World Blood Donor day 2019: How to quickly regain the blood lost after donating

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 14 June 2019, 01:34 PM
World blood donate day 2019 (Photo: Instagram)
World blood donate day 2019 (Photo: Instagram)

World blood donate day is celebrated every year on 14 June to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their willingness and selfless act to save other’s life. Blood donation is given and required by a various of reasons. It can be through disasters or emergency situations, blood lost during major surgeries, women who have serious complications during childbirth or even people with cancer and severe anaemia sometimes caused by thalassemia or sickle cell disease.

And if you are one among the millions who’ve ticked the eligibility criteria for blood donation, rolled up your sleeve and faced the needle for the greater good, there are some vital points to keep in mind before you face the next recliner bed. Unlike the fear of seeing your blood go through the pipe into the blood bad, donating blood is and cane be very much safe. Some health experts in fact, adds that blood donation can be good for the over all health. The average adult has between 10 and 12 pints of blood in their body. Since your bone marrow churns out a constant supply of red cells, plasma, and platelets, the plasma you give is replaced within the first 24 hours.

How to quickly regain the blood lost:

  1. As much as you need to eat and sleep healthy before you donate blood the same rule applies thereafter. The American Red Cross suggests replacing the lost iron with foods such as spinach, beans, and red meat as well as drinking an extra 4 to 8 ounces of non-alcoholic liquid.
  2. Your blood pressure may drop after donating blood. To avoid a drop-in blood pressure and replenish the lost fluids, drink plenty of liquids such as water and sports drinks.
  3. Folate, also known as B-9 or folic acid, is used to help create new red blood cells in the body. Go for folic acid rich food like leafy greens, kale, liver and orange juice.
  4. Consumption of protein-packed foods rich in iron such as meat, fish, nuts and peanuts are a must to regain the haemoglobin lost.

Extra note: Avoiding heavy exercises and keep your bandages on for at least five hours. Also keep in mind that male donors require a duration gap of at least 12 weeks for the next donation while female donors require a duration gap of 16 weeks.  

First Published: Friday, June 14, 2019 11:27 AM
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