By Cynthia HansonIt's the four-letter word no woman likes to utter. How to ask for what you
It wasn’t until Kathleen Hornstein realized that she couldn’t move her legs
that she finally broke down and asked for help. A 34-year-old Pilates
instructor and mom of two, Hornstein was pregnant with twins, and despite being
overextended and overtired, she had barely slowed down and prided herself on
being able to handle anything that came her way. Then, during her second
trimester, as she sat...
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.