ANEMIA AND ITS CAUSES

Life is like a rush hour. We are always racing against time to complete our daily chores, without pausing to rest. And in the process, we are wearing our bodies out. But when we don’t take care of our health, problems like iron deficiency and Anemia arise.

Anemia is a health condition in which the red blood cell ( hemoglobin) count in your blood is lower than normal. This happens when your body does not have enough iron to produce the hemoglobin that carries oxygen to your body tissues, and when sufficient oxygen does not reach the body, it impairs the functioning of the brain and muscles.

Sounds scary, but the good news is that Anemia is easily preventable, and treatable. So let’s take a closer look at this condition:

Causes of Anemia

If you want to avoid being Anemic, it’s important to know its causes so you can make changes in your lifestyle if need be. Though there are various causes of Anemia, these three are the most popular ones:

Blood Loss

The logic of blood loss leading to Anemia is simple. If you lose blood, you lose iron, and if you don’t have enough iron in your body to make up for that loss, iron deficiency is bound to occur.

Blood loss can occur due to:

  • A serious injury
  • Heavy menstrual blood flow in women
  • Blood flow after childbirth in new mothers
  • Internal bleeding caused by bleeding ulcers, colon cancer, urinary tract bleeding, etc.

These causes are not exactly preventive, hence the only hack is to ensure you maintain the iron level of your body.

Poor Diet

Men and women (epsecially parents), please note that poor diet also leads to heavy loss of iron. So ignoring the leafy greens on your plate consistently can cause Anemia too.

Quick tips to prevent Anemia through a good diet:
Dietary foods such as meat, poultry and fish for non-vegetarians and tofu, beans, spinach for vegetarians are a great source of iron!

If you don’t have time to sit and eat veggies or fruit, why not add tasty, iron-rich foods which are quick to consume, to your daily diet? Alternatives such as smoothies or Tropicana’s iron-fortified juices, can be that boost for you and your family. With 15% of the Recommended Daily Allowance, as much iron as 100 grams of spinach and no added sugar and preservatives, it really is the super product your family needs.

Poor iron absorption

If you’ve had intestinal surgery or a disease like Crohn’s disease or Celiac disease, you may have developed an inability to absorb iron.

Since some causes like menstruation are unavoidable and some others are incidental, the only way to make up for that loss is to ensure your blood and iron levels are consistently strong.

Keep up a good diet of fruit and veggies, fruit and veggies juice with spinach, salads and anything else which help fortify your iron and blood levels. Anemia can develop into some real trouble, and the general rule with trouble is to keep it at bay. So embrace iron for you and your family and do away with the potential of developing Anemia.

Who can suffer from Anemia

In general, individuals who do not consume sufficient iron-rich foods can suffer from Anemia. This is why children, are more susceptible to Anemia as they typically avoid essential food like leafy vegetables.

Women are also more prone to Anemia than men because of blood loss during menstruation and childbirth. It is, then, crucial for women to maintain high levels of iron throughout their reproductive years.

Quick tips to prevent Anemia through diet:

Consume iron-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, tofu, beans, and spinach.

Smoothies or Tropicana’s iron-fortified juice are great solutions for a rushed lifestyle. The latter provides 15% of the recommended dietary allowance of iron, equivalent to 100 grams of spinach and does not contain added sugar or preservatives.

Some causes of Anemia are unavoidable. However one can easily prevent the condition by maintaining high levels of iron in the body. So consume a good diet of fruit, veggies and juices fortified with iron to keep Anemia at bay. There’s nothing like a healthy, happy family that doesn't need to worry about the perils of Anemia.

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