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Is it possible to take iron with water and lemon?

The vitamins, fiber, organic acids and a complete complex of microelements present in lemon make this citrus fruit a kind of vitamin “bomb”, which has many beneficial properties. In this regard, drinking lemon water is one of the common methods of “lemon therapy”.

Lemon water: benefits

  1. Lemon is a kind of storehouse of vitamin C, so it has a positive effect on the immune system. Adding lemon to water and drinking it significantly strengthens our immune system, enhancing recovery processes and increasing resistance to infectious diseases.
  2. Water with lemon helps to better absorb iron, and also effectively regulates blood clotting and capillary permeability.
  3. Another useful property is aid in digestion. The acidity of lemon stimulates the production of digestive juices, which promotes better digestion and minimizes problems such as indigestion and bloating.
  4. Drinking lemon water helps reduce appetite.

Harmful effects of lemon water

Along with the obvious beneficial qualities, the drink has several contraindications that can have a harmful effect on the body. Before drinking, be sure to consider the possible harm of water with lemon.

So how can this drink be harmful?

  1. Large amount of lemon juice may negatively affect enamel health. It is necessary to maintain proportions without making the drink too sour, then it will only have a positive effect on the oral cavity.
  2. Lemon water has diuretic and mild laxative effect. To avoid dehydration and other unexpected consequences, you should not drink it in large quantities.
  3. Drink also may cause an allergic reaction in the form of itching or rash. Like any citrus, lemon is very allergenic, so before consuming it you should make sure that you are not allergic to citrus fruits.
  4. Drinking lemon water not recommended for people with stomach problems, especially with high acidity. Water can both aggravate the disease and cause heartburn and discomfort. In this case, it is better to avoid drinking this drink.

Rules for drinking water with lemon

We have already said that it is necessary to observe the proportions before drinking this drink, but there are other nuances of drinking water with lemon that you need to know about:

  1. It is advisable to prepare the drink immediately before use, since the mixture should not be stored in the refrigerator for a long time.
  2. Water is drunk before meals or half an hour after, and then the mouth is rinsed.
  3. Each dose involves consuming no more than 1 glass, while the maximum permissible daily dose should not exceed more than 3 glasses.
  4. To protect your teeth enamel, it is recommended to drink the drink through a straw or straw.
  5. It is not recommended to boil water with lemon, as the beneficial substances will be completely destroyed when heated.
  6. A combination of lemon and mineral water is allowed, but it is better to use ordinary drinking water.
  7. To improve the taste characteristics of the drink, it is permissible to add various fruits and herbs to it.

Water enriched with lemon, which saturates the body with beneficial vitamin C and other biologically active ingredients, with regular use, significantly improves the health of the cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, hematopoietic and urinary systems, and also promotes weight loss.

But do not neglect contraindications, which can completely negate the entire range of beneficial properties of this drink.

In order for a drink with lemon to be healthy, it must contain clean artesian drinking water. Such as “Lux Water”, which is extracted from a source at a depth of 100 meters and contains natural minerals that are beneficial for the body.

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Proper nutrition for iron deficiency anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a pathological condition caused by a decrease in hemoglobin protein in the blood, the main task of which is to transport oxygen to tissues and internal organs.

Who suffers from anemia?

In most cases, anemia occurs in women expecting the birth of a child, nursing mothers, people with weakened immune systems and often sick, patients who have undergone surgery or lost a lot of blood.

The development of this pathology can also be caused by certain diseases of the small intestine and the immunity of vitamin B12, without which the absorption of iron by the body is impossible.

How to recognize anemia?

The main clinical manifestations of iron deficiency anemia are:

  • Fast fatiguability;
  • Dizziness;
  • Apathy and lack of appetite;
  • pale skin;
  • Brittle hair and nails;
  • Flashing “flies” before the eyes; changes in taste preferences – for example, patients note a desire to eat chalk or earth;
  • Shortness of breath and rapid heartbeat.

Anemia poses a danger to the human body, so this disease should not be left to chance. Due to insufficient oxygen supply to tissues and organs, the brain and heart begin to suffer, as a result of which a person develops concomitant diseases and pathologies.

Iron deficiency anemia is especially dangerous for expectant mothers, since the baby in the womb does not receive enough oxygen and nutrients. As a result, the fetus begins to lag behind in development, and there is a risk of premature birth, weakness of labor and the birth of a child with low birth weight.

In modern pharmacology, there are a huge number of drugs that increase the level of iron in the body, but they need to be taken for a long time and according to a certain scheme. If anemia is detected, you should not immediately grab medications, and doctors themselves often recommend adjusting the level of hemoglobin in the blood with the help of food.

What can you eat if you have anemia?

The level of iron in the body in the initial stages of anemia can be increased with the help of food:

  • Green apples;
  • Buckwheat porridge;
  • Liver – preference is given to beef liver, since the iron content in this product is maximum;
  • Garnet;
  • Parsley;
  • Beef;
  • Turkey;
  • Apple juice;
  • Oatmeal.

What is better to refuse?

It is important to know that the absorption of iron from food is prevented by such foods as:

  • Milk;
  • Black coffee and tea;
  • Fresh baked goods;
  • Chocolate and various cakes;
  • Fatty, smoked, spicy, salty and hot dishes.

It is better to temporarily exclude pork from your diet. Dairy products should not be excluded, but it is important not to combine them with foods rich in iron, since its absorption by the body will be minimal.

For example, if you really like milk porridge, you will have to give it up for some period. Eat the porridge in its pure form, and you can drink milk 1,5-2 hours after eating. During this period of time, the body has time to completely extract iron from food and absorb it.

Many expectant mothers suffer from low blood pressure, from which they save themselves with a cup of coffee in the morning. It is important to remember that caffeine-containing drinks completely block the absorption of iron by the small intestine, so it is better to avoid them while treating anemia, especially since they have no benefit. Replace coffee and black tea with compotes or fruit drinks made from fresh berries, which are rich not only in iron, but also in other important microelements and vitamins.

If your doctor has prescribed you iron-containing medications, you should consider some of the nuances of taking them:

  • It is better to take iron supplements 1,5 hours before meals or 2 hours after, then nothing will interfere with the absorption of the microelement;
  • The tablets should be taken with an acidified liquid, such as compote, juice or just water with a slice of lemon. Iron is quickly absorbed by the body when interacting with vitamin C;
  • It is not recommended to drink tea, coffee or eat food within 40-60 minutes after taking an iron tablet.

Approximate diet for iron deficiency anemia

Breakfast: oatmeal with banana, sweet crackers and green tea;

Lunch: beetroot soup, bran bread, buckwheat porridge and turkey cutlet, dried fruit compote;

Afternoon snack: smoothie made from ripe berries or baked apples;

Dinner: salad of fresh vegetables and herbs, beef liver soufflé;

Before bed – a glass of kefir.

When planning a diet and following doctor’s recommendations, patients with mild forms of anemia can restore normal iron levels in the blood without the use of medications.

Remember that self-medication of anemia is completely unacceptable, since a lack of hemoglobin in the blood can be caused by severe diseases of the small intestine and diet alone will not be enough!

Radiologist Blazhevich A.O.

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