Low Fat Rice

    Rice is a staple in most of the countries especially in Asia. A staple meaning, a food that is consumed by a large portion of community as a bulk or main part of diet.     Though rice is main food of Asia, but due to vast transportation since a long period of time, it has become a predominant item in diet of many countries such as Africa, United States, etc.     China and then India are two main countries that cultivate rice in large amount. Then come, are Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Brazil, etc.     Rice is starchy food and with high glycemic index, and this why, many people avoid this nutritious food. If cooked and ate properly, especially brown rice may not cause any harm. Repeated reheating, or keeping rice in refrigerator for more than 24 hours, may lost its nutritional value.  Nutrients Present in Rice -       Before considering the nutritional value, we will have a look on the white rice and brown rice. Brown rice contains the bran and germ. It is considered as whole gra

Iron Deficiency Anemia

 What Is Anemia ?

    When you have low count of healthy red blood cell, and low range of hemoglobin, the condition is termed as anemia. Low serum iron can causes this condition.

    Hemoglobin is a type of protein that has Oxygen carrying capacity. It carries Oxygen from lungs and supplies it to various cells of your body. And carbon dioxide from cells to lungs. 

   When a patient suffers from  iron deficiency anemia, the condition is also called as Nutritional anemia, or anemia from nutritional disorder.

Food source of Iron -

    When you go for animal food source, these are meat, egg yolk, tuna fish, shellfish, liver, etc. 

    For vegans, the vegetable food source include spinach, pumpkin seeds, legumes including beans, peas, soy, lentils(pulses that are cooked before eating). Nuts including cashew nuts, almonds, etc.

  Similarly fruits like pomegranate, oranges, guava, amla, sweet corn etc., that contains, vitamin c also recommended to help synthesis of iron in body.

What Are The Causes Of Iron Deficiency Anemia?

The important causes of iron deficiency anemia are given here, 

  • Lower dietary intake of iron through food. This include low intake if food that are good source of iron. 
  • Poor iron absorption by your body. Here though you are taking recommended value of iron daily, but there may be some pathology inside that huddles the absorption of iron.
  • Growing age group. The children under five years of age or in adolescent age group can show signs and symptoms of anemia, due to growing demand and incomplete fulfilments.
  • In girls or in pregnant women, because of blood loss. 
  • In other medical conditions of blood loss as due to some blood disorders or in some infection. Such as in bleeding hemorrhoids, in intestinal ulcers that bleed.
  • Worm infestation, is important and always neglected cause in children as well as in adults.
  • In some mal-absorption such as in digestive disorders like chronic diarrhea, acidity, etc.
  • In some infections like as in Tuberculosis, hookworm disease, HIV, etc.
  • Some medications may stop iron absorption from gut.

Signs & Symptoms -

  • Fatigue - Patient feels tired with little work or on little exertion. it is most common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia. This can be because our body cells require Oxygen to work and in this type of anemia, there is poor oxygen supply to cells.
  • Pallor - Second important sign is pallor. It means, your palm, tongue, eye edge may look pale. 
  • Fainting - Fainting or extreme weakness that may cause vertigo like symptoms, is one of the important symptom to investigate for anemia.
  • Breathlessness- Patient may feel difficulty in breathing. 
  • Poor concentration - Due to poor Oxygen supply to brain cells, patient may concentrate poorly in his/ her work.
  • Enlargement of spleen.

Complications -

    If neglected, or left untreated, Anemia may cause some complication such as , extreme tiredness. In pregnant women it may cause premature birth or pregnancy may go in danger. 

    Heart or lung disorders can be the next health emergency if anemia is not treated in time. The serious complication due to sever anemia may be hypoxia.

    In sever conditions, anemia can cause damage to kidney an alter the kidney functions.

Treatment - 

    The treatment differs according to the severity of anemia. In sever cases, immediate blood transfusion is the choice of treatment.

    In moderate conditions, some supplementations, like iron and folic acid capsules are prescribed by your physician. 

    In cases, where it is showing the beginning of the signs and symptoms, your physician or dietitian can suggest you some dietary changes. Some modifications in diet can help to improve iron intake and correct the cause of the condition, also.

    In Homoeopathy your Homoeopath can give you some medicines from Twelve Tissue Remedies, that not only help to normalize you hemoglobin level but help to keep them in range forever.

Dr. Nilam
M.D. Homoeopathy
Mobile No. -9960205821


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