What is anaemia?

Anemia is a result of nutritional deficiency; it is a condition that occurs when there is a deficiency in healthy red blood cells that are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body and removing carbon dioxide.

Symptoms of anemia can also manifest if there is not enough haemoglobin which is a protein that allows the cells to transport oxygen and it also gives blood its red colour.


The condition ranges from temporary to long-term and mild to severe. You may develop anaemia if you have a condition that causes your body to produce an insufficient amount of red blood cells, your body loses red blood cells too quickly, or your body destroys red blood cells.

Symptoms of Anaemia

People with anaemia typically feel tired and weak, additional symptoms include:

– Shortness of breath
– Dizziness
– Chest or abdominal pain
– Headaches
– Cold or numb hands and/or feet
– Low body temperature
– Pale skin
– Irritability
– Black, tarry, or bloody stools (from blood loss)
– Weight loss
– Rapid or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)

Treating anemia

These symptoms occur because the tissues in organs throughout the body may not be getting an optimal supply of oxygen and because the heart needs to pump harder to cycle and deliver as much of the available oxygen-rich blood as possible.

In order to treat anaemia the aim is to rebuild the supply of red blood cells in the body. To prevent anemia we must ensure healthy red blood cells and this can be achieved by diet and lifestyle changes and incorporating dietary supplements and natural remedies into your everyday routine.

There are a number of natural remedies that are effective for treating anaemia, such as chlorophyll and beetroot.

Preventing Anemia

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1. Cook in cast-iron pots (the cooked food absorbs iron).

2. Increase intake of organic red meat, chicken and fish, these all provide some iron in the diet. Vegetarian sources include dried apricots and prunes and leafy green vegetables such as kale, beet greens, chard and dandelion.

3. Eat more foods that enhance iron absorption. These include fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, or yogurt or sauerkraut, both of which contain lactic acid, which promotes iron absorption.

4. Avoid caffeinated beverages, which can interfere with iron absorption.

Anemia results in fatigue and reduced resistance to illness amongst other symptoms and increasing iron alone is not the solution as there are many other nutrients needed for the utilization of iron and the production of haemoglobin.

5. Chlorophyll
Although Chlorophyll does not have iron in it , it is helpful in building up iron poor blood and can serve as a substitute for red blood cells until the body is able to replenish the healthy red blood cell count.

6. Beetroot
Beetroot is a great natural remedy for anemia. It cleanses the body while supplying oxygen and increasing the blood count in the body, making it an ideal natural treatment for the condition.


Supplements that help the utilization of blood in the body are l-glutamine, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 and B-complex. I like to get my clients using an organic bone broth as a natural source of l-glutamine and always recommend natural and organic supplements.

Ensure you are incorporating the right diet, lifestyle and supplement to prevent anaemia.  And if this is something you are suffering from then take the right steps to address the issue now by following the steps outlined above.

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