I have supplemented iron for over 25 years now. Even on the iron, my hemoglobin will range from 11-13. I've always needed it.
When I went to Whole Foods (not the best place for supps, but the most convenient) they were out of my Blood Builder, so I bought Raw Iron by Garden of Life, a company I really like. I took it for about six weeks.
During this time I started getting short of breath and fatigued. Normally my first anemic symptom is restless legs, but I have been good about supplementing my other minerals, so maybe this has changed. Plus, I typically get restless legs when I'm traveling or over-tired and I've had neither of those problems. Since I didn't get restless legs, I didn't think of anemia as possibly causing my symptoms.
Back when I had babesia, drinking some tonic water would help with the air hunger and fatigue. So, worried my shortness of breath and fatigue might be babesia coming back out, I bought tonic water. No help whatsoever.
I want to say, I was not worried about it being babesia. I know I have the tools to get rid of it if it was .... but I am glad it wasn't.
The other day I had a revelation, ANEMIA!!! I bought my Blood Builder yesterday. I am craving it like it's chocolate or something! LOL! I feel better a good part of the day, but by this time of night (8 PM), I'm getting short of breath again. I'll keep you posted, but this seems to be the fix. I'm already less fatigued.
I believe that the anemia is probably from the KPU (tendency toward iron-deficiency anemia is on some of the screening questionnaires) . From what I can tell from my reading about KPU, we don't know the underlying cause, so all I can do is manage it by taking the minerals.
I'd still like to fix the underlying cause of the low thyroid ..... but as it is, I'm really happy that the only script I'm on is my Armour Thyroid. My adrenal fatigue symptoms have really improved tremendously, so perhaps over time my thyroid gland will, too.
From now on, I must work on being sure I buy a new bottle of Blood Builder well before I'm out so that I have time to order it online!!