Anemia: General Information, Causes, Symptoms and Conventional & Holistic Treatment Options as well as Disease Prevention

Anemia



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The below provides a general overview on this topic and may not apply to everyone. Any treatment protocol should be discussed with a qualified healthcare practitioner ... Please refer to: Medical & Legal Disclaimer.



Signs of anemia:

  • fatigue (very common)
  • weakness (very common)
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • numbness or coldness in your hands and feet
  • low body temperature
  • pale skin
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • irritability
  • not doing well in work or school

All of these signs and symptoms can occur because your heart has to work harder to pump more oxygen-rich blood through the body.

More than 3 million people in the United States have anemia. Anemia occurs when you have less than the normal number of red blood cells in your blood or when the red blood cells in your blood don't have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein that gives the red color to your blood. Its main job is to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body.

If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen to all the parts of your body.

Without oxygen, your organs and tissues cannot work as well as they should. Women and people with chronic diseases are at the greatest risk for anemia.


Anemia happens when:

  1. the body loses too much blood (such as with heavy periods, certain diseases, and trauma); or
  • the body has problems making red blood cells; or
  • red blood cells break down or die faster than the body can replace them with new ones; or
  • more than one of these problems happen at the same time.
  • Other causes:

  1. Lead exposure can cause severe anemia, permanent brain damage and other problems through increasing RBC fragility.   According to a recent nationwide survey, 900,000 American children aged one to five have blood lead levels higher than the Center for Disease Control's level of concern (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council - http://www.nrdc.org). Particularly vulnerable are infants, small children and pregnant women. / Also refer to Lead in your Drinking Water
  • AnemiaDiseases such as: Celiac Disease ... Kidney Disease ... Inherited Blood Diseases, such as Sickle cell anemia or Thalassemia or Cooley's anemia ... Aplastic anemia

  • GreenAndHealthy.Info focuses on nutritional support and holistic treatments -- for more detailed information on the above, including symptoms and traditional options, please review the attached pdf file provided by womenshealth.gov.


    Nutritional Support for Iron deficiency anemia (IDA):

    • Eat foods high in iron:
      • Bananas: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia
      • Cereal/breads with iron in it (100% iron-fortified is best. Check food label.)
      • Liver
      • Lentils and beans
      • Oysters
      • Tofu
      • Green, leafy vegetables, like spinach
      • Red meat (lean only), poultry, fish - click here to find the best and the worst fish to eat
      • Eggs & dairy products
      • Dried fruits, like apricots, prunes, and raisins


    Nutritional Support for Vitamin Deficiency Anemia (or Megaloblastic Anemia):

    • Eat foods high in Vitamin B12 or Folate:
      • Vitamin B12 is found in foods that come from animals. Fortified breakfast cereals also have vitamin B12. Folic acid supplements (pills) can treat this type of anemia. But, folic acid cannot treat nerve damage caused by a lack of vitamin B12. The treatment depends on the cause. But you may need to get vitamin B12 shots or take special vitamin B12 pills.
      • Folate Deficiency: Folate is a B vitamin found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, fruits, and dried beans and peas. Folic acid is found in fortified breads, pastas, and cereals.
    • Wheat Grass / Wheat Grass Juice: Wheatgrass juice has been successfully used to treat anemia in humans and repair the liver. It packs natural enzymes, vitamins A, B, C, E and K, calcium, chlorophyll, iron, lecithin, magnesium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, amino acids, trace elements and protein. It cleanses the blood by improving the supply of oxygen to the circulatory system; detoxifies and regenerates the liver; and protects us from carcinogens in our food or our environment. Wheatgrass has shown to expand the blood vessels and improve circulation; thus improving oxygenation of blood and the ability to rid the blood of toxins.
    • Hydrogen Peroxide: Therapy has been used successfully to treat anemia. (As always such treatments should only be undertaken under their care and supervision of a qualified health practitioner).



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