Are you exhausted all the time?

It is quite unnatural for a well-nourished body to be feeling tired most of the time. In case you feel that fatigue is a chronic state of your body. You find it treacherous to focus or keep awake late; breathlessness and irritability have become obvious? Well, you could be anaemic! And you should not ignore it.   What is Anaemia? Anaemia is a decrease in your blood haemoglobin levels (the oxygen carrying component of blood).   If you are anaemic, the body parts don’t get enough oxygen resulting in the person feeling tired and fatigued or experience shortness of breath which can cause problems carrying out routine activities.  

 

Though anaemia can happen to men and women and in any age group, women are more likely to be anaemic due to menstruation and poor dietary habits. Especially, adolescent girls are most susceptible to anaemia.
What causes Anaemia?
  1. Inadequate production of red blood cells due to deficiency in nutrients which could be iron and vitamins or hormones or diseases (e.g. defect in the bone marrow from where blood is produced by the body.
  2. Excessive destruction of red blood cells (Thalassemia).
  3. Excessive loss of blood due to child birth, heavy menstrual periods, gastrointestinal ulcers.
Note: Sometimes, anaemia could also be a result of a reaction to some medication. In children, improper diet with low iron levels causes iron deficiency anaemia in most of the cases.

Managing Nutritional Anaemia

The most common cause of Anaemia being Nutritional deficiency especially in women the focus on diet planning for Anaemia forms the basis of treatment. The 3 primary requirements for haemoglobin production are:  
  1. Iron
  2. Folic Acid
  3. Vitamin B-12
  Diet rich in these nutrients is essential.    

Rich Sources of Iron in Food Are:

  • Egg yolk, red meat and poultry. Animal meat provides best dietary Iron.
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, bathua, methi, radish leaves, cauliflower leaves, arbi leaves
  • Soya beans, rajma, kala chana, kabuli chana, lobhia
  • Adding Jaggery to milk/tea/kheer etc.
  • Roasted gram [channa] and Puffed rice [Murmura] and parched rice [poha]
  • Dates, Munakka [Dried grapes large sized with big seed, Anjir [Figs] provide Iron
  • Black Till seeds or Nigelly seeds are good source of Iron
  • Citrus fruits and juice is advisable as the Vitamin C helps to increase absorption of Iron from food.
  Dietary Source of Folic Acid Are:   Foods Rich in B-12 Are:
  • Fish and shellfish, meat (especially liver), poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products
  • Most breakfast cereals are also fortified with Vit-B-12.
  Facts You Should Know:
  • A Deworming course of medication shall help absorb nutrients better from food.
  • Causes of blood loss like piles, Stomach ulcers, bleeding gums, excessive blood loss during menstruation etc. should be treated.
  • Avoid consumption of tea and coffee immediately after a meal as these beverages prevent absorption of Iron
  • A medical check up if haemoglobin is low on Health check up must be done to rule out other causes.
To ask a nutritionist for a diet for anaemia management, or for a blood test to check anaemia, kindly get in touch with Nutri-Health YuWoW Team. Our Ayurveda experts offer home remedies and Vedic solutions to treating haemoglobin.
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