The blood is a red fluid that does the work of circulation, transportation, and waste removal in the body. Lack of blood in the body is medically known as anemia, and many things are known to cause it. The risk of developing anemia is higher in people who underwent surgery, women, children and those who don’t eat well.
There are different types of anemia, but the most common one which tends to affect many people is iron deficiency anemia. Which is caused by shortage of iron in the body (a nutrient which assists to produce hemoglobin for the red blood cells). In this article, I will be showing you some signs of blood shortage or anemia in the body and some natural drinks you can easily prepare at home and drink to replenish your blood count.
The red blood cells help to transport oxygen from the lungs to other organs in the body. A reduction in the number of red blood cells may cause reduced oxygen supply to the body organs, including the brain, which in turn leads to headache. You’re advised to visit a doctor if you experience a persistent headache because it’s a sign of ill health.
The lack of red blood cells in the body tends to cause dizziness because it impairs the transportation of oxygen to the body organs, and when this happens, a person may feel dizzy and lightheaded.
3. Pale or yellowish skin.
The hemoglobin in the red blood cells assists in the transportation of oxygen. When there is a shortage of hemoglobin and oxygen in the body, the skin may turn pale or yellowish. You should always try to see a doctor whenever you notice a discoloration in your skin because it’s a common symptom of lack of blood.
4. Chest pain.
Lack of oxygen-rich red blood cells in the body tends to pressurize the heart, thus making it to beat faster, which may lead to chest pain. You are advised to see a doctor if you experience chest pain so as to know the actual cause.
5. Shortness of breath.
The lung is responsible for breathing in oxygen to the body. When there’s a shortage of oxygen-rich blood, it tends to stress the lungs, thus leading to shortness of breath.
6. Cold hands and feet.
This is a common sign of anemia that shouldn’t be neglected. You should try to consult a doctor if you notice this symptom.
Below are some healthy natural drinks you should take if you’re suffering from lack of blood to replenish your blood count.
1. Guava smoothie.
This is a very popular fruit in Nigeria, and you can purchase them in markets across the country. Guava is an excellent source of vitamin A, fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which are no doubt very good for anemia patients. One healthy way of consuming guava is by blending them into a natural drink.
2. Strawberry smoothie.
Strawberries are notable for their rich vitamin C, potassium and folic acid content, which functions to increase blood levels. Regular intake of strawberries is advisable if you’re suffering from anemia because it helps to improve your condition. Strawberry smoothie is prepared by washing and blending the fruits.
3. Kale smoothie.
This is an excellent vegetable for anemic patients. According to Medicalnewstoday, kale contains approximately 1.59 mg of iron per 100g. Blending kale and drinking the smoothie helps to increase iron levels in the body, which helps to prevent anemia.
4. Citrus juice.
Many people tend to consume citrus fruits without knowing about its outstanding health benefits. The rich vitamin C content in citrus fruits places them among the best fruits for those who are suffering from low blood count. This is because the presence of vitamin C in the body helps to improve iron absorption, thus combating anemia. Citrus juices are extracted by peeling, cutting and squeezing citrus fruits. Some examples of citrus fruits include orange, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, etc.
5. Beetroot juice.
This reddish onion-like vegetable is packed with iron, minerals, and vitamins which are all good for the body. Information obtained from Ndtv shows that incorporating beetroot in your diet tends to improve anemic condition. This is why you should consume it regularly in order to boost your blood level. Beetroot juice is a natural drink which is prepared by washing, cutting and blending beetroots.