What is Anemia?
Anemia is a condition, which is caused by the lack of iron in the blood. If the iron intake reduces, it affects the RBC (Red Blood Cells) and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen to the cells that are found not working properly in the body. If cells don’t get enough oxygen they start getting weak and might die; causing further complications that can prove to be fatal. Some of its symptoms are like the color of your skin becomes a bit yellowish, you remain tired without doing any physical activity, when you do, you start gasping for the breath, hands feet get cold, dizziness, headache, a fog gets created in the brain, hair loss, pain in the chest, difficulty in focusing, heartbeat becomes irregular, you run out of your stamina.
The females & children are more prone to acquire this condition, especially when the females are pregnant. It should never be ignored as it can cause some deformity in the yet to be born child. It can also be caused by digestive issues like IBS, ulcers, and Crohn’s disease. If you are taking excessive medicines for any disease, you get more prone to have anemia. When you attain the age of 65, you come in the danger zone of having anemia. There are many reasons for getting this horrible disorder but today I am going to tell you to eat what sort of food that makes you enjoy life in a healthy way.
Effective Home Remedies for Anemia (Iron-deficiency)
First of all, let’s talk about Giloy or its juice. Both these have iron, phosphorous, calcium and protein in them in a fair amount. They keep a check on the health of our blood. It also heals the fever, hiccups, constipation, and Typhoid.
Have a banana, which is rich in iron, dietary fiber, potassium, and other proteins & minerals and is thought to be impeccable for healing & preventing anemia. Beetroot is also one of the best vegetables to eat if you need to prevent anemia as it is a rich source of iron. If you keep consuming it regularly, it will fend off anemia at a distance.
How can one forget about Spinach, it is very rich in various nutrients like good carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals consume it regularly to discourage anemia from ambushing your body and if you already have, it will heal your body and make you retain your healthy self.
- Sweet potato
Sweet potato is also good for your body if you have to stay away from anemia as it is a rich source of iron. Eat one sweet potato Dayeto keep away the grievances of anemia at a distance. Legumes like beans, lentils, peas are also good sources of iron. They can fulfill your iron deficiency in your body. These should be added in your daily diet to enhance hemoglobin levels and RBC count.
Better opt for a vegetable that has drumsticks in it. As it has an abundance of vitamins A & c, calcium, iron, and magnesium in it. It not only treats anemia but also works as a tonic to make your bones stronger. But beware, if you are pregnant better seek the advice of your doctor before consuming them.
How to Use
Take a glass of milk and add 1 teaspoon of black pepper in it and boil. Take it off from the flames and drink the milk twice a day. Black pepper has lots of vitamin C that help the body in absorbing iron. Foods like cereals, leafy veggies, are good sources for increasing iron. Take 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds. Soak these seeds in a glass of water for at least 1 hour. Strain the water and crush these seeds to make a paste. I know their taste is a bit pungent, add raw honey to change the taste and mix well. Have this mixture twice a day to ward off anemia.
Tips to Prevent Anemia
There are some other tips to prevent anemia for its infection, have a cold water bath at least twice a day. Shocked, having the bath brings the body to normal temperature so that the flow of blood gets normal, anemia treatment gets inevitable. Doing exercise or Yoga in the morning helps in improving the blood circulation and withers away the laziness factor that comes with anemia. If your anemia has become severe, then better avoid exercise unless you are able to do it. It will alleviate the weakness you are feeling. Standing in the Sun early in the morning also enhances the blood circulation, thus evading the anemia factor.
After you refine the sugarcane, a product called blackstrap molasses is made, which is sweet in taste. It has very little sugar and is enriched with vitamins like B6, and minerals like calcium, selenium, and magnesium. It helps the hemoglobin and RBC count to reach a normal level. Fermented soy products like soy sauce do help in aiding the iron absorption.
Nonfermented products hinder it. Better avoid having the products.
There are foods that you should avoid to prevent anemia from attacking your body. Say a complete no to alcoholic beverages. Say no to Red wine because it hampers your treatment that you are doing with your diet or medicines. It hinders the absorption of iron in your body. Also, avoid having black or green tea, it also doesn’t allow the iron to get absorbed in your blood. And a big no to Coffee as it also inhibits the absorption of iron to your body.
Fermented soy products like sauces can aid iron absorption while non-fermented products prevent it. So, avoid non-fermented soy products until your hemoglobin levels and RBC count are back to normal.
To conclude, anemia is a common blood disorder. But it can be managed if you seek proper help, know what to eat and what to avoid, take supplements, and keep a close eye on your health. These simple home remedies are the best and have worked for many. So, go ahead and follow these tips and enjoy your life to the fullest.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan, MD – AYURVEDA is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic, and Krishna Herbal Company. For more info visit our website.