Teen girls need iron

It is estimated that only about half of all teenage girls get enough iron in their diets. Iron is important to teenage girls because it helps prevent any nasty side-effects from blood-loss during their periods, such as tiredness, feeling faint, breathlessness and concentration problems.

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Iron-rich foods include dried fruits such as apricots, raisins and unsalted nuts. Red meat is a great source of iron, but you can also get it from fish and most breakfast cereals. Also include boiled and poached eggs, chicken, watercress or kale, baked beans and whole-wheat bread in your diet. Or speak to your family doctor about a good supplement.

Learn more about iron-deficiency anaemia

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