Anaemia refers to the condition when the blood does not have enough red blood cells or when the blood does not have enough haemoglobin (oxygen carriers found in blood). For an anaemic person, the haemoglobin level is below 12 for a non-pregnant female and below 13 gms per 100 ml of blood for adult male.
Nutritional anaemia is the major world wide problem; iron deficiency being the most common cause.A person suffering from anaemia generally feels weak and tired.
An anaemic person needs to take proper and healthy diet in order to increase the haemoglobin count in the blood. The diet should be well balanced containing all the nutrients that the body requires. An anaemic diet is an iron-rich diet and contains iron-supplements.
The following dietary tips should be followed to gain weight and correct anaemia.
• Have small frequent meals in a day instead of two large meals.
• Include calorie dense foods in the diet like milkshakes, sprouts, whole cereals, pulses, milk and milk products.
• Include fruits in diets like bananas, sapota, mango, and grapes. Also include dried fruits.
• Take beetroot juice daily as it is the excellent source of iron.
• Have 3-4 pieces of black dates daily.
• Wheat-grass juice proves to be highly beneficial for anaemia.
• For iron include dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, peas, rice flaks, eggs and other iron rich foods.