I'm a 37 year old woman and I just started my period right on time a few days ago. A couple of days before I started I began to feel light headed and shaky. Food didn't help. Calcium is the only thing I've been taking. I have had low potassium attacks in the recent past and have just started taking potassium again. I snack on a lot of fruit and nuts, so I don't know what's causing this light headedness and shaky behavior. I did a little reading and decided to see if I was iron deficient and today took one 50mg iron supplement. It's a slow release iron. I've also done reading on iron over dosing so now I'm wondering how much is too much. I'm already paranoid with taking meds as I'm rather supseptable to their affects and had a very bad reaction last year. I'd nearly gone toxic from the prescriptions. So I am a little anxious about this iron thing. I don't even know if this is the reason for my continued light headedness. I just applied for health insurance so that wont kick in until the first of next month, so I would like to hear an opinion of what this may be, please, and if I should stop taking the iron.
The recommended dose for Iron for females your age is 18mg/day. Suggest blood work to determine if you are iron deficient or not. You can increase daily Iron consummation by the foods you eat, without supplement. High Iron food sources are all meats, fish, dark green vegetables, beans, enriched rice (cooked), enriched pastas (cooked), and whole wheat breads. Vitamin C helps absorb Iron in the gut so it is good to have a vitamin C food with an iron food. For example, drink orange juice with the iron supplement or have mashed potatoes with meat at a meal. Suggest once your insurance is available that you go to a Doctor to get checked for your issues you stated.
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