I am under weight I am an 18 year old girl last weighing at 39kg. I will sometimes feel really hungry then with the first bite am no longer hungry. Most days I can not eat anything untill at lest nine in the morning. I am lacking in iron over all I want help on how to gain wight and what food I should to get my iron up as my low iron has a really bad effect on me
Women have a higher demand for iron then men due to monthly menstrual flow. There are 2 types of iron in our food sources, Heme iron and Non-Heme iron. Heme iron is from animal sources and Non-Heme is plant sources. Non-Heme iron has more iron then Heme iron , however, it does not absorbed well into our bodies so it is important to eat foods with Vitamin C and Heme iron foods to enhance absorption. For example, chicken with beans and a fresh orange; drink orange juice with the iron supplement; or have mashed potatoes with meat at a meal. High Iron food sources are all meats, fish, dark green vegetables, beans, enriched rice (cooked), enriched pastas (cooked), and whole wheat breads. Suggest making milkshakes (milk, fruit, and ice cream blended together) or yogurt smoothies (yogurt, milk, and frozen fruit blended together) for every meal/snack for weight gain. Hoped this helped you.
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