Anemia is a common disorder for those of us without a colon, particularly if we are also missing a part of our small intestine.
Anemia occurs when a person doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxyen throughout the body. This condition can cause:
- Pale or yellowish skin
- Irregular heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Chest pain
- Cold hands and feet
- Iron Deficiency Anemia
- Inflammation or soreness of the tongue
- Brittle nails
- Unusual cravings such as ice, dirt or starch
- Poor appetite
Try incorporating these iron rich foods into your diet:
- Red meat, pork, poultry
- Beans, lentils and peas
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Dried fruit
- Iron fortified cereals, breads and pasta
- Vitamin Deficiency Anemia
In addition to the common symptoms of anemia, Vitamin Deficiency Anemia can also cause:
- Weight loss
- Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
- Unsteady movements
- Personality changes
- Mental confusion or forgetfulness
Folate is also known as B9 and is found in fruits, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and enriched grain products. Folate can also be taken as a supplement, commonly in a daily multi-vitamin.
Vitamin B12 is found in meat, shellfish, eggs, and dairy products and can be taken via an injection, oral solution or in a pill form. Cyanocobalamin is the synthetic form of Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 also needs to be monitored as too high of a level can cause inflammation to occur.
Vitamin C can be found in broccoli, citrus fruits, strawberries, sweet peppers and tomatoes and can help with the absorption of iron.
To help manage both my iron and vitamin deficiency anemias, I take several medications:
- Ferrous Gluconate 28 mg from Puritan Pride - I take 2 pills every time I eat something but I allow a 2 hour window between consumption of tea and these pills
- B12 Microlozenge 5000 mcg from Purtain Pride - I take one pill three times a week. I take the microlozenge with food and let it melt under my tongue before swallowing for best results. I've found that if I chew it and don't take it with food then it isn't absorbed and taking it three times a week helps keep my B12 level below an inflammation level.
- Vitamin C - I cut a 500 mg tablet in half so that I'm taking the recommended 250 mg a day to help with iron absorption and thereby stretching my supply of Vitamin C. I found that 250 mg tablets are more expensive than the 500 mg tablets.
- Multi Vitamin with Folate - I take one daily to help maintain my folate level.
For your best functioning, it's a good idea to have your doctor monitor your iron levels and vitamin levels to determine if you are low on any levels and to develop a plan to treat any deficiencies.