The most common type of anaemia is iron deficiency anaemia. This is a condition where low iron in the body causes a reduction in the number of red blood cells. Most people with this type of anaemia, will usually only have a few symptoms. The severity of symptoms depends essentially on how quickly the anaemia develops.

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There are many causes that can lead to a lack of iron in the body, such as internal bleeding, certain medications and heavy periods. The most common symptoms are – fatigue, a pale complexion, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. Some other unusual signs may be a red shiny tongue, brittle nails with longitudinal ridges or slightly concave nails.

The best way to check for anaemia is to have a blood test arranged by your doctor. If your iron is low,  then the best thing to do is eat food that has iron and/or take an iron supplement. Once iron levels are in a healthy range, this can be maintained by eating iron-rich foods.

 

Foods high in Iron

Choose foods such as

  • Dried fruit like prunes, raisins and dates   lentils
  • Dark leafy green vegetables like kale, and spinach
  • Legumes like lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans
  • Seaweed
  • Parsley
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Red meat

Also add some vitamin c rich foods to your meal to increase the absorption of iron – such as raw capsicum or lemon juice. Or eat vitamin c rich fruit for dessert:- such as kiwi fruit, guava, strawberries, papaya and citrus. Avoid drinking tea or coffee half an hour before a meal or one hour after a meal.

 

Natural Iron Builders

Here are some ideas for iron building smoothies…

 

Spinach and Carrot

Ingredients: (for 2 servings)    spinach

1 handful spinach

1 apple

1 carrot

2 glasses of water

Method: Blend together and drink. Can also add stinging nettle tincture (20 drops or as stated on label) for an extra boost.

 

Prune and Orangeprunes

Ingredients: (for 1 serving)

1 glass fresh orange juice

6 prunes (stones removed)

Method:  Blend together and drink.

 

Grapefruit and Apricot

Ingredients: (for 1 serving)      apricot

5 dried apricots

1 glass fresh grapefruit juice

Honey or blackstrap molasses to taste

Method: Blend together and drink.

 

 

 

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