Natural Remedies for Anemia

Anemia is a blood condition that affects millions of people every year. It is characterized by a lack of healthy red blood cells and hemoglobin and most often affects women and those with chronic diseases. It’s most common symptom is fatigue because it affects the amount of oxygen in the blood and how much oxygen your organs get. Certain forms are hereditary, women in their child-bearing years are highly susceptible, and older adults may be at increased risk.

How do I know if I have anemia?

There are a few different types of anemia and the symptoms are different for each. Most sufferers of anemia will have the following symptoms regardless of type:

  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Unusually rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath and headache
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Pale skin
  • Leg cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia:
  • Cravings for paper, ice or dirt
  • Upward curve of the nails
  • Soreness and cracks of the mouth

Vitamin Deficiency Anemia:

  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Loss of touch
  • Wobbly walking
  • Clumsiness and stiffness in the arms and legs
  • Dementia
  • Hallucinations, paranoia and schizophrenia
  • Lead Poisoning Anemia:
  • A lead-line on the gums
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting

Chronic Red Blood Cell Destruction Anemia:

  • Jaundice
  • Brown or red urine
  • Leg ulcers
  • Failure to thrive
  • Gallstone like symptoms

Sudden Red Blood Cell Destruction Anemia:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Brown or red urine
  • Jaundice
  • Bruises under the skin
  • Sudden seizures
  • Kidney failure symptoms

Sickle Cell Anemia:

  • Fatigue
  • Susceptibility to infection
  • Delayed growth in children
  • Delayed development in children
  • Severe pain in the joints, abdomen and limbs

 

How can I prevent anemia?

Some kinds of anemia, such as sickle cell anemia, cannot be prevented. In order to avoid Iron deficiency and B-12 deficiency anemia eat a diet high in these nutrients. If you have pernicious anemia you will need to have regular B-12 injections.

How can I treat anemia?

  • Use molasses instead of syrup on pancakes and waffles. It’s full of iron.
  • Eat a bowl of cereal without milk. Most cereals are fortified with iron, vitamin B-12 and folic acid.
  • Eat beef liver. It’s full of all the B vitamins, and more iron than any other food.
  • Beets are rich in folic acid. Enjoy them.
  • Spinach is full of iron and folic acid. Dig in to some of the other leafy greens as well such as kale.
  • If you’re a vegetarian be sure you’re taking B-12 supplements and getting enough in your diet. And eat lots of foods high in vitamin C as it helps to increase iron absorption.
  • Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks during meals as it impedes the absorption of iron.
  • Cook in iron pots. This will increase the amount of iron in your food.
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