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We live in the prettiest houses, wear the most stylish clothes, and work at some of the best companies. At the outset, our lives seem perfect but guess what? There are a lot of health issues also brewing inside our bodies. Some because of our unhealthy lifestyles, while others due to environmental conditions. A condition that has become rather common is anemia, which is caused due to the lack of iron in the body. This leads to a decrease in the number of red blood cells, which are essential to carry oxygen to all the vital organs of our body.
In case you suffer from iron deficiency, you will suffer from extreme tiredness, lack of stamina, hair loss, pale skin, giddiness, poor appetite, and or shortness of breath.
What’s more, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)–IV (2015-16), the prevalence of anemia among women aged 15 to 49 years is 53% and among adolescent girls aged 15-19 years is 54%. So, what can we really do?
Our expert, Parul Malhotra Bahl, Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator, and Founder at Diet Expression, says, “While the percentage is quite concerning, by being aware of the symptoms, getting tests for proper and timely diagnosis and by being a little mindful of consuming certain food combinations, we can totally tackle anemia.”
But before we suggest certain drinks, it’s important to understand that there are certain foods that help your body absorb iron from iron-rich foods.
Have them as mid-meal beverages or first thing in the morning!
Beet is loaded with iron, magnesium, phosphorus, B vitamins as well as vitamin C.
Green vegetables are a great source of iron, potassium, vitamins K and B, and antioxidants. Lemon, pineapple and orange will add the required vitamin C to enhance the iron absorption from the drink.
Amla or Indian gooseberries are loaded with vitamin C, while moringa leaves are packed with iron and other minerals. This is an ideal drink to enhance iron absorption in the body.
Mix 1 teaspoon fresh amla and moringa leaves juice in a glass of water, and have it first thing in the morning.
Dried prunes are rich in iron, vitamin K, B vitamins, potassium and fibre. Apples and strawberries will also help to add to the iron content, while orange is packed with vitamin C.
Blend in 7-8 prunes with one chopped apple, strawberries (1 cup frozen) and 1 peeled orange to get yet another iron-rich drink.
Pomegranates are rich in iron, folate, vitamins B, C, and A. On the other hand, dates are yet another rich source of iron, fibre, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants etc.
Blend in 1 cup pomegranate seeds, 1 cup frozen berries, 1/2 cup coconut milk (unsweetened), 1/2 frozen banana and 6 dates to get a delicious iron-rich smoothie.