Are you suffering from anemia? If you are, you are not alone. Many women (and men) have suffered from different degrees of anemia at some point in their lives. Conditions can range from very slight to severe anemia due to heavy blood loss. Fibroids, pregnancy, or other conditions may cause this, but only a doctor can pinpoint the exact reason why and offer a treatment plan. But what exactly is anemia? And is honey good for anemia? What foods are good for anemia?
Anemia is not a disease but a symptom of a condition. There are many types of anemia, but the most common is anemia due to a decrease in red blood cells, hemoglobin, or both. Blood is approximately 75% hemoglobin. Since your hemoglobin carries oxygen throughout the body, you can see why this condition can cause all kinds of problems if left untreated.
The symptoms of anemia due to a decrease in red blood cells include tiredness and exhaustion, heart palpitations, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, and even ridges in the fingernails. I used to be extremely anemic due to fibroids and I had a very strange, crazy craving for cornstarch. I used to eat boxes and boxes of it. Others have been known to crave corn, pickles, carrots, paper and other odd things. This craving is known as PICA (Yes, it has a name!) This explains why many pregnant women crave strange things such as pickles and ice cream.
Once you have been diagnosed with anemia caused by decreased red blood cells and have been given a treatment plan by your doctor, what can you do at home each day to help the situation? The four foods listed below, I can truthfully say, helped me more than anything else. They may be useful for you, too. Why not give them a try.
1. Liquid Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is one of the most amazing foods with many health benefits. It has even been termed “nature’s blood transfusion” because its molecular structure is almost identical to hemoglobin. Therefore, chlorophyll helps to do the job of hemoglobin, increasing oxygen utilization by the body. It helps to replenish your red blood cells and boost your energy almost immediately. You can purchase this product from your local health food store. I used a brand called Chloroxygen.
2. Blackstrap Molasses
3. Low Sodium v8
This juice contains tomatoes, beets, and other vegetables that assist the body to recover and deal with anemia. If possible, buy fresh veggie juice in the refrigerator section of your grocery store in a glass bottle. If you have the inclination, why not juice your own vegetables so that you have a fresh, unprocessed form of V8. When I had anemia, my energy level was so low that I didn’t want to make my own, therefore, these ready-made drinks were a blessing.
4. Raw Dark Honey
Marvelous honey contains iron, copper, and manganese. When these elements are combined they aid in hemoglobin synthesis. Plus, when you are very anemic, you have almost zero energy; therefore, raw honey is a great energy booster.