Have you felt that your skin is getting dark, fatigue is a frequent caller, and even sex is boring? If so, you need to be alarmed about hemochromatosis.
Hemochromatosis is a health problem when too much iron accumulates in your body.
Though, iron plays an important role in transporting oxygen from lungs to the rest of our body, too much iron can damage organs such as liver, heart, pancreas, endocrine glands, and joints, leading to complications like liver cirrhosis, diabetes and arthritis.
Iron is an essential nutrient found in many foods. To prevent too much iron absorption, you need to avoid iron supplements and foods rich in iron such as red meat and organ meat.
Vitamin C, which increases iron absorption, should also be limited. However, vitamin C contained in fruits and vegetables is not enough to increase iron absorption. Thus, it’s okay to eat fruits and vegetables in moderation.
Raw and undercooked fish and shellfish need to be avoided because they will make people with hemochromatosis more susceptible to blood stream infection.
Meanwhile, to reduce the risk of liver damage, you should limit alcohol for that it may increase the chance of cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Foods to include and limit are presented in the following tables for your reference:
3-Day Sample Meal Plan
Here is a 3-day meal plan for you. Why not have a try and be healthier?
* If you are a female about 5.6-5.7 feet tall, 60 pounds and around 70 years old who does little exercise, your daily calorie need is about 1500.
*The % daily values (DV) are based on a 2000-calorie diet.
* Food sources in this meal plan can be changed under the guideline if you are allergic to them.
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