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Nutrition - Iron

Do you remember Popeye the Sailorman, an old-school cartoon character? He was small, but incredibly strong and muscular - and that's because he had a spinach obsession! Spinach is one of the foods that is rich in iron, a vitamin that is an essential part of your diet. Read on for the 411 on this mineral.

Iron - Why Is It Good For You?

Iron helps produce hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to your body's tissues. There are two kinds of iron: heme iron is found in red meats, fish and poultry, and is better-absorbed than non-heme iron, which is found in enriched cereals, leafy veggies and raisins. Iron is also necessary for proper muscle and organ function, and it fills our bodies with energy. If you're feeling tired and weak, have decreased school performance or have difficulty maintaining body temperature, chances are that you may be suffering from an iron deficiency. Girls are at greater risk for iron deficiency than guys, who usually have enough iron in their bodies to last several years. However, girls can lose large amounts of iron because of menstruation.

Iron - What Foods Can It Be Found In?

Unlike calcium, which is already found in your body, iron can only be obtained from food. It's found in everything from raisins to red meat, such as liver. Other good sources of iron are fish, eggs, beans and leafy green vegetables, like spinach and lettuce. Eating breakfast is a great way to fill up on iron - try an iron-enriched cereal, such as bran flakes, and add raisins for sweetness and flavor. And top your meal off with a glass of prune juice - it may not taste great, but it'll definitely fuel your bod with energy. Generally, only about five to 10 percent of the iron in food is absorbed, unless there are low levels of iron in the body, such as after menstrual bleeding.

Iron - Did U Know?

  • The recommended daily intake of iron for kids and teens aged nine to 18 years old is eight to 15 mg.
  • Adding vitamin C to your diet helps your body absorb iron more effectively.
  • As many as 20 percent of all girls, and up to 80 percent of girls who exercise, may be iron deficient.
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Favorite Source of Iron?

  • Cereal.
  • Spinach.
  • Red meat.
  • Eggs.

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drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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rainbowpoptart
There's a Dear Dish-It section for questions like this. (: But to answer it anyway: BREAK UP WITH HIM! Stop being friends with who he cheated on you with. Move on and find someone better for you. Don't let it ruin your life. Neither of them are worth your time, there are much better people out there. Because you're only 10, though, I would definitely advise not focusing too much on any more romantic relationships. Work on preparing for your future; boyfriends can wait a while.
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Pinklilylane
So my Bf cheated on me for my bff. Know they won't even talk to me. I don't know what to do. Can you tell me what to do?
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PitbullLover777
You should definitely tell your mom - gently, and slowly - be honest - and everything will be ok
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