How to increase your Hemoglobin


                              HEMOGLOBIN: 7 NATURAL WAYS

Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein present in red blood cells. It has major responsibility of transferring oxygen from lungs to throughout the body, so that living cells can perform properly. It is necessary to maintain normal level of hemoglobin in your blood to function properly i.e. 14 to 18 g/dl for men and 12 to 16 g/dl for adult women. Hemoglobin also helps carry carbon dioxide away from the cells and transport it back to the lungs.

When the level of hemoglobin was decrease, it create many problems i.e. headaches, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, pale skin, shortness of breadth and poor appetite. when the level of hemoglobin drop, it is also see the symptoms of anemia.

 It is mainly seen in women during pregnancy or periods. It is crucial stage when a female starts menstruating (or periods) because this time the body is losing out on a lot of blood. The most common cause is nutritional deficiencies of folic acid, iron and vitamin C or B-12.

    1. What is Hemoglobin?

    Hemoglobin is derived from two words "hem" which refers to iron and "globin" referring to protein. Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carry oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. So, hemoglobin is made up of two parts iron and protein. Hemoglobin is a very important part of red blood cells which maintains its shape.

    2. Symptoms of Hemoglobin deficiency.

    1. Development of children (as both mentally and physically) poor.
    2. Poor immune system.
    3. Problem in breathing.
    4. Inflamed tongue (Glossitis)
    5. Feeling of weakness, headache and fatique.
    6. Disturbance in body temperature.
    7. Digestion problem.
    8. Swelling in arms and legs.
    9. vomiting, bloody stool.
    10. Paleness, rapid heartbeat.

    3. Diseases due to decrease the level of Hemoglobin.

    1. Anemia: Anemia is a decrease in the total amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood or a lowered ability of the blood to carry oxygen. In this disease, the shape of the red blood cell are change. When anemia comes, the symptoms are often vague and may include feeling tired, weakness, shortness of breath.

    2. Porphyria: Porphyria is a group of disorders caused by abnormalities in the chemical steps that lead to hem production in hemoglobin. Hem is a vital molecule for all of the body's organs, although it is most abundant in the blood, bone marrow and liver. Hem is a component of several iron containing protein called hemoproteins including hemoglobin. 

    3. Carbon monoxide poisoning: Carbon monoxide is a very harmful gas for human being which is generally produced by burning fossil fuel or burning oil. It great effect on the blood(hemoglobin), it create problem to oxygen for transferring or sometime it replace the level of oxygen from the blood.

    4. Thalassemia: Thalassemia is the genetic disorders inherited from a person's parents. The most common forms affecting the alpha globin chain also known as Alpha Thalassemia or beta globin chain also known as Beta Thalassemia. People with Thalassemia diseases are not able to make enough hemoglobin, which causes anemia, and problem faced by the blood to carry oxygen.  

    4. How to increase the level of Hemoglobin?

    1. Eat iron-rich foods 

    Iron deficiency is the most common cause of low hemoglobin level. Iron is an important element in the production of hemoglobin. So, you fulfilled the deficiency of iron by eating the rich iron foods i.e. green leafy vegetables, chicken liver, egg, watermelon, almonds, amla, jaggery, oysters and lentils .

    2. Pomegranate

    Pomegranate is also rich in iron, calcium, fiber and protein also. Its nutrition value can help increase hemoglobin and make healthy blood flow. This fruit is best fruit for hemoglobin reduced diseases and increase the level of hemoglobin. It contains a chemical known as punicalagin which protects the heart and blood vessels. Eat one pomegranate or drink a glass of pomegranate juice daily for control the level of hemoglobin.

    3. Increase Vitamin C intake

    Hemoglobin reduction might be indirectly related to low calcium levels in the blood. For iron needed to be absorbed you require a lot of vitamin C. Eat foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, lemon, strawberries, papaya, tomatoes, broccoli and spinach. Vitamin C and iron both combine to make the control in hemoglobin level.

    4. Exercise

    Exercise is one of the best way to remove all the disease from yourself. Make routine of exercise which produce more hemoglobin to meet the increasing demand for oxygen throughout the body. Moderate to high intensities of aerobic exercises is highly recommended. Muscle training exercises are also good for you.

    5. Folic acid-rich foods

    Folic acid is also one of the vitamin which is useful for producing the red blood cells(hemoglobin). Mainly folic acid is found in wheat germ, peanuts, broccoli, and other nuts. In this we also notice that more folic acid take when vitamin C will be more and more vitamin C cause your body to excrete folic acid.

    6. Pumpkin seeds

    Not many people know that Pumpkin seeds are also very helpful for increasing the level of hemoglobin in blood because it contain iron. Many people eat this as a raw and salad also.

    7. Nettle

    A herb known to increase hemoglobin level, as it is a good source of iron, vitamin C and other vitamins. Add 2 teaspoons of dried nettle leaves to a cup of hot water. Allow it to brew for 10 minutes, strain it and then add a little honey. You can drink it twice a day(daily). 

    5. Some additional tips to maintain hemoglobin level

    1. Take a healthy nutritious diet.
    2. Avoid foods containing gluten.
    3. Take cold bath twice daily to improve blood circulation.
    4. Avoid extra calcium rich foods.
    5. Consume more iron-rich food after your menstrual period and            during pregnancy.
    6. Avoid foods having excessive oxalic acid.
    7. Eat whole-grain bread, cereals and pasta.
    8. Eat green leaves vegetables.
    9. Avoid iron blocking foods which slow down iron absorption i.e.          tea, coffee, alcohol etc..
    10. Keep a regular check on your blood cell count.