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Best foods to consume after donating blood

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The best thing you can do is to safe the life of a person who is, in way or the way, on the verge of death by donating blood. Accident victims or other medical emergency cases may form part of people who require blood donation.

It feels awkward and anxious especially for someone who is donating blood for the first time. Think about how the needle will be injected and blood being drawn from your own body, it creates tension – but on the other hand, you are heaven sent, saving a life!

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Giving out blood is a common activity among many individuals to safeguard the lives of patients – who are anemic, those undergoing surgical operations, patients with leukemia and women who have pregnancy complications.

Commonly a person will donate 1 pint which is 450ml.

In the country, Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service is a unit under the Ministry of Health charged with the responsibility of collecting, processing, storing, and distributing adequate, safe blood products in the country.

After donating blood, a person will likely experience body fatigue and sometimes – feel unconsciousness. Loss of iron is the major contributing factor.

The following foods will help an individual to recover the lost blood from the body:

Consuming foods with an iron will enhance iron absorption through the small intestine.

Some of the iron-rich foods include red meat, beans, liver, seafood, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, soybeans, iron-fortified cereals, sesame seeds, and oysters.

Drinking plenty water will hydrate the body. Furthermore, a person, after donating blood, should never consume alcohol under whatever circumstance. Unlike other normal days, after blood donation, you are recommended to increase water intake.

Loss of blood leads to iron deficiency and to counteract this, getting vitamin B2 is paramount to restore and produce red blood cells.

Additionally, carbohydrates are turned into energy for strengthening. Such foods that provide the vitamin are milk, yogurt, vitamin-fortified cereals,eggs, peas and green vegetables.

Resting and taking care of one’s diet is important in such situation to give the body the strength and energy to recover from the blood loss.

Due to the body weakness, health professionals warn people from carrying heavy weight and instead do more resting until the body fully recovers from the body loss.

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