Have you been feeling unusually weak and tired? Is your skin pale or yellowish? Have you experienced recent chest pain, cold hands and feet, or dizziness? If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, then you may be anemic. According to Mayo Clinic, a person is anemic when he or she does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen throughout the body. A blood test at a doctor’s office will be able to tell you whether or not you are anemic.
You can imagine how serious of an issue this is. Luckily, anemia is usually caused by some kind of deficiency and is easily treated through diet. The cause can be a lack of iron or vitamins. In some cases, anemia is a symptom of a chronic disease like cancer, HIV, or Crohn’s disease. Women who are menstruating or pregnant are also more likely to become anemic.
1. Apple. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In some cases, this is correct advice. According to Home Remedy Shop, apples are rich in iron. This makes them good snack foods for people suffering from anemia.
2. Honey. Sweet, sweet honey has the magic ability to increase hemoglobin production, says Home Remedy Shop. It is also rich in iron, manganese, and copper, all of which are important to boosting healthy red blood cells.
3. Beets. This dark red vegetable has one of the highest iron contents of any vegetable. They are delicious roasted and eaten in a salad or as cold-pressed juice, says Home Remedy Shop.
4. Pomegranate. Rich in calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C, the seeds from this biblical fruit can work miracles in an anemic body. The Health Site recommends eating pomegranate seeds and drinking pomegranate juice every week.
5. Dates. Dates are rich in iron and vitamin C, which is essential for iron absorption. They have the added health benefits of being high in dietary fiber and antioxidants. The Health Site recommends eating them fresh and mixing them in with Indian and Middle Eastern recipes.
6. Chives. This tasty grass-like herb is full of both vitamin C and iron. Holistic Online recommends including it in your everyday diet. Chives are especially tasty on eggs and with goat cheese.
7. Foot and hand massage. AltMD says that in Traditional Chinese Medicine, practitioners massage the feet and hands in order to increase blood production in the spleen and to boost the overall flow of energy in the body.
8. Full body massage. Part of the problem with anemia is that oxygen does not properly flow through the body. To increase circulation, get a massage (or ask your partner to give you one!). Olive, coconut, and mustard oils are all especially helpful in increasing circulation, says Home Remedy Shop.
Anemia can lead to serious complications like severe fatigue and heart problems, says Mayo Clinic. This is why it is important for people suffering from anemia to eat an iron and vitamin rich diet. The above home remedies are your first step to full health.
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