Wednesday link up with Deb Runs for Wednesday Word. Deb states:
Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about. Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. She’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow her six simple rules.
I think Deb lives in my brain sometimes-lol! Her Wednesday word choice always seem to fit right into my life and what I am dealing with or celebrating. A few weeks ago her Wednesday word was Friendship as I was boarding the plane with my girlfriends for a girls weekend in Miami. Miami shenanigans made it difficult for me participate that day but I use the example that Debs Wednesday Word is always right on time! Thanks Deb!
For today’s post, Wednesday Word is Initiative
Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells orhemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a main part of red blood cells and binds oxygen. If you have too few or abnormal red blood cells, or your hemoglobin is abnormal or low, the cells in your body will not get enough oxygen. Symptoms of anemia — like fatigue — occur because organs aren’t getting what they need to function properly.
Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common type, is very treatable with diet changes and iron supplements.
Iron-deficiency anemia occurs because of a lack of the mineral iron in the body. Bone marrow in the center of the bone needs iron to make hemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell that transports oxygen to the body’s organs. Without adequate iron, the body cannot produce enough hemoglobin for red blood cells. The result is iron-deficiency anemia.
Interesting fact for me…..This type of anemia can be caused by:
- Endurance training ( would training for half marathons be considered endurance training?)
My doctor recommended Slow Fe
Why is Slow Fe® different than other iron supplements?
Slow Fe® contains ferrous sulfate, the ingredient most recommended by doctors. And with a special controlled delivery system, Slow Fe® provides high potency iron while being gentle on your stomach, so you experience fewer side effects (nausea and abdominal discomfort) common to iron use.
VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
For a number of reasons, many people aren’t getting enough vitamin D to stay healthy. This is called vitamin D deficiency. You may not get enough vitamin D if:
- You don’t get enough sunlight. -this is wierd to me because I am outside so much between football practice, football games, running, soccer practice, I do spend a lot of time outside. Here is an intersting fact though that may explain this….Many people don’t get enough sunlight because they use sunscreen. WHAT!!! So let me get this straight, I should get skin cancer so not to be Vitamin D deficient….damn!! Ok, I may be being a bit dramatic but you get my point right!
Are certain people more likely to have vitamin D deficiency?
There are some groups of people that are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency. The following people are more likely to be lacking in vitamin D:
- People with darker skin. The darker your skin the more sun you need to get the same amount of vitamin D as a fair-skinned person. For this reason, if you’re Black, you’re much more likely to have vitamin D deficiency that someone who is White.
- People who cover their skin all of the time. For example, if you wear sunscreen or if your skin is covered with clothes.
Well damn!!! That’s 2 for 2!
How can I get more vitamin D?
There are two ways to get more vitamin D: by exposing your bare skin to the sun or by taking vitamin D supplements.
So let me get this straight-I need to lay naked in the sun-lol!!! That would be kind of awkward unless I am in South Beach Miami….I guess I need to plan another trip-haha! Or I guess I could just get some supplements….boring!!!
I am suppose to go back to her in a month but since I haven’t taking the initiative to pick up the iron or Vitamin-D pills yet, it may be a little longer before I see her. It is on my to do list this weekend. Get on it Tamieka!!!
Overall, i am glad that I took the initiative to go to the Dr. I am generally in tuned with my body and knew it was just not functioning correctly.
Do you usually take the initiative?