DIET FOR ANAEMIA
Anaemia is a condition when the level of haemoglobin is low below the normal level. This means that the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen, causing unusual tiredness and other symptoms.
Symptoms of Anaemia
* Pale skin
* Fatigue, tiredness, breathlessness, weakness
* Loss of appetite
* Frequent headaches
* Brittle hair
* Anxiety, irrigation
* Cracked or reddened tongue
Causes of Anaemia:
The major cause of anaemia include lack of nutrition and proper diet. There could be other factors as well like:
* Low formation of red blood cells during to the defects in bone marrow
* Lack of balanced diet
* Bleeding due to stomach ulcers, haemorrhoids
* Inflammation of the stomach
* Deficiency during pre and post pregnancy
Dietary recommendations to recover from Anaemia
1. An Iron diet rich helps in improving the blood haemoglobin levels. Iron-rich foods include: dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale, iron-fortified cereals, wholegrains such as brown rice, beans, nuts, meat, apricots, prunes, raisins.
2. Increase the intake of foods containing Heme Iron, such foods include (in decreasing order of iron-richness) clams, oysters, organ meats, beef, pork, poultry, and fish.
3. Increase the intake of vitamin-C rich foods, such as orange juice, kiwi, watermelon, broccoli as it enhances the absorption of non-heme iron.
Including the sources of Riboflavin (vitamin B2) may help enhance the response of hemoglobin to iron. Food sources include dairy products, liver, and dried fortified cereals.
4. Avoid drinking tea with your meals as the tannins present in the tea can interfere with the absorption of iron from the meal.
Avoid medicines that interfere with the absorption of iron, these include antacids (medication to help relieve indigestion).