Hi Sara, I'm so sorry to hear about all that you've dealt with, but glad to hear that you've healed! Liquid iron, thats interesting. I'll have to look into that. xo

  23. Maureen Sutherland Weiser
    July 6, 2017 at 11:31
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    Good luck with elevating your iron levels. Not an easy task, as it is something I have suffered with in the past. Ugh! I take Vit D, K-2, Fish Oil, Turmeric, assorted Adaptogens, I drink mooring tea, but have not taken as a supplement, but would love, love, love to try it! When shopping for supplements I look for good manufacturing practices to assure that these supplements are free from contamination and are accurately labeled, I also look for a product to be certified by a respected third-party quality assurance organization, when applicable. I also look for minimal binders, coatings, colorings, and flavorings. What a great giveaway!!

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 17:26
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      Hi Maureen, thanks for sharing! Ive never heard of mooring tea, I'll have to look that up. :)

  24. Hello my dear Heather! First of all, your not alone. I was reading your post and thinking about me. I had all these symptoms and still some of them. By the time I discovered my anemia I was teaching in a very challenging school, taking online classes plus making custom cakes for lots of clients. I had to stop baking because I was so tired and frustrated. I went to the doctor and she said "just by looking at your toes I know you have anemia" my toes where discovered. I tried iron pills but didn't like the side effects. Now even though my levels are still halfway I add a lot of supplements to my morning smoothie. Actually this product that you're giving away contains must of them. Also I take Vitamin D, B12 and Vitamin C. Hope you feel better soon my dear and if you need support I'm here.

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 18:07
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      Hi Mariela, thank you for your message! I'm sorry to hear that you've gone through this as well, but glad that you're healing. Wow, interesting about the toes!!! Ive never heard that one before. xoxo

  25. Ivana Glavan
    July 6, 2017 at 13:43
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    Hi, I love your smoothie. I take spirulina, calcium, vitamin D and B12. When i select them I look for the brand, intake form and comments from the blogs i follow. Subscribed.

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 18:12
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      Thank you!! :))

  26. Clover Roy
    July 6, 2017 at 13:50
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    Hi Heather!! 🤗 I loved reading this, as I found I've experienced some similar 'symptoms' such as dizzy spells and rapid heart beat! No doctor ever suggested that these could be related to being 'low' in anything. I actually passed out twice (different times) after being in bed all day and not eating because I was sick. I've complained of random heart palpitations too, but have never figured out why. If I don't win, I will still try to work on this issue. Thanks for sharing :) Clover

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 16:13
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      Hi Clover, thanks for your message. I'm so sorry to hear that you've gone through this. I'm not sure if you already did but take a read of the other comments as people have shared some good tips for dealing with their anemia. Take good care! xo :)

  27. July 6, 2017 at 16:15
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    These supplements look amazing and I can't wait to try them. I look for supplements that are vegan, gluten free, made from Whole Foods and organic.

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 18:13
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      Awesome Michele, thanks for your feedback :)

  28. July 6, 2017 at 16:58
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    Hi Heather! I absolutely love your blog and have been subscribed for awhile. I saw the recipe for this smoothie in my email and had to see the details! I am anemic as well (probably from too frequent blood donation) and when i first had my blood tested I was sitting at 2. After seeing my naturopath about this issue and amenorrhea, she gave me heme iron supplements and told me to eat red meat 2-3 times a week. I was on the supplements for about 6 months, ate a diet rich in red meat, liver and plant based iron sources. I watched my iron levels go from 2, to 5, to 13, to 20 over that time! I highly recommend looking for a heme iron supplement since they are much more well absorbed, are not affected by caffeine or dairy and don't constipate you! Most over the counter iron sups are non heme so make sure you ask carefully. I also made sure to take B complex and vit d supplements. I still have amenorrhea (going on 1.5 years now) but i am happy about the improvement in my iron. Random question, did you notice a lot of hair loss when your iron levels were that low? I definitely did and it has been taking its sweet time growing back in :( Good luck and tons of love! I will definitely be looking into the supplements you recommended and trying out that relish smoothie! Three cheers for iron haha

    • July 6, 2017 at 17:01
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      Oh! And in terms of what I look for in a supplement: the price, the reputation of the brand and actual list of ingredients and their quantities in the pill (I don't want to have to take 3 pills of a certain supplement in the morning!)

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 18:18
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      Hi Annika! Thank you so much for your lovely message and for sharing your experience! WOW, how incredible that your iron went up that much in 6 months!!! I haven't noticed any hair loss (knock on wood), and this has been going on for over a year. I've always had very fine hair. Ive known people who have literally lost patches of hair. So that is something to be grateful for lol. The worst part for me is brain fog and feeling weak/tired - if I do a workout in the late afternoon/evening Im very tired the next day (like I am today - I shouldnt have done it last night!). My iron has been 3, 5, and now 4. But you've given me hope :) And I do have high hopes with these products as I know that they're well formulated. Take care :D xo

  29. Jutta Worwag
    July 6, 2017 at 17:27
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    I take supplements daily and eat high-quality, organic, sugar/sweetener-free diet. For supplements I buy based on quality (what's the science behind ingredients; fillers), price and my health goals. My mother has lymphocytic colitis and absorbs iron very poorly. She does fantastic with Xymogen's Iron glycinate - she feels more energy even after the first dose; never gets GI side effects and reliably gets her iron stores back up after blood loss (in her case surgeries). Unfortunately, it's only available from health professionals. Thorne has a similar product, available online; I wonder if it would be an alternative. Also tea interferes with iron absorption, while vitamin C promotes it. Finally, I have been reading about biofilm recently. Pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi hide in it. Apparently this biofilm likes to take up magnesium, zinc and iron. I wonder if there could be a relationship to poor iron status despite supplementation? I'm looking forward to your results with whole foods powders.

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 18:24
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      Hi Jutta! You're a wealth of information. You're the second person to mention the iron glycinate so Im going to look into it and see where the other person got hers. I figure if its successful for your mom especially when she's having surgeries, then it should work for a young person. Please do stay posted. I'll be getting retested in 3 months to see where my levels are at and Im hoping and praying they get better :D

  30. Natasha Todor
    July 6, 2017 at 18:01
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    HI! I do take supplements and look for quality, cost effectiveness (sometimes buying things like magnesium/C in powder instead of capsules) and how I feel after taking them for a month.

    • sweet_raw
      July 6, 2017 at 18:29
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      Awesome, thanks for your feedback! :)

  31. Natasha Todor
    July 6, 2017 at 18:03
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    I have been suscribed for a long time! :)

  32. Lynn Gillies
    July 6, 2017 at 19:24
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    When I look for a good supplement, I check out the ingredients. I want a whole food with little to no fillers. My husband is anemic and is having a flare up of Crohn's disease. He's been in remission for the last 23 years, and now at 63 he is having this flare up. He is very sensitive to over the counter vitamins and minerals. The side affects he experiences make him not to want to take commercial supplements....so he doesn't. I would like him to try the Pranin Organic products. I believe this natural vegan food source/supplement could help with the anemia, restore his energy levels, and also help relieve some of the Crohn's flare. I would also like to try them myself! I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to staying in touch and learning a few things from you! Thank you for the chance to win this great prize!

    • sweet_raw
      July 7, 2017 at 18:31
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      Hi Lynn! Thank you for sharing. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband - the fact that he reacts to commercial supplements is a testament to how we need to be consuming whole food supplements. I wish you both all the best, and welcome to the blog. Stay tuned for regular recipes and more great giveaways :)

  33. Angela
    July 6, 2017 at 20:43
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    Hi Heather. Hope you are feeling better. I am holistic so there for I only take real nutrition no synthetic for me. I do homeopathy remedies as well. Right now I'm taking Epstein bar remedy for my fatigue and its work ng wonderfully. Also have taken ferofood for my iron in the past made by standard process it works. It's made with food. Did wheat grass shots. It builds the blood as well. I'm sure what your take ng probably has it in it. We have also done Iv therapy. ( Myers cocktail will give you lots of energy too.. thank you for sharing your story. Would love to win as well.. I love using products such as theses...

