ANEMIA TREATMENT WITH FOOD AND NUTRITION
Are you tired all the time? Does your skin look pale and lifeless? Are your hands and feet cold all the time? Do you feel short of breath at times? Regular headaches? There are chances that you might be suffering from anemia. Anemia is the most common deficiency in the world yet it is left untreated in the majority of people. It happens due to lack of red blood cells (RBCs) or if the hemoglobin (HGB) levels in the red blood cells are below normal. No consuming enough vitamins and minerals and a balanced diet can lead to deficiency or malnutrition. And do you know who the main culprit behind the condition is? Iron deficiency! And thanks to that little thing called menstruation, due to which women are more prone to it.
Anemia mainly results from
- deficiency of iron
- less of folate
- deficiency of vitamin B12
- Low vitamin C intake
- Prolonged illness
- Medical condition which makes the body hard to absorb nutrients
TREAT YOUR ANEMIA
If one feels that he/she is anemic or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, visiting a physician should be the first priority, and second would be taking corrective measures—namely, tailor your diet for anemia. It’s important to consume enough iron-rich foods, especially if one is at risk or have been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia. Just by increasing the consumption of iron in the diet can help better transport oxygen in the blood to correct the condition.”
Focus on eating more iron-rich foods and try to include the foods mentioned below for preventing and treating anemia.
There are 2 types of iron that are present in food, heme(animal source) and non-heme (plant source). Some of the non- heme sources of leafy greens such as broccoli, spinach, kale, turnip greens, and collards; potatoes with the skin; lima beans; green peas; beans like kidney, black, navy, etc are an excellent source of iron.
NUTS AND SEEDS
Nuts and seeds are one of the most nutrient dense food we can snack upon, pumpkin seeds and pistachios are great, iron-rich options to keep handy. (Just one ounce of pistachios will provide 6.1% of your DV)
soybeans are a great source of non-heme iron for vegetarian. Plus, they’re also rich in protein.
quinoa is loaded with fortifying iron and other grains like amaranth, oats, Kamut, whole wheat, teff, and sorghum are excellent options as well.
GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST
Lean-cut white meat like chicken is another top food for anemia. For an iron-rich meal, pair it up with a side of sautéed spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes.
Blackstrap molasses is a superfood. It as one of the best foods for anemia thanks to its sky-high iron content, but it’s also a nutritional powerhouse when it comes to calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.
Legumes and lentils are great for anemia, just a half-cup around 20% of what your body craves for the day. They’re also a great source of fiber (aka a happier gut and quelled hunger.) Some foods like coffee and tea interfere with iron absorption, therefore, keep your caffeine to one or two cups maximum per day if you have an eye on your iron levels.
In addition to being one of our favorite breakfasts, eggs are one of the best foods for anemia thanks to their naturally high iron levels.
BE AWARE OF GLUTEN
Gluten prevents nutrients like folate and iron from being properly absorbed. Try to limit your gluten intake
OTHER INHIBITORS OF IRON
It is necessary for folate to be absorbed properly, so obtaining adequate folate in your diet is essential with folate-related anemia. Good sources include oysters, liver, meat, eggs, and legumes.
it converts the non-heme iron in vegetables into a usable form, so consuming foods high in vitamin C, such as citrus fruit juice, asparagus and bell peppers, with nonheme iron will aid absorption
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