Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Those Pesky RBCs

Rood blood cells.  Who else has a tough time keeping these little suckers from escaping your body?  What are your tricks and tips?

Ever since I took up endurance sports, I have struggled with being anemic.  The cycle looks something like this: train my ass off for a few weeks, start getting really cranky, fall asleep in inappropriate places such as the bathroom and work meetings, isolate myself from the world because I'm so incredibly tired, start getting dizzy at odd times, and then the lightbulb goes off.  Then I start taking ridiculous amounts of iron supplements, multi-vitamins, and inhale red meat like a proper cavewoman.  The side effects of the extra iron are unpleasant, so as soon as I start feeling better, I quit taking them.  Rinse and repeat.

This isn't working for me.  So, interwebs, whatcha got for me?


Ara said...

I don't have any suggestions, but I do have to say...maybe this is my problem too. Hmmm...maybe I should start taking an iron supplement. But like you said, the side effects are very unpleasant. :(

Sean and Kelli said...

Are you cooking in cast iron? That can help.