Before & After Blood Donation Eating Guide

With every drop of blood a precious life can be saved!

Be it the young guns or adult versions, the idea of donating blood would have crossed your mind at least once in life. Some of you might have even donated blood before and you would surely understand that feeling of happiness.

Blood donation camps are a common view in metro cities and nowadays in villages as well. It is never too late to make a decision, which can save someone’s life.

However, before donating blood it is necessary to make sure that you are eligible for donating blood. The process lowers the iron levels in your body, making you unfit for this noble cause. If you are a first time donor, then it would be wise to know that before the process starts a sample test is always taken to ensure that you are in a healthy and good shape. So, prepare yourself well before taking the vow of saving someone from a life threatening situation.

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Eating well in the morning before you donate blood; decreases your risk of becoming shaky or weak after donation.

Iron Rich Foods – Blood production requires Iron and consumption of iron rich food to maintain healthy levels of blood in your body. The removal of red blood cells reduces stored iron from your body. Iron is the main component, which carries oxygen to your cells. The great source of iron intake will be red meat, eggs, poultry, fish, leafy green vegetables such as spinach and fortified cereals.

Vitamin C Intake – To absorb the iron in your body, you should eat foods high in Vitamin C. A glass of orange juice, some dried fruit, and a piece of citrus fruit or vitamin c supplements will be an ideal option to remain fit and healthy.

Avoid Fats – There is one thing that you should certainly avoid before donating blood and that is having foods with higher fat value. Furthermore, a diet having high amounts of fat increases the volume of lipids or fats in your body. Any blood sample with high fat quantity is rejected because it can harm the person receiving the blood. Food that you should avoid include butter, mayonnaise, fried snack foods, donuts, and fatty meats such as bacon, sausage, gravies or ice cream.

Remain Hydrated – Donating blood can decrease the amount of fluid in your body. To stay hydrated and energized you should at least drink at least 8 glasses of fluid in the morning.

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To minimize the experience of lightheadedness, fatigue and loss of consciousness after giving blood you should take care of your diet after donating blood.

Say yes to Fluids – To maintain the right balance it is necessary to drink an extra four glasses of liquids and avoid alcohol for the next 24 hours.

Iron is must – Iron is one of the main components of blood. Consuming a diet rich in Iron after the process will enable you to remain strong and healthy.

Folate rich Foods – The body uses folate, which is also known as B-9, folic acid or folacin to manufacture new red blood cells. Foods that contain folate include liver, dried beans, asparagus and green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and collard greens. Orange juice is another source of folate. Fortified breads, cereals and rice also contains this vitamin.

Riboflavin Foods – Producing red blood cells after donation becomes possible with Riboflavin or Vitamin B – 2. It turns carbohydrates in your body to create energy. Foods containing riboflavin are similar to those that have iron and folate and include eggs, peas, nuts, leafy green vegetables, broccoli, asparagus and vitamin-fortified cereals. Dairy products like milk and yogurt also are good sources of riboflavin.

Vitamin B6 Energy – Vitamin B-6 have its own benefits after blood donation. It builds healthy blood cells. For the intake of vitamin B-6 you can serve yourself with potatoes, bananas, seeds, nuts, red meat, fish, eggs and spinach.

A good sleep and careful analysis can make your blood donation process safe and healthy.  Be someone special and be a donor, make a difference and save someone’s life!

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