What is Anemia?
Anemia is a blood disorder in which you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues. Having anemia, also referred to as low hemoglobin, can make you feel tired and weak.
Why do we get it?
The main cause is not having enough iron in your diet. There are many forms, and each of them has its reasons, some are inherited like sickle-cell anemia. In most cases, anemia has more than one cause and may be a warning sign of a more serious issue. See your doctor if you suspect that you have anemia.
- Fatigue and weakness
- Pale or yellowish skin.
- Irregular heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
Can foods help prevent it?
Treatments depend on the cause, ranging from taking supplements to having medical procedures. You might be able to prevent some types by eating a healthy, varied diet.
Choose iron-rich foods:
- Red meat, pork, and poultry
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and peas
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots
- Iron-fortified cereals, bread, and pasta
Iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron. Without enough iron, your body can’t produce enough hemoglobin in your red blood cells. Hemoglobin enables blood cells to carry oxygen. As a result, an iron deficiency may leave you tired and short of breath.
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