How To Successfully Treat Anemia (Without Iron Supplements!)

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Iron depletion isn’t always the cause of anemia. You can see many improvements by taking control of your anemia and addressing the root cause of your deficiency.

Here’s how I cured my anemia – without iron supplements!

Tanning in the summer used to go something like this:

  • Start out a translucent, pasty white color.
  • Lay in the sun for 5 mins – 1 hour.
  • Emerge as a gorgeous, bronze goddess color.
  • Shower, eat, sleep.
  • Wake up pasty white.

“Color” has never lasted more than a day for me, no matter what I did. However, last year when I got my blood work done, my doctor pointed out why.

I was severely anemic (which means I have an impaired production of red blood cells). But I wasn’t just regular ol’ anemic. My hemoglobin levels were dangerously low. This made sense as I had all the signs: fatigue, pale skin, cold hands and feet, occasional headaches and severe weakness. Oh, and serious problems keeping a tan.

My doctor gave me two options: get a blood transfusion or get my red blood cell count up.

I wisely chose the later.

I tried iron supplements with no real improvements. This is because iron depletion isn’t always the cause of anemia.

If iron depletion is not the source of the problem, this can result in iron overload and still leave the person suffering from anemia and its effects. Therefore, it is extremely important to figure out the type and cause of your anemia and address the underlying issue.

Since making my red blood cell count commitment, I’ve been working on getting my anemia under control and can happily say that today, I have! My skin has become a healthy, glowing olive color. My red blood cell count is fabulously average, my tans last, my energy is WAY up and my health has never been better! You can see many improvements by taking control of your anemia and addressing the root cause of your deficiency.

Here’s how I cured my anemia – without iron supplements!

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT I believe olive leaf extract was the key to getting better, in my case. It contains a high rate of vitamin C, B and iron. This one supplement improves cardiovascular and immune system support. It increases your energy and promotes healthy blood pressure. Because olive leaf is an antioxidant, it helps to combat the damage caused by free radicals and protects the brain from memory loss associated with anemia.

VITAMIN A Vitamin A deficiency is recognized to cause anemia. Vitamin A positively affects iron mobilization, repairs hemoglobin synthesis, and helps iron deficiency that is caused by anemia. I absolutely LOVE these Vitamin A drops – you only need ONE drop a day for maximum absorption, but I use a generous amount in my tea, water and kombucha every day.

VITAMIN D A study in Los Angeles found a link between vitamin D deficiency and anemia. The women with low levels had a much higher risk of anemia. Lower vitamin D levels were associated with lower hemoglobin levels and anemia. Vitamin D supplementation can positively increase oxygen levels in the blood, therefore helping to cure anemia. I love these Vitamin D drops. You can also apply Vitamin D topically for a glowing complexion.

FOLATE Having too little folate (vitamin B9) in your blood causes the folic acid deficiency that, in essence, is anemia. Folate is necessary for your body to make new red blood cells. Your body needs red blood cells to carry oxygen to your organs. Supplementing with folate encourages your body to produce these red blood cells naturally.

VITAMIN C helps you to absorb more iron. I love these delicious organic Vitamin C candies! Viamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is not made in the body but must be obtained from foods or supplements. Vitamin C plays a number of important roles in the body, including enhancing the absorption of iron. Iron helps make hemoglobin, the part of the red blood cell that carries oxygen. Vitamin C also aids in red blood cell production. A vitamin C deficiency can lead to anemia, or low red blood cell count. Taking vitamin C supplements can drastically improve vitamin C deficiency anemia as well as other types of anemia.

PRO TIP: I also increased my intake of organic, grass fed meat, olive oil, spinach and carrots, which are all high in vitamins and proteins that increase red blood cell count. Avoid caffeine and alcohol if possible.

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