“Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein present in red blood cells and is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. It is necessary to maintain normal levels of hemoglobin in your blood for your body to function properly i.e. 14 to 18 g/dl for adult men and 12 to 16 g/dl for adult women. When the level of hemoglobin drops, it can cause weakness, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, poor appetite and rapid heartbeat. If the level of hemoglobin decreases significantly, the condition may be diagnosed as anemia and symptoms can become severe”, says Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital.
According to UNICEF’s report released in the 2011, close to 56% teenage Indian girls could be anaemic. The report further states that, “issues like malnutrition and anemia affect large sections of the Indian population”.
- Hemoglobin is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body
- If the Hb level drops, it can cause weakness, fatigue and lead to anemia
- We’ve spoken to experts & listed natural ways to increase your hemoglobin
Who Needs More Iron?
“Everyone needs iron, but people who are particularly susceptible to low hemoglobin includes menstruating women, pregnant women, growing children and patients recovering from illnesses”, adds Dr. Ahuja. “It is a crucial stage when a female starts menstruating, because the body is losing out on a lot of blood. Your body needs more iron at that point, so if you don’t take precautions early on – it can lead to anemia in the future”, says Dr. Anshul Jaibharat, Delhi-based Nutritionist.
We’ve spoken to experts and listed natural ways to restore your hemoglobin to normal levels. The length of time you’ll need to continue using these effective remedies depends on your hemoglobin level and how often your doctor checks it for improvement.
7 Ways to Increase Hemoglobin
1. Eat Iron-Rich Foods
Iron deficiency is the most common cause of low hemoglobin levels, according to the National Anemia Action Council. “The top iron rich foods include green leafy vegetables like spinach, beetroot, tofu, asparagus, chicken liver, whole egg, oysters, apple, pomegranate, apricot, watermelon, prunes, pumpkin seeds, dates, almonds, raisins, amla and jaggery”, adds Dr. Anshul Jaibharat.
2. Increase Vitamin C Intake
“It is important to have a combination of both iron and vitamin C as the latter is a carrier rich molecule that can be used for better absorption of iron”, says Dr. Anju Sood, Bangalore-based Nutritionist. Eat foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, lemon, strawberries, papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit and tomatoes.
Enhance Memory By 75% Make Your Brain Faster And Recover Lost Vision With These Ingredients!
Who couldn’t use a little memory boost from time to time? We all lead stressful lives these days, which can affect us in many ways. Our bodies naturally release inflammatory cytokines when we are stressed (1).
These chemicals tell your immune system to essentially kick it up a notch—the fight or flight response. They put your immune system into overdrive, flooding your body with defense cells and hormones that react to stress as though it were an infection.
This stress can also affect you by causing feelings of anxiety and even depression that can further cause “forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty concentrating and other problems that disrupt your daily activities.” (3)
These memory lapses, while frustrating, also compound your stress, and before you know it, you are caught in an endless loop of ongoing pressure and tension that can ultimately result in serious illnesses like heart disease and even cancer (4).
While you are never likely to rid yourself of all stress completely, there are things you can do to mitigate the repercussions. And a good place to start is your diet. Science shows that what you eat can either help or hinder your reaction to stress (5).
Studies also show certain foods can help target specific symptoms of stress such as forgetfulness and brain fog. So, to get you started, here are 15 of the best science-based natural herbs and foods that will help kick-start your memory and enhance your overall brain function.
Top 15 Brain Boosting Foods
This yellow-pigmented curry spice is popular in Indian cuisine. Turmeric actually belongs to the ginger family. It has a long and varied history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. This pungent spice has literally thousands of studies to back its hundreds of medicinal and pharmacological actions (6).
When it comes to brain health and memory, however, this spice is a superstar.
A 2010 study by the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of California shows how curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can even help in cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by “up-regulation of molecules important for neural repair and plasticity.” (7) This is just one of the 21 studies listed on Green Med Info on brain inflammation alone.
When it comes to memory, curcumin is even shown to help with cases of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). One 2008 study states that “Due to various effects of curcumin, such as decreased Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and decreased microglia formation, the overall memory in patients with AD has improved (8).
Onions are rich in sulphur-containing compounds that slow the deterioration of memory typically associated with aging. Onions also contain plenty of quercetin, a flavonoid also known to reduce memory loss associated with aging. In fact, onions have more quercetin than tea and apples, both of which are prized sources of this flavonoid (9).
Fish, especially fatty fish such as black cod, salmon, and sardines, is full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which countless studies link to optimal brain health and function. A 2013 study published in Human Psychopharmacology shows that Omega-3 supplementation can improve “cognition and modifies brain activation in young adults.” (10)
Other studies concur, showing that eating fish regularly can go a long way to improving overall brain health, including memory.
Rosemary is a popular spice in most kitchens. But this potent herb can also improve both concentration and memory according to studies. In fact, psychologists at Northumbria University, Newcastle, show that simply sniffing rosemary essential oil can enhance your memory by as much as 75 percent (11).