    • sweet_raw
      July 7, 2017 at 18:33
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      Thank you so much for sharing Angela! I'm glad to hear that the homeopathic remedies are helping with your fatigue! Ive never heard of myers cocktail before. xo

  34. Holly
    July 7, 2017 at 00:15
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    Hey Heather! The only supplements I take regularly are tumeric (to avoid inflammation) and magnesium calcium citrate with Vitamin D. I broke my wrist a few months ago while out running so I want to keep those bones strong! :-) I take essential oils and only put vegan supplements which do not have any animal products (so no whey, etc) and no magnesium sterate (causes long-term digestion issues). I am looking for an organic, plant-based green food so I want to check Pranin out! Thanks for all your yummy recipes too! Keep up the good work. :-)

    • sweet_raw
      July 7, 2017 at 18:45
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      Hi Holly! These are all great things, thanks for sharing and I'm sorry to hear about the broken wrist. Ouch! Hope you're better soon xo

  35. Holly
    July 7, 2017 at 00:20
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    TAADAA!! I subscribed! :-)

  36. Lynn G
    July 7, 2017 at 02:13
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    I take supplements, but recently have been looking for something organic. There are too many unknown 'fillers' in many of over the counter vitamins and minerals. Maybe I could even get my husband to try these more healthy supplements. He is anemic and after a 23 year remission of Crohn's disease, at 63 he is having a flare up. I'm thinking these organic supplements could help him with the anemia, regain energy, and overall health. And me too! I have subscribed to your blog.

  37. Brandi Powell
    July 7, 2017 at 18:15
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    I hope this works for you!! I currently am pregnant and take a whole food based prenatal, vitamin D, C, cod liver oil and magnesium. I have dealt with low iron my previous two pregnancies so I've been debating trying something before it starts again but the 'regular' iron makes me even more constipated than I'm already dealing with. I m thinking I should give this a shot!! I look for a good based vitamin, adequate levels of the vitamin and optimal form (ie folate as opposed to folic acid).

    • sweet_raw
      July 7, 2017 at 18:49
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      Hi Brandi, yes the constipation is such a terrible side effect of the regular pills. I dealt with that as well. I think these products could help you. Please stay tuned in a few months to see how my blood work changes :) Best of luck with your pregnancy :))

  38. Kristine Doiron
    July 7, 2017 at 20:04
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    Hi Heather! Sorry to hear you are having troubles with anemia - I was told by an acupuncturist that it has to do with practicing receptivity as well - low iron is something that I struggle with too which is why I would love to try the Pranin products! I regularly take a greens powder supplement, I switch up which one and am always trying new ones. I also sometimes take multivitamins and spirulina. Things that I look for in a supplement are whole food ingredients and also the nutritional facts, so that if it is a whole food based supplement I still know that I am getting a good amount of nutrition from it.

    • sweet_raw
      July 11, 2017 at 20:27
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      Thank you so much Kristine and thanks for sharing what works for you! :)

  39. Nancy
    July 7, 2017 at 23:54
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    I do take supplements. What I look for is organic, not from China and made from whole food, not isolated vitamins

    • sweet_raw
      July 11, 2017 at 20:27
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      Thats a good one, not taking supplements that come from China!

  40. Nancy
    July 7, 2017 at 23:55
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    subscribed

  41. marci
    July 8, 2017 at 16:16
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    these sound very interesting to me. i stopped eating red meat about 30 years ago. i have probably been anemic since. a few years later i became allergic to milk. my experience with supplements has been not great. i became gluten free 4 years ago and my body has decided it doesn't like oats, soy, and bananas just to name a few. when i add in supplements it rebels. i have had success with some plant based supplements and marine collagen. i am definitely interested to hear how it helps you. and please keep these recipes coming. i have been making your pb balls for everyone & they absolutely love them!!

    • sweet_raw
      July 11, 2017 at 20:29
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      Hi Marci, Im so sorry to hear that you've struggled with the food intolerances. Yes please do stay posted on how this helps. I'm glad you've been making and enjoying the PB balls!! :)

  42. July 8, 2017 at 17:07
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    I take supplements and the 3 things I look for are: 1) made from real food ingredients 2) organic 3) vegan/ plant based. Aka brands like Pranin! :) Thanks for sharing!

  43. Heather
    July 9, 2017 at 04:11
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    Hi, thanks immensely for this post. I do take supplements. I always look for gluten free. The second thing I look for is the amount of product compared to dr. Recommendations. I don't care for unneeded ingredients that are not going to help me, or will it help? That may vary from supplement. When I get turmeric now I make sure bioperine is with it, and try to add pepper to my turmeric dishes.

