Need some advice, help dealing w/anemia. I am 49 closing in on 50 fast. I've been working out w/Cathe for past year. I try to eat clean and for the most part i'm successful but somehow I can't get my iron level up. Went to the doc 6 mos ago when feeling super fatigued. Iron level was 8.2. I take a women's multi vitamin; try to eat foods w/high iron content, limit caffeine intake; but recently when i tried to give blood my iron level was only at 8.4. Don't want to take additional iron pills because side effects are constipation which I already struggle with. very discouraged. Any pointers would be appreciated. Oh, my cycle is all wacky. I know that has something to do with it, but there has to be a natural way to boost my iron level. Help.