You could be anemic.
Iron-Deficiency Anemia is a deficiency of iron in hemoglobin, which is often accompanied by a reduced number of red blood cells. Iron is stored in hemoglobin, the protein found in red blood cells that transport oxygen to the different parts of the body.
Symptoms of anemia are fatigue irritability, increased heart rate, sore or swollen tongue, enlarged spleen, pale complexion, breathlessness, dizziness, frequent breath holding, and pica….
What is Pica?
“Pica”, a symptom of anemics, is the craving and chewing of substances with no nutritional value, such as dirt or ice…or eating foods crunch (raw potatoes, carrots and celery).
Possible Reasons to Chew Ice?
Ice chewing, also known as pasophagia, is often associated as a symptom of anemics. Some researches found that anemics chew ice because the ice works as a pain reliever for the tongue pain and inflammation associated with anemia. The same researches found that the ice just tasted better to people who were iron deficient.
What to do?
See if the other symptoms match up and get tested! A simple blood test by a medical professional can diagnose the problem and them comes the fun part….
Eat More Iron Rich Foods:
Meat: Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Egg Yolks, Liver and other organ meats
Fish: Shellfish (Oysters, Clams, Shrimp), Salmon, Sardines and Anchovies
Beans: Lima Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Pinto Beans, Tofu and Green Peas
Leafy Greens: Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, Turnip Greens and Collard Greens
Veggies: Asparagus, Parsley, Watercress, and Brussel Sprouts
Dried Fruit: Raisins, Prunes, Dates, and Apricots
Iron Supplements: May cause irritation of stomach. Take on an empty stomach with orange juice to increase absorption into the body.
Remember to keep your doctor informed on your symptoms just in case you have a more serious condition.