Health: Benefits of Donating Blood and what to do before, during, and after?

Schedule an appointment to the nearest blood drive…

BEFORE donating Blood

Nourishing Foods You Must Eat Before and After Blood

Sal: A week or so ago, I was going to donate blood, but they had to prick my fingers twice (different fingers) because my low iron level…

… My 2nd prick just barely made it above the minimum requirement. This was my first time this ever happened. I don’t eat much red meat, but I do eat a lot of other “iron-riched foods”..

Foods high in iron
“..The best source of iron is animal-based foods, especially red meat and offal (such as liver). Chicken, duck, pork, turkey and fish also have iron.

Iron is also found in many plant-based foods such as:

green vegetables, for example spinach, silverbeet and broccoli
lentils and beans
nuts and seeds
grains, for example whole wheat, brown rice and fortified breakfast cereals
dried fruit.

The iron in animal-based foods is easier to absorb than the iron in plant-based foods. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you need to take extra care with your diet to get enough iron.
How to improve iron absorption from food

How you prepare food and what types of foods you eat together, can affect how much iron you absorb.

For example, foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, tomatoes, berries, kiwi fruit and capsicum, can help you absorb more iron if you eat them at the same time as iron-rich foods. You could add them raw to your plate, or drink orange juice with your meal, or take a vitamin C supplement.

Coffee, tea and wine can reduce iron absorption. So can calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese and tinned salmon, as well as calcium tablets. If you can, have these between meals, rather than with your meal…”

I told the lady that was evaluating me that I ate a lot of spinach. I was looking at what I’ve might’ve done prior. The only thing I can think of doing anything different prior is doing my monthly “foot soak“.

About Blood Donation: Diet Before And After Donating Blood Sobiya N Moghul July 8, 2013
“..Avoid fatty foods for twenty –four hours before you donate blood

. Fatty foods can affect the tests which will be done on your blood. Because of the excess fat in your blood, your donation can’t be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion…”
Tips for a Successful Donation

Before Your Donation

Blood Donation Tip – Eat HealthyMaintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
Get a good night’s sleep.
Drink an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids before the donation.
Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. (Fatty foods can affect the tests we do on your blood. If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infectious diseases and the blood will not be used for transfusion.)
If you are a platelet donor, remember that your system must be free of aspirin for two days prior to donation.
Remember to bring your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of ID.

During Your Donation

Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
Let the person taking your blood know if you have a preferred arm and show them any good veins that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
Relax, listen to music, talk to other donors or read during the donation process.
Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the refreshments area immediately after donating.



5 Health Benefits of Donating Blood
Health Lifestyleby Abialbon Paul
“..Here are some of the benefits you gain for you humanitarian efforts…

2. Free Health Check-up

You can donate blood only if you are fit enough to do so. Before every blood donation process, a series of health check-ups are performed on the donor totally free of cost. This will be of great benefit to you.

Sal: I’ve been turned down 2x so far when attempting donating blood. The first time was because of a trip overseas. The second was because of having a high temp, which I never knew I had one. I ended up going home and found ways to “cool down”, so it was a great “health check-up”. 🙂

“…3. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Regular blood donations help to keep the levels of iron in the body in check, especially in males. This has shown to reduce heart disease.

4. Burns Calories

One time blood donation helps you shed 650 Kcal. This can aid you in your body weight control measures.

5. Reduces the Risk of Cancer

High levels of iron have been implicated in cancer. Theoretically, donating blood frequently will reduce the risk of cancers. More research is going on to find strong evidence on this one. However, the old myth that blood donations may lead to cancer has been put to the grave.

Still having doubts and excuses that prevent you from donating blood? Watch this video.

8 Benefits of Donating Blood That You May Not Know About
Health Lifestyleby Amanda Bradbury
“..5…5.There are some fun benefits of donating blood that you might not have known about, like getting some free stuff! During donation, donors are given free snacks, juice, and soda. Sometimes there is even free swag such as free t-shirts, stickers and promotional items. Blood donors also get an awesome colored wrap of their choice to go around the arm that blood was taken from.

Sal: I started donating back in college for the free food (e.g. Subway sandwiches ). I still donate after college for the cookies…

.., sometimes home baked by “church ladies” in town 🙂

“..6. 6.Replenishing blood can be good for the body. Donation allows for the replenishment of the donor’s blood supply, which helps the donor’s body stay healthy, function more efficiently, and work productively.

8.. 8.Blood donors get to relax for an hour or so and lay back in a chair. It has to be one of the easiest ways to give something back to your community and potentially help other people. Speaking of which, it feels great to donate blood knowing that with one blood donation you could help three people and could even be helping yourself if you are ever in need of blood. Plus, you can score points with co-workers, friends and family and make them be nice to you for the day, because your sticker says they have to be!..


Why Donating Blood Is Good For Your Health

May 30, 2013 06:37 PM

Foods to eat afterwards

The Best Foods to Eat After You Give Blood
by RACHEL NALL | Last Updated: Oct 12, 2013
Iron-rich Foods
“..Examples of iron-rich foods include spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans and raisins. Nuts and peanut butter also contain it. Iron also fortifies some cereals — read the nutrition labels to ensure the food contains iron. Eating foods rich in vitamin C, like citrus ..

Foods Containing Folate
“…This helps to replace blood cells lost during donation. 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 can contain this vitamin…”
Foods With Riboflavin
“.. Riboflavin helps your body turn carbohydrates into energy for the body. Since giving blood can make you feel weakened, this energy can benefit you. 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 B-6 Foods
“..Your body needs the vitamin to build healthy blood cells and it helps the body break down proteins. Because proteins contain many of the nutrients you need after giving blood, eating vitamin B-6 foods can be helpful. Examples of vitamin B-6 foods include potatoes, bananas, seeds, nuts, red meat, fish, eggs and spinach…”
Don’t Forget Fluids

Eating a meal after giving blood can help you regain energy and start your body on its way to rebuilding lost blood cells. .. the American Heart Association recommends that you avoid alcohol and increase your water consumption by 4 cups.”

Sal: I’ve gotten “free stuff” lately for donating blood…

-Marron & Gold UofM T-shirt (Saturday, October 20th 2018)

After donating at this local bar in lower town (Downtown St. Paul)…

Any other personal health/medical benefits have you experienced?

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