July 24, 2018; by Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) Having anemia, also known as having iron-poor blood, is a common issue that results when there is a deficiency of iron in your blood cells that impedes the delivery of oxygen throughout the body. Without proper levels of iron in the cells you may become low in the protein hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of your body. This can cause you to feel fatigued and can create more serious health issues if left untreated over a period of time.(1) The good news is you can combat anemia by implementing these holistic therapies we are about to discuss.
What Causes Anemia?
- You’re not producing enough red blood cells
- You’ve been losing too much blood due to injury, menstruation or other circumstances that cause bleeding.
- You body is destroying the red blood cells you have due to changes in your immune system.
Risk Factors that Contribute to developing anemia:
- having digestive issues that disrupts the absorption of nutrients such as Chron’s, leaky gut, or inflammatory bowel disease.
- taking over the counter pain relievers too frequently which blocks the absorption of nutrients.
- deficiency in iron or vitamin b12
- having a genetic disposition to being anemic which will be less likely due to lifestyle factors.
Symptoms of Anemia
Without enough red blood cells in our body to transport oxygen it’s impossible to get proper amounts to our brains, tissues, muscles and cells. Most people will simply fell “out of it” all the time which can easily be written off as not enough sleep, stress, or being busy at work. Most common symptoms of anemia are:
- dizziness or loss of stability
- cognitive issues such as brain fog, inability to concentrate or get work done
- cold hands and feet
- frequent headaches
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- pale skin
To find out if you have low red blood cells you can take a hematocrit test along with a hemoglobin test.
Combat Anemia by Implementing These Holistic Therapies
Show Your Spleen Some LOVE
Consume whole foods that will help to nourish your spleen since it’s the organ that is responsible for producing red blood cells. Foods that can help to do this are squash, pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash and all the bright orange colored foods. Having 1 to 2 servings in your daily diet will really show your spleen the love it needs. (2)
Include Iron-Rich Foods In Your Diet
Organic grass fed meats like beef, bison and lamb are rich in iron and consuming leafy greens such as spinach, kale and chard can really help boost your iron levels and aid in reversing anemia. You can also supplement with a quality iron supplement but remember you can also consume too much iron as well. The amount you need changes based on your age.
The recommended dosage for iron is as follows:
- Children ages 1 to 3: 7 milligrams
- Children ages 4 to 8: 10 milligrams
- Children ages 9 to 13: 8 milligrams
- Women ages 14 to 18: 15 milligrams
- Men ages 14 to 18: 11 milligrams
- Women ages 19 to 50: 18 milligrams
- Pregnant and lactating women: 27 milligrams
- Men ages 19+: 8 milligrams
- Women ages 51+: 8 milligrams (3)
Consume Probiotics to Replenish Good Bacteria and Support Digestion
The health of your gut is crucial for the proper absorption of nutrients. If you are having digestive issues, you are probably not assimilating nutrients properly and therefore you aren’t getting the amount of iron you need. This is why just taking an iron tablet may not always be helping if your body is having a hard time absorbing it. Instead of just supplementing with iron, also take a quality probiotic that can help fix the underlying issue and consume fermented foods like goat milk kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha.
Chronic stress, worry, and anxiety really depletes your spleen and liver so creating time in your day to de-stress and unwind is really important for healing and helping your body rejuvenate. Also creating a bedtime routine and getting adequate rest each night will help recharge your system.
Taking a B vitamin complex supplement that includes folate as well as an iron supplement can be very beneficial for treating anemia naturally according to the NHLBI. (4) Also increasing your vitamin c levels by consuming a quality vitamin c supplement can help to boost your immune system since having anemia tends to weaken it.
Other Helpful Tips
- Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that can help our bodies better deal with stress.
- Beetroot or pomegrate juice acts as great blood builders and also blood purifiers. Beetroots are rich in folic acid and you can team them up with apples or carrots. Pomegranates are rich in iron and other minerals like copper and potassium. Consuming both of these juices regularly can boost your energy levels by supporting healthy blood flow. (5)
Briana McDonald-is a natural health writer and contributor to the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does free-lance health article writing as well as website and ad design.
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