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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Anaemia Signs & Symptoms, and How to Build Your Blood Naturally


Anaemia being a deficiency of red blood cells is sometimes easily noticeable due to its varied but visible signs and symptoms. There are however five major signs that tell you that you are lacking in blood, or that you’re low in iron. Many at times many people suffer from iron deficiency due to inappropriate diet, and maybe some other reasons. Experts say although in some men and post-menopausal women, this condition can be caused by bleeding in the stomach and intestines owing to conditions like a stomach ulcer or bowel cancer.
Red blood cells (Sourced from Google images)


Signs and symptoms of Anaemia
For women of reproductive age, it can be caused by heavy periods - when it’s lost during menstruation - and pregnancy, when it’s used for your baby instead. And so, how do you take care of the shortage of blood? You simply take what you need - to boost the blood level. Experts have also warned that in as much as natural supplements and iron tonics are able to make a little difference they cannot really sustain; they can as well become injurious to your system if you endlessly continue to gulp down loads of supplements.
But iron supplements come in very handy in that it usually makes good as the first step in the treatment of iron deficiency especially when it is urgent (emergencies may require outright blood transfusion). But naturally, you’d be better off with natural iron coming from your diet. The followings are the notable signs that show you are low on iron or blood supply.
Fatigue
Having a lack of energy and feeling tired is a direct result of your body’s inability to produce enough red blood cells to distribute enough oxygen all through the body. In severe cases there could be incidences of fainting as well.
Looking pale
When your complexion appears fairer than normal, it is as a result of reduced blood flow and oxygen – owing to a reduced amount of red blood cells in your body.
Shortness of breath
Sometimes this can occur together with chest pains and dizziness.
Noticeable heartbeats
If you become very aware of your heart beats which is referred to as heart palpitations, it is a sign as well.
Exercise can help build blood too (Sourced from Google images)

Other less common signs
In some particular cases sufferers of anaemia are likely to experience headaches, moodiness or feeling low all the time, needles and pins, altered taste, itchiness, sore or abnormally smooth tongue, hair loss, swallowing difficulty, painful open sores and spoon-shaped nails.
You need to boost your blood supply naturally, and in doing so experts recognise five major food groups that can boost your red blood cells or (RBC Count) quite adequately.
Natural Blood builders you can take

A balanced diet is most essential (Sourced from Google images)

Take plenty of Green Vegetables: You need the high amounts of chlorophyll found in green vegetables such as Ugu (pumpkin leaves), Spinach, Ewedu, Celery, Mustard greens and Broccoli, etc. They are great sources of iron. In the case of spinach - remember that it's best to have it cooked as raw leaves contain oxalic acid which is likely to prevent the absorption of iron in the body, according to nutritional experts. 

Consume Beans, Lentils, Whole grains & Cereals: Including iron-rich cereals and beans in your diet is a very good way of providing enough iron as required by your body, enabling the body to function optimally and thereby minimising adequately the medical risks which may lead to iron deficiency or anaemia. Some of these varieties include – millet, sorghum, whole wheat, oats, cornflakes, quinoa, black eye peas, beans, etc.

Take Nuts regularly: A number of nuts are reputed to aid in the development of red blood cells or haemoglobin apart from lowering your cholesterol and giving you a healthier heart, warding off cancer, and better weight. Topmost among these are almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts, peanuts (groundnuts), hazelnuts, pistachios, chestnuts, etc.

Whole grains, cereals, & beans are iron-forming (Sourced from Google images)

Take more Vitamin C: You can do this easily by taking natural fruits like the Citruses, as well as Grapes, and Watermelon. You can also treat yourself to a glass of Lemon water every day.

Note very well that some people do have the problem of poor absorption of iron. Experts say this is likely to occur with a number of gut (intestinal) diseases – such as, coeliac disease and Crohn's disease, and so on. When you are taking a good amount of iron-rich foods or iron tonic, and still having the symptoms of iron deficiency, then experts say you will need to add Vitamin C to your meals because iron is better absorbed with the combination of this vitamin which you can get in various food items like the citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon), watermelon, etc.

Vitamin C in Citruses aid in iron absorption (Sourced from Google images)

Your daily meals are very crucial any day. In the words of Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN, a Los Angeles-based nutrition expert and freelance writer in private practice, you should learn to “Combine vegetarian sources of iron with vitamin C in the same meal. For example: a bell pepper-bean salad, spinach with lemon juice, or fortified cereal and berries.”

What more can you do?

Exercising:
That same good old remedy – exercise will never cease to come our way, it seems.
Moderate exercise benefits everyone, but it is especially essential to create healthy red blood cells. Continued vigorous exercise that increases the heart rate makes the body and brain to require more oxygen, and so the heart beats faster, and the lungs breathe deeper and quicker as well. This stimulation produces more red blood cells, and you need to combine it with wholesome diet which enables the bone marrow to create those cells. Normal exercises should include simple aerobics most of the time.

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