Anemia is a condition when there are not enough red blood cells in the body and the level of hemoglobin is low. Though anemia is not a life-threatening condition, over a prolonged period of time, if it’s not corrected, it may lead to health complications. A hemoglobin of less than 12 gm/100 ml and a level of less than 13.5 gram/100 ml in men is considered as anemia. A complete blood count (CBC) is needed to determine whether one has anemia or not. Consult a doctor in any condition for proper treatment of anemia. But first, let’s find out the symptoms of anemia and some home remedies to alleviate the symptoms of anemia.
Symptoms of Anemia:
1. Excessive tiredness.
3. Paleness of skin.
4. Shortness of breath.
5. Excessive hair loss.
6. Low blood pressure.
7. Yellowing of eyes.
8. Muscular weakness.
Causes of Anemia:
Red blood cells are made in the bone marrow and anemia can be caused by a decreased production of red blood cells or loss of red blood cells.
1. Lack of red blood cell production: Can happen due to hormonal changes, deficiency of vital nutrients in the body such as iron, or due to certain illnesses.
2. High rates of red blood cell destruction: Sickle cell anemia, hemolytic anemia, and thalassemia are a few medical conditions that can lead to red blood cell destruction.
3. Blood loss: Conditions such as heavy menstrual period, surgery, etc., may cause the loss of enough red blood cells that may lead to anemia.
Home Remedies To Treat Anemia:
1. Beetroot is rich in minerals like sulphur, iron, calcium and iodine. It is also very helpful in various vitamins like thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), etc. Drink one cup beetroot juice with 2 tbsp of honey everyday.
2. Take a ripe banana and eat it with a tablespoon of honey. Eat a banana like this two times in a day.
3. Eat spinach as much as you can as it contains loads of iron and folic acid. Additionally, you can make green juice by mixing together spinach and these ingredients.
4. Increase the intake of iron-rich food items like spinach, pomegranate, green leafy vegetables, apples, raisins, brown rice, etc.
5. Food such as eggs, fish, meat, and all milk products such as cheese, curd and milk can help increase the hemoglobin level.
6. Natural sources of vitamin C such as oranges, grapes, green leafy vegetables, gooseberry, capsicum and tomatoes should also be taken in good amount.
7. Try to cook your food in iron pots instead of aluminium and non-stick cookware, because by doing so, one can significantly increase the amount of iron content through cooking.
8. Take one tablespoon of dry pomegranate seed with a glass of milk two times a day.
9. Soak 4 dates and 8 black raisins in a cup of milk overnight. Drink this milk the first thing in the morning.
10. Consume four to five figs to increase iron level in the body.
11. Drink amla juice to increase hemoglobin levels in the body.
12. Dates have high iron content, consuming four to five dates per day will boost iron level in the body.