Types of Anemias: 

1. Anemia Secondary to Renal Disease: Anemia d/t lack of erythropoietin.

2. Iron Deficiency Anemia: Anemia resulting from low iron levels; the iron stores are depleted first, followed by hemoglobin stores.

3. Aplastic Anemia: Bone marrow suppression of new stem cell production resulting in deficiency of circulating WBCs, platelets, and/or RBCs. Can be d/t medications, viruses, toxins, and/or radiation exposure.

4. Pernicious Anemia: anemia d/t lack of dietary intake or absorption of vitamin B12.

5. Folic Acid Deficiency Anemia: Anemia d/t folic acid deficiency. Symptoms similar to vitamin B12 deficiency, but nervous system functions remain normal.

6. Hemolytic Anemia: A group of anemias that occur when the bone marrow is unable to increase production to make up for the premature destruction of RBCs. Sickle cell and Thalassemia are hemolytic anemias.

7. Sickle Cell Anemia: A genetic defect found in clients of African American or Mediterranean origin, in which the Hgb molecule assumes a sickle shape and delivers less oxygen to tissues; the sickle cells become lodged in the blood vessels, especially the brain and the kidneys.

8. Thalasemmia: Inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, resulting in excessive destruction of RBCs, which leads to anemia.

Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly in leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, orange juice, and enriched grains. Repeated studies have shown that women who get 400 micrograms daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord) by up to 70%.

The most common neural tube defects are spina bifida (an incomplete closure of the spinal cord and spinal column), anencephaly (severe underdevelopment of the brain), and encephalocele (when brain tissue protrudes out to the skin from an abnormal opening in the skull). All of these defects occur during the first 28 days of pregnancy — usually before a woman even knows she’s pregnant.

Nutrition to Healthy Hair!

Okay, maybe your hair won’t look like that…but there are ways to make sure your hair is getting enough nutrients to shine and have natural beauty!

Good for your hair:

- B vitamins.

It seems that B vitamins help pretty much everything, which is kinda true…sort of. Anyways, they boost hair growth, meaning they help your hair grow faster. Hair loss has been linked to not getting enough B vitamins.

- Protein.

Protein contains amino acids, which are the basic component in hair. So, they ensure that hair can repair itself and grow in a healthy way.

- E vitamins.

Fights free radicals, which helps hair because free radicals cause aging and damage from the environment. Vitamin E stimulates the scalp and increases blood circulation, which promotes hair growth.

- Omega-3 fatty acids.

These also seem to pop up everywhere, in terms of aiding in health. Omega-3s help prevent hair loss and may help stimulate hair growth.

- Fruits and vegetables.

Of course these help, right? They make everything better, it seems! They contain folic acid, which helps in tissue growth and aids the proper functioning of cells. Renewing cells helps contribute to hair growth.

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Quest to mermaid hair.

So this is my current lenght, and my first goal will be reaching bra-strap lenght, although it might take quite a while…

I will be alterning between Mane N Tail and Biotin&Collagen shampoo.

I will also be taking 3000mcg of Biotin and 2000mcg of Folic Acid a day. Might take more if my hair doesn’t respond well in the next month or so.

And finally, I will be putting coconut oil in my hair once a week.

Will uptade in a month to see how this goes :D

EDIT: I added 2000mcg of MSM a day, and decided to stop using heat for a month.

Dear Immune System,

I know you are trying to help, I really do. But my joints are not bad guys. We actually like our fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, toes, ankles, knees, and hips. We love them, to be honest. So if you could stop tearing them apart, I would really appreciate it. I guarantee we will need them in our future!

Your loving, but very aggravated and stiff, body.

I loves me some greens - COOKING GREENS 

Packed with vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, fiber, and folic acid, these dark leafy greens have gained popularity in recent years due to their high nutritional values. But before the health craze, cultures around the world—such as Italian and Chinese—had been incorporating these vegetables into their diets.  …

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Puke & Prenatals.

Morning sickness sucks! Seriously! I started taking prenatals the day I found out I was pregnant, and within a few days I was experiencing the glory that is morning sickness. I am affected by everything around me. Smells, the way things look. I might want something one second, then the taste or smell of it instantly turn me off. This SUCKS!

I started to realize something. I’m always the most sick (vomiting) right after taking my prenatal pills.

I had been taking One a day women’s prenatal (as if there is a man’s prenatal -_-) with dha. And it was for sure the thing causing my puking.

I asked my nurse about it, cause I was concerned that my body wasn’t getting the chance to absorb the vitamin. She told me that I could take any adult multi-vitamin. So I took her advise and switched.

These gummies are made by God! They are awesome! no puking, there yummy, and so simple! Funny story, the first time I had taken these I took one and said “wow pretty good”. They taste like mildly sweet fruit snacks. I was actually sad cause I wanted another one, and then I read the bottle. Serving size 2 gummies! I was so excited! =D

I noticed that the one a day prenatal had 800mg of folic acid and the gummies only have 400mg. I know folic acid is really important, so i’m taking additional folic acid.



Arugula is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, calcium, and magnesium; a very good source of riboflavin, potassium, copper, and iron; and a good source of zinc. A 3 ½-ounce (100 gram) serving of raw arugula provides 104 calories, 2.3 grams of protein, no cholesterol, 0.7 gram of fat, and 3.7 grams of carbohydrates.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, arugula contains a group of anticancer compounds known as glucosinolates. These compounds exert antioxidant activity, but, more importantly, they are potent stimulators of natural detoxifying enzymes in the body.

Like other “greens,” arugula is rich in many essential vitamins and minerals, as well as important phytochemicals, such as carotenes and chlorophyll, making it an excellent source of antioxidants.

Quick Serving Ideas

  • Because arugula has such a potent, peppery flavor, it is often mixed with milder greens to produce an interesting, yet balanced salad. Served raw in mixed salads, arugula leaves complement both bland butterhead lettuce and bitter chicories. Arugula can be substituted for virtually any green but is closest to temperament to Belgian endive, escarole, and dandelion greens.
  • Arugula makes a memorable tossed salad when combined with a soft, buttery lettuce such as Bibb or Boston leaf.
  • As a salad green, arugula can also stand on its own, holding center stage in dressier salads, such as a combination of arugula, blood oranges, and avocado.
  • For a spectacular first course at your next dinner party, serve the classic Italian arugula salad with porcini mushrooms and vegan Parmesan cheese. Toss with arugula, thinly sliced porcini mushrooms, and walnuts with a balsamic olive oil vinaigrette, then top with vegan Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Make arugula pesto: Blend together two bunches (about two packed cups) of arugula with three garlic cloves, ¼ cup walnuts, ½ cup vegan Parmesan cheese, ½ cup olive oil, and salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. Use as a vegetable dip, or, for delectable crostini, use this pesto to top baguette slices and bake at 400 degrees F. for about five minutes.
  • Lightly steamed or sauteed along with some onion or garlic in olive oil, arugula makes a delectable side dish or addition to pasta or rice. For example, toss arugula sauteed in olive oil with just-cooked pasta. Add freshly ground black pepper, then sprinkle with pine nuts and serve immediatly.

note to self: foods rich in folic acid and vitamin b-12 that i enjoy and should eat more of to promote hair growth:


Chicken Giblets

Egg Yolk





Macademia Nuts

Soy Milk


Sweet Potato



Fruits and Vegetables:


Brussel Sprouts





interesting tidbit: this info was brought to you by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health