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Are you Anemic?

Are you Anemic?

If you tired all day long, feel weak and cold, look pale and lose a lot of hair you probably would like to check if you are not Anemic.

lock of iron in the blood is a common disorder that occurs when a deficiency in your red blood cells impedes delivery of oxygen throughout your body.

Without iron, your red blood cells may become low in a protein called hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

A normal red blood cell count in women is 12 grams per deciliter of blood (g/DL), and in men, it’s 15g/DL. If you show below-normal levels, your doctor will most likely perform other blood tests to determine what’s at the root of the problem.

There are three main reasons people become anemic: blood loss, a reduction in the body’s ability to produce new red blood cells or an illness that leads to increased destruction of red blood cells.

Blood loss. When the amount of blood loss is greater than your body’s ability to replace the lost red blood cells, you can become anemic. 

Low production of red blood cells. Even if you’re not bleeding, old red blood cells constantly need to be replaced with new ones.

A number of factors can cause your body to produce too few red blood cells,

Diet. If your diet is lacking in foods containing iron, folic acid, vitamin B12, and other essential nutrients, your red blood cell production can falter.

Medical conditions. Chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and HIV/AIDS can interfere with the body’s ability to produce red blood cells. Women who are pregnant also can become anemic.

Genetic disorders. Children can inherit conditions, like aplastic anemia, that prevent them from producing enough red blood cells. Inherited conditions like sickle cell anemia and hemolytic anemia also can prompt the body to destroy red blood cells.

Increased red blood cell destruction. Certain diseases can cause your body to turn on its own red blood cells and destroy them. 

how would you know if you Anemic, what are the signs:

People who are anemic are constantly fatigued, have cold hands and feet, dizziness and shortness of breath. They are pale, suffer from hair loss, and have a harder time thinking straight.

So what should we do?

You can talk to your doctor and takes pills. I always advise my clients to check their food first and try to eat more foods that are loaded with iron: spinach, turkey, liver, fish, tahini sauce, lentils quinoa, nuts and more.