Wednesday, October 02, 2013

JUICING FOR HEALTH SERIES: IRON-DEFICIENCY ANEMIA PART 1



Hi friends, how are you doing? First off, I know I've been M.I.A. for a while, so let me start by saying a HUGE SORRY!!! There are many reasons why  I sort of just disappeared (some of which I will share with you later) but right now I just want to say that  I've truly missed blogging and connecting with you all - so please forgive me and don't be mad.


I knew coming back that I wanted my first post to be about juicing and how it can help heal our bodies in unique and specific ways. The reason for this is that I have experienced first hand the amazing healing properties of living foods and more specifically juicing (read my story here.) Our bodies were designed to heal and regenerate themselves - we were never meant to be dependent on pharmaceuticals - our bodies are magnificent, and when fed the right foods, they work like a wonder.

In a dream world, all of us would eat lots of living foods, drink lots of fresh spring water, get our 8 hours of sleep every night, have tons of fresh air to breath, would have absolutely no stress - and our bodies would work the way they were meant to. Reality however tells us a very different story - we often find ourselves stressed, sleep deprived, malnourished (though often overweight), and we lack the basic vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function efficiently.


There are many health problems that are a result of lack of nutrients to our systems, and today I want to talk about anemia which is the deficiency (not enough) of hemoglobin in the blood. This results in fatigue, anxiety, irritability, hair loss, constipation, breathlessness, skin pallor  and weak/brittle nails among other symptoms. 


More specifically however I want to talk about iron-deficiency anemia which is the most common type and may be precipitated by heavy menstrual loss, internal bleeding  dietary deficiency in iron, pregnancy  and rheumatoid arthritis. Whatever the cause may be, what we want to do is work to alleviate the underlying cause, and to increase absorption of nutrients, in this case - concentrate on getting iron into the body.


While there are many iron supplements out in the market, there are also many natural ways of getting our iron in! Here is a list of natural healing foods that are rich in iron and can help treat iron-deficiency anemia:



Fruits & Vegetables:


  • apples
  • citrus fruit
  • grapes
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • beets & beet tops
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • fennel
  • green peas
  • leafy greens
  • watercress
Other Foods:
  • almonds
  • dried apricots
  • figs
  • prunes
  • raisins
  • black-strap molasses
  • kelp

Basically want you want to do is maximize the intake of iron-rich foods and foods rich in vitamin C to improve iron absorption. At the same time minimize (or eliminate all together) foods that limit iron absorption such as wheat products, coffee, tea, and chocolate.

In part 2 of this topic I will give you juice recipes that I found have helped me with my own iron deficiency-anemia so stay tuned!


Resources

Crocker, P. (2008). The juicing bible (2nd ed.). Toronto: R. Rose.

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