Iron deficient anemia is rampant in America! Anemia can be caused by one of three things. One is Iron-deficiency anemia, another is B-12 deficiency anemia, and lastly is Folic-acid deficiency anemia. For all of the three situations it is important to determine the cause so that you can deal with that. Causes and symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia consists of: Poor Diet, Pregnancy and Lactation, Menses, Intestinal malabsorption, Gastrointestinal bleeding, Genitourinary bleeding, Repeated blood donation, Growth, Gastric Surgery, and Hookworm/Intestinal parasites, to name a few.
For all anemia symptoms eat a diet high in green leafy vegetables and their juices.
Suggestions for anemia are as follows:
Iron-deficiency anemia - find a reason for chronic blood loss or why you are not absorbing sufficient amounts of dietary iron. Lack of hydrochloric acid is a common reason for impaired iron absorption. Increasing iron levels in the food may help overcome poor absorption. Foods rich in iron are leafy green vegetables, dried beans, black strap molasses, dried apricots, and other dried fruits, and almonds. Vitamin C has been shown to greatly enhance the absorption of dietary iron so it helps to eat something high in vitamin C with the iron rich foods (such as strawberries, oranges, peppers, tomatoes, etc). You should avoid black tea, coffee, wheat bran, and egg yolks as they can reduce iron absorption. Antacids and overuse of calcium supplements also decrease iron absorption.
I highly recommend juicing for any health situation as well as for prevention. There is not a single more important thing that you can do for your health. Some juices which are really good for anemia are red & black raspberry juice and spinach juice.
Other beneficial juices are parsley, beet greens, and carrot as they are sources of iron. Kale, parsley & green pepper are sources of vitamin C. Asparagus, spinach, and kale are sources of folic acid. In lieu of juicing, make a green smoothie each day consisting of 8 ounces of water or coconut water, a bunch of kale or spinach, and fruits of your choice. Add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds for added nutrition. You may want to consider a B-12 supplement as well. The one I prefer is Garden of Life's Vegan B-12 spray which you can order on my dispensary by clicking on the picture below for Emerson.
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