5 Step Process to Treat Anemia Naturally

5 Step Process to Treat Anemia Naturally

August 15, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine. Today I’m going to share with you
my five-step process to treat anemia naturally.
If you want to know the best anemia cures,
you’re going to find those in this video,
including the best diet, supplements, along
with triggers, things that can trigger anemia
you absolutely want to watch out for.
The first step in overcoming anemia is really
nourishing your spleen. Your spleen is an
organ that is responsible for red blood cell
production, as well as keeping fluids together
in your system. If your spleen isn’t healthy,
that’s one of the first factors that’s going
to cause anemia. There are specific foods
that will actually help nourish your spleen,
helping you overcome anemia naturally. That
first food group would be squash, specifically
things like pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut
squash, spaghetti squash, those bright orange-colored
foods. Think fall harvest, those sort of foods
are going to be fantastic for nourishing the
spleen.
So step number one is nourishing your spleen.
I would recommend getting one to two servings
of squash in your daily diet. If you want
some ideas, you can check out some of my recipes
there on DrAxe.com.
The other thing that’s very important for
nourishing your spleen and red blood cell
production are going to be green leafy vegetables
like spinach, kale, and chard. Doing one serving
of those a day, something like a kale salad
or saut�ed spinach, is also very nourishing
to your spleen. Last, but not least, our bitter
foods are good for the spleen, specifically
things like romaine lettuce, arugula. You
can even do bitter herbs before a meal as
a supplement. But anything that’s sort of
a bitter food is very, very nourishing to
the spleen.
Step number two to help you naturally overcome
anemia is you need to start getting your gut
healthy with probiotics. Now, listen to this
principle. It’s not, “You are what you eat,”
it is, “You are what you digest.” If you’re
not digesting properly and absorbing and assimilating
nutrients properly, you’re not absorbing iron.
So for a lot of people, you might even be
taking iron supplements, and they’re not working.
The reason is that you’re digestive system
isn’t healthy, and you probably have a condition
called “leaky gut.” Leaky gut doesn’t allow
you to properly absorb iron as well as certain
other vitamins, like vitamin B12 and magnesium
and zinc. So you could be deficient because
you don’t have a healthy gut, and probiotics
are really the first key into restoring your
digestive health.
In fact, a recent study out of Stanford found
that when somebody supplements with probiotics,
all of their B vitamin levels go up along
with their iron. So listen, treat the root
cause, not the symptom. So many doctors today
say, “Hey, just go and take this iron tab.”
It’s not fixing it. You’ve got to be able
to absorb the iron tab for it to work. So
for that reason, you want to add in probiotic-rich
foods like real home-made yogurt, goat’s milk
kefir, sauerkraut, and other probiotic-rich
foods. Then taking a probiotic supplement,
typically 50 to 100 billion IUs daily, can
definitely help support your iron absorption.
Step number two in overcoming anemia is getting
those processed and junk foods out, especially
excess sugar and anything that can cause candida.
Oftentimes, candida and anemia are linked.
So if you ever notice a white color on your
tongue or in the back of your throat or if
you ever tend to get any sort of yeast issues,
you know that’s candida. Candida will block
iron absorption. So diet is key. In order
to really overcome that, you’ve got to support
the spleen, like I talked about earlier, but
also eliminate processed sugars and grains.
So again, if you are doing a lot of sugars,
pastas, breads, cereals, any type of grain
product or sugar product, that’s going to
feed yeast. Replace those with healthy fats
in your diet. Or if you’re going to use a
sweetener, raw local honey in small amounts,
a tablespoon at most at a time, or stevia
is the best option in terms of sweeteners.
The next step in helping you overcome anemia
is going to be actually consuming iron-rich
foods. Some of the best include foods like
liver. In fact, beef liver and chicken liver
are by far the highest. That might sound gross
to you, consuming liver. But I’m telling you,
if you buy organic chicken liver at your local
farmer’s market or at your health food store,
you can put it in a crock pot with chicken
in equal ratios, or about a third liver, two-thirds
chicken, and do a big crock pot with vegetables
like carrots, celery, onions, sea salt. Do
a big crock pot with some liver in there,
and that is the perfect meal to help replenish
your liver, as well as liver is very high
in iron, as I just discussed, which is important,
so again, getting liver in your diet.
Also, other iron-rich foods you want to be
getting in your diet. Look towards meat, specifically
grass-fed beef. Bison is fantastic and lamb.
But think organic, grass-fed red meats are
some of the highest foods in iron. Also, spinach
and kale and chard, getting those green leafy
vegetables in. So again, an ideal meal might
look like that crock pot soup I talked about
earlier. Another idea would be a bison burger
with a side of spinach. Fantastic for helping
you overcome anemia.
And last but not least, lifestyle and reducing
stress. If you’re emotionally stressed out,
if you struggle with unforgiveness, anger,
or have chronic worry and anxiety, those things
really deplete your spleen and your liver
and will exhaust those organs. So really make
sure that you are scheduling in times of relaxation,
times of fun during your week, getting plenty
of sleep at night. Those things will really
help recharge your system and body. If you
do those things, you’re going to see fantastic
results in overcoming anemia.
Last little bonus tip here. In Chinese medicine,
again, anemia is very closely related to the
spleen, and certain herbs actually help support
the spleen, especially ginseng. Ginseng is
known as an adaptogenic herb that helps your
body better deal with stress. So adding in
a supplement like ginseng may also help really
in supporting healthy blood. Then beets, another
super food. They really help with a healthy
circulatory system and healthy iron levels.
So guys, this has been myself, Dr. Axe, talking
about anemia natural treatments and natural
cures for anemia. I hope you’ve enjoyed this
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