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I have been running for several years and have always been a blood donor, when I went to my usual session yesterday I was unable to donate as my haemoglobin (sp?) is too low. This is the first time I ahve ever not been able to donate. About 6 years ago when I was training hard I did always have results that were a bit borderline but not this low! I have recently stepped up my training to try and bring down my 10k and half times and am also now swimming twice a week. Does anyone know if increased exercise levels will increase iron needs?
So the real question is how do I get more iron into my diet? it's not so low that I need to take a supplement and anyway I prefer to try and do these things without. I am not a vegetarian and do try to eat a varied and healthy diet although will admit to slipping especially at weekends. I usually get my 5 a day on week days, perhaps a bit less at weekends but it's usually fruit I eat less then rather than veg (I don't really like fruit much so eat small amounts to be good).
Thanks for any help and ideas!