Anemia occurs when the blood lacks the proper number of red blood cells and hemoglobin. A vital component of red blood cells, hemoglobin works as an oxygen binder. As a result of low hemoglobin count, the body will not get enough oxygen which results to the malfunction of organs.
Anemia affects millions of people worldwide. In the US alone, 3.5 million people including women and children have some form of anemia. Furthermore, infants are also at risk of developing anemia, which can be hereditary. Women are also at a high risk especially during pregnancy when the body needs an increased amount of blood supply. Menstruation also puts women at risk due to blood loss that can cause iron deficiency. In addition, adults and senior citizens with improper diet and other medical condition are also susceptible.
Anemia is classified into many types, the most common is iron-deficient anemia. This anemia type affects people from all walks of like. Fortunately, it can be easily treated by iron supplements and resorting to a balanced diet. Another common type is mild anemia, which regularly develops during pregnancy. However, there are more serious types of anemia that need more comprehensive and complicated treatments.
Regardless of the type, the most common symptom of anemia is feeling tired or constantly lacking energy. Other symptoms include:
• Irregular heartbeat, which is usually faster than normal
• Skin color is often pale
• Constant headaches specially after doing some light work
• Shortness of breath even when doing nothing
• Light headedness and dizziness
• Chest pains
Due to the fact that there are numerous types of amnesia, the symptoms can be specific to a certain type. In some cases, there are no symptoms at all.
• Folic acid deficiency anemia – LBM, Diarrhea and feeling irritated
• Hemolytic anemia – constant fever, abdominal pains, irregular urine pattern and jaundice
• Sickle cell anemia – low energy, shortness of breath, swollen hands and feet which can cause interval pain
Home Remedies to Treat Anemia and its Symptoms
Some types of anemia can be easily prevented or treated by simple home remedies. Below are some of the most effective home treatments to increase red blood cells.
Beetroot is rich with iron, which helps fight iron-deficiency anemia. Aside from increasing the oxygen supply to the whole body and creating more red blood cells, beetroot is also effective in body cleansing due to its high fiber, potassium, vitamins, and sulfur content.
To make a beetroot drink, mix 1 medium sized beetroot, 2 carrots, 1 potato and a tablespoon of honey with a blender. Drink once a day for instant increase in iron.
You can also mix beetroot in any salad. Cut 1 large beetroot in squares and toss. Eating beetroot peel allows maximum iron intake.
2. Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap Molasses also contain loads of iron, as well as vitamin B and other minerals that are perfect for anemic people. 1 tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses is enough for a person’s daily iron need.
For pregnant women , mix 1 tablespoon with hot water or milk. Drink twice a day to cover the higher iron requirement during pregnancy. For daily iron maintenance, mix 1 tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses with 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Add 1 teaspoon honey. Drink during breakfast.
Aside from having high iron content, Pomegranate is also rich in vitamin c, which plays a crucial factor in the body’s iron absorption. Pomegranate is also rich in magnesium and calcium, which are also helpful in increasing hemoglobin count.
Blend one large Pomegranate with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder into liquid form. Add 1 teaspoon of honey. Make this drink a part of your breakfast to boost energy throughout the day.
Pomegranate is also available in powder form. Take 2 teaspoon of Pomegranate seed powder with your favorite breakfast drink. Eating a large sized Pomegranate with an empty stomach (before breakfast) is another option.
4. Sesame Seeds
One half cup of this amazing seed is enough to cover 35% of daily iron need.
Get 3 tablespoons of Sesame Seeds and soak in clean water for 3 hours. Remove the seeds from the water and turn into a paste. Mix the paste with 1 tablespoon of honey. Eat two times a day, morning and night, to combat fatigue and increase iron intake. You can also mix the Sesame Seeds paste with hot milk and drink before going to bed.
Green leafy vegetable like spinach is an excellent source of iron, vitamin B12, various minerals and folic acid. 1 cup of spinach gives 35 percent of daily iron requirement, as well as 30% of daily folic acid requirement especially for pregnant women.
Make a spinach soup by cutting it into smaller pieces and boiling into a shallow pan with ½ tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and 2 cups water. Add some chopped garlic and onion. Cook for ten minutes in low heat until it boils. Eat this soup once a day preferably during breakfast. Pregnant women are recommended to take this soup twice a day.
There are various brands of spinach juices in cartoons available in supermarkets. Drink 1 cup daily in the morning to get instant energy boost. During pregnancy, drink 2 cups daily – 1 in the morning and 1 before going to bed.
Dates are packed with iron and vitamin c, which increases the rate of iron absorption of the body. Make dates part of your breakfast to combat fatigue especially after a stressful night. Eat with an empty stomach and wait for five minutes until drinking water or milk. You can also soak ½ cup of dates with 1 glass of milk with honey and leave it overnight. Drink the next day with an empty stomach.
7. Animal Liver
Aside from fruits and vegetables, animal liver is another excellent source of iron. Heme iron, which is the iron from animals, is absorbed by the human body faster compared to the iron of plant based products like fruits and vegetables. Chicken, cow and pig liver can give up to 70% of daily iron requirement. Chicken liver is considered the healthiest source of Heme iron.
Fry ¼ kilo of chicken liver with virgin coconut oil. Cook both sides for 5 minutes each until the liver turns brown. Add a little soy sauce and other herbs to improve taste. You can also use barbeque sauce and serve as liver steak.
Raisins are packed with iron, potassium, fiber, vitamin c and sodium, which are all important in fighting anemia. Soak ½ cup of raisins with 1 cup water and leave overnight. Add a tablespoon of honey and mix well. Eat during breakfast with milk. You can also eat this as a midnight snack.
Dried raisins are also readily available in supermarkets. Eat ½ cup daily as a snack or after meals. You can also mix 1 cup with your favorite salad.
9. Ash gourd
Chinese started eating Ash gourd as early as the ancient times to treat various sicknesses. Ash gourd is loaded with calcium, phosphorus, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C and iron, which makes it an effective natural remedy for fatigue and low energy due to anemia
Mix ½ kilo of ash gourd with 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of honey. Blend until liquid form. Drink once a day preferably when feeling weak or fatigued.
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