Anemia is a drop in the level of hemoglobin in the blood. Some
people will develop chronic anemia due to a lack of iron (essential for the production of hemoglobin which carries oxygen in the body).
Here are 10 tips to correct your anemia! Consult your general practitioner
The symptoms of anemia are multiple:
Fatigability on exertion
Reduced intellectual capacity
Decreased immune defenses Etc.
If you have these signs, your doctor may order a blood test to diagnose anemia.
Some anemias can be linked to an associated pathology. Your doctor will explore all possible causes in order to suggest further tests and appropriate treatment. For people with small anemia related to iron deficiency or poor iron absorption (iron deficiency anemia), he can advise you on the most suitable way to remedy it (depending on your case and your lifestyle).
Check for invisible bleeding, In 90% of cases, iron deficiency anemias are due to invisible bleeding. Most of the time people do not realize it because they have been losing very little blood but for a long time. bleeding anemia, the doctor will try to find out where the patient is bleeding. These blood losses are mainly caused by internal lesions which can be of digestive, urological or gynecological origin.
Watching for too heavy periods
For a woman with anemia, the doctor will be interested in the gynecological causes. Some women may have too much or too frequent bleeding during their period. If anemia is caused by the menstrual flow, it will have to be explored. Your doctor may, for example, look for a problem of gynecological origin or adapt your method of contraception to reduce the abundance of periods .
More iron in the diet
Anemia can be caused by not getting enough iron in the diet. Iron requirements that change over the course of life. Infants, growing children and pregnant women need more iron. Iron deficiency anemia thus affects more children from 6 months to 5 years old as well as pregnant women, mainly at the end of pregnancy.Note that heme iron (in animal products) has the advantage of being particularly well absorbed by the body. Meat (especially red meat), black pudding, organ meats such as liver, as well as seafood and fish , are thus excellent sources of iron!
Iron of vegetable origin or non-heme iron is less well assimilated but remains interesting. Vegetables that contain a lot of it are pulses (lentils, white beans, chickpeas, etc.), whole grains, almonds, pine nuts, seaweed, etc.
Consume Vitamin C
To improve dietary intake of iron from plant sources, it is essential to involve the consumption of vitamin C . This vitamin improves the absorption by the body of non-heme iron, obtained from plants. Remember to consume it regularly, for example an orange for dessert or lemon juice at mealtime.
What foods are rich in vitamin C? Raw vegetables (cabbage, peppers, etc.), raw fruits such as citrus fruits, exotic fruits or red fruits, etc.
Supplementing with iron
Oral tablets (or syrups for children) are used to treat anemia associated with iron deficiency. These are prescription drugs which are sufficiently dosed in iron to be able to increase the level of red blood cells. Supplementing with iron when you have anemia should be done through a doctor. Over-the-counter dietary supplements are definitely not dosed enough to be able to raise the iron level in the body of a person with iron deficiency anemia. In addition, it may happen that iron supplements cause digestive disorders, hence the importance of support by your doctor.
Limit tea and coffee
Tea and coffee are rich in tannins, plant substances that limit the absorption of iron. Limit their consumption, especially during meals. If you are taking iron supplementation, it is important not to consume tea or coffee for several hours before and after taking the supplements. The pollen is an issue wonder of the least known hive honey or royal jelly but equally interesting. Collected by bees (which feed on it), pollen is very rich in minerals , including iron. Available in the form of small grains in pharmacies, drugstores or organic stores, it is recommended to consume one teaspoon per day, for example mixed with your salad or yogurt.