5 Step Process to Treat Anemia Naturally

Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine. Today I’m going to share with you my five-step process to treat anemia naturally.
If you want to know the best anemia cures, you’re going to find those in this video,
including the best diet, supplements, along with triggers, things that can trigger anemia
you absolutely want to watch out for. The first step in overcoming anemia is really
nourishing your spleen. Your spleen is an organ that is responsible for red blood cell
production, as well as keeping fluids together in your system. If your spleen isn’t healthy,
that’s one of the first factors that’s going to cause anemia. There are specific foods
that will actually help nourish your spleen, helping you overcome anemia naturally. That
first food group would be squash, specifically things like pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut
squash, spaghetti squash, those bright orange-colored foods. Think fall harvest, those sort of foods
are going to be fantastic for nourishing the spleen. So step number one is nourishing your spleen.
I would recommend getting one to two servings of squash in your daily diet. If you want
some ideas, you can check out some of my recipes there on DrAxe.com. The other thing that’s very important for
nourishing your spleen and red blood cell production are going to be green leafy vegetables
like spinach, kale, and chard. Doing one serving of those a day, something like a kale salad
or saut�ed spinach, is also very nourishing to your spleen. Last, but not least, our bitter
foods are good for the spleen, specifically things like romaine lettuce, arugula. You
can even do bitter herbs before a meal as a supplement. But anything that’s sort of
a bitter food is very, very nourishing to the spleen. Step number two to help you naturally overcome
anemia is you need to start getting your gut healthy with probiotics. Now, listen to this
principle. It’s not, “You are what you eat,” it is, “You are what you digest.” If you’re
not digesting properly and absorbing and assimilating nutrients properly, you’re not absorbing iron.
So for a lot of people, you might even be taking iron supplements, and they’re not working.
The reason is that you’re digestive system isn’t healthy, and you probably have a condition
called “leaky gut.” Leaky gut doesn’t allow you to properly absorb iron as well as certain
other vitamins, like vitamin B12 and magnesium and zinc. So you could be deficient because
you don’t have a healthy gut, and probiotics are really the first key into restoring your
digestive health. In fact, a recent study out of Stanford found
that when somebody supplements with probiotics, all of their B vitamin levels go up along
with their iron. So listen, treat the root cause, not the symptom. So many doctors today
say, “Hey, just go and take this iron tab.” It’s not fixing it. You’ve got to be able
to absorb the iron tab for it to work. So for that reason, you want to add in probiotic-rich
foods like real home-made yogurt, goat’s milk kefir, sauerkraut, and other probiotic-rich
foods. Then taking a probiotic supplement, typically 50 to 100 billion IUs daily, can
definitely help support your iron absorption. Step number two in overcoming anemia is getting
those processed and junk foods out, especially excess sugar and anything that can cause candida.
Oftentimes, candida and anemia are linked. So if you ever notice a white color on your
tongue or in the back of your throat or if you ever tend to get any sort of yeast issues,
you know that’s candida. Candida will block iron absorption. So diet is key. In order
to really overcome that, you’ve got to support the spleen, like I talked about earlier, but
also eliminate processed sugars and grains. So again, if you are doing a lot of sugars,
pastas, breads, cereals, any type of grain product or sugar product, that’s going to
feed yeast. Replace those with healthy fats in your diet. Or if you’re going to use a
sweetener, raw local honey in small amounts, a tablespoon at most at a time, or stevia
is the best option in terms of sweeteners. The next step in helping you overcome anemia
is going to be actually consuming iron-rich foods. Some of the best include foods like
liver. In fact, beef liver and chicken liver are by far the highest. That might sound gross
to you, consuming liver. But I’m telling you, if you buy organic chicken liver at your local
farmer’s market or at your health food store, you can put it in a crock pot with chicken
in equal ratios, or about a third liver, two-thirds chicken, and do a big crock pot with vegetables
like carrots, celery, onions, sea salt. Do a big crock pot with some liver in there,
and that is the perfect meal to help replenish your liver, as well as liver is very high
in iron, as I just discussed, which is important, so again, getting liver in your diet. Also, other iron-rich foods you want to be
getting in your diet. Look towards meat, specifically grass-fed beef. Bison is fantastic and lamb.
But think organic, grass-fed red meats are some of the highest foods in iron. Also, spinach
and kale and chard, getting those green leafy vegetables in. So again, an ideal meal might
look like that crock pot soup I talked about earlier. Another idea would be a bison burger
with a side of spinach. Fantastic for helping you overcome anemia. And last but not least, lifestyle and reducing
stress. If you’re emotionally stressed out, if you struggle with unforgiveness, anger,
or have chronic worry and anxiety, those things really deplete your spleen and your liver
and will exhaust those organs. So really make sure that you are scheduling in times of relaxation,
times of fun during your week, getting plenty of sleep at night. Those things will really
help recharge your system and body. If you do those things, you’re going to see fantastic
results in overcoming anemia. Last little bonus tip here. In Chinese medicine,
again, anemia is very closely related to the spleen, and certain herbs actually help support
the spleen, especially ginseng. Ginseng is known as an adaptogenic herb that helps your
body better deal with stress. So adding in a supplement like ginseng may also help really
in supporting healthy blood. Then beets, another super food. They really help with a healthy
circulatory system and healthy iron levels. So guys, this has been myself, Dr. Axe, talking
about anemia natural treatments and natural cures for anemia. I hope you’ve enjoyed this
video. And hey, if you want to learn more about the best ways to heal naturally, make
sure you subscribe here to my YouTube channel. You’re going to find the greatest and latest
health news available today. Thanks, guys.

