I’m talking with Dr. Christy Sutton today, a physician from the Dallas Texas area who is interested in asking why health problems happen and finding the safest, best solutions to common problems. Getting to the root of the problem is the foundation of her writing, teaching, and clinical practice.
This stems from her personal experience with her own health struggles with Crohn’s and celiac disease plus her husband’s problems with high iron, a pituitary tumor, and more. And our conversation today focuses on iron, why it’s so important to know your levels, and what to do if they’re off.
Dr. Christy gives some very practical options for how to test, even if your healthcare provider isn’t on board, and how to find support as you navigate your health. She covers how iron levels affect both men and women (during all stages of our life and cycles) and how we can help set up our kids for success in this department. Having iron levels that are too low or too high can really have a disastrous snowball effect on our overall health, so it’s important to identify and address it early.
There’s a lot of practical advice in today’s episode, so without further ado let’s jump in!
Episode Highlights With Dr. Christy
- Why she started researching iron overload and eventually wrote a book on it
- The unknown dangers of both high iron and low iron and how to get a correct understanding of if you have either one
- Why females are typically more likely to have low iron issues but this can change as women get older
- Kids are more at risk for being low in iron
- Calcium binds to iron and makes it harder to absorb
- The reason iron testing doesn’t happen early enough in pregnancy and why it is important to test pre pregnancy
- What ideal ranges of iron look like at different phases of life
- Genetic testing for iron and what to look for to know your genetic status related to iron
- What to do if you do have high iron levels and how to find a practitioner that can actually help you
- Good genes to check in your kids at a young age
- Important info about iron supplements and best and worst supplements and foods for either iron status
Resources We Mention
- The Iron Curse by Dr. Christy Sutton
- Nutrition Genome – gene testing
- Dr. Christy Sutton – homepage
- The Iron Curse Workshop
- MTHFR Workshop
- Book: Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life by Russell Blaylock