Iron is a vital mineral that our bodies need for many different functions. And for those of us struggling with hair loss, adequate iron stores are ESSENTIAL.
As we explain on our iron and hair loss page, experts suggest that many types of shedding can be stopped - or at least reduced - when we improve our iron levels.
The problem is that many of us just don't consume enough.
If you've ever used a food tracker such as MyFitnessPal or Spark People, you've probably noticed that the daily iron goal is the hardest to meet! (The 'fat' goal is - sadly - the easiest!)
And whilst the best source of iron is red meat, more and more of us are having 'meat-free' days, or foregoing meat altogether. This leaves us woefully short of the iron intake our bodies need.
Please note: This information is meant for guidance purposes only and you should always discuss your iron requirements with your doctor. Please note that the Lucky Iron Fish is not suitable for people with hemochromatosis, or for babies under 12 months (purely because it hasn't been tested for infant use).
If you're struggling to meet your recommended iron intake, your doctor will likely recommend iron supplements. Unfortunately, these often cause unpleasant side effects such as stomach pain, constipation and heartburn.
(They usually turn your poo black too!)
...and that's by using the multi-award-winning Lucky Iron Fish!
He's cute, lasts for 5 years and is the cheapest, safest and easiest way to get more iron into your diet!
The Canadian-made Lucky Iron Fish is a chunk of specially formulated iron.
To use him, you simply pop him into 4 cups (or 1 litre) of water, along with a few drops of lemon juice or other acid. You then boil him for 10 minutes.
The acid helps release iron FROM the fish and INTO the water.
You can then use the iron-rich water to make non-caffeine drinks, or to cook foods like rice and stews.
It's such an amazingly simple concept, yet has already made a difference around the world to people affected by iron deficiency. This fact is supported by a great deal of research into this fab fish, which is listed here.
The manufacturers recommend that you check with your doctor before use.
That being said, it would take a great deal of misuse for the Lucky Iron Fish to be harmful in any way (according to their website, you would need to boil multiple fish for a long time to overdose on iron, in which case the water would taste too horrible to drink anyway!).
The correct instructions are to...
If you add your fish to a stew containing tomatoes, then you DON'T need to add extra acid. But do remember to take him out after 10 minutes.
Don't use the fish in pressure cookers or slow cookers.
It's not recommended.
That's because there are substances in tea and coffee that stop your body from absorbing iron properly. This defeats the object of using the fish in the first place!
Instead, use your iron-rich water to make caffeine-free drinks, or simply drink the water as it is!
The makers recommend replacing the Lucky Iron Fish when his smile fades!
The iron will wear away over time and the amount released into the water will be insufficient by this point (generally after 5 years of use).
Another wonderful thing about this fabulous fish is that when you buy one, another one is donated to a family in need somewhere in the world.
Through the 'Buy One, Give One' model, the Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise donates the fish with the help of its non-profit partners. Its aim in doing so is to tackle the problem of iron deficiency worldwide.
It's good to know that you can improve the health of others along with your own.