39 Replies to “5 Step Process to Treat Anemia Naturally”

  1. Let's not be afraid of cooking liver it's delicious healthy I've been battling anemia and liver is the best supplement look up some recipes am I Egyptian friend explain to me how to prepare it and it's delicious

  2. Squash
    Green leafy vegetables
    Bitter foods
    Probiotic foods
    No sugar, no grain
    Foods rich in iron: organic chicken liver, grass fed meets, spinach, kale, chards
    Stress out emotionally
    Supplements: ginseng

  3. This was the best advice this far!! I need to up my probiotic intake from 30b to 50b. I dont eat enough red meats but bison is delicious. I do eat tons of leafy greens (ie, collards, bok choy, turnips, kale, spinach and lettuce) also spirulina, moringa and matcha. I mist have low stomach acid. Stress is a major area to improve. Bringing bk yoga and meditation more routinely now

  4. Very helpful thanks

    I used to be anemic 5 years ago but only during menstruating then it disappeared ?

  5. I have anemia myself and what I eat with ground turkey fish and Chicken and I change my whole diet what I eat is wheat bread 9 grain wheat bread wheat pasta and wheat rice and because I've been under depression and I don't eat liver because I don't like liver what I do is I eat spinach and kale on my sandwiches when I go to Subway I eat like greens and kale together because I cook it and I eliminate my sugar into stevia and I eat raw honey and when I drink something I used peppermint tea with honey and lemon does that help because I really want to know because I do stevia non sweetener but I do take pills from my amenia

  6. ?????

    Treat the cause and root of the issue first.

    Spleen is responsible for making RBCs

    Pumpkin ? and orange fall harvest

    Bitter karaila juice ? (spleen health)


    Beef ? and chicken ? Liver !!!


  7. I have had low platelet count about 90-100k for 4 years. Can this diet help increase my platelets to normal levels without meds? 65yrs.

  8. But bro, spinach contains oxalate too which inhibits iron absorption and you talked about yoghurt which has calcium; both of which inhibits iron absorption, as they bind with iron in stomach. I am conflicted..

  9. My daughter was diagnosed with anemia when in fact she sort of was anemic but she had thalassemia! Caused all kinds of issues! Come to find out I have it and my son is in the process of getting results. Thalassemia occurs most frequently in people from Mediterranean countries, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, about 5 in 10,000 born a year. WOuld you be willing to research and do a video in regards to diet, exercise, symptoms and so on?

  10. Very useful video, thank you!. For those who cannot/don't want to consume animal products, I made a video "100% daily iron in one vegan meal". Hope this helps somebody too. All the best!

  11. Wow this is seriously the best video I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much. What a blessing. I’m gonna get started with these steps as soon as possible and also gonna send this to my mom who’s anemic. Thank you again doctor!

  12. I’ve been a (under/post grad student/ teacher all my life so yeah…too late for stress elimination for me. I’ll just live with those chunks of hair falling til I go bald ?‍?.

  13. I know that this is an old video but it really helped me I have been dealing with these symptoms for a while, but I didn't know what was going on. My doctor did some labs and told me that I am very anemic. She said that I need Iron Infusion treatments right away because my iron is at a 5. I have been taking iron pills and eating beef spinach and shellfish but no change in my symptoms.

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