Iron deficiency is generally a blood disorder that can affect people of any age group. The main cause of the disease is dietary deficiencies due to unhealthy eating habits and poor socioeconomic condition. There are several groups of people who are at a particularly high risk of developing iron deficiency such as pregnant women, small children and elderly people. There are several types of iron deficiency but the most prevalent is the one caused by nutritional deficiency.
Usually, anaemia is caused by iron-deficiency but it can also be caused by not having enough of Vitamin B12, folic acid and also Vitamin C (needed to enhance the absorption of iron in the body) in your system.
Following symptoms are associated with iron deficiency:
Simple home remedies for iron deficiency can help combat the disease in an effective way. These remedies are as follows:
It is very important to have a diet rich in nutrients like iron and Vitamin B12 to keep the disease at bay. Diet must include rice, cereals, dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese, green vegetables, fruits, meat and fish.
Iron rich foods such as green leafy vegetable, dried fruits, beets, bran flake, brown rice, oysters, lentils and molasses, raisins, prunes, iron fortified breads etc. must be included in diet.
Avoid tea, coffee and use of some antacids because they decrease the iron absorption in the body. Use iron utensils to cook food as it also increases the store of elemental iron in your body.
Consume ripe banana with honey daily to stimulate haemoglobin production in the blood. Honey is a good source of copper, manganese and iron and boosts haemoglobin production.
Make sure to add food items rich in Vitamin C in your diet to boost iron absorption capacity of the body. You can consider adding citrus fruits like oranges, watermelon, papaya in your diet to get required Vitamin C.
Consume soaked peeled almonds everyday in the morning empty stomach to combat iron deficiency. You can also include beetroot in your diet for treating iron deficiency.
Consume a glass of apple and tomato juice to deal with iron deficiency. You can also eat ripe apple as a whole to increase the iron intake of the body.