Anemia

Natural Home Remedies For Anemia Ailments

Anemia is not a disease, but a condition of the blood where there are too few red blood cells to carry the oxygen needed around the body.  Usually it is caused by a lack of iron in the body, a mineral necessary for making new blood cells. Sometimes it can be something more serious, a sign of a kind of disease, however, so it should definitely be taken seriously.  The most common cause is from heavy menstrual periods where a considerable amount of blood is lost, and therefore their iron, which normally would get recycled into new blood.  Alternatively a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause blood cells to inflate, and become too big to be able to fit through some of the more narrow blood vessels and veins, leading to a similar situation as iron deficiency.  A deficit of folic acid (a type of vitamin B) will also inflate blood cells.

 

What Are The Symptoms Of Anemia?

  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pale skin (especially the palms)
  • Pale or bluish fingernails
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Hair loss
  • Confusion
  • Swelling of the mouth or tongue
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Depression or irritability
  • Memory loss

 

How Can I reverse Anemia?

  • Making sure you have a diet rich in the proper nutrients is not only necessary for optimum general health, but can help prevent many of the main causes of the condition.  Green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, beets, wheat bran, brown rice, lentils, oysters, and whole grain products are all filled with iron.
  • Minimize your intake of coffee, teas, and antacids, which will decrease iron absorption.
  • To make sure you have adequate B12, stock up on some regular B12 favorites, such as beef liver, shell fish (such as clams), fish (like mackerel), crab, tofu and other fortified soy products, nutritional yeast, fortified cereals, red meat, fortified milk, cheese (like swiss), and eggs.
  • For folic acid your first step is loading up on a lot of dark leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, and collard greens.  Asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits (papaya, oranges, grapefruit, raspberries, strawberries), Peas, lentils, beans, avocados, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, beets, carrots, celery, squash, and seeds and nuts.
  • Herbs such as yellow dock, in tincture forms, or dandelion leaf and root can be quite effective in helping iron levels.
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