Anemia involves a decrease in hemoglobin levels in the blood. It may be caused by iron deficiency or could be a symptom of a health disorder.It can cause symptoms like fatigue, hair loss or even tachycardia, so it’s important to get it under control before your symptoms worsen.
If you think you might have anemia because you feel more tired than usual for no reason, for example, then it’s essential to see a doctor and to perform blood tests to discover the source of the problem.
Anemia has many possible causes. These may include nutritional deficits or be related a some health problem that should be ruled out.
Your doctor will make the diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment according to the type and severity of the anemia, as well as its cause.
Beware of Iron Supplements
If you’re considering taking an iron supplement, it’s first important to know the possible side effects. Iron can cause oxidation that leads to discomfort and digestive problems.
To prevent this, you should always increase your consumption of foods rich in iron instead, such as leafy vegetables, legumes, beets, parsley, pollen or alfalfa. This is especially if your anemia isn’t serious.
If you’re going to take an iron supplement, you can improve its assimilation if you combine it with vitamin C.
By applying some of the following teas, juices or tinctures together with a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent and heal this blood disorder.
Nettle – Rich Source of Iron
Nettle is rich in iron, and contains significant amounts of vitamin C which makes it an ideal ally in fighting anemia.
Nettle tea can help eliminate the symptoms such as slackness, fatigue, bad mood and weak concentration.
The best nettle is the one that is picked by your own hand, far from traffic and polluted areas.
You should pick young leaves only.
However if that is not possible, while purchasing nettle you should select only high-quality dried nettle.
Simple nettle tea
2 teaspoons of nettle leaves
2 dcl of hot water
Pour nettle leaves with boiling water, cover and leave for five minutes, then strain.
Drink one cup of lukewarm tea three times a day.
Tea made of nettle, sage, thyme and mint
½ teaspoon of nettle
½ teaspoon of sage
½ teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon mint
2 ½ dcl water
Pour the mixture of the listed plants with boiling water. Cover and leave for five minutes.
Strain and sweeten per taste. Drink 2 ½ to 5 dcl of this tea during a day.
Prepare a juice made of young nettle tops by blending them (for one cup of juice you will need four cups of nettle).
Sweeten with honey per taste. Drink one tablespoon of juice three times a day.
Nettle juice enriched with citruses
Wash well about ten nettle tops, then dip them into ½ liter of cold water.
Soak them over night, then strain.
Add orange, lemon (or other citrus) juice per taste.
Sweeten with honey. Drink it during the day.
Healthy and refreshing nettle smoothie
3-4 handfuls of nettle leaves (choose tops)
2-3- cups of water
Process all the ingredients in a blender.
If you don’t want your smoothie to be green add a cup of fresh or frozen berries.
Put chopped nettle leaves into a jar and pour with alcohol (vodka, rum, cognac, brandy) and cover them completely.
Close the jar and live it at least for two weeks in a warm and dark place (more the tincture steeps, it will be of higher quality).
Shake the jar once or twice a day.
After some time, strain the tincture and pour it into dark bottles with droppers, if possible.
Usage: Take 15-20 drops of tincture diluted with ½ dcl of water three times a day before meal.
Honey – Cure for Anemia
Honey is one of the healthiest ingredients and its positive effects on health are widely known.
It is also excellent for the prevention and treatment of anemia.
Consumption of honey in combination with lemon and apple cider vinegar is recommended for anemia.
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of diluted apple cider vinegar (with 2 dl of water)
Take this mixture once a day.