Health Tip: Before You Donate Blood01/24/14
(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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