For Energy: Get More Iron

Many premenopausal women run a borderline iron deficiency without realizing it--we lose iron monthly because of menstruation, and it's a difficult mineral for our bodies to absorb. Low iron can definitely make you feel tired. Best dietary sources: meat, beans, fish, poultry, tofu, spinach, pumpkin seeds, tomato sauce, clams, oatmeal & whole grains. Also, try cooking with a cast-iron pan--it increases dietary iron. And have a big glass of OJ with that steak or spinach salad: vitamin C improves iron absorption. (For more energy boosters, read this.)

Kim Foster, MD, is a family doctor, writer and mom. She is passionate about healthy living and preventive health. That passion notably includes chocolate. And Pinot Noir.

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