One of the active ingredients in rosemary, carnosic acid, protects your brain from free radicals that are linked to neurodegeneration, AD, strokes and even normal brain aging (12). As an added bonus, studies also show rosemary’s many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties can protect your eyesight from deteriorating (13).
What Aloe Vera Does In Your Body: Why Egyptians Called It The Plant of Immortality
Aloe Vera is commonly thought of as a cute and easy to care for plant that instantly brightens any home.
And while the succulent has become more popular in American homes, many people don’t realize that their decorative plant actually contains amazing healing properties.
In fact, the plant, also known as Aloe Barbadensis, has been used for thousands of years throughout the world.
It was reported to have an almost sacred place in ancient Egyptian, Greek and roman society. It also has a long history of medical use in South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The University of Maryland Medical Center also reports that Aloe was a popularly prescribed medicine in the United States throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, it remains one of the most commonly used medicinal herbs in the country (1).
Benefits Of Aloe
Ingesting Aloe Vera remains a popular home remedy for mouth, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, fever, asthma and simply to be used as a general tonic. It’s even considered a natural beauty product (2).
The gel is also often applied to the skin to treat sunburns, burns, cuts, infections and other wounds. It acts as an analgesic and fights inflammation and itching.
This is thanks to two powerful immune-boosting compounds: lycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins work to block pain and reduce inflammation while polysaccharides promotes skin repair and keeps it moisturized.
In fact, some studies have found that aloe treats burns better than conventional medication in terms of shortening healing time and pain.
The plant is also known to treat constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, cancer, canker sores, upper respiratory tract infection, dental conditions, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease and lowers blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes (3). You can even make your own Aloe Vera Gel.
How To Prepare And Use Aloe Vera Gel
- A clean cutting board
- A sharp filleting knife
- An aloe plant
- A clean plate
- A clean cotton towel
- A sterile glass jar
- Fresh lemon juice
- A food processor (optional)
- Start by washing your hands to avoid contaminating the sterile gel.
- Pick a thick & juicy mature leaf from the bottom of your plant. It should be at least 4-6 inches long. Cut it cleanly off to the plant as to nut harm other leaves.
- Wipe your knife clean.
- Wash and dry the leaf and let it sit on your plate at a 45° angle so that it may drain out its yellow juice. This juice is a potent laxative that may cause digestive distress in some people.
- After 15 minutes, transfer the leaf to your cutting board and remove the harp edges from the sides.
- Next, gently fillet the leaf as to remove the green outer shell and lose as little gel in the process as possible.Repeat this until all the green is removed.
- Cut the gel into cubes and place the gel in your jar.
- Run your knife along the green scraps to harvest any remaining gel.
- Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the gel to help it last longer. You’ll need roughly a quarter lemon for each cup of gel. Shake to coat evenly.
- If you want, transfer the gel to your food processor and pulse on high to turn it into a smoother gel.
- Store in a sealed jar in your refrigerator for up to a week.
For medicinal use, take 30 ml three times a day internally after consulting your naturopath.
For topical use, clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and rub the aloe vera gel directly to your wound several times a day until fully healed.
Coconut Oil Is Better Than Any Toothpaste According To New Study
Recent research done at the Athlone Institute of Technology studied the effects of several natural oils on common bacteria found in the mouth. And to no one’s surprise coconut oil came out as the big winner.
These new findings were a follow up study of earlier work that showed digested milk made it harder for Streptococcus mutans to stick to tooth enamel.
Enzyme-modified Coconut Oil, The Toothpaste of The Future
Scientists found that when the coconut oil was treated with digestive enzymes (just as it would when ingested) it effectively inhibits the growth of the majority of bad bacteria found in our mouth, S. mutans included.
S. mutans is an acid-producing bacteria that plays a major role in tooth decay, affecting 60 to 90 percent of children and the majority of adults in industrialized countries.
While coconut oil’s bacteria fighting properties is nothing new, further studies presented at the Autumn meeting of the Society for General Microbiology at the University of Warwick, suggested that enzyme-treated coconut oil may be a potential killer to the yeast Candida albicans, which causes thrush.
“Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection,” said lead researcher Dr Damien Brady, from the Athlone Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland.
Not only will their research mean a lot to our oral health, they are also looking into the effects of digested products, such as coconut oil, on our overall gut health.
“Our data suggests that products of human digestion show antimicrobial activity. This could have implications for how bacteria colonise the cells lining the digestive tract and for overall gut health,” said Dr Brady.
How To Use Coconut Oil For better Oral Health
Have you ever thought of using a spoonful of coconut oil to clean your teeth and improve overall oral health? Then now may be the time. It doesn’t contain fluoride and is so much more effective at doing the job than regular toothpaste or mouth wash.
Swish a spoonful of extra virgin coconut oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to not swallow the oil as it contains all the nasty mouth bugs. Spit it out in the bin and rinse teeth with water.
Coconut Oil Toothpaste Recipe
Here’s an all-natural toothpaste you can make at home.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2-3 tablespoons baking soda
- 15-30 drops of peppermint essential oil
Melt coconut oil and blend with other ingredients. Pour into a glass jar and let cool. Use as you would use normal tooth paste.
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