Ditto - could quite possibly be iron, which is the most common cause, though there are other reasons your hemoglobin might be low (such as lupus, kidney disease and so on)). You will get lethargy etc if you are low. If you think your diet is low in iron, or if you have bled a lot recently (menstruation or a large injury of some kind) you can help your body make more by making sure you have adequate water intake to produce more blood and by upping iron either via diet or supplements.
Foods high in iron are:
Red meat (wallaby and roo are particularly high in iron and also naturally lean)
innards like kidney liver and heart (but I don't blame you if you don't want to go there.. eeerrrggghhh)
surprisingly ground thyme has a high iron count of all things, but you wouldn't eat much of it I'm guessing
Most beans (kidney, adzuki etc) beans
Pine nuts and pumpkin seeds
Spinach has a high iron content, but it's not very available to your body to get at
Check out http://free-online-health.com/forums/fo ... 28330.aspx
especially the bit about vegan and plant sources.
Also, Vitamin C aids absorption (I generally do a salad with capsicum in it with any iron rich foods I eat- capsicum is a great source of vitamin C) and caffeine and dairy apparently blocks it!
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"
"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"