Blood is essential to life, and the signs of a blood shortage in the body can range from mild to severe and range from weak, fatigue, and increased heart rate and breathing rate to chest pain, signs of shock, and an inability to focus. A low or insufficient count of red blood cells is called anemia. And although there can be many causes for this condition, such as inadequate nutrition, there are drinks that can help enhance your blood count and help alleviate some of the common symptoms.
According to nhlbi.nih, Red blood cells are essential to life and provide the body with essential oxygen and nutrients. When the blood is insufficient and the number of red blood cell count drops, it can cause a wide range of symptoms and complications. One common symptom is feeling weak or fatigued all the time, as there is not enough oxygen being supplied to the muscles for proper functioning. Additionally, there may be an increased heart rate and respiration rate as the body attempts to supply enough oxygen and nutrients to organs and tissue.
Severe symptoms of anemia include chest pain, shortness of breath, signs of shock, dizziness and confusion, and an inability to focus. If these symptoms occur, it is important to seek medical help right away.
In order to raise your red blood cell count and make up for the deficiencies, you can introduce certain drinks into your diet. The National Institute of Health recommends consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C and iron, as these will help build the hemoglobin in your blood stream. Vitamin C helps increase the body’s absorption of iron from food sources.
You can also drink more beet juice. Beet juice is high in iron, folic acid and vitamins A, B6 and C. Also, it contains nitrates which act as vasodilators, allowing for greater blood flow throughout your body.
Cranberry juice is also helpful for increasing the number of red blood cells in the body. Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and other vitamins and minerals. This helps to lower the number of free radicals in the body and reduce the risk of anemia.
Additionally, prune juice can help boost the number of red blood cells in your body. Prunes are incredibly high in iron and contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients help to maintain healthy nerve and muscle function and also help to reduce inflammation.
Finally, green tea has been known to benefit red blood cell production. Green tea is a rich source of catechins and polyphenols, two compounds that have been shown to increase the number of red blood cells in the body. This is because these compounds stimulate the production of heme, which is an essential component of hemoglobin in your body.
These are just some of the drinks that can help enhance your red blood cell count and ease the common symptoms of anemia. It is important to stay hydrated, get plenty of exercise and eat a balanced diet full of nutrient-dense foods. By introducing these drinks and making healthy lifestyle choices, you can help to maintain a healthy red blood cell count and lower your risk of anemia.
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