How to cure anemia naturally?
How to cure anemia naturally?
Do you feel constant fatigue? Is your skin or tongue paler than normal? It could be anemia.
Anemia is a condition where your body is low on red blood cells or hemoglobin. If you are anemic, the cells in your body may not get enough oxygen to function properly. So, you will feel tired and less energetic most of the time.
Causes of Anemia
The most common cause of Anemia is due to a deficiency of iron in the body. The bone marrow produces haemoglobin and requires iron to do it. Without enough iron in the body, it will not be able to produce haemoglobin for the red blood cells.
Women especially pregnant women are more susceptible. Menstruation and bleeding during delivery increases the chances of anemia in women. If there is heavy bleeding during menstruation, that needs to be treated.
Some children, mostly african americans and hispanic american kids, inherit anemia as sickle cell anemia, though it is not very common form of anemia.
Anemia due to bone marrow problems could be Thalassemia, an inherited condition or aplastic anemia due to constant exposure to radiation or chemo therapy or infection. It could be due to exposure to lead found in paints and improperly glazed pottery.
Symptoms of Anemia
Most of the important symptoms of anemia are very common and may go by unnoticed or confused for something else. Therefore, it’s important to get your haemoglobin count checked if you’ve been experiencing any of the following for a long time now:
- Constant fatigue
- Pale skin
- Lack of energy and difficulty concentrating
- Rapid heart beat during exercises
- Shortness of breath or giddiness during exercises
- Leg cramps
As per the World Health Organisation guidelines, men who have less than 13 grams of hemoglobin per deciliter are anemic and the same goes for women who have less than 12 grams of hemoglobin per deciliter.
Anemia can be treated and managed with simple home remedies. You can also take iron supplements suggested by your doctor.
Caution: If iron supplements increase a certain level, it turns toxic and results in issues. But, even if natural foods are rich in iron, they do not create any health problems as it is excreted by the body, except meats and fish.
Vegetarians are prone to anemia than non vegetarians, due to deficiency in iron or vitamin B12 or folate. This can be easily corrected with dietary changes.
1. Increase Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C intake
Adequate Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C can help in the absorption of iron. You can drink orange juice or lemon juice along with iron rich food to increase absorption.
For kapha-type anemia should have a cup of yogurt with a teaspoon of turmeric. In kapha-type anemia, a person may experience swelling and the skin turns cold and clammy. This remedy helps in balancing the kapha dosha in the body.
The high amounts of chlorophyll contained in green leafy vegetables like spinach, celery, mustard greens and brocolli is a good source of iron. Keep in mind that it’s best to have cooked spinach as raw the leaves contain oxalic acid with may prevent the absorption of iron in the body.
4. Drink up
Fresh beetroot or pomegranate juice acts as great blood builders and purifiers. Beetroots are rich in folic acid you can team them up with apples or carrot. Pomegranates, on the other hand, are rich in iron and also other minerals like copper and potassium. Both these juices, if had regularly, can boost your energy levels by supporting healthy blood flow and make you feel more active.
Dr. Vasant Lad also advices to have water stored in a copper vessel overnight every morning. This helps in replenishing your body with natural minerals and is also known to be very good for treating hair loss.
6. Sesame seeds
Eating sesame seeds is another great way of increasing your iron intake. You can soak the sesame seeds in some water for two to three hours and then grind them into a paste. Have this with a teaspoon of honey every day.
These dried fruits offer a combination of iron and Vitamin C. This enables the body to quickly and effectively absorb the iron from them. Eat a handful of raisins and dates for breakfast or as a mid-meal snack. They are also know to give you instant energy.