Am I referring to that classic Black Sabbath song or a modern film? Well neither, I am talking about a man trying to increase the iron levels in his body and blood stream and move away from that Anaemic level that I was given after my last blood test.
So what am I doing?
I have a two pronged approach, the first being to take Iron supplements and boost my Iron levels in that way and the second and more interesting is through diet.
So today I dusted off the nutri bullet and made myself a smoothie, nice and simple, just orange juice and spinach. The orange juice gives it a nice flavour as well as the vitamins that come in orange juice while the Spinach brings in the Iron as well as even more vitamins.
I am also trying to eat more Iron rich food and so this evening I had some liver for dinner, in fact it was Liver and Bacon with Onions, Tomato and Apple served in Onion Gravy and I have to say that it was very very tasty.
I had slightly over catered and will be having leftovers for lunch.
Below is a list of the different blood measurements that I am looking to improve by changing the diet. They are all just below the recommended range, which are the figures shown in brackets. I will of course need to wait for my next blood test to compare them and in the meantime I will continue to try and eat more iron rich food.
Haemoglobin concentration 117 g/L [130.0 – 180.0]
Red blood cell count 4.11 10*12/L [4.5 – 5.5]
PCV 0.367 /L [0.4 – 0.51]
Lymphocyte count 0.8 10*9/L [1.0 – 4.8]