How can I prevent Anemia

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  • If malaria, parasites, or worms are causing your anemia, treat these diseases first.
  • Eat foods rich in iron along with foods rich in vitamins A and C, which help the body absorb iron. Citrus fruits and tomatoes are rich in vitamin C. Dark yellow and dark green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin A. If a woman cannot eat enough foods rich in iron, she may need to take iron pills.
  • Avoid drinking black tea or coffee, or eating bran (the outer layer of grains) with meals. These can prevent the body from absorbing iron from food.
  • Drink clean water to prevent infection from parasites.
  • Use a latrine for passing stool, so that worm eggs will not spread to food and water sources. If hookworms are common in your area, try to wear shoes.
  • Space births at least 2 years apart. This will give your body a chance to store some iron between pregnancies.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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