Women in particular tend to suffer from low iron levels due to monthly menstration. Vegan’s and vegetarian’s (even meat eater’s!) can also be victim to low amounts of this spectacular mineral. Another issue is lack of proper nutrient absorbtion. This problem can occur if you’r dealing with a bowel disorder such as IBS, celiac or chron’s disease.
Possible Symptoms of Low Iron;
Feeling weak and tired
Short of breath
To increase hemoglobin level, the diet is the most important thing. A diet rich in vitamin B12, folate + iron is essential for the rapid rise in hemoglobin levels.
Grass-fed or wild meats, liver, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, brown rice, stinging nettle, black sesame seeds, cinnamon, sea vegetables (kelp, dulse, arame) cilantro + parsley. Other foods which can help include: Carrots, radish, celery, beets + soaked raw almonds.
Grass-fed organ meats, spinach, cabbage, soaked nuts + seasonal fruits.
Animal protein, liver + eggs. Ensure the quality is there; pasteured, organic animal proteins only.
How to Increase Hemoglobin
All the above foods, rich in vitamin B12, folate and iron if consumed adequately will help in increasing hemoglobin.
One teaspoon of fresh juice of cilantro can be taken with one teaspoon of honey. If you don’t have a juicer, it can be blended with a bit of water, add honey and drink right away.
One teaspoon of fenugreek seeds or their leaves, cooked with brown rice and eaten regularly for 10 to 15 days shows remarkable rise in hemoglobin.
Almonds also can be useful to increase hemoglobin. Five almonds, soaked in water overnight and then grounded to make a paste, which should be taken once daily in the morning.
A green smoothie is easily digested and can be helpful in replenishing low iron levels. Try blending: 2 – 3 kale leaves (or spinach), 1 green apple, 1 ripe avocado, small handful soaked almonds + 1 c water.
Continue to take high quality probiotics and / or eat probiotic rich foods (sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, kimchi) on a daily basis. Split up the dose and take half first thing in the morning and the other half in the evening. This is crucial for nutrients absorption i.e. iron!
Keep a close eye on your symptoms. It’s also a good idea to consult with an alternative health practitioner and/or doctor when ever you have questions. Listen closely to the signals your body is always giving you.
Elderberries (I made juice) + Cocoa are both high in plant based iron