Anemia occurs when a person doesn’t have enough red blood cells, or an insufficient amount of hemoglobin, which is a vital blood protein. Hemoglobin transports oxygen from the lungs to all our cells and tissues in the body via our blood. When we give ourselves a facial massage or use a gua sha tool to increase circulation, we are helping bring oxygen to our cells—that’s what gives us that glow.
Anemic people aren’t necessarily concerned with their glow factor, predominantly. Low hemoglobin or red blood cells means that many tissues in the body aren’t receiving adequate oxygen to function properly. This can result in lethargy, weakness, and fatigue, while more severe cases can lead to fainting or passing out, shortness of breath, or reduced exercise tolerance, unable to exert oneself.
Some types of anemia are passed down genetically, and even babies can be born with it. Women are at a higher risk of iron-deficiency anemia because of blood loss during menstruation, or higher blood supply demands during pregnancy. This is a manageable condition, however, so fueling and caring for ourselves properly can keep these debilitating side effects at bay.
Eat iron-rich foods.
Consume extra vitamin C.
Supplement with folic acid.
Avoid coffee or tea at mealtimes.
Drink alkaline water.
Green veggies and alkaline water are great ways to achieve a more alkaline pH. Alkaline water may help to improve symptoms of metabolic acidosis, which happens when there is too much acid in body fluids and is a possible cause of anemia in some people. Moral of this story? Greens are your best friend, forever and ever.