Red blood cells consist of a protein called haemoglobin.The main function of haemoglobin is to carry oxygen from lungs to other organs of the body. And inversely, carries carbon dioxide from the organs back to the lungs and out from the body. Low level of haemoglobin means a less oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. It causes anaemia which is a very common disease among children and adults. The person suffering from anaemia feels tired and lethargic very easily.
According to National Heart anaemia is caused due to unbalanced and unhealthy diet, excess blood loss and pregnancy.
A healthy body have the following haemoglobin levels in their body
- 14 to 18 g/dl for adult men, and
- 12 to 16 g/dl for adult women.
Symptoms of Low Haemoglobin level
The symptoms of anaemia start appearing when the haemoglobin level drops below 8gm. An anaemic patient suffers from weakness, low blood pressure, lack of concentration and less energy. The below mentioned can be the indicators of low haemoglobin level
- Extreme fatigue/ tiredness
- Bruising easily
- Fainting spells
- Lack of blood clotting
- Weak bones
- Sore tongue
- Lack of concentration
Here are some ways to increase the haemoglobin level:
Include Spinach in your Diet
Add spinach to your diet. Spinach is a rich source of iron. Haemoglobin consists of large part of iron. Spinach can be consumed in many ways either as a vegetable soup or spinach juice is highly beneficial for the body.
Eat Iron-Rich Foods
Iron deficiency is the most common cause of low haemoglobin levels as per National Anemia Action Council. Increase the amount of iron-rich food in your diets such as onion, green leafy vegetables, banana, grapes, tomato, broccoli, soybean, pomegranate, apricot, watermelon, prunes, pumpkin seeds, dates, almonds, raisins, amla and jaggery
Add Beetroot in your Diet
Beetroot is also an excellent way to increase the haemoglobin level in the body. It is high in iron, folic acid as well as fibre and potassium. A glass of plain beetroot juice does wonder to increase the red blood cell level in your body in just 7 days.
Increase Vitamin B12 in You Diet
Increase the intake of Vitamin b12 in the diet, include eggs, meat, fish, fortified cereals, poultry and soy-milk.
Drink Nettle Tea
Place 2 teaspoons of dried nettle leaves into a cup of hot water and let it brew for 10 minutes. You may add honey to sweeten Nettle Tea preparation. Nettle herb is a good source of iron, B vitamins, vitamin C and other vitamins that can help increase hemoglobin.
Pomegranate is a very rich source of iron, calcium, protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. All the good compounds that help increase blood count in our body and promote healthy blood flow. You can eat a pomegranate or consume it a juice daily with breakfast.
Avoid Following Food
Avoid intake of beverages like tea, coffee, aerated drinks/ cola, Alcoholic beverages like wine and beer, also over the counter antacids especially after meals as they have the tendency to absorb the iron content from the meals.
Perform Physical Exercises
Moderate to high-intensity workouts are very important to increase blood count in our body. Performing exercises indicates a body to produces more hemoglobin to meet the increasing demand for oxygen during workout.
Increase Vitamin C Intake
Low hemoglobin levels can also be due to vitamin C deficiency. One can increase their Vitamin C intake by consuming food likeGooseberries or Amla are treated as an excellent source of Vitamin C.It also contains iron. Similarly, Apples are also a good source of iron. Try to have gooseberries and apple empty stomach a little before meals, it let the body absorb the nutrients faster. Iron cannot be fully absorbed by the body without the help of Vitamin C. Other sources of natural Vitamin C are vitamin C like papaya, oranges, lemon, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit, tomatoes and spinach.
Other Food that increases Hemoglobin Levels
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Pulses/ Legumes
- Whole-grain bread, cereals and pasta
- Yogurts/ Curd
- Spearmint leaves (Pudina)
- Basil leaves (Tulsi)
- Coriander (Dhania)
- Bay leaf (Tej Patta)
By consuming above mentioned fruits, vegetables and other items, one can see a remarkable increase in the haemoglobin levels of the body within a span of 2 weeks. If you know of any other ways do share your tips on how to increase Hemoglobin levels in both men and women.
“The information present here is for general purpose please consult your doctor before taking any medication/therapy”