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Anemia is a medical condition characterized by a lack of healthy red blood cells and/or hemoglobin inside them. Hemoglobin, a major part of the human red blood cells, is a protein that binds oxygen and transports it throughout the tissues in your body.

So, generally speaking, if you don’t have enough red blood cells and/or hemoglobin, the organs and tissues in your body don’t get enough oxygen—and that’s what’s anemia is all about.

To determine if you’re anemic, you’ll need a complete blood count test to check your hemoglobin level. The normal threshold is considered to be 120 g/L (12 g/dl or 7.4 mmol/l) for adult non-pregnant women and 130 g/L (13 g/dL or 8.1 mmol/l) for adult men, according to WHO reference values.

Everything below that threshold suggests current or approaching anemia, with several severity stages:

Mild – 110 g/L to normal
Moderate – 80 to 109 g/L
Severe – Lower than 80 g/L
Technically, any number in between the normal threshold and 110 g/L (115, for example) is not considered to be anemia yet, but it’s a huge red flag to look into.

In 2015, about 2.36 billion people worldwide (roughly a third of the world’s population at that time) were living with some degree of anemia. So, all in all, the condition is extremely common—but that doesn’t mean it’s a harmless and minor one. When left untreated, it can cause severe irreversible damage to each and every structure in the human body.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of conditions and factors that can result in anemia, but all of them are based upon at least one of the following mechanisms:

Impaired production of red blood cells / hemoglobin
Increased destruction of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia)
Blood loss (hemorrhagic anemia)
1. Impaired Production Of Red Blood Cells/Hemoglobin
If your body can’t produce red blood cells and/or hemoglobin, anemia is inevitable. These are the most common reasons for that:

Lack of crucial nutrients:  For example, iron, folate, and vitamin B12 are components that are absolutely necessary for the proper synthesis of red blood cells and hemoglobin.
Toxic damage:  Some drugs (medications) can severely inhibit the production red blood cells. Methotrexate, for example, is a medication that is widely used for the conventional treatment of autoimmune diseases. Heavy metal toxicity is another toxic cause of anemia. Eating highly processed foods or foods with artificial additives on a regular basis will also contribute to impaired production of red blood cells.
Congenital disorders:  Some hereditary conditions, like thalassemia or aplastic anemias, also lead to hemoglobin deficiency. At the time being, there is no confirmed and failproof treatment to most of these illnesses, as they are “encrypted” in one’s genes. But it is in our power to support the blood system as much as possible to prevent complications and improve quality of life!
2. Increased Destruction Of Red Blood Cells (Hemolytic Anemia)
There are factors and conditions that trigger the destruction of red blood cells in the body, thus causing anemia. The most common ones are:

Blood-destroying toxins:   This includes such conventional medications as cephalosporins, diclofenac, oxaliplatin, fludarabin, and dozens of others! (ALWAYS make sure to carefully read the list of side effects of what you decide to take). Some animals, fishes, and plants also produce hemolytic toxins.
Autoimmune and congenital disorders:  There are many health conditions in which your body starts triggering its own red blood cells and destroying them by the score. Just to mention a few: autoimmune diseases (like autoimmune hemolytic anemia), others are congenital (like hereditary spherocytosis), but all of them need your full support and careful attention. Restore the balance in your body to alleviate the course of these diseases as much as possible.
Infections and medical procedures:  For example, malaria is an infection of the blood during which a bug from the Plasmodium family starts infecting the red blood cells directly and ripping them from the inside. Some medical procedures such as hemodialysis are also accompanied by a certain degree of red blood cell destruction. In some cases, the impact of this can be truly life-threatening.
3. Blood Loss
Severe bleeding of any kind instantly results in anemia. Women who menstruate are more prone to blood loss. If iron intake and absorption does not replace the iron lost during your periods, you can end up with iron deficiency anemia.

As a rule, a blood loss of up to 15% (about 750 ml) of a person’s total blood volume does not result in any anemic symptoms and does not require urgent treatment (unless the person has already had anemia before the bleeding), but every human body is unique—so it’s important to stay alert and double-check everything in case of doubt.

All kinds of anemia, being conditions characterized by impaired oxygen delivery to the body’s organs and tissues, are accompanied by the following symptoms:

Lethargy, fatigue, low energy levels
Impaired motivation, focus, concentration
Shortness of breath or abnormally rapid heartbeat, especially during physical activity or overcome by strong emotions
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) in severe anemia
Pale skin
Dizziness spells
However, specific types of anemia have a few other symptoms to look out for:

Iron deficiency anemia:  Mouth sores, spoon-shaped nails (koilonychias), an inexplicable hunger for strange and inedible substances such as chalk, wood, dirt, ice (this is known as pica).
B12 and/or folate deficiency anemia:  A sensation of tickling or numbness in the extremities (paresthesia), easy bruising and bleeding, inflammation and soreness of the tongue, gastrointestinal symptoms.
Every single cell in your body needs oxygen to live, thrive, and carry out its functions. When the delivery of oxygen is impaired, all of your organs and systems will be affected:

