What is Anemia?
There are numerous diseases out there waiting to attack us but humans are tough organisms. Taking into consideration the whole world and the ailments that plague our day to day life, one of the most commonly observed condition is being anemic.
Anemia is a condition of the human body when our red blood cell count is not maintained at the optimal level and the count drops down, your haemoglobin in the blood reduces, the body becomes pale and cold. Other symptoms include palpitation and fatigue. If anyone of you is experiencing either of these symptoms, please watch out. Consult a physician and see what is going down under the skin. In case your hunch is correct and you are diagnosed with anemia, do not worry. There are several remedies you can apply at home to make sure the situation does not get out of hand.
Before moving into the remedies, one must know more about the condition itself rather than shooting in the dark, so how does anemia impact our body in a fatal way? Why is it life-threatening if left untreated? The red blood cells in the body help transport oxygen to all parts of the body. These cells contain an iron-rich protein called haemoglobin that imparts the red colour to the cells. Haemoglobin binds the oxygen while transporting it, fights the infections It possesses regenerative qualities and helps in blood clotting also. Haemoglobin is entrusted with these very important duties. Now imagine if the haemoglobin is less and in turn, the red blood is not strong enough to carry out these duties. That’s when things get deadly.
The symptoms of Anemia are
- Pale skin
- Chest pain
- Lack of concentration
- Low stamina
- There can be other symptoms as well but these are the most commonly observed ones.
The causes of anemia vary according to the type of anemia you are diagnosed with. Basically, as seen earlier, it is due to the lack of Red Blood Corpuscles in the body and your body might not be producing an adequate amount. Otherwise, it could be that the RBC’s are getting destroyed by your body because of either lifestyle choices or genetic impairments. One other cause is blood loss. In the case of women, excess blood loss during menstruation can lead to anemia. In the case of others, there could be excessive blood loss due to some reason or the other.
The causes and the symptoms of anemia. Since we have covered the basics we will get into detail like the different types of anemia.
Iron Deficiency Anemia
This is the most common type of anemia. So as the name suggests, your body has a deficiency of iron which leads to lack of haemoglobin because iron is necessary for the body to produce the haemoglobin. If you have blood loss and the amount of iron-rich food you consume is less, it will result in anemia. An unhealthy diet can lead to iron deficiency also. This iron deficiency can lead to anemia.
This anemia is caused when your body is not producing enough red blood cells. Every 120 days new red blood cells are generated inside your bone marrow. If these cells are not produced, then the body faces a shortage of the pivotal cells and end up suffering from anemia. This is aplastic anemia.
Sickle cell Anemia
This is a dangerous kind of anemia which is caused due to the abnormal shape of haemoglobin cells in the Red blood cells. These red blood cells take the shape of the haemoglobin present. The haemoglobin present in the cells takes the shape of a disc or a sickle hence the name. What happens is that these sickle cells stay in close proximity to each other and become sticky. This blocks the flow of blood to different parts of the body resulting in anemia.
Blood loss anemia
Due to excessive blood loss in the body, anemic cells are formed. Bleeding can be due to several reasons such as menstruation, cancer, injury, surgery etc.
This is a unique genetic disorder that occurs to one in many. Due to genetic reasons, your body will not manufacture the vital red blood cells in the body resulting in Thalassemia.
These are the different types of anemia that you can be affected with. There are different methods where we can assist ourselves and prevent the body from going into severe danger. There are several treatments that will aid the diagnosed person but if you are curious and keen to know how to help yourself from this deadly but common disorder. Please read further.
Home Remedies For Anemia
Probiotics: ½ Cup Yoghurt:
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- A few chopped coriander leaves
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of cumin powder
- Mix all of these in the blender and drink after lunch or dinner. Probiotics have bacteria in them which will improve digestion and stomach functions. Probiotics have the quality to produce vitamin B12 and iron in the body which will help in fighting anemia.
Copper: Use a copper bottle and fill water in it and drink it throughout the day. Copper increases the levels of haemoglobin and helps in kneeling anemia.
dates and raisins: These dry fruits are an excellent source of vitamin c and with more vitamin c in the body, your body will be able to get iron from the different foods you eat. Soak these dry fruits in water over the night and consume it for breakfast either before the workout or after it. Whatever works for you.
Vitamin B12: Vitamins play a vital role in cell function and cell survival. Consuming eggs and greens on a regular basis will provide more vitamin B12 and your body will be stronger and healthier.
Bananas: Add bananas to your diet, slice it, dice it, add honey and have it for breakfast. Bananas are loaded with iron, potassium, vitamin C, and folate. This will help in producing a lot of haemoglobin in the body and thus help with the anemic condition.
Green vegetables. Take spinach, kale, lettuce, broccoli a tablespoon of honey, and a slice of lime. Prepare a smoothie that can be consumed after exercise or breakfast. Green veggies are a great source of iron and will help in preventing anemia if consumed on a regular basis.
There are other foods that you can add to your diet which will prevent you from being anemic.
Beetroot: Beetroot is one of the healthiest and richest sources of iron. Eat this on a daily basis to prevent an iron deficiency.
Legumes: Beans, lentils, and peas are also great sources of iron and making it part of your diet will help you produce more haemoglobin and in turn be more healthy.
- Meat, fish
- Tofu is also loaded with vitamin B12
Apart from the diet, try to incorporate exercise three times a week at the least and make sure you sweat enough so the blood is flowing and it reaches all organs equally. Try to take a cold shower which will help in killing all the bad cells in the body that influence your body in a degenerative manner.
Before applying these methodologies consult a physician and see if it helps your body condition. Even if you do not entertain any of these foods if, under a situation where you need to help yourself survive, you need to start adding it to the diet so that you can live a healthy and have a long life.