How to improve iron deficiency anemia?

What is anemia? Is it due to iron deficiency?

When the number of red blood cells or concentrations of hemoglobin are low a person is said to have anemia. Anemia (uh-NEE-me-uh) is a condition in which your blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. It occurs because the red blood cells do not contain enough hemoglobin, Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color. This protein helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. Approximately 3.5 million Americans are affected by it. If you have anemia, your body doesn't get enough oxygen-rich blood. As a result, you may feel tired or weak. You also may have other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, or headaches.

If left untreated, severe or long-lasting anemia can damage your heart, brain, and other organs in your body. Very severe anemia may even cause death.

If you have signs or symptoms of anemia, see your doctor to find out whether you have the condition. Treatment will depend on the cause of the anemia and how severe it is.

What are the causes of anemia?

Generally, anemia occurs gradually due to poor diet, A diet that lacks iron, folic acid (folate), or vitamin B12 can prevent your body from making enough red blood cells. Some inherit it when they are born other causes include hormonal changes, pregnancy and some chronic diseases like kidney disorders and cancer. When.... 
  • Your body doesn't make enough red blood cells
  • Bleeding causes you to lose red blood cells more quickly than they can be replaced
  • Your body destroys red blood cells

Many types of anemia can be mild, short term, and easily treated. You can even prevent some types with a healthy diet. Other types can be treated with dietary supplements.

Drink beetroot juice to improve iron deficiency anemia

Beets are rich in folic acid, as well as many other nutrients, such as fiber and potassium. The easiest and most flavorful way to prepare beets is in the microwave. Keep the skin on when cooking, but peel before eating. The most nutrient-dense part of the beet is right under the skin. 

Beet Juice is known as a powerful cleanser and builder of the blood. It is an excellent source of vitamin B-6; the minerals choline, iron, organic sodium, and potassium; and natural sugars, while the actual content of iron in beet roots is not as high as in some other foods, it is high-quality iron that is easily and efficiently absorbed by the body. Hence, beetroot juice is possibly the best natural remedy for anemia.

Protein 1.6 gm
Fat .1 gm
Carbohydrate 9.9 gm
Calcium 16 mg
Phosphorus 33 mg
Iron .7 mg
Sodium 60 mg
Potassium 335 mg
Vitamin A 20 mg
Thiamine B-1 .03 IU
Riboflavin B-12 .05 mg
Niacin .4 mg
Ascorbic Acid 10 mg
Energy Calories 41 cal
Energy Kilojoules 170 KJ
Dietary Fibre 2.5 gm
Water 88 gm

Beet Juice Recipes
Beetroot should only be used in its raw state. That is because the powerful betalain it contains is reduced during cooking, and oxalic acid crystals are released forming calcium stones when heated.

Basic Ingredients:
12oz Carrots Juice
4oz Beetroot Juice (use one small beetroot. The are sweeter)
Add other vegetables or fruits according to the recipe you choose

Using cold water wash and brush the vegetables with a stiff vegetable brush.
Remove the carrot tops
Remove skin on waxed vegetables such as cucumber
Leave on beetroot tops
Dice vegetables to fit into your juicer or blender
Juice or blend, chill and serve

Depending on what texture you want, you can either juice or blend the ingredients. In blending you will use all of the vegetables, nothing is thrown away and the drink willl have a smoothie type texture.

1. Beet, Carrot & Apple
4oz Beetroot
8oz Carrots
4oz Apple

2. Beet, Carrot and Coconut Juice
3oz Beetroot
9oz carrot
4oz coconut flesh

3. Beetroot, Carrot & Cucumber Juice
3oz Beetroot
10oz Carrots
3oz Cucumber (remove skin if waxed)

4. Beet, Carrot & Pineapple Juice
4oz Beetroot
5oz Fresh diced Pineapple
7oz Carrots
5. Beet, Carrot & Spinach Juice
4oz Beetroot
6oz Carrot
4oz Baby Spinach Leaves
2oz Apple
This juice is an excellent cleanser and has a high content of iron)

6. Beet, Carrot & Celery Juice
4oz Beetroot
6oz Carrot
4oz Celery
2oz Apple
This juice is a good diuretic
Do Remember
If you're a vegetarian or have cut way down on your intake of meats, milk, and eggs, you are at greater risk for anemia caused by nutritional deficiency because iron from plant sources isn't absorbed as well as iron from animal sources; also, vitamin B12 is found almost exclusively in animal foods. Be sure that you're getting adequate amounts of iron and vitamin B12 in your diet.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin C at the same time that you eat whole grains, spinach, and legumes. This will increase absorption of the iron in these foods.
  • If you drink coffee or tea, do so between meals rather than with meals; caffeine in these beverages reduces iron absorption.

Warning: As you know too much of anything..... so do not drink beet juice in great quantities as it is very powerful and can make you feel sick. Combine beet juice with a base juice like carrot juice. eg 2oz of beet mixed with a 8oz of carrot juice. If you drink beet juice on its own do not drink more than 3oz at any one time.

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