Haemoglobin is a protein that helps in carrying the oxygen from the red blood cells throughout your body for proper functioning of your body. In addition to this, it also carries the carbon dioxide to the lungs for a person to exhale out as he breathes. So if there is a deficiency in the count of haemoglobin, it certainly affects the entire body and prevents it from working actively. Hence it is crucial to maintain the haemoglobin levels which is said to be 14-18 g/dl for men and 12-16 g/dl for women.
According to Dr. Shikha Sharma – “Deficiency in haemoglobin might lead to tiredness, fatigue, increase/decrease in body weight, lack of concentration and it might also lead to severe scenarios in cases of pregnancy. So a proper diet that is rich in iron and other proteins to build your haemoglobin naturally is essential rather than relying on pills.”
Symptoms of Low Haemoglobin in the Body
Most people don’t have any idea about how anemic they might be due to poor haemoglobin levels until it turns out to be serious. “Pregnant women must keep a check on their haemoglobin levels. Students who attain puberty and lose a lot of blood during that age, also need to follow a proper diet that is high in iron to maintain their haemoglobin levels to refrain from anemia.” – adds Dr.Shikha Sharma
Listed below are a few symptoms of lack of haemoglobin in your body –
- Brittle nails
- Hunger cravings to eat anything anytime
- Pale skin
- Soreness of tongue
- Increase in heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
Ways to Naturally Increase in Haemoglobin
1) Increase Intake of Iron
3) Increase Intake of Vitamin C
Fruits rich in Vitamin C such as pomegranate, orange, lemon and papaya help in absorption of haemoglobin. Hence along with iron-rich food, food that is filled with Vitamin C is also equally important. Add all types of yellow and orange fruits into your diet. “Squeeze a slice of lemon in your salads or gravy which is rich in vitamin C that helps in absorbing haemoglobin. Also, add jaggery (Gur) to your everyday diet.”, adds Wellness Expert Dr.Shikha Sharma.
4) Folate Intake
Folate is a component of vitamin B that produces haeme which in turn helps the haemoglobin in carrying oxygen all over your body. So any deficiency in folate might lead to poor haemoglobin levels and anemia. Listed below are folate-rich foods that you need to include in your diet:
- Kidney beans
To conclude, adding all the above-mentioned fruits and veggies in your diet, will not only maintain your haemoglobin levels but it will also brighten your looks from within.
Watch Dr. Shikha Sharma’s complete video here:
Image source: Wikipedia, flickr, pexels