Anemia is characterized by reduced amounts of red blood cells in the blood. Red blood cells are vital to health and wellnes as they carry oxygen to all other cells in the body. Without adequate oxygen, cells and tissues die.
Many conditions cause anemia. For many women, heavy periods cause the blood loss that results in anemia. For men and postmenopausal women, the most common cause of anemia lies in the gastrointestinal tract.
From a naturopathic perspective, finding the cause of anemia and resolving the underlying issue is paramount. Simply supplementing with iron is not appropriate as it does not treat the cause of the anemia. In addition, many iron supplements are constipating and harmful to the digestive tract.
ALETRIS naturopathic physicians thoroughly investigate the cause of anemia while increasing the body’s immediate iron supply with non-constipating, gentle iron supplements. Call our office to schedule an appointment with an ALETRIS physician.