To help those in need, help yourself to some iron and become a regular blood donor. Hemoglobin is a protein in your blood that contains iron and gives blood its red color. Hemoglobin carries oxygen from your lungs to nourish all the tissues in your body. A blood donor needs to maintain a hemoglobin level of 12.5g/DL. Eat it right with a well-balanced diet which is rich in Vitamin C and iron to boost your hemoglobin levels. No worries if you are not confident of your iron levels, as we are here some healthy recommendations for your routine.
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Menstruation and childbirth are significant sources of blood loss for women. Women are prone to iron deficiency during their monthly period and it takes at least 10 days to regain back the iron levels. For a woman who has delivered a baby, it takes at least 6 months to get back to normal Hemoglobin levels. Hence, it is advisable to avoid blood donation in this period and it is essential to include a nutritious diet to lead a health lifestyle. Gone are the days of gender differences. Know your facts right to turn into a life saviour.
What are the common causes of anemia or iron deficiency?
Ø Loss of blood due to accidents/surgeries, internal/external bleeding, cancer / chemotherapy treatment involving bone marrow suppression , stomach ulcer, menstruation.
Ø Nutritional deficiency due to lack of Iron, B12 folate and thyroid disorders.
How to prevent Iron deficiency?
WHO believes that about 30% of the world’s population may have iron deficiency anemia and 80% may be iron deficient. Iron deficiency leads to low oxygen supply to tissues. As a result, the immune system does not develop, which makes the body vulnerable to diseases. Iron deficiency begins gradually and has its root in poor dietary intake. The recommended level of iron can be met through dietary intake, however, during pregnancy nutrient intake should be increased to meet the fetus’ needs.
Some of our recommendations to increase iron levels are: red meat, beet root, spinach, broccoli, almonds, dates, raisins, fig, carrots, sesame seeds, flax seeds, egg, sprouts, finger millet, cashew, lentils, beans and pulses, fenugreek, asparagus, corn, mushroom, sunflower seeds and seafood. Consuming junk food could reduce the iron levels and hence it is better to avoid processed foods to maintain a balanced diet.
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