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Health Tip: Before You Donate Blood

Health Tip: Before You Donate Blood

01/24/14

(HealthDay News) -- Donating blood isn't a trivial matter. Without preparation, you can become tired and listless after your act of kindness.

The American Red Cross offers this advice before you donate:

  • Eat plenty of iron-rich foods, including red meat, leafy greens, beans, poultry, raisins and iron-fortified cereals.
  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Drink extra fluids -- about 16 ounces of water or something else that's non-alcoholic.
  • Avoid taking aspirin for two days before the donation.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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