Iron deficiency anemia - will you recognize the symptoms ?

Anemia symptoms
Anemia diagnosis
Can the benefits of juicing provide an anemia diet solution?

What exactly is iron deficiency anemia ?

This is a medical condition that can also be called “iron poor blood”.

It is not a disease but rather a condition that results from below-normal levels of hemoglobin in the red blood cells.

Hemoglobin is the iron-containing pigment of the red blood cells.

It is a protein that gives the red color to blood. Red blood cells are disc-shaped.

iron deficiency anemia

They carry oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from your body.

Red blood cells live for about 120 days in the bloodstream and then die.

If you have this condition, your body doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood.

In severe cases the lack of oxygen in the blood can possibly damage the heart, brain, and other organs of the body.

Very severe situations can even be fatal.

Although there are over 400 different forms of anemia, the three most common are attributed to:

  • iron-deficiency
  • vitamin B12 and
  • folic acid deficiency

What are the symptoms of anemia?

Fatigue is the main symptom of anemia.

The reason an anemic person will feel tired and weak is very obvious.

The body's tissues are being starved of oxygen.

Mild conditions can occur without clear symptoms and may be detected only during a medical exam that includes a blood test.

Fatigue is the main symptom of anemiaFatigue is the main symptom of anemia

Some of the other symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are:

  • Pale complexion
  • Sensitive tongue
  • Tiredness
  • Chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Rapid breathing
  • Low blood pressure
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Ringing in the ears

People most at risk of anemia

Pregnant women, people who donate blood on a regular basis and vegetarians who do not  include iron-rich plant food or iron supplements in their diet.

If the anemia is caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency you can also include jaundice as well as pins and needles in the hands and feet.

If the anemia is caused by a folic acid deficiency some additional symptoms may include:

  • Bloody stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Listlessness
  • Chest pain

How is anemia diagnosed?

Iron deficiency anemia can be detected from a simple blood test that measures the level of iron-bearing protein hemoglobin in the blood.

This blood sample will determine the size, shape, and color of the blood cells.

Iron deficiency will be suspected when the red cells are low in number and unusually small.

iron deficiency blood testA doctor can diagnose anemia with blood tests

Bone marrow biopsy is helpful in diagnosing vitamin B12 anemia, which is the removal of bone marrow for further examination under a microscope.

A sample of bone marrow is removed from the back of the pelvic bone or from the breastbone.

Analysis of this sample allows physicians to determine whether abnormal cells, such as cancer cells, are interfering with its function.

So what treatments are available for an anemia diet?

The two basic options available are to take iron supplements and to make changes to your diet.

Iron rich foods include meat, beans as well as pumpkin seeds. Other food items to consider is eggs, sardines, shrimp, and oysters as well as iron-fortified cereals.

The goal of anemia treatment will be to increase the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry. So what better way than a range of delicious green drinks?

With proper treatment, many types of anemia can be cured, especially those caused by iron deficiency and vitamin deficiency.

One of the best way to do this is with juicing recipes that are rich in vitamins, iron and folic acid.

iron rich foodsLeafy greens such as spinach are some of the best iron rich foods

Iron infusion

  • 1 beet (include the green top)
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 broccoli (florets with the stems)

The power of this drink is in the high content of folic acid, magnesium, vitamin C and iron.

Chlorophyll Cocktail

  •  2 sticks of celery
  • 4 leaves of spinach
  • wheat grass powder
  • spirulina powder
  • 1 apple

It will be difficult to find a drink with more chlorophyll than this one. Spirulina and wheat grass powder is often known the "blood of plants".

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