Do you have a craving to eat ice? Someone you know probably has Ice Craving Pica.
If you crave to eat ice and you are not doing it for the water, you may have a condition called ice pica.
The solution is near the bottom, scroll down if you want to skip the basics.
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Usually the word pica is used in medicine to refer to eating substances other than normal foods.
Some of the more common pica substances are those that have no nutrition such as earth, clay, plaster or ashes. This will often occur during childhood, pregnancy or as a symptom of disease.
Pagophagia is the medical name for the compulsive eating ice or iced drinks.
Because it has been shown to be linked to iron deficiency anemia and it responds to iron supplementation, some scientists think it may be a sign and symptom of nutritional deficiency.
Chewing ice may relieve any tongue pain caused by iron deficiency. Chewing ice could cause cracked teeth and if you do chew ice, consider letting the ice melt in your mouth.
Early thinking was that pica was the result of nutritional deficiencies (such as iron or zinc). Further research found that the things ingested do not provide the necessary minerals or nutrients for those who have a tendency toward pica.
One interesting side point, ice made from hard water contains minerals like calcium and magnesium. Drinking water or the ice alone will not provide the necessary minerals. The Water Cures protocol and the advanced protocols will often provide many of the necessary micro nutrients needed for health.
Few people would think to say to their doctors that they are craving ice or ice drinks.
Even if you do, your doctor may not know about Pica. While it was something studied in medical school, it may not be something he is aware of according to the research below. Additionally, the way most doctors are taught to look at anemia, they may not see the underlying cause.
Doctors look at iron level's and yet, according to Dr. Richard K Spence, Bloodless Medicine and Surgery authority, the more accurate way to discern the need for iron is the TIBC or Total Iron Binding Capacity test. Dr. Spence teaches doctors how to manage anemia without blood transfusions.
Ice pica is the unusual desire to eat ice. No doubt you have run across several people who simply love to eat ice. At times, they even craved it.
Doctors now believe that one of the possible causes is an iron deficiency.
In the literature, there are numerous complications of the disorder that could be the cause. These include iron-deficiency anemia, lead poisoning, and helminthic (worms) infestations.
While we are about everything to do with water, this is a topic that goes beyond water cures to help resolve the problem.
There is a simple, easy solution and it has to do with what you eat.
Hydrate and Get the Right Electrolytes
Proper Hydration with the Water Cures Protocol Blood is made on the release of hormones like erythropoietin. Hormone creation is dependent on our fluid and electrolyte balance. If you are dehydrated, you hormones are not as easily made. Get unprocessed salt for best results.
Next: eat foods that are rich in iron. Here are some of the best sources of iron.
Black Strap Molasses: A teaspoon three times a day for 3 days then none for 4 days. Repeat as needed.
Red Beets: one raw beet (about 2 inches in diameter) provides over 3 times the amount you need daily.
Spirulina: A small 15 gram portion of spirulina has about 4.3 mg of iron, or 24% of your daily recommended intake.
Lentil Soup: has about 7 mg of iron in 250 ml (about an 8 ounce bowl of soup), which is almost 49% of how much you need daily.
Liver: has a lot of iron in it. However, most people do not like the taste. Soybeans are also listed as high in iron. Caution: unless they are non-GMO, you could be exposing yourself to chemical pesticides that have been found to cause serious health problems.
Spinach:, while it made Popeye strong, is not one of the best sources of iron. Do not depend on it for iron, although it has many additional health benefits when eaten raw.
Clams, Oysters and Mussels: all have a lot of iron. If you can afford them, the only risk is their exposure to chemical toxins in polluted ocean water and mercury.
Beyond Ice Craving Pica: Go to the Well
Boosting your iron is not enough. You also need some additional nutrients to help your body make more blood.
In addition to the foods, you will need vitamin C, vitamin B6, B9 and B12. Also a protein is necessary. In the case of the beans and meat, the protein is readily available. With beets and black strap molasses, a spoon of almond butter (for protein) will do the trick.
B9 Folate Food sources: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, breakfast cereals, and grain products. Avoid foods that are heavily fortified with folic acid.
B6 Food sources: poultry, fish, and some vegetables and fruits, especially dark leafy greens, papayas, oranges, and cantaloupe.
B12 Food sources: fish, poultry, meat, eggs, or dairy. Most people have plenty of vitamin B12 in their diets.These have been used in and outside the hospital. Places like the Clevland Clinic and over 100 other hospitals.Working almost two decades as a Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Nurse and providing holistic anemia treatments, I have worked with thousands of patients and consulted with hundreds of doctors on these protocols. They work and they work better than iron supplements and with out the side effects and dangers of iron supplements. I have personally helped those I case managed to increase blood counts as low as 2.9 to normal values using these natural anemia treatments. --Jonathan Steele, RN Holistic Nures
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