Loren De La Cruz: The Truth About Iron-Why Does Anaemia Exist, Causes of Iron Overload and How To Balance Iron Intake #66

1 October 2020

Loren De La Cruz The Truth About Iron-Why Does Anaemia Exist, Causes of Iron Overload and How To Balance Iron Intake

Loren (@innatefunctionalnutrition) is a Functional Nutritionist who coaches people on how to truly get in tune with their bodies and gives new meaning to using "food as medicine." She works with clients all over the globe with various goals, helping them take back their metabolism - the crux of health - so they can live the vibrant life they deserve. She's especially passionate about helping women heal post-birth control syndrome, "adrenal fatigue" and hypothyroidism, and get their body "ready for baby."

In episode 66 I speak to Loren de la Cruz all about the mineral iron and whether it is something we should be supplementing with.

Loren delves into some really interesting things about iron and sheds some light on the causes of iron overload, why anaemia exists and how to balance iron intake.

Find out:

  • What iron is and its purpose in the body.
  • How much iron we need
  • If iron is as great as we thought
  • What causes iron overload and what happens when you have too much iron, issues connected with it
  • Hidden places you get iron from
  • Supplements to stop taking as they either impact copper, contain iron or both
  • Signs or tests to establish iron levels
  • Why anaemia exists
  • How to balance iron intake, ways to lower iron in the body

Now I know some of what you hear may be go against what you thought and what you follow (especially regarding the supplements), BUT it is important to be open minded. If you want further information or you have a question reach out to Loren for some assistance. (Check out the show notes below for how to work with Loren).

I learnt so much from my chat with Loren and thoroughly enjoyed speaking with her. She is just a wealth of knowledge and someone I highly recommend following on Instagram. You will constantly learn something new about health and how to support your body using food and the power of nutrition.

Please enjoy!

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As a woman with PCOS who has previously suffered from irregular cycles, I know how difficult it can make tracking your cycles.

Not only this, some PCOS women have constantly high luteinizing hormone (LH) levels that can be as much three times the normal range. This can in turn lead to false readings when using things like Ovulation Predictor Kits because they might not detect a surge in luteinizing hormone as levels are constantly high.

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I talk a lot about getting to the root cause of your PCOS on this podcast and hormonal testing is one of the most important ways of understanding your condition. Without testing your hormones, it is very difficult to know what type of PCOS you have.

Now, many women do not get the PCOS testing they need, whether it is because they're healthcare provider is not very supportive or because they purely do not have the time to visit their doctor. That is why I am excited to announce a new partnership with Let'sGetChecked!

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You then activate your test, collect your sample in the morning and return it using the prepaid shipping label provided.

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Your health should never take a backseat!

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Hey there! I am Despina Pavlou, founder of PCOS Oracle and online coach. I want to share with you the diet and lifestyle changes I made to naturally reverse my PCOS and achieve hormonal balance. I believe using my holistic approach you too can take back control from PCOS.

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