Recommended foods to consume after donating blood

Kenyan woman donating blood

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 450ml.

After donating blood, a person will likely feel body fatigue and sometimes feel unconsciousness. Loss of iron is the major contributing factor. The following foods will help 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.

Drink water and try as much possible consuming alcohol after giving out blood. 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 vitamin are milk, yogurt, vitamin-fortified cereals, eggs, peas, and green vegetables.

Resting and taking care of one’s diet is important in such a situation to give the body the strength and energy to recover the donated blood. Additionally, carrying heavy weight shouldn’t be the case due to body weakness.
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