Anemia is one of the most common blood conditions in the United States. It can be caused by a variety of things but is most commonly linked to poor gut health. An anemia specialist or doctor can help treat anemia. The Gut Authority can work with you to make changes to your diet and lifestyle to ensure your gut is absorbing the iron you need.
Anemia happens when you have a low red blood cell count or irregular red blood cells. Without enough hemoglobin, which is the oxygen binder, your blood isn’t transporting enough oxygen around your body. When your cells aren’t getting enough oxygen, then it can wreak havoc on your body and cause all sorts of unpleasant side effects. Developing anemia can happen slowly over time.
It’s important that a doctor helps diagnose anemia, and it’s important that they identify which anemia a patient has, as there are many types of anemia. Iron deficiency anemia, sickle cell anemia, and aplastic anemia are a few examples. Iron deficiency anemia is where the blood lacks enough red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Aplastic anemia is when the bone marrow does not produce enough red and white blood cells.
Symptoms will vary greatly depending on the individual. Likewise, the anemia someone has can matter. Iron deficiency anemia can have yellow or pale skin symptoms due to severely low iron levels. Often, patients don’t know they have anemia until a general blood test reveals it. Blood tests can also reveal various symptoms or chemical imbalances in the body. Some common symptoms include:
Some other side effects of anemia include symptoms associated with low thyroid and depression. There are many risk factors for developing anemia, such as an iron-deficient diet, age, medical history, chronic conditions, and pregnancy. However, anemia treated properly (such as with iron supplements) can help restore your blood and gut back to normal. If left untreated, blood transfusions may be required to help restore healthy levels. It’s always important to check with a doctor if you suspect you may suffer from anemia.
While many doctors treat the symptoms, we want to get to the root cause of your issue. Most iron deficiencies can be linked to leaky gut and bowel inflammation. We’ll go over your health history and your lifestyle, as well as do a variety of tests. We’ll then provide nutritional and lifestyle counseling to help you make choices to heal your gut.
If you struggle with anemia and are ready to stop feeling fatigued and depressed, then you need an anemia specialist. Our team is ready to help you out! Our entire team here at The Gut Authority is looking forward to seeing you live a healthier, more enjoyable life! Call us today so we can get started.