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What to Eat Before Donating Blood

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Giving blood is a selfless act that benefits others. But, before and after you donate, prioritize your health by making wise food and beverage choices. Getting the right nutrients and staying hydrated can help you avoid fatigue and replenish a depleted blood supply more quickly.

You should include iron-rich foods in your diet, such as meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Additionally, vitamin C can help your body absorb non-heme iron more effectively. Cantaloupe, blueberries, kiwi, papaya, mangos, strawberries, and pineapple are all high in vitamin C. It is always critical to ensure that you are fully hydrated before donating blood. Keeping your fluid levels high during blood donation can help you maintain healthy blood pressure. Staying hydrated can also help your veins pop up more, making the donation process go more smoothly.

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