With all the vitamins and supplements that are readily available today, how would you know what’s best to take? Iron is one of the supplements most moms are asked to take by their OB Gynecologist. Why? Dr. Corazon Zaida Gamilla explained us the many reasons.
So lucky to be part of the intimate luncheon hosted by Sangobion last week at Shagri La Hotel in Makati. Here, we were able to sit down and talk about iron.
Fellow brand believer Amanda Griffin-Jacob hosted the event.
UST OB-GYN Department Chairman Dr. Corazon Zaida N. Gamilla says that as a woman ages, she also faces greater demands. “In order to cope, she needs to pay attention to her health. When signs of fatigue, paleness, as well as lack of focus and energy start to show, it could be telling symptoms of iron deficiency. Iron-rich food such as red meat, egg yolks, legumes, and green leafy vegetables should be made a regular part of one’s diet. But more than that, an iron supplement is also necessary to maintain good health,” she implores.
Menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and lactation are the four heralds of iron deficiency. For us women, it usually occurs during our first menstrual period. While most women can get by with just having a healthy balanced diet, other’s can’t, like me. Iron deficiency anemia is the most changeable type of anemia. Before treating and self medicating yourself with iron supplement, it is best to consult with your OB-Gyn doctor first, as dosage may differ depending on your iron deficiency. Whether you have just got your first period, (ask your mom to accompany you to an OB-Gyn) trying to conceive, about to give birth, lactating, or even at the menopausal stage. It is best to have a CBC (complete blood count) to determine whether you have anemia.
Pallor, lack of concentration, easy fatigability/tiredness, shortness of breath, and headaches/dizziness (vertigo) are signs of iron deficiency anemia you need to watch.
Iron deficiency development may be predisposed through diet, sport, exercise and genes. Not only because you’re a woman who is undergoing hormonal changes in your body, (which are the four heralds mentioned) but also because of your diet, sport, exercise or genes. You can take precautionary measures or treat iron deficiency anemia by taking iron-rich foods, taking an iron supplement, getting enough sleep and exercise.
As what I mentioned above, even kids who are active in sports can develop IDA. With this, Sangobion also have a syrup made especially for kids who need to take iron supplements. If you’re uncertain whether to give your kids an iron supplement, best to ask your pediatrician about it.
Here I am with my seat mates Tin & Cheska.
I with mutherbells Jenni Epperson.
Amanda Griffin, Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Jenni Epperson, Joy Cabrera of Merck, Dr. Corazon Gamilla, Fidji Miranda, Frances Sales, Art Dapasen, Christine Dychiao, Rowena Lei and yours truly.
Thank you Sangobion and Dr. Gamilla for a very insightful afternoon. I am proud to be an iron woman. Taking Sangobion has helped me be the best that I can be for myself and my family.
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