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Hemoglobin deficiency is a persistent health problem for many, especially women. A drop in its levels can leave you exhausted or weak most of the time. The reason behind this is that hemoglobin molecules work to transfer oxygen to cells throughout the body. The oxygen you breathe is purified in the lungs and passes into the bloodstream where the hemoglobin takes it and transfers it to the cells. Lower hemoglobin content results in decreased oxygen transfer to body cells and reduced or strained functionality of various organs.
However, there are ways to increase hemoglobin levels with the right food. Ghazal Furniturewala, nutritionist at Rujuta Diwekar, says that a healthy diet is a secret behind increasing hemoglobin levels.
Follow These Tips To Increase Hemoglobin Levels
Before jumping into healing foods, you should know how to detect low hemoglobin in the body.
Hemoglobin levels may be low if:
- The skin becomes dull or prone to acne.
- The quality of the hair deteriorates and becomes frizzy. Hair loss can also be a symptom.
- The mood persists for a long time. This is because brain cells are not getting enough oxygen to function properly.
- Shortness of breath and fatigue take over after small tasks.
- Nausea and headaches become routine problems.
- Periods show too much or no bleeding for months.
What to do for a better hemoglobin level?
Hemoglobin consists of an iron part and a protein part. Therefore, just focusing on an iron-rich diet will not work. Food should also provide the body with vitamins B12 and C, protein and lots of nutrients. Here are 5 tips:
Avoid long meal intervals: Keep intervals of 2-3 hours as long intervals reduce the absorption of iron. Don’t kill hunger with tea, coffee, fried snacks, cigarettes, or tobacco.
Stay away from laxatives: They clean the intestines but also eliminate good intestinal bacteria. As a result, the uptake of B12 decreases, the hemoglobin level decreases, the oxygen in the body decreases, and the fat burning metabolism slows down.
Soak, germinate and cook your pulses: Legumes are a source of protein, minerals and nutrients. Soak them and sprout them overnight to increase the nutrient content. Cook them as you wish.
Eat amla: Its vitamin C content is important for the hemoglobin level. However, avoid amla juice or pills. Eat the fruit or its pickle or murabba.
Choose seasonal vegetables that are not grown: Only spinach will not help increase iron levels. Choose a variety of seasonal green vegetables. These also provide various micronutrients.
Here is the video of Ghazal Furniturewala:
It is very important to take steps to improve hemoglobin levels in the body. So pay attention to your diet, as it plays an important role in the synthesis and maintenance of an optimal level of hemoglobin.
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