By Sari HarrarHow to get him to shape up - without nagging or driving yourself
Last winter, Eric Lagergren caught a stubborn cold. "I was exhausted for
a week and a half and just not getting any better," he says. He also was
drinking water constantly and getting up eight or nine times a night to go to
the bathroom. "Then I got clumsy," says Lagergren, 33, who's an editor
at the University of Michigan English Language Institute. "One weekend, I
broke two or three things around the house...
Even more troubling, she also began having heart palpitations and shortness of breath. “I started worrying about heart issues,” Brennan says. And with good reason. “My dad had his first two heart attacks at age 45, a triple bypass, and died at age 59.”
A blood test revealed that her symptoms weren’t signs of heart trouble. They were caused by a severe case of anemia, a blood disorder. Her body was low on iron, a common culprit behind the condition.
Now she takes two iron pills a day, plus vitamin C. "And I eat my leafy greens!” she says. “It took several months, but I finally returned to normal.”
Women aren’t the only ones who get anemia, but they’re at the highest risk. That’s because they lose iron during their periods. From puberty through menopause, they need more of this mineral in their diets than men do -- and as much as three times more during pregnancy.
Iron is just one crucial nutrient you need to stay in tip-top shape, ladies. Here's how to get the right nutrition throughout life to help maximize your health.