Anemia: Symptoms, Remedies and Tips
Published: 08:31 PM, 14 September 2020 Updated: 02:51 PM, 26 September 2020
Anemia is a very common condition of health. It occurs when our body’s red blood cell count is less than normal or red blood cells do not have the required amount of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-based protein that helps blood cells carry oxygen to different parts of the body. When you are anemic, your blood can’t deliver the proper oxygen supply to your organs and tissues.
As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) 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.
Symptoms of Anemia
Fatigue and tiredness come as obvious symptoms. Other symptoms that can indicate anemia include:
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in body temperature; cold feet and hands
- Irregular or uneven heart palpitations
- Cognitive problems such as brain fog
- Severe Hair fall
- Brittle nails
- Lack of energy
There are 7 food suggestions which can help as remedies against Anemia
Eat more fruits
Fruits are loaded with almost every nutrient which is required for the functioning of the body. Some fruits are extremely good in treating anemia. You can add fruits like pomegranate, apple, banana and dates. These fruits will increase the production of hemoglobin. You can also drink fresh juice of pomegranate or apple at any time of the day. Banana is also available very easily and you can add it to your daily diet. Besides, you need vitamin C. All citric fruits are rich in vitamin C. Some of the good sources of vitamin C may include lemons, oranges, strawberries, kiwi and many more.
Green leafy vegetables
Green Leafy vegetables are naturally loaded with essential nutrients. For anemic, green leafy vegetables are extremely good. It will provide them most nutrients naturally especially iron which plays an important role in treating anemia. You can prepare a salad with green leafy vegetables or cook them in various styles. Some of the leafy greens you can choose are spinach, kale or collard greens.
Yogurt with Turmeric
According to doctors, you should have a cup of yogurt twice a day, morning and afternoon, 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.
Foods with lots of antioxidants as well as protein foods such as eggs help replenish vitamins lost during an anemic condition. Eggs provide a generous supply of dietary nutrients with very few calories.
One large egg contains about 1mg of iron which provides about 7% RNI (Reference Nutrient Intake) for females and 11% RNI for males.
The assimilation of iron increases when supplemented with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), so have a glass of orange juice with your eggs. Regular consumption of eggs also helps build strong joints and bones.
Beans contain phytic acid that blocks the absorption of iron. The best way to reduce the phytic acid content is to soak the beans overnight in warm water before cooking them.
When it comes to iron content in beans, soybeans top the list. Just one cup of boiled soybeans meets half the recommended daily requirement of this mineral. Also, soybeans are a low-fat, high-protein food that help diminish anemia.
Peanut butter is a good source of iron. Just two tablespoons of peanut butter contains 0.6mg of iron. Adult men require 8mg whereas women require 18mg iron daily.
Simply have a peanut butter sandwich, along with a glass of orange juice. The vitamin C in the orange juice will increase the absorption of iron contained in the peanut butter. If you do not like the taste of peanut butter, munching on roasted peanuts will do the trick.
Food rich in vitamin C, such as tomatoes, can also help combat anemia. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron. Try to drink a glass of raw tomato juice, at least once a day.
Avoid caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee as they can interfere with iron absorption. Tomatoes also contain beta-carotene and vitamin E, which can improve the condition of your skin and hair.
Red meat, such as beef and pork, contains a high amount of heme iron, which is easier for the body to absorb than plant-based non-heme iron. The liver is the best option to boost your blood with iron and B vitamins.
Eating sesame seeds is another great way of increasing your iron intake, especially black sesame seeds. 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.
Tips to Prevent Anemia
- Expose your body to early-morning sunlight for 10 minutes daily.
- Exercise regularly and include some strength training to increase muscle mass and fight fatigue.
- Take cold baths twice daily to improve blood circulation.
- Drink water stored in a copper vessel every morning. This helps in replenishing your body with natural minerals.
- Cook your food in iron pots to increase the iron content of your food.
- Enjoy a warm water bath mixed with Epsom salt a few times a week.