    • sweet_raw
      July 11, 2017 at 20:31
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      Hi Heather, thanks for sharing. I don't know about the bioperine - does that help with the turmeric absorption?

  44. Jane Young
    July 10, 2017 at 19:15
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    I have started to take vitamin/mineral supplement which seems to come from whole foods. They are more expensive, but I would rather have them be absorbed than not. 3 things I look for: 1) quality/absorbabilty; 2) affordabilty 3) a minimum of fillers Thanks for your yummy recipes and best of wishes for your recovery. jane

    • sweet_raw
      July 11, 2017 at 20:31
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      Hi Jane, thank you so much! :)

  45. Linda
    July 10, 2017 at 23:00
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    I don't take supplements right now, but I have in the past. I had trouble with constipation before, so that is what I'd watch out for.

  46. Courtney
    July 11, 2017 at 19:45
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    Hi Heather! I have been following you for roughly 7-8 years on social media. I was a raw vegan for 4 years until I became pregnant with my twin girls 3 years ago. I slowly incorporated small amounts of meat and took holistic nutritionist suggested supplements and ate mostly plant based/whole foods the entire time. Shortly after I had my girls, my health took a turn for the worst. I had to seek the advice from a naturopath who later diagnosed me with adrenal fatigue along with a host of hormonal problems. I had symptom after symptom, could not lose weight, severe pms symptoms, depression, heart palpitations, anxiety, you name it. I felt discouraged and very disconnected from my old self. I have a background in health and fitness and am a personal trainer and holistic lifestyle coach and now was sitting in the position of the people that I once helped. I take a prebiotic, a greens supplement, fish oil and multivitamin. I also take magnesium and a digestive enzyme. I try not to over do it with he supplementation, as I am a firm believer in letting your body do its thing and I am so skeptical with products on the market. I look for numerous reviews and research on the positive end, of course and the impact these particular products have had, where they come from, the source in which they were obtained, how they were processed and if they are sustainably grown or cultivated and how far they had to travel to get to my local health food store. I also consult with my sister-in-law who is a RHN as well as my naturopath and TCM practitioner before I make a purchase. otherwise, it's trial and error and what works best for me. I am curious to check out this new product that you mentioned above. Thank you for all that you do and best of luck with everything, Heather! Sincerely, a proud warrior working mama bear to 5 babies. take care!

    • sweet_raw
      July 11, 2017 at 20:35
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      Hi Courtney, thank you for this lovely message and for sharing your experience! I'm sorry to hear that you've had to walk through this - so interesting how you've gotten to be on the other side and see how your clients feel. I'm glad that you have a great team of people helping you out and I wish you all the best! xoxo :))

  47. Blue
    July 21, 2017 at 12:48
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    Just a thought... in today's world.. we address symptoms and rarely the causes.. find a new doctor, demand he research your problem. And root out YOUR cause.. have a recent copy of all bloodworks, ekgs, etc. Bring a COPY of your medical records on disc. Don't leave the office until you both are clear -- it's the cause and it's subsequent solution that you seek and he is looking to achieve. List on paper ALL med and vitamin and herb remedies you've taken -- and their reactions. Be concise. .it's not enough to say.. don't like it. Keep a diary for one week. Duet. Exercise and sleep. How much and WHEN matters. You will develop into your own health detective. ... for me.. I had gained weight, brain fog, loss of energy. Lots of tests. I finally got involved. New dictors. Kept detailed notes and had copies of every test both the test and the Dr's notes. After 7 yrs, weight gain, every diet, lots of doctors, i discovered I had a pseudocyst surrounding my pancreas -- it is inoperable. ..it's been drained once. What a travail. But it affected everything. Of course diet matters. Of course life styles matter... but cause.. the root of it all is crucial. ... one extra. Thought.. I bought a product, Ancient Minerals, Magnesium salts. It's helpful. ... I'm subscribed. !! {Ps.. after reading some if your responses, I thought even if I'm the random winner, might you give mine to one of these ladies who is also suffering? } Hugs, Blue

    • sweet_raw
      July 21, 2017 at 17:12
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      Thank you so much for your comment and care and concern :)) Wow what a journey you've been through. Yes, I do agree that I need to get to the root cause of all this. Hearing your story, its crazy how it can be the most unlikely thing causing issues! Very interesting. :))

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