Each type of anemia is treated differently. But, there are some common changes you can make in your life that can boost your overall health.

Nutrition

Proper nutrition is needed for good health. With anemia, you need more iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12. You can get these in your diet. But, your doctor may want you to take supplements. Don't start taking them unless your doctor tells you it's okay to do so.

You can boost your iron intake but getting enough vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C helps your body absorb more iron from the foods you eat. Folic acid intake can be raised by eating breads and pasta. In the US, most of these grains are fortified.

Exercise

Anemia causes stress on your body. At times, it can make the need for iron higher by causing mild blood loss from your intestines. Even though exercise is good for you, check with your doctor before starting any program. If you do too much, it can cause harm to your heart and other organs.

Lifestyle

Get rest when you need to. Don't smoke, do illegal drugs, and drink alcohol in moderation if you're allowed. Moderation is 2 drinks or less a day for men and 1 drink or less a day for women.

Self-care

Anemia can start or get worse because of medicines you take. This is true of over-the-counter medicines, such as aspirin, that make the chances of gastrointestinal bleeding higher. Herbs can also have a harmful effect. Talk to your doctor before taking any of these.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2018 -
  • Update Date: 10/12/2018 -