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5 Ways To Increase Your Hemoglobin Levels Immediately

how to increase hemoglobin

At some point in time, most kidney disease sufferers will have a problem with their hemoglobin (haemoglobin) levels. This is mainly due to the decreased production of Erythropoietin (EPO) within the kidneys (Erythropoietin is a hormone secreted by the kidneys that stimulates production of red blood cells). Hemoglobin is the iron containing and oxygen carrying protein found within the red blood cells. This protein therefore delivers the most important nutrient to human life, oxygen. It also transports the toxic element carbon dioxide to the lungs for exhalation.

Today I thought I would cover something that I encountered today in clinic (in actual fact i was yesterday :-)) – A lady that I have now been seeing for just over a month brought in her latest test results and we went through them with glee. Overall her results were on the improve – sodium now in normal range, creatinine had dropped by 100 points, potassium now in normal range, liver enzymes improving, and most importantly, her eGFR (estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate) had gone from 12 to 17 in just a few short weeks. We high fived each other. Of course we have some way to go, but you have to celebrate the wins. This is crucial for a positive mindset and staying on course.

After going through the report there were two main things that we needed to focus our attention on. Her hyperparathyroidism was still out of control, and her hemoglobin levels were still too low. Hemoglobin should be sitting between 14-18 g/dL for males, and 12-16 g/dL for females. My client’s hemoglobin levels were at 10 g/dL.

Low hemoglobin levels directly affect your energy levels by lowering the amount of oxygen being transported throughout your body. So you end up feeling even lousier than you already are. I am hoping that these quick tips you can start to feel normal again, and get your readings within normal limits without too much intervention.

Here Are The Top 5 Tips On How To Increase Hemoglobin Naturally

1.    Chitosan
Did you know the humble shrimp could be your ticket to increased hemoglobin levels? Not only that, but clinical studies have proven “throwing another shrimp on the barbie” will lower urea and cholesterol levels, and help lose excess fat!

Chitosan is structurally similar to cellulose (a complex carbohydrate found in plants), which consists of glucose molecules connected to one another. This substance is mainly found within the exoskeleton of shrimp, crab, prawns and other shellfish, but is best taken as a supplement.

Asparagus, Green Bean, and Lemon Zest Salad

Kidney tonifying asparagus and beans, team up in this satisfying salad that’s as delicious as it is healthy.

I came across this delicious recipe not too long ago and just had to share. Not only is it beneficial for your kidneys but is also really tasty. Both asparagus and green bean are renowned for their kidney healing benefits within Traditional Chinese Medicine. Check it out below. Serve it up for your next family meal, or when you are next entertaining guests. It really is that versatile.


Cooking & preparation time: 20mins

Kidney Recipe - Asparagus and Green Bean Salad


  • 225g (½ pound) green (string) beans
  • 340g (¾ pound) asparagus, trimmed off ends
  • ½ an onion, preferably red
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup parsley, flat-leaf parsley preferred
  • 2 tomatoes thinly sliced lengthwise
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup basil
  • ¼ cup grated hard cheese (e.g. Parmigiano-Reggiano/Parmesan)
  • 1 clove garlic, removed from skin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Top 11 Superfoods List – To Supercharge Your Meals At Home

Wouldn’t you love to access your fridge at home, like a mechanic accesses his toolbox, to heal yourself as he would ‘heal’ his car? Sounds impossible right? Well it’s not.

Through today’s research a lot of the old anecdotes are now confirmed if not exceeded in their validity.  We all heard the sayings “Eat your vegetables they will make grow big and strong” or even “It’ll put hair on your chest!”  (Though that latter one I still have my doubts on).

Through scientific research they have confirmed certain foods are in fact higher, pound for pound, in their nutritional and phytochemical content, thus making them ‘SuperFoods’ (or foods that give you more bang for your buck).