Central nervous system:  Among all organs in your body, the brain is among the most sensitive to hypoxia (decreased oxygen delivery) that’s caused by anemia. As a result, it starts working much less effectively—impaired memory, focus, and learning potential are the most common signs. If the anemic state persists for a few years, the cognitive damage might even be irreversible.
Cardiovascular system:  To compensate for the lack of oxygen, the heart starts beating much faster and stronger, often increasing the blood pressure. After a few months of working in such a fashion, the heart starts to enlarge, which is an irreversible process that makes this organ much more likely to be affected by all sorts of diseases including coronary heart disease.
Endocrine system:  When the endocrine glands in your body receive less oxygen than is needed for their proper function, virtually any kind of hormonal imbalance becomes much more likely.
Immune system:  People with anemia are much more likely to catch any kind of infection because their immune system is weakened by the chronic lack of oxygen. Their wounds and traumas heal much slower as well.
Pregnancy complications:  Severe anemia during pregnancy is associated with poor development of the baby and puts under great risk, both the baby’s and the mother’s life during labor.
Anemia And High Blood Pressure
As a rule, anemia is tolerated better by people with high blood pressure, at least in the short run. This is because the hypertension becomes a compensating factor:  If there’s not much oxygen in 1 ml of blood, let’s pump MORE MILILITERS per minute thanks to an increased heart rate and blood pressure!

This approach works for a certain period of time, but is eventually deadly if both of the conditions persist:

Living with high blood pressure leads to the enlargement of the heart
A bigger heart needs more oxygen to work, which is impossible during anemia
Ischemic heart disease starts, drastically decreasing life expectancy
The good news is that the whole process of heart enlargement takes months, even years—so there is a lot of time to alleviate both conditions or even cure them for good before it’s too late.

Anemia And Low Blood Pressure
This combination is extremely dangerous for life. There isn’t enough oxygen in the blood due to anemia—and no compensation coming from the cardiovascular system, leaving the body with no means to nourish its tissues.

As a result, a serious infection or trauma can easily be lethal for the person suffering from both of these conditions.

Anemia And Cancer
Cancer often results in progressive anemia through the following mechanisms:

The tumor uses up the body’s iron, leaving less of it to be used for the synthesis of hemoglobin
Cancer can infiltrate the bone marrow, disrupting its function of producing blood cells
Some immune factors that are produced by the body to fight the cancer can suppress blood production
The vicious cycle is really nasty: Cancer causes anemia ⇒ anemia weakens the body ⇒ the body has less energy to fight the cancer ⇒ cancer progresses and worsens the anemia.

Addressing a single part of this problem won’t be enough. You have to treat BOTH sides of the equation to overcome the challenge and achieve a truly vibrant state of health.

If you have a confirmed anemia diagnosis, here’s a short list of steps that will significantly speed up your recovery to bliss, the natural way!

1. Improve digestive health and stomach acid
A poor digestive health is the beginning of many health conditions due to malabsorption of many nutrients. Most likely, you also have low stomach acid that prevents proper absorption of nutrients such as iron and the B vitamins that lead to your low/poor production of red blood cells.

A good place to start healing anemia is to give your body a “reset” by doing a gastrointestinal cleanse that will help your small intestines to start being able to absorb nutrients again. A parasite cleanse may also be necessary as parasite and fungal infections often cause anemia.

How to do a gastrointestinal cleanse
How to do a parasite cleanse
These two cleanses should really always go hand-in-hand. If you also have candida, read this candida protocol. On the second week after you start the gastrointestinal cleanse, also add digestive enzymes into your routine to help you improve your digestion.

Eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and coconut kefir provides natural probiotics for a healthy gut. These microbes help heal the gut lining, absorb nutrients much better, reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune system.

2. Limit medications, eliminate all processed foods, added sugar, alcohol and green tea
When you’re on long-term medications, eat highly processed foods that are high in the wrong fats and sugar, chances are you’re deficient in many nutrients. Not only are these nutrients depleted in nutrients, your body also expend nutrients to digest them, causing further nutrient deficiencies.

Some medications will also lower your stomach acid (see #1 above) thus it impedes your digestion and reduce nutrient absorption. When your body is not absorbing nutrients that it needs for synthesis of red blood cells/hemoglobin, you become anemic—simply due to poor choices of food.

While drinking alcohol in moderation is fine, drinking excessively may lead to deadly health consequences. Excessive drinking can lead to suppression of red blood cells synthesis.

In heavy drinkers, alcohol anemia can occur in various ways, often as a side effect of liver cirrhosis. With alcohol in the blood system, it prevents folate from functioning in blood-building as it should, putting the drinker at risk for alcohol anemia.

Avoid drinking green tea if you are anemic. Drinking green tea in large amount can interfere with iron absorption. The polyphenols in green tea can bind with iron, inhibiting its intestinal absorption, and also prevent assimilation of vitamin B12—two very important components for blood-building.

3. Start exercising
This one might sound counter-intuitive but it works when you do it right. Studies indicate that moderate aerobic exercise is quite beneficial even for severe states of anemia, so start moving!

Do it bit by bit, step by step, gradually increasing the level of physical activity. Don’t strain yourself: your goal is NOT to build muscle or lose weight but to stimulate your body into speeding up its processes—hemoglobin synthesis included.

4. Eat a lot of foods rich in iron, protein, and B12 (folate)
Iron deficiency anemia is among the most common types of the disease. Luckily, it’s part of the so-called group of nutritional anemias—conditions that are caused by (and healed through) the things you eat. Here’s a short breakdown of what you should look for to reverse your specific anemia:

Iron deficiency anemia:  Liver, grass-fed beef, spinach, seafood, nuts, beans, fortified grains. Combine these foods with vitamin C to improve iron absorption.
B12 deficiency anemia:  Fish, poultry, dairy products, fortified cereals, algae (spirulina, chlorella, kelp).
Great for all types of anemia:  Aim to get enough proteins so that your body would have enough “building blocks” to produce hemoglobin, a protein itself.
But don’t stop on just those 3 nutrients (iron, B12, proteins)—aim for a well-balanced and nutrient-dense diet based on all-natural products. Your body is a delicate machine carrying out hundreds of intertwined processes at the same time—and you never know for sure which one of them will affect the other.

5. Drink a glass of blood-building juice daily
Flood your system with what it needs and allow your body to use all the right foods you’re feeding it, to correct itself, restoring your blood count to its optimal level. Green juices and smoothies are one of the easiest way to do that.

Green vegetables are rich in chlorophyll and that our body can easily use to convert into hemoglobin. Read more about vegetable juicing here.

This juice combo is great for blood-building if you are experiencing iron deficiency anemia. Beetroots and carrots have blood-building properties, and the presence of vitamin C and bioflavonoids (peel) will enhance the absorption, making the nutrients more bioavailable for your body to use them efficiently.

5. Iron supplements
If you’re severely anemic, it makes sense to supplement with iron to help restore the iron depletion back to normal as quickly as you safely can.

If eating foods and drinking juices high in iron is an issue for you, for whatever reasons, supplementing with iron may be a good option.

However, most iron supplements prescribed by the doctor or at the pharmacy may cause side effects such as an upset stomach, or constipation.

We recommend this supplement which is derived from natural beetroot (a blood-builder), orange (vitamin C required for blood-building), folate and vitamin B12. All the right ingredients for efficient blood-building. Get Mega Food’s Blood Builder here >>

6. Eliminate stress and start sleeping more
Synthesizing new blood takes a whole lot of resources and energy, so make sure you get enough of both. The previous steps focused on the resources part, this one takes care of the energy.

Sleep at least 7 hours each day. 8 is even better. No exclusions.
Avoid toxic relationships, tasks, and places at all costs. They aren’t worth it, especially now.
 7. Don’t forget to treat concurrent diseases
There are some conditions that are heavily associated with anemia, so you won’t be able to heal the latter without treating the former. Get yourself checked for underlying conditions and address them immediately. This website has a wealth of information that you can use to remedy almost any ailments.

There isn’t a single living cell in your body that does not need oxygen, so it’s absolutely understandable why anemia can have such serious consequences. Even though it doesn’t have any symptoms on its mild stage, never underestimate this condition and address it as soon as possible!
Chances are you already know that having enough of vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”, is crucial for your health. It plays a huge role in the process of bone mineralization and calcium metabolism in general, so it’s not a surprise that a lot of people start taking supplements to get more of it.

However, you should know that supplementing with vitamin D, if done the wrong way, may be dangerous to your health.

What is the right way, then? Funny enough, but the vitamin K is the key to this puzzle.

Both vitamin D and vitamin K are part of the so-called group of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), meaning that they are absorbed better in your body in the presence of foods with the right kind of fats.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is actually a collective name for 5 similar substances, the major of which are vitamins D2 and D3. Among them, vitamin D3 is the most important one as it’s found in foods AND produced by the human skin.

Its main function is to regulate calcium levels in your body through 2 simple mechanisms:

First, it increases the absorption of calcium from dietary sources.
Second, if there’s not enough calcium in the food you eat and your blood calcium levels go down, vitamin D starts taking calcium from the bones to bring your blood calcium level back to normal.

So, to wrap it up, the goal of vitamin D is to keep blood calcium levels normal at all costs, even if it takes breaking down a bit of your bones.

