Whenever someone mentions anemia the usual connection is an iron deficiency in the blood. Iron deficiency is a very common cause among others for anemia. (1)
Most Americans have a poor nutrient diet devoid of sufficient iron. Iron is needed within the bone marrow to make red blood cells. Red blood cells transport oxygen to the body's organs. (2) This is why the symptoms of anemia are first fatigue, then other symptoms such as:
Shortness of breath
Strange cravings like chewing ice, non-nutrient items
A simple blood test by your physician can determine if you are iron deficient. Most doctors will suggest an iron supplement as well as increasing iron rich foods into your diet. This has been the go-to practice for most. However, research is showing more and more evidence that the root cause of many iron deficient anemia cases could be found in one surprising place....
As more and more Americans are diagnosed with Leaky Gut, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease and Gastritis, the link between anemia and these gut disorders is becoming increasingly clear. For many people the answer for their anemia has been - Heal the gut, heal iron deficient anemia.(3)
Many patients have discovered after upping their intake of iron they still suffered with anemia. It was a matter of putting the cart before the horse when sole relying on iron intake increase and supplements to be a quick fix. Often times the body is not absorbing the mineral through the diet or supplement because the intestines are compromised by the already established malfunction of gut disease and intestinal impermeability.
Looking into gut issues and their causes should be one of the protocols when treating anemia. 75% to 95% of Americans have some form of intestinal permeability, where the outer lining of the intestines is weakened resulting with leakage into the body. The cause of this condition can be manifold from gluten intolerance, overkill of good gut bacteria through antibiotics to food intolerance or toxic overload. Needless to say most Americans are subject to all of these gut compromising influences. (4)
If you are an iron deficient anemia sufferer, consult your physician for iron increasing protocols and monitor your iron levels through blood tests. But don't overlook the issue of gut health as it may hold the answer to thriving health in many other areas as well as a cure for your anemia issues!