Anemia, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Juice, Pregnancy

Low Iron

Iron is found in every cell of the body. I have struggled my whole life with having low iron levels, so naturally when I became pregnant and the volume of my blood increased my hemoglobin levels have been low. Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen all over the body. If you don¹t have enough iron, your body has to work a whole lot harder to get the energy it needs, which has left me feeling tired, weak, irritable and unable to focus. The nurse practitioner suggested I take Ferrous sulphate, which is commonly prescribed to prevent and correct iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy, I chose to avoid it because ferrous sulphate is often times poorly absorbed by the body and taxes the organs of elimination – liver, kidneys, intestines – and can be very constipating. I chose to fight my extreme fatigue I have been experiencing caused by this iron deficiency, I first turn to iron-rich foods. By changing my diet, and adding iron rich foods I could see significant changes in your energy level within a couple of days.

Yellow Dock Root tincture that I made, its an herb widely used by herbalists as a general health tonic. It grows throughout North America and is used in Native American herbal formulas. You can purchase some at my online shop! Yellow Dock Root has historically been used as an iron-builder for pregnant women because it replenishes the bloods hemoglobin. It’s also a great digestive aid that alleviates heartburn by increasing the digestive enzymes in the stomach. Who doesn’t need that when they are pregnant?? No more heartburn! Always listen to your intuition before adding an herbal supplement to your diet.

Below is a list of iron rich foods that I have been trying to include in my diet along with nettle tea, dandelion root coffee and a kelp supplement called ErythroPro by Premier Research labs, it contains organic kelp, organic Irish moss, organic oat grass, organic beet root, as well as organic chlorella, Organic tomato, Organic bilberry and reishi mushroom extract. Great supplements combines with great greens and beets I make sure to add plenty of vitamin C to help with absorption and assimilation of the iron has made a huge difference in my energy levels!! My favorite vitamin C sources are grapefruit and strawberries!!!

There are some foods to avoid and that would be coffee, excess bran, alkalinizes and phosphates as they inhibit the absorption of iron.

Energy Building Juice:

4 beets

2 carrots

2 grapefruits

Juice and enjoy!!

Anemia Prevention Brew:

1/2 ounce dried Nettle leaves

1/2 ounce dried Parsley leaves

1/2 ounce dried Comfrey leaves

1/2 ounce dried Yellow Dock root

1/4 ounce dried Peppermint leaves

Measure herbs and put in half gallon mason jar …….. Pour boiling water in jar until it is totally full. Steep herbs for 8 hours.

This brew contains 3 excellent sources of iron: nettle, parsley and yellow dock root. It provides folic acid from the parsley and vitamin B12 from the Comfrey. The green eras all contain vitamin C which aids iron absorption and the Mint makes it taste good!

Drink freely up to four cups a day for up to 1 week. You can use this medicine every month as a blood builder and purifier!

Enjoy these blood builders and many blessings on your journey!

Many Blessings!

Michelle

~ A mother lovingly nourishes her child who has entered her womb, and brings them forth with care. ~

Super Groovy Site Updates

A Fresh Start

Welcome to my new site!

Its a new beginning, instead of trying to sell a company or product to you and tell people what they “should” be doing. This site is intended to be an evolutionary exploration on how to be your most radiant self though plant based diet and lifestyle.  Through what I know and am experiencing on an ongoing basis. It is meant to be inspiring and provide you with accurate and scientific information about health, mind-body wellness and spirituality in all aspects of life.

This site is the hub of my communication with the world. I love to share, recipes, health information, information about upcoming classes, as well as  information and inspiration on plant based living and eating.

What are some things you might find on the new site?

~Lots of plant based recipes, highly raw and some cooked, but always highly conscious and made with love!

~Thoughts about life, spirituality and evolving consciousness.

~Thoughts and inspiration on how to be our most beautiful selves through diet and lifestyle.

~Holistic parenting & plant  based nutrition for children of all ages!

~You Tube Channel will be up and running soon with cool recipes and fun in the kitchen! So stay tuned!

~Also this will soon be a connection to Sublime Elements online superstore that my husband and I own together to offer support for holistic health and wellness, both in our community and throughout the world. We offer a diverse range of products which have been designed and hand picked to help everyone create healthy selves and healthy families though body, mind, and spirit. The store will feature organic products that have been carefully sourced and selected are are of the highest quality and effectiveness available. We have temporarily shut down the online store to bring an all new, super groovy and highly informative store so that we will be able to be more interactive with our clients and give more personalized service. Until the new store is live, you can feel free to contact us if you need something particular! If we have it we’ll ship it out to you or you can come by the house and pick it up & if we don’t have it we will try to order it for you!

~Product reviews will be posted on this site. If you have a product and want me to write about it! Hook me up!

If you have any questions or ideas you would like me to include or explore, please let me know! Email me at sublimele@gmail.com

In love and light,

Michelle Berry-Shaffer

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. ~Patanjali