What are phytochemicals? Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds that plants produce to protect themselves (against bacteria, viruses and fungi), improve their structure or even act as chemical messengers within the plant. Once eaten by humans however, they (phytochemicals) take on a new role turning into some of the most potent health enhancing substances known to man.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
(Hippocrates –AKA: ‘the father of medicine’ 460BC – 370BC)

So where to start and what are the best Superfoods?
In the media there seems to be more and more foods being labelled ‘SuperFoods’ in a bid to cash in on this new catch term, unfortunately this is causing confusion within the public. So I have selected my best of the best, to get you kicked started quickly to optimum wellness. To begin your journey to optimum wellness it only takes one serve a day from the selection of SuperFoods below. Add more if you desire, though rotation is the key.

So here is my magnificent 11 superfoods list:

Gout and Kidney Disease – 17 Rapid Relief Tips to Reducing Your Gout Pain Now

One of the most common symptoms I see in clinic when treating clients with kidney disease, is the complaint of excruciating pain in one or many joints. They can even find it unbearable to the point that it immobilises them, and prevents from working. In the past this was was associated with kings and royalty, due to the excess consumption of certain foods and drinks. Now it is simply known as gout – and now it is very easy for all of us to over indulge. Gout and kidney disease unfortunately go hand in hand.

Gout can often seem, to begin with, a pretty innocuous condition; random joint pains lasting a few hours or days at best. But soon, very soon, the gout “attacks” seem to be unrelenting, causing joint specific inflammation, pain, heat, and decreased movement. But don’t worry… I have a tool kit of natural medicines to help reverse this condition easily a little further down.

If you are currently suffering from joint pain but are unsure if it is gout or not, here is a good diagnostic checklist:

  • Rapid onset, of classically one joint in the fingers or toes (most often the big toe – 50% of cases), occurring frequently at night
  • Swelling, heat, stiffness of joint
  • Shiny red or purple coloration of joint
  • During attacks body temperature may rise to 39°C (102.2°F)
  • Occurs commonly together with uric acid kidney stones
  • Periods of being asymptomatic, followed by acute attacks
  • Gout is a familial disease. A familial disease is hereditary, passed on from one generation to the next
  • Monosodium urate monohydrate (a crystalline substance) builds up in and around the joints of extremities, causing gout
  • Increased uric acid levels in the blood
  • 95% of cases are males
  • 30 years of age or greater

So what is the cause of this condition?

The CAUSE of Your Kidney Disease is the KEY to Your Healing

This may seem a blatantly obvious statement to make to many people, but I am surprised time and time again how often this overlooked when treating ones health. But then again, this maybe second nature to me as throughout my naturopathic studies I was always told, verbatim: “treat the person, not the disease, treat the cause, not the symptoms”.

For example, this is most obvious when you slice your finger with a knife; you do not try and remedy the situation by increasing the strength of your skin so it can withstand knife penetrations do you? (I hope not, as that would be a little crazy!). No, you try and slice with more accuracy, because it was the handing of the knife that was the cause of the cut, not the skin being too weak.

The same can be said for let’s say, using pain medication for a headache. Are you treating the ‘headache’? Think about it. Or are you really inhibiting the ‘pain’.

A good question to ask before you ever treat yourself is “what am I trying to achieve here?”.

If you are trying to receive quick relief from the pain, then yes this is a VERY wise thing to consider, otherwise, if you are trying to heal, cure, or remedy the headache then you are entirely going about it the wrong way.

Though the solution to the cause of the headache maybe a tricky one to work out initially – as there are many possible causes: magnesium deficiency, spinal problems, estrogen dominance, high blood pressure, heavy metal toxicity, neurological disorders, just to name a few – it ALWAYS results in lifelong healing. Well worth the time and investigation, I believe.

…You see, when you realise the cause of YOUR kidney disease, you will be freed from its hold on you. And it won’t stop just at your kidneys, your whole body & life will be transformed by the flow on effect.

“Ones’ health displays the law of ‘cause and effect’ with perfection”

Take diabetes for example, the number one cause of kidney disease in the world, do you believe just treating the kidneys will be enough to heal them permanently if you leave your diabetes unchecked?