136 – Overcoming Iron Deficiency Anemia – My Interview with Dr. Erin Stokes, ND

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Finally, an iron supplement that won’t upset your stomach or cause constipation.

Dr. Erin StokesWomen's HealthI have advised many women over the years who have struggled with resolving iron deficiency anemia. The most common challenge is the iron supplements that are commonly recommended (ferrous sulfate) as a solution is not well tolerated or absorbed. It is not easily absorbed. It commonly causes nausea, upset stomach and constipation. These effects are not only unpleasant but make it difficult to be compliant with the treatment. There is a better way.

Blood BuilderMany years ago, I discovered Blood Builder by MegaFood. This is an amazing supplement. It is the perfect supplement for women struggling with iron deficiency anemia. First of all it works seemingly much better than ferrous sulfate or ferrous fumerate. Women feel much better when taking Blood Builder. It does not upset the stomach or cause constipation. It includes the other nutrients required for iron absorption. And like all MegaFood supplements it contains food-state nutrients including AND real food including organic oranges and beet root.

In this interview Dr. Erin Stokes discusses MegaFood Blood Builder as a supplement and how she has used it in her personal life and clinical practice.

The following excerpt is from NIH.gov (National Institutes of Health) READ MORE
The signs and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia depend on its severity. Mild to moderate iron-deficiency anemia may have no signs or symptoms. When signs and symptoms do occur, they can range from mild to severe. Many of the signs and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia apply to all types of anemia.

Signs and Symptoms of Anemia

  • Anemia SignThe most common symptom of all types of anemia is fatigue (tiredness). Fatigue occurs because your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to its many parts.
  • Also, the red blood cells your body makes have less hemoglobin than normal. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein in red blood cells. It helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
  • Anemia also can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, coldness in your hands and feet, pale skin, chest pain, weakness, and fatigue (tiredness).
  • If you don’t have enough hemoglobin-carrying red blood cells, your heart has to work harder to move oxygen-rich blood through your body. This can lead to irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), a heart murmur, an enlarged heart, or even heart failure.
  • In infants and young children, signs of anemia include poor appetite, slowed growth and development, and behavioral problems.

Signs and Symptoms of Iron Deficiency

  • HemoglobinSigns and symptoms of iron deficiency may include brittle nails, swelling or soreness of the tongue, cracks in the sides of the mouth, an enlarged spleen, and frequent infections.
  • People who have iron-deficiency anemia may have an unusual craving for nonfood items, such as ice, dirt, paint, or starch. This craving is called pica (PI-ka or PE-ka).
  • Some people who have iron-deficiency anemia develop restless legs syndrome (RLS). RLS is a disorder that causes a strong urge to move the legs. This urge to move often occurs with strange and unpleasant feelings in the legs. People who have RLS often have a hard time sleeping.
  • Iron-deficiency anemia can put children at greater risk for lead poisoning and infections.
  • Some signs and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia are related to the condition’s causes. For example, a sign of intestinal bleeding is bright red blood in the stools or black, tarry-looking stools.
  • Very heavy menstrual bleeding, long periods, or other vaginal bleeding may suggest that a woman is at risk for iron-deficiency anemia. (End excerpt)

About Dr. Erin Stokes, ND

Dr. Erin Stokes, is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Medical Director at FoodState.  Erin received her Naturopathic Doctor degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2001. She combines her experience as a Naturopathic Doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. Dr. Stokes practices naturopathic medicine in Boulder, CO.

I have three other interviews on MegaFood. One is an introduction to the MegaFood FoodState Whole Food SloProcess. I am fascinated by the way MegaFood creates their products. I want my listeners to understand that is truly something unique.

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1 Candice December 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

I was told I have severe anemia.I have a 6 count when it should be14.ive been on iron pills for 3 years. They haven’t worked for me I needed to try something .I don’t want no surgery cause they don’t understand why my blood is so low I’m 32 yrs old.ive been on the blood builders for 3 weeks and I stop eating ice and my body haven’t been as cold.so I guess its working.

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2 Steve Lankford December 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Blood Builder by MegaFood is the best product I have found. It seems to always work for people without side effects for stomach and constipation. Good luck and best wishes.

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3 sheronsamms@hotmail.com October 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Thanks very much because my Dr told me I would have to be on ferrous sulfate which my body would not obsorb.

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4 anemiahelp.org February 23, 2015 at 7:15 am

Thank for sharing this, your advices are very important for those who have such a diagnose and trying to fight this disease!

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5 Steve Lankford March 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm

I’m glad this is helpful. The product is very good. Good luck.

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6 cathy devos October 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Love this article, thanks!
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