Natural Ways To Beat Anaemia
Anaemia is a condition that is both common and treatable at home with the correct diet and a healthier lifestyle.
We are looking at natural ways to help treat the symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia in this article. As the name suggests, this type of anaemia is caused by a lack of iron. This commonly happens due to a blood loss or through pregnancy. Although it can have some pretty unpleasant symptoms, it can usually be treated well and easily, and although the GP might give you some iron tablets to take to beat it, you can also help yourself by doing a number of things yourself at home.
Although the symptoms can vary, they commonly include; tiredness and lack of energy; shortness of breath; noticeable heart beats, which are also known as heart palpitations; and pale skin. You will be able to be diagnosed with anaemia by having a simple blood test at your doctors surgery.
If you want to avoid taking iron supplements, here are just some things that you can do at home in order to help improve your symptoms.
Improve your stomach acid:
If you have a low level of acid in your stomach, you are putting yourself more at risk of developing problems such as stomach burning and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
On top of this, low stomach acid levels affects the way in which we absorb other nutrients, including iron, which would contribute to anaemia and also leaves the gastrointestinal tract at a higher risk of becoming infected.
Apple cider vinegar can help to improve your stomach acid levels, and is often used as a natural health remedy, used to treat a number of different illnesses and ailments. For every 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, mix with 4-6 ounces of water, and drink before every meal. This will help to break down your food properly, and keep the right amount of acid in your stomach.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet:
Eating the right type of diet can really help to reduce inflammation and increase your iron levels. Our diet is commonly filled with grains and sugar that can all contribute to inflammation as they cause our blood sugar to fluctuate massively.
You should instead try and eat a diet that contains good fats, non-starchy vegetables, low glycemic fruits, herbs and protein. When our bodies become inflamed, it means that our organs are unable to utilise the nutrients properly, which means that we are much more at risk of developing anaemia and other chronic diseases.
Identify if you are sensitive to any foods:
Your body can cause problems when white blood cells produce specific antibodies that target a particular tissue or enzyme, which can leave us much more at risk of developing a range of anaemia’s.
Common environmental factors might include; a gluten sensitivity; MO’s; gut dysfunction; neurological stress; toxins; stress and adrenal fatigue; and infections. The only way that you can identify these is by an elimination diet, which will allow the intestinal lining to rest and have a chance to heal properly. This will decrease any inflammation, and allow our body to absorb all of the nutrients it requires and will help to prevent conditions such as anaemia from developing.
Resolve any gastrointestinal infections:
Common intestinal infections will result in a leaky gut, and to developing low stomach acid, which as we have previously discussed can lead to anaemia.
Any common infection will interfere will the absorption process of iron and essential B vitamins, which can then not only lead to unhealthy red blood cells, but also iron deficient anaemia. By treating these, you leave yourself more resistant to infections.
Heal your leaky gut:
Healing a leaky gut is one of the most important things you can do to prevent you from developing anaemia. This occurs when the enterocytes, or the cells of the intestinal wall, have widening gap junctions. Commonly, there are more likely factors that can cause this to happen; including; taking non-steroid anti inflammatory drugs; having a blood sugar imbalance; environmental toxins; pathogens; pesticides; hormone imbalance; and eating processed foods.
This widening though can result in infections, and impaired nutrient absorption, which can all lead to anaemia.
Take a vitamin B12 supplement:
Taking vitamin B12 and folate will help the absorption process of crucial vitamins. We have previously discussed how much affect that poor nutrient absorption can affect our body, and this can result in low iron levels thus causing anaemia to develop.
Not only that, but these supplements will help to keep the red blood cells healthy, which as we know is really important.
Eat lots of liver:
Liver is one of the best sources of iron; amongst other vitamins. Although it is an acquired taste, it contains; protein, iron, B vitamins, vitamin A, minerals which include copper, zinc, chromium, phosphorous, and selenium, essential fatty acids, and the powerful antioxidant, CoQ10.
All of those listed above will help to support the production of healthy red blood cells, fight disease, decrease inflammation, and generally improve health.