Practitioner treatment is recommended for this condition.
Anaemia means that your blood is deficient in haemoglobin, which carries oxygen in red blood cells. Usually anaemia results from blood loss due to injury, operation or excessive bleeding during periods. It can also happen as a result of your diet not providing enough iron or the iron not being absorbed from the ingested food. There may be other rarer causes of anaemia, and it is important to find out the underlying problem and treat it.
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The main symptoms of anaemia are tiredness and shortness of breath on exertion, and many people do not realise they are anaemic until their symptoms become extreme. The measures below will provide good sources of easily absorbable iron that are free from the side effects associated with iron supplements. You could also eat black pudding, which is the best food source of all for iron, liver being the second best.
• Take an iron tonic, e.g. Floradix – this is a concentrated syrup made from yeast and herb and fruit extracts that are naturally high in iron (take it according to the manufacturer’s instructions).
• Eat a variety of dried fruit daily (e.g. figs, apricots, prunes, raisins). Adults: a quarter of a cup a day.
• Drinking certain herbal teas will help, although this is not normally sufficient as herbs contain only small amounts of iron (useful herbs include nettles, couch grass, wild strawberry leaves).
Adults: 1 cup of tea 2-3 times a day.
Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
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