i tried doing the food route when i was anemic, but it didnt work for me. i think cos i just too low. but also the body only absorbs a small amount found in food, so if you are super anemic, your best bet is supplementation. the body absorbs something like 5% from plant sources (inorganic) and 10-20% from animal sources (organic), depending on how low your count is.
good sources of iron are liver (chicken or beef, get organic), red meat (organic, grass/pasture fed cooked no more than medium rare), egg yolk, green leafy veggies, nuts (walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds), green drinks, bone meal (make a broth), some seaweeds, wheat germ. iron from animal sources are superior to plant sources. floridix is a plant based iron supplement you may try to add. another trick is to cook in cast iron.
iron absorption is decreased by tea, antacids, tofu & soy products, and antibiotics.
taking vitamin C with iron will help in iron absorption.
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07