Q: How do you try to intake enough vitamin B12 and Iron? – Kelly
A: In my opinion the most important issue with anyone being healthy is to have a healthy functioning colon. Eating a diet high in trans fatty acids, excess protein, processed white flour, sugars creates an unhealthy colon!
Just like arteries build up plaque also known as arteriosclerosis, the colon also gets a coating preventing proper assimilation of nutrients. The colon has over 400 strains of good bacteria, the most prominent being acidophilus and bifidus. In addition to poor diet, steroid drugs, antibiotics, birth control pills, chronic high stress and chemotherapy can destroy this necessary good bacteria. Constipation also effects how we process and utilize what we eat. Your liver and colon are 50% of your immune system! Your large bowel produces interferon, B vitamins and many other nutrients!
Making sure your colon is healthy by eating 75% or more raw fresh foods is a great start! Even the worst cases of a constipated colon can have excellent function and absorption in a matter of few days to 3 months. It can however take up to 18 months for someone to gain 90% regeneration with the liver which goes hand in hand with a proper functioning colon.
As far as food there are a few ways to ensure adequate amounts of Vitamin B12 and Iron:
1. Certain foods actually deplete our bodies of certain nutrients. White Flour, white sugar, common table salt will deplete B Vitamins for example.
2. Foods rich in B12 are spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, bee pollen, comfrey (herb), dulse, korean and siberian ginseng, garlic, kelp, soaked/sprouted grains, beans and seeds, raw nuts, wheat grass and white oak bark (herb).
3. Healthy colon produces Vitamin B12.
4. Iron rich foods are almonds, apricots, asparagus, bananas, bee pollen, beets, burdock root, cherries, celery, dates, dulse, figs, dried fruits (raisins, prunes, dates) greens, kelp, parsley, pecans, seeds (raw- soaked/sprouted), walnuts, wheat grass and yellow dock (herb).