Millions of people all over the world from every conceivable country suffer from anemia of one form or another at one time or another. Many of these people have chronic anemia that can sometimes be so severe that it is life threatening. Others have anemia that is so mild that they don’t even know they have it. So, what is anemia anyway?
Anemia (which actually means “lacking blood”) is when your blood doesn’t have enough good red blood cells (hemoglobin is found in the red blood cells, and is the agent that carries the oxygen from the lungs around the body). When this happens there isn’t enough oxygen in the blood, thus the various organs in the body won’t be able to get enough oxygen, which they require to function properly. This usually occurs when the body doesn’t have enough iron for one reason or the other (but there are many other causes as well). Women are more likely to have anemia than men, but men can get it as well. There are several possible causes of anemia including; specifically a lack in the body’s production of red blood cells, too much red blood cell destruction, blood loss (such as that which occurs during menstruation or childbirth), lack of iron in the diet, pregnancy, lack of certain other vitamins (like B12, for example), certain cancers or other acute or chronic diseases, inherited anemia due to genetic problems, hormonal imbalances, and a host of other more obscure causes, including anemia that has no known cause at all.
The way that you can know that you have anemia is if you feel any of the following (but many people who have anemia don’t even know that they have it): fatigue, weakness, a fast heart beat, heart palpitations, difficulty in breathing (shortness of breath), uncalled for sweating, drained looking skin color, and sometimes dizziness. So, if you are suffering from any of these symptoms without knowing the cause, then please go get a blood test and confirm whether or not you are suffering from anemia, what type, and why (if possible). Then, you really need to begin some sort of curative program right away in order to preserve your health.
Generally, the most common anemia (iron deficient anemia) is treated with iron supplements. This is fine, but there are several problems that taking iron supplements can cause, such as constipation (or diarrhea), nausea (even vomiting), and more. Be particularly careful when using iron supplements with children, since it can be severely toxic to them, even causing death. So, instead of taking ordinary iron supplements, try to do something to help your self without artificial (or even real) iron and get to the nature of the problem naturally. There are tons of great tasting foods out there that are loaded with iron. Some of them are: red meats (beef, lamb and goat, which are all widely available in Kuwait), particularly liver, beets (particularly a blend of carrot and beet juice expressed juice), beet greens, chives, green leafy vegetables (like romaine lettuce, spinach, sea vegetables (your local Japanese restaurant will love you since that is the best place to get seaweed in Kuwait, although it is sold at Sultan Center in the Oriental foods section), and more), blackstrap molasses, eggs, okra, raisins, almonds (and almond milk, which you can make by blending almonds in a blender with water and drinking the resulting milky liquid, making sure that you don’t let the almond paste float to the bottom). Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables that contain vitamin C, like strawberries, or anything bright or dark red, purple, bright orange, bright yellow, or bright green. Also, if you are suffering from anemia, you should really discontinue coffee, tea, soft drinks and smoking, since the use of those things really impairs your absorption of the important vitamins that you need to recover. This also goes for foods containing preservatives, additives, etc. Here in Kuwait stuffed and plain grape leaves are widely available too, so eat up!
In the herbal medicine world there are many plants that are known to increase iron, help red blood cell and hemoglobin production, and improve the general health of the body, which will be run down with anemia, particularly if it has gone unnoticed for any length of time. One of the newly discovered ones is called “Cassia grandis” (which is not the same as regular cassia, which is like cinnamon), and hails from Puerto Rico. Alfalfa leaf is another great herb to take, along with any of the green herbs, like spirulina (which is algae), yellow dock, dandelion, stinging nettles, gentian, burdock (leaf and root), Dong Quai, St John’s wort, astragalus, licorice (which also helps by keeping the adrenal glands going strong), horsetail, red raspberry leaf, parsley, and Panax ginseng (the Asian version).
Here are some of the herbs recommended above from Amazon… very nice, organic, and perfect for getting your anemia under control… combined with a good anemia friendly diet….
You also need to get out there and exercise, even if you really don’t feel like it. Because exercise will help your glands to work better, and get your circulation moving. Walking is good, swimming too, and any other kind. You can dance, jump, lift weights, do Karate, or anything else!
So, if you suffer from anemia, help is right around the corner at your local grocery store and right in your own kitchen! Get out and do something now, so that you hang on to your good health for as long as you can!