Blood donors are the life savers of millions! And on this World Blood Donation Day, we are here to ensure the donor’s blood donation nutrition is well maintained. Since donating blood can leave the body a little fragile within, it becomes crucial to look after the donors diet. Blood donors might experience the following side-effects such as weakness, light headache or dizziness and iron-deficiency (anemia). However, the listed side-effects are often witnessed in regular donors and can be tackled in a right manner if accurate foods and drinks are taken before and after donating blood. Before that, let’s unravel few facts about blood donation.
Do You Know?
- A pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- Human blood is needed in every two seconds.
- Blood donation is proven good for the health of both, donors and patients.
- Blood donor must be of at least 17 years with a healthy weight around 45 kgs.
- Blood transfusions takes place on daily basis that save the lives of needed ones all across the world.
Words to Be Kept In Mind
Donating blood comes along with an important aspect of taking care of self and diet is an important component of donating blood. Prior donating the blood, donor must guzzle foods rich in iron and Vitamin-C to help the body absorb plant-based iron sources better.
Even after donating, it’s important to treat the body in a right way and nutritiously. For that, work on replenishing your body with nutrients that has lost during the process of blood donation. In order to make sure that each donor is able to maintain the best possible health after donating blood, we are going to discuss nutritional tips and facts on blood donation. Scroll down to know some!
Note To Donors: Recommend to consult the doctor in case, you are planning to donate blood for the first time or have any specific dietary restrictions.
The Nutritional Tips
- Iron is an elementary nutrient which aids in transporting oxygen to tissues. In fact, it’s vital to replenish the deficiency of iron after donating blood.
Food Sources: Kidney beans, tofu, spinach, lentils, whole wheat, chicken, tuna and eggs.
- Folate (B-9 or folic acid) helps in creating new red blood cells hence, it’s essential to have folic rich foods.
Food Sources: Asparagus, beets, citrus fruits, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, leafy greens such as kale, spinach and orange juice.
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) also aids in production of red blood cells. To replenish this nutrient in your body, eat foods enriched with vitamin B-12.
Food Sources: Dairy products like milk, paneer, curd, and yogurt (fortified foods).
- Vitamin B-6 is another crucial nutrient that has an ability of build red blood cells. So, don’t lack behind to nourish the diet with Vitamin B-6
Food Sources: Potatoes, vegetables, soy bean, fish, whole grains and bananas.
- Drinking water (500 ml) before donating blood can reduce the risk of dropping blood pressure levels that can make you feel dizzy because more than half of the blood is water itself.
Sources: Plain water, infused water (unsweetened) and coconut water.
- At last get a good night’s sound sleep and ensure to eat small healthy meals before and after blood donation in the interval time of every two hours.
Over to you
The listed tips on blood donation can positively help pump up the nutrients levels in your body to ensure that your blood has sufficient hemoglobin to produce/ recover the donated blood and also to make the blood donation experience safe and pleasant.