The blood nourishes the body. It gives every human being life. The blood is the body’s transport mechanism for taking nutrients and oxygen to different parts of the body, while transporting wastes from and deoxygenated blood from the body’s different organs.
The blood is made up of different components and one of them is called hemoglobin.
How to Increase Hemoglobin
There are many ways to increase hemoglobin in the medical setting. Knowing why hemoglobin levels fall is an important factor in determining treatment.
- Blood transfusions can increase hemoglobin levels. Active bleeding in any part of the body can cause blood levels to fall. It is important to replace blood lost which can be done through blood transfusions.
- Stop the bleeding. The cause of bleeding needs to be stopped in order to prevent a further drop in hemoglobin levels.
- Increase iron intake. Iron-deficiency anemia or IDA also causes a drop in hemoglobin levels because this is the iron-containing part of blood. Increasing iron in the body through diet and supplementation can help elevate falling hemoglobin levels.
Natural Remedies to Increase Hemoglobin
Depending on the reason behind the drop in hemoglobin, there are natural remedies that can effectively restore hemoglobin to normal or even to optimal levels.
- Eat spinach. Spinach is a rich source of iron. It can be eaten or its juice can be drunk.
- Iron supplementation. There are many iron supplements available in the market to help increase hemoglobin count.
- Vitamin C supplementation. Iron cannot be fully absorbed by the body without vitamin C.
- Folate and folic acid supplementation. These are important supplements for women who have reached the age of menstruation especially during their child-bearing years.
- Juice of beetroot. This has been used to naturally treat anemia in children and in teenagers.
How to Increase Hemoglobin Naturally
Living a healthy lifestyle is the basic foundation of naturally increasing hemoglobin levels.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet. This diet should be composed of foods rich in iron such as spinach, fortified cereals and breads, tuna, fish, liver, raisins, green beans and so on.
- Avoid eating or taking-in foods that can naturally lower iron-levels in the body such as caffeine and chocolate.
- Practice exercising. Exercise motives the body to produce more hemoglobin to meet the increasing demands of the body for oxygen.
- Seek medical consult. Especially when hemoglobin levels do not respond to natural remedies.