Anemia means your body is not producing enough red blood cells. Your blood cells start thinning out, and you might have a deficiency in platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells.
When blood cells are getting destroyed, that’s hemolytic anemia.
When our body isn’t making enough red blood cells, that is pernicious anemia.
The body either doesn’t have the materials to make blood cells, or just produces them too slowly in response to menstruation, injury, or any other causes of bleeding.
Pernicious anemia is caused primarily by a deficiency in vitamins and minerals, specifically B12, B9, folate, and B12.
These nutrient deficiencies are what create problems for a lot of people.
In this blog, I’ll go over some ways that you can fight against anemia if it’s something you struggle with.
Greens, spinach and kale are all good sources of iron, vitamins and minerals. These should be going in on a regular basis to help support a deficient body.
Acerola, strawberries, and citrus are all great sources of vitamin C, which helps with iron absorption.
If you’re low on iron, I recommend taking it with vitamin C to help get it into the system.
Grass-fed beef, venison, lamb, organ meat, and fish are all good food sources of iron.
Black beans, chickpeas, nuts, and seeds are good sources of magnesium, which also assists with iron absorption.
I recommend staying away from dairy, because it’s higher in calcium and actually blocks iron absorption.
Candida, which is a type of fungal infection, also blocks iron absorption, so I would add in fermented foods to help balance out your body’s microbiome.
These are all good foods to focus on if you suffer from anemia.
If you’re suffering from heavy menstruation and losing way too much blood, we’re going to have to dig deeper on the hormone side of things.
In the Livingood Daily Lifestyle members’ area, we have hormone quizzes, hormone trainings, and advanced methodologies to help deal with underlying issues.
Most people who are suffering from anemia lack certain nutrients, so that’s something you can focus on.
I recommend a solid multivitamin that has methylated B12, folate, and ferrochelatase.
Ferrochelatase is a source of iron that doesn’t irritate the gut. A lot of iron supplements will end up creating a lot of disruption and constipation in the gut.
The Livingood Daily Multi Vitamin has all of the methylated vitamins, and that form of ferrochelatase, so it’s light on the system.
If you’re suffering from anemia, I would also recommend doing a gut reset that involves a microbe cleanse.
Our advanced gut reset spends 30 days balancing out things like candida that can affect the absorption of B vitamins and iron in your body.
I would also add in greens powder, which has probiotics, vitamins, and minerals, and beetroot to support iron absorption.
A Complete Blood Count (CBC) test tells you your general numbers, so you should be watching that regularly.
You could also do an iron panel which tests your iron levels, total iron-binding capacity, and ferritin levels.
If ferritin is high, that means we’re dealing with stroke-related issues.
In a lot of anemia cases, it’s going to be lower.
A solid lifestyle is what helps you to get the foundational pieces in place to deal with these issues, and the Livingood Daily Lifestyle can help.
You can do the Lifestyle monthly challenges, learn how to shop, and learn how to get healthy foods and nutrients into your life regularly.