Are You Anemic?

Anemia is one of those things that can be confused with so many other conditions. Anemia occurs when you do not have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that is responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. When you don’t have enough symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, cold hands and feet, heart palpitations, pale skin and weight loss can occur. Women can become anemic because they lose blood every month during their cycle, but men are also affected. Intestinal problems such as Crohn’s disease, celiac or stomach ulcers all of which can deplete iron, can also cause anemia. Blood loss can also come from illness or internal bleeding. You can also become anemic if you are not getting enough nutrients that produce iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12. It can also be the result of an inherited blood disease such as sickle cell or Mediterranean anemia. If you have any of the symptoms you should not ignore them. See your doctor to get to the root cause.

I always go to food as the first remedy of healing. There are many iron rich foods such as organic grass fed beef and chicken, canned clams, oysters, white beans, lentils, pumpkin seeds, green leafy vegetables, dried prunes and apricots and molasses. Try avoiding eggs, milk and caffeinated beverages since all can disrupt iron absorption in the body. Teas such as mint, anise, caraway and cumin can help improve iron absorption.

Stress can also cause anemia as it depletes the body’s energy. Be mindful of over exercising which can further deplete red blood cells. Acupuncture can help balance the body’s energy. Deep yoga breathing can also help increase blood circulation.

It is also important to address any digestive issues. Poor digestion and inability to properly absorb nutrients are the basis of so many illnesses. If you are experiencing constant gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea see your doctor or holistic practitioner who can help you repair the digestive tract. It will put you on the road to all around better health.

wishing you good health!
Maria

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