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What is Pernicious Anemia?
Pernicious anemia is a type of anemia that arises from the body’s inability to absorb enough vitamin B12 from the gastrointestinal tract. This essential nutrient is crucial for the production of healthy red blood cells.
Risk Factors of Pernicious Anemia and Vitamin B12 Deficiency.
Pernicious anemia causes a Vitamin B12 deficiency resulting in the body’s red blood cell count decreasing, resulting in fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms.
Causes and symptoms
Causes of pernicious anemia are primarily caused by an autoimmune condition known as autoimmune gastritis, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the cells in the stomach responsible for producing intrinsic factors—an essential protein required for B12 absorption. This impaired absorption leads to a deficiency in vitamin B12, which in turnis what causes pernicious anemia.
Common symptoms of include fatigue, weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, dizziness, and a tingling or numbness sensation in the hands and feet. If left untreated, it can lead to neurological complications.
Holistic Approaches. What is the treatment for pernicious anemia?
As a naturopath, my aim is to support individuals in managing and in the treatment of pernicious anemia through a holistic approach that focuses on addressing the root causes and promoting overall well-being. I have had a lot of experience with a lot of different blood disorders.
Here are some strategies that could be implemented depending on you and your individual needs:
1. Nutritional Support:
The number one thing you can do to reverse pernicious anemia is to incorporate foods rich in vitamin B12, such as fish, meat, dairy products, and fortified plant-based alternatives, which can be beneficial. Additionally, supplements or B12 injections may be recommended to ensure adequate levels of this vital nutrient.
2. Gut Health Optimisation:
Supporting optimal gut health is crucial for improved nutrient absorption of Vitamin B12 and reversing pernicious anemia. This involves promoting a balanced diet, reducing stress levels, and addressing any digestive issues through dietary adjustments and targeted herbal remedies.
3. Lifestyle Modifications:
Regular exercise, stress management techniques, and adequate sleep play a significant role in promoting overall health and well-being. These lifestyle modifications can positively impact pernicious anemia symptoms and overall energy levels.
In today’s digital world, I offer Telehealth consultations, as an option, thus enabling individuals to receive personalised care and support from the comfort of their homes. Many persons I see with Pernicious Anemia are so sick that attending my in-person clinic is too difficult to start off with. Through virtual appointments, we can discuss symptoms, create tailored treatment plans, and monitor progress.
As a naturopath passionate about empowering individuals to optimise their health naturally, I understand the complexities of all blood disorders. By adopting a holistic approach that combines nutritional support, gut health optimisation, and lifestyle modifications, we can address the root causes and manage the symptoms effectively.
If you’re seeking personalised care, consider scheduling a Telehealth consultation with me