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Always Feel Dizzy And Weak? 4 Drinks You Need To Relieve Symptoms Of Anemia

Always Feel Dizzy And Weak? 4 Drinks You Need To Relieve Symptoms Of Anemia

Anemia is a condition that results when your blood has few healthy red blood cells also known as hemoglobin, which is the main part of red blood cells that binds oxygen. Also, anemia results when you have abnormal or few red blood cells that make the cells in your body lack enough oxygen.

The most common symptoms of different types of anemia include the following:

  • feeling fatigue or energy loss
  • dizziness
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • cold hands and feet
  • shortness of breath especially when doing exercise
  • pale skin
  • headaches
  • leg cramps
  • tongue swelling or soreness
  • brittle nails

Effects of anemia on the circulatory system

Anemia that results in nutritional deficiency can affect the circulatory system hence proper attention should be followed to treat it. Circulatory system conditions associated with anemia include dizziness, breathlessness, tiredness, palpitations, fainting. Sickle cell anemia affects the circulatory system by restricting blood flow and circulation all over the body. Some individuals can occasionally have swelling and extreme joints and organs pains, which can last for extended periods, leading to permanent damage to organs.

Anemia Caused by Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency anemia is a disorder where the number of the red blood cells is reduced in the body caused by lack of iron.

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Iron deficiency anemia and people with high risks

There are diseases which lead to low blood count resulting in the lack of iron in the body. The most common cause is bleeding in the stomach and intestines due to diseases such as stomach cancer, stomach ulcer, bowel cancer, or consumption of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

In most women, pregnancy and heavy periods are the most common origins of iron deficiency anemia since their bodies require extra iron for the baby during pregnancy.

Anemia Caused by Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia occurs when the body produces abnormal large red blood cells that fail to function properly due to lack of vitamin B12 or folate.

Causes of a vitamin B12 deficiency and people with high risks

Problems that can cause vitamin B12 deficiency and people with high risk include:

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  • People with pernicious anemia, a condition where the immune system attacks the healthy cells in your stomach, therefore the body can’t absorb vitamin B12 from food.
  • People who have a poor diet for a long time, or follow a vegan diet usually lack vitamin B12 in their diet.

Home remedies for iron and vitamin B12 deficiency anemia

1. Beetroot Juice

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    Beetroot is highly useful for people suffering from iron deficiency anemia. It contains high iron content, minerals and vitamins.

    For a home remedy, blend one beetroot, one-half of a sweet potato and three carrots in a juicer, then drink this juice once daily.

    2. Fenugreek Juice

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    fenugreek

      Fenugreek will help with iron deficiency anemia by maintaining the iron in your blood while also producing new red blood cells. One can use both its leaves and seeds to treat anemia.

      For a home remedy, you can just blend fresh vegetables or fruits together with fenugreek leaves or seeds. Drink it once every day for at least three weeks for best results in anemic recovery. Pregnant women should avoid drinking fenugreek seeds or leaves since they can stimulate unwanted contractions in the uterus.

      3. Spinach Soup

      spinach

        Green leafy vegetables such as spinach is one of the best home remedies for anemia since it is rich in iron content. It also has vitamin B12 and folic acid your body needs if you are recovering from anemia.

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        For a home remedy, drink spinach soup two times daily. To prepare spinach soup, blanch 1 cup of spinach and then add some little water to puree it. Heat a teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, pan-fry some chopped onion and garlic cloves in it until it turns brown. Add the pureed spinach to the mixture with some salt and then heat for 5 to 10 minutes using low heat. When you pay attention preparing this remedy for at least for one month, you will recover from anemia.

        4. Hot Milk with Blackstrap Molasses

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          Blackstrap Molasses deal with the vitamin B12 deficiency since they are excellent sources of vitamin B, iron and other essential minerals that increase red blood cell production.

          To prepare a home remedy, mix two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses in a cup of hot milk or water. Use the drink once or twice every day.

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          Last Updated on September 28, 2020

          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

          Con #4: Unique Distractions

          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

          Final Thoughts

          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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