COVID-19: Don’t Let Your Anemia Get Out Of Hand

If you have low iron levels or are known to be anemic, you’ll need to be extra vigilant during these times to avoid falling ill. Here’s how you can keep the problem in check and improve your condition naturally.

Iron-Deficiency Anemia Signs To Watch Out For – And Some That Resemble COVID-19 Symptoms

Some symptoms of anemia are also common to COVID-19 and these are indicated below with an * sign . Be aware of the subtle changes to keep your anemia in check.

  • Extreme tiredness/fatigue/lack of energy/feeling weak*
  • Shortness of breath, dizziness/lightheadedness, or a headache*
  • Fast heartbeat/palpitations
  • Pale skin, brittle nails, or cold feet/hands
  • Poor appetite and/or cravings for non-nutritive things like dirt or ice
  • Sore/inflamed tongue

Why It Is Important To Manage Anemia

If your iron-deficiency anemia is left unchecked, you could be more susceptible to infection and illness because iron plays an important role in your immune health. It also makes you more vulnerable to lung or heart complications.

  • If your doctor has prescribed supplements to manage your anemia, do not miss out on taking them.
  • Work at improving your dietary intake of iron. It might need some smart planning and grocery shopping to stock up on the specific foods below.

Tank Up On These Iron-Rich Foods

Your body can’t make iron and depends on the food you eat for its iron needs. Improve iron absorption by having these iron-rich foods: