Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
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Written by John Joseph Immel
Some of the types of anemia include iron-deficiency, pernicious, and hemolytic anemias like sickle-cell and thalassemia. Iron deficient anemias are helped by iron rich foods. Many women have anemia due to heavy menstruation. Ayurveda is often effective at regulating the menstruation cycle.
In hemolytic anemia, your red blood cells die every 25 days, causing congestion in the liver and spleen. Hemloytic anemias are helped by reducing stress, excess physical activity, and exposure to heat.
Pernicious anemia is common among vegetarians after several years. Pernicious anemia is due to a lack of vitamin B-12.
Iron AbsorptionGastric acid and a low pH enhances solubility and updake of oxidized iron. Hypochlorhydria and use of antacids can create an iron deficiency. Iron in the form of Heme, present in meats, is rapidly absorbed regardless of duodenal pH. Meats are thus an excellent source of iron. Ascorbate and citrate increase iron uptake by increasing solubility. Conversely, iron absorption is inhibited by plant phytates and tannins. Lead, especially undetected in groundwater, can interfere with iron absorption.
Disclaimer: 'Anemia' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
Anemia indicates one or more of the following doshas and qualities are imbalanced:
Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.
Stage of Disease: 4 - Tissue DegenerationIf you have symptoms in this category it means your imbalances have overwhelmed your body's resistance causing a full-fledged disease. Once imbalance reaches this stage it is more likely to cause acute or chronic conditions. You might be tempted to focus your attention on fighting diseases in this category, but dismiss earlier warning signs of imbalance. Ayurveda emphasizes healthy diet and lifestyle choices to restore balance. The preventative approach suggests you pay careful attention to every stage of disease development.
Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Anemia.
|Cold aggravates||Low metabolism|
|Autoimmune Disorders||Strong/frequently thirsty|
|Worms / Tropical / Parasites||Gas, irregular digestion|
|Irregular heartbeat, palpitations||Low blood pressure|
|Thin, lanky, slim with thin muscles||Pale Tongue|
|Pale Skin||Pale nail-beds|
|Pale lips||Thalassemia Minor|
|Sweat often||Stool entirely liquid, no solid pieces|
|Hepatitis (Past/Current)||Kidney Infection|
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