The real problem here is that vitamin D has NOTHING to do with where this calcium goes. It’s free or “stray” calcium. We’ll get to that in a moment, so keep reading …

Vitamin K
Now, Vitamin K is a small family of similar vitamins (K2 and K3) that are essential for the production of blood-clotting proteins (the K itself is derived from the word Koagulat, the German word for, well, coagulate). Without it, even small injuries can lead to rather nasty bleeding.

Another important function of vitamin K is activating osteocalcin, a calcium-binding protein in the bones. In other words, this vitamin pumps calcium into the bony tissue, making it stronger and denser.

And this is where stuff gets really interesting.

Sadly, it’s also the most widely adopted way. Here’s how it goes.

When a person starts taking a vitamin D supplement, it boosts the absorption of calcium from foods, as said above. Blood levels of this mineral gradually go up in a dose-dependent manner and can even go way higher than the upper acceptable limit (this is called hypercalcemia).

Without proper bone absorption, this “stray” calcium circulates through the body uncontrolled, ends up pretty much everywhere, and causes many health problems:

In joints, causing joint pains and inflammation
In the blood vessels, causing calcification and blockages
Calcification of the heart arteries increases cardiovascular risk
Stray calcium can also cause stones in gallbladder, kidneys and even damage the brain cells
Excess or stray calcium causes bone spurs
High blood calcium levels are linked to elevated blood pressure
NOTE: It is different when vitamin D is obtained from sunshine, as it does not cause the side effects as a vitamin D supplement does.

Long story short, taking vitamin D the WRONG way leads to the calcification of blood vessels, and thus, systemic inflammation.

So how should you take vitamin D, then?

Besides its role in blood-clotting regulation, Vitamin K is the nutrient that puts your blood calcium to good use, thanks to the activation of osteocalcin. The latter is a protein that captures calcium and incorporates it into building your bones and teeth.

Vitamins D and K work synergistically: Vitamin D ensures a steady calcium supply while vitamin K pumps it into the tissues where it is needed, and protects the rest of them.

Scientific studies speak in favor of this fact. For instance, it has been confirmed that vitamin K deficiency contributes to blood vessel calcification. The opposite is also true: taking vitamin K prevents this detrimental condition.

Magnesium is a key cofactor in more than 300 enzyme-driven biochemical reactions, and a key mineral in hundreds of functions in the body. The tasks that magnesium is needed in, are too complex, but you can imagine that the deficiency of this mineral could easily cause many functions in your body to spiral out of control.

Most of the factors that contribute to calcium toxicity contribute to a depletion and deficiency of magnesium. One of the main functions of magnesium is to help your body absorb calcium and make it available for bone-building.

In the absence of magnesium (or vitamin K), calcium is malabsorbed and “runs loose” to be deposited elsewhere in the body, but the bones. This is another factor for calcification to take place. Read more here.

To recap: the only right way of taking vitamin D is to couple it with vitamin K.

Specifically, look for a healthy dose of vitamin D3 and K2, as those specific subtypes have better bioavailability in humans.

Now, as to how much of these two vitamins you should take, there is no universal rule at the moment.

When it comes to supplements, things get a little trickier because it’s hard to calculate how much of these nutrients a person is getting in total (from the supplements plus dietary sources).

Most independent experts, however, recommend taking about 150 to 200 mcg of K2 for every 5,000 to 10,000 IU of vitamin D3.

If you wish to take a vitamin D supplement, getting vitamin D3 + vitamin K2 together in the right ratio is helpful. Either of these combo supplements come highly recommended:

Dietary Sources of Vitamin K
Besides considering supplements of vitamin K to ensure an optimal calcium balance when taking D3, don’t forget that you can get it from foods as well.

There are two main forms of vitamin K:

K1, phylloquinone; found in dark leafy greens
K2, menaquinone; found in animal products, fermented foods, and produced by the intestinal bacteria from vitamin K1
They are very similar in structure, functions, and effects. Basically, the only difference is that K1 has low bioavailability, meaning that it’s poorly absorbed from dietary sources. K2 is absorbed better, is more effective, and circulates longer in your body.

Foods rich in vitamin K1 (mcg/100g): collards (440), spinach (380), soybean oil (193), broccoli (180), cabbage (145), canola oil (127), iceberg lettuce (35).

Foods rich in vitamin K2 (mcg per 100 g): natty (1034), goose liver (369), emu oil (360), hard cheeses (76), soft cheeses (56), egg yolk (32), grass-fed ghee (29), butter (15).

The human body is an incredibly delicate thing. You can’t expect to come across a magical super-pill (or food, or nutrient, or mineral) that will be universally healthy for you—there are just too many interactions to consider.

Vitamin D is one of such things. It’s absolutely important, it plays a crucial role in dozens of processes in your body—but take it the wrong way, and it will do you more harm than good.

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