Are you Anemic?
Have you been extremely tired lately? Are you bruising easily? 🙁
Anemia occurs when you have less red blood cells or hemoglobin than you should. Hemoglobin is a protein that gives your blood its red color and carries oxygen to all parts of your body. If you have Anemia, your blood is not providing enough oxygen to your organs and tissues. Without proper oxygen your body can’t function as well as it should.
Symptoms of Anemia can be mild and easily dismissed. Symptoms will worsen over time if the issue is not addressed. Symptoms can vary depending on what is causing your Anemia…..
- Cold or numbness in Hands or Feet
- Low Blood Pressure
- Rapid Heart Beat or Palpitations
- Shortness of Breath
- Nagging Headache
There are many Types of Anemia:
Iron Deficiency Anemia – This is the most common form of Anemia. Hemoglobin is make with iron…if you don’t have enough iron in your body hemoglobin can’t be produced causing you to become anemic. Low iron levels can be caused by blood loss associated with heavy menstrual cycles, childbirth, ulcers, severe injuries or surgery to name a few. Iron rich foods are the best way of replacing iron. If there are dietary restrictions in place than an iron supplement may be needed.
Vitamin Deficiency Anemia – Low levels or the lack of Vitamin B12 and Folate in your body are the cause for this type of Anemia. Your body needs B12 to produce red blood cells and keep your nervous system working properly. Folate or Folic Acid is also needed to make red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is found in fish, poultry, meat eggs and dairy products. Excellent sources of Folate are fruits & vegetables, whole grains, beans and fortified breakfast cereals. If your diet doesn’t contain foods that provide these vitamins…a supplement may be needed.
Disease caused Anemia – There are certain diseases that prevent your body from creating red blood cells. Anemia is commonly found in people suffering from Kidney disease who are receiving dialysis. Certain types of chemotherapy kill off red blood cells causing anemia also.
You should ALWAYS consult a healthcare professional before taking any supplements or vitamins if you believe you have Anemia.
A simple blood test called a CBC can determine if you have Anemia.
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