Anemia is caused by a deficiency in red blood cells or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood. The hemoglobin in red blood cells transport oxygen to all of the body’s organs and tissues. This is what causes the symptoms of anemia. These symptoms include: heart palpitations or erratic heartbeats, headaches, weakness, inability to concentrate, memory loss, and shortness of breath, especially during exercise.
If you suffer from simple, iron-deficiency anemia, you might feel as though your only hope is to take those nasty iron pills. You might be surprised to know anemia can be treated in other ways too. Here is a collection of natural ways to fight mild anemia without chemicals. If you’ve been diagnosed with anemia, however, please consult your doctor before applying these methods in place of any drug therapies you might currently be taking.
Natural Treatment for Anemia:
1). Cut down on the coffee and tea.
According to UC Berkeley experts, compounds in tea and coffee called polyphenols can inhibit the absorption of iron by 50% or more when tea is consumed with a meal. Coffee also inhibits iron absorption, but the effects are not as pronounced. If you drink too much coffee, try this natural cure for iron deficiency anemia.
2). Eat more foods containing vitamin C.
Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron and when lemon juice is added to tea, it helps lower the amount of iron that is malabsorbed in the body. This treatment for anemia is as easy as drinking a glass of orange juice each morning.
3). Enjoy Total and other vitamin/mineral fortified cereals for breakfast.
Check cereal boxes for cereals that have at least 50% of the RDA of iron. Total has 100% of the daily requirements in all varieties, so it’s always a good way to start the day.
4). Eat foods high in vitamin B12 or take supplements.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can actually cause certain types of anemia. Even a mild B12 deficiency can cause symptoms of anemia and psychological problems as well. If you are a strict vegetarian or are an elderly person you may be at an increased risk for B12 deficiency, but this can occur at any age. Food rich in this vitamin include eggs, red meats, liver, shellfish, and dairy products.
5). Take a cool bath in the morning. Cool baths are prescribed by naturopaths to assist in stimulating the metabolism. This is thought by some to be an effective compensation technique for the loss of hemoglobin.
7). Eat your figs. 3-4 figs per day are sometimes prescribed by herbal doctors. Figs and other dried fruits contain iron, which is why they are recommended to anemic patients.
8). Spend a little time in the sun. Regular time in the sun helps stimulate the growth of red blood cells. The more healthy red blood cells your body makes, the higher your hemoglobin levels will be.
9). Don’t kill the dandelions!
Herbs such as dandelion may support increased iron apsorption. Plant based irons from sources like kale, spinach, and other greens are better absorbed with an animal protein source. So get more iron by eating your salad with a little lean meat at dinner.
10). Try Juicing.
The following juice combinations are thought to be part of a natural cure for iron deficiency anemia:
*beet root and spinach juice
*apricot, prune, strawberry, beet, celery, red grape, carrot and spinach juice
The following is a juice fast per recommendation of the Sakthi Foundation:
Juice Fasting for Anemia:
- 8.00: A.M. mango or wheat grass juice
- 10.00 fresh blackberry and orange juice.
- 12.00 fresh carrot and beetroot juice.
- 2.00 fresh tomato or cilantro leaf juice and bell pepper
- 4.00 fresh Grape juice.
- 6.00 fresh parsley and carrot juice
- 8.00 fresh cantaloupe juice.
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4. UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, www.wellnessletter.com: Ask The Experts.
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6. National Anemia Action Council: www.anemia.org