HEALTH: Foods that are beneficial to sickle cell patients

The role of nutrition is very important in the life of someone living with sickle cell . Since I started writing this column, I have received numerous emails from readers with questions like , ‘ I will like to know about food that can help so that one do not go into crises , some ask for themselves and while others ask on behalf of their kids.
This is something that I would like to address in today ’s column.

People living with sickle cell disease have increased need for calories and micronutrients (for example, vitamins and minerals). A diet rich in fruits, vegetables , whole grains and legumes will provide a greater proportion of the essential nutrients and appropriate supplementation they need for the formation of blood cells .

Sickle cell , as you know, is an inherited disorder , characterised by lifelong anaemia and painful crisis . A good diet is of essence in the life of those with the disorder .

Sometimes we are so busy , we forget to eat , or we lose our appetite for food because of other things going on in our lives .

My suggestion is this , if you suffer from sickle cell , young or old , the best thing that you can do for yourself is to make sure that you eat well and regularly.

The thing about sickle cell is that sometimes , one can get very tired and it will be the good food that one had eaten that would help fight tiredness or sickness .

People with sickle cell need to eat foods rich in iron, calcium and vitamin D . If you live in Africa , the sun will help with the vitamin D and if you are able to get enough vitamin D in your system, it will help your bones and as you know, the pain is in the bones and joints .
Before I list the foods that will help us fight any form of crisis , mild or severe , I will like to remind us that if we do not take care of other things in our lives , they can increase the likelihood of a crisis .

Not drinking enough water and being dehydrated due to fasting can lead to crisis . If you don ’t stick to your recommended medications or injections ; you are exposing yourself to extreme cold or hot temperatures , you engage in stressful and strenuous activities, then you will fall ill regularly.
These are trigger factors for crisis in the life of someone with sickle cell . I have come to recognise them and if I find myself experiencing any one of these symptoms , I slow down and try to take extra good care of myself .

Are you up to date with your recommended vaccines ? Are you taking your recommended malaria tablets , if you live on the African continent ? Do you take folic acid daily ? What about Vitamin C and penicillin tablets?

You could do all these and still succumb to a crisis . Never mind , that is the life of a sickle cell patient .
However , it is important to eat a well- balanced diet , meaning , eat a good amount of your vegetables and fruits daily , reduce salt intakes and consume less fatty food .

I have tried to compile a list of food that is good for us to eat and fight the disease while staying healthy and most importantly out of the hospital . The list is by no means exhaustive and I will publish more in the future . The main thing is, try and consider eating foods on the list below because these are high in iron and good for people with sickle cell .

Liver , turkey, pork, lamb, chicken and red lean meat egg yolk and canned sardines are good.

Fish, shrimps are beneficial . Beans , dates , raisins and many forms of cashew nuts are nutritious. You should eat more of whole wheat bread , corn, watercress , okra , yam, sweet potato, tomato with plenty of fruits alongside green vegetables .

Eat oranges, carrots , apples, cherries , grapes and tomatoes . Take a lot of pomegranate and dairy products (milk , cheese , yoghurts ).

With good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle , I can assure you that having a crisis will be minimal as you drink plenty of water and eliminate stress, until next time, I wish you a happy health life without crises

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