The most common cause of anemia is not having enough iron. Our bodies need iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that carries oxgyen from lungs to rest of the body. In hht the most common cause of anemia is blood loss, whether that be nosebleeds, bleeding in intestinal tract or  for female hht patients heavy periods or a combination of all.

Anemia can make you feel tired, cold, dizzy and irritable. It can cause headaches or shortness of breath. Your GP or consultant will talk through treaments such as an iron supplement or in severe cases iron infusion but eating an iron rich diet can help. 



Iron rich foods

Iron-fortified cereals or bread

Red meat

Black pudding 

Dark green leafy vegetables

White meat

Brown rice 

Pulses and beans

Nuts and seeds



Dried fruit


Foods that make it hard for body to absorb iron.




Wholegrain cereals

Antacids ( used for indigestion) also make it hard for body to absorb iron.