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The Weak Blood Type

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You may be anemic, have a history of significant blood loss (i.e. trauma, surgery or heavy periods), follow a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or fruitarian diet, or lack red meat in your diet.  If you are a women, you are definitely more prone to being the "weak blood" type due to the loss of blood caused by menstruation and childbirth.

Blood can be built easily through diet.  It is essential to eat a diet rich in vegetables, especially leafy greens and chlorophyll-rich foods combined with grains and adequate protein.  In general, meat, fish, beans and seafood are best to strengthen your blood.  If you are vegetarian or vegan, it may be more difficult to build blood without animal protein, so blood-building Chinese herbs (i.e. dang gui) may be recommended by your practitioner.

Possible Symptoms:

  • pale face or lips

  • dizziness upon standing

  • fatigue

  • blurry vision

  • floaters in vision

  • dry/dull hair

  • poor memory

  • muscle cramps

  • brain fog

  • light menstrual flow or missing periods

  • difficulty falling asleep

  • generalized anxiety or depression​

Causes:

  • Significant blood loss

  • Heavy periods

  • Childbirth

  • Vegan/vegetarian/pescetarian/fruitarian diet

  • Lack of red meat in the diet

Helpful Tips:

  • Maintain a balance between exercise and rest to allow the body to better circulate blood and help the body regenerate blood while you sleep (especially during the hours of 1 - 3 am).

  • Ask your practitioner about taking Chinese herbal medicine.

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Best foods to eat:
  • Meat: beef, bone broth, bone marrow, chicken, chicken broth, duck, lamb, liver, oxtail, pork

  • Seafood: mussels, octopus, oysters, salmon, sardines, squid, tuna

  • Vegetables: alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, beetroot, carrots, dandelion, kale, kelp, leafy greens, red cabbage, reishi mushrooms, seaweed, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, sweet potato, swiss chard, watercress

  • Starches/grains: barley, oats, rice, sweet rice

  • Fruits: apricots, avocados, cherries, coconut, dates, figs, goji berries, red grapes, strawberries

  • Dairy/eggs: cheese, eggs, organic grass-fed milk

  • Nuts/seeds: hazelnuts, peanuts, sesame seeds

  • Beans/legumes: aduki beans, kidney beans

  • Herbs: parsley

  • Other: tempeh, stout

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What to Drink:
  • Room-temperature or hot/warm water

  • Goji berry tea

  • Stout beer (in moderation)

Foods & Drinks to AVOID:
  • cold/raw foods, juices & smoothies

  • ice in drinks

  • coffee

  • chocolate

  • black tea

  • spicy foods

  • alcohol (except stout)

  • fatty foods

  • processed salty foods (chips, canned soups, pretzels)

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Blood Nourishing Recipes:
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