Do it yourself iron supplement

I suspect I’m anemic.   In the Hesperian books “Where there is No Doctor” and “Where Women have no Doctor”, they recommend putting a clean piece of iron, like an iron nail, in a little lemon juice for a few hours.  Then making lemonade with the juice and drinking it.

I wasn’t sure if my nails were all iron so I’ve been soaking water and lemon juice in my cast iron skillet and drinking the water.  I’m feeling less anemic now.

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Hermit, long distance hiker, primitive cabin dweller, seeker.

One thought on “Do it yourself iron supplement”

  1. You probably already know this, but the iron from an iron skillet, or the iron from iron-rich vegetables like spinach, is not as easily absorbed as “heme iron” or iron from meat/blood. I only mention this because I’ve had long struggles with anemia that only ended when I started eating meat.

    You’ve mentioned feeling tired a lot– feeling an overwhelming need for naps, etc. Think about getting your thyroid checked.

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