Whether to donate blood or not is a big question. It comes with a lot of apprehensions. But apart from the fact that donating blood is a noble deed, what if you are told that it is good for you too. Would you be still hesitating?
The simplest answer to this question is – because your blood can save someone’s life. There are thousands of people who need blood either because of a disease like thalesemia or a mishap. Your blood may just act as a life saver for them. Also, your body doesn’t get deficient of blood if you donate. Instead there are many health benefits of blood donation.
Do Good, Have Good:
Why shirk from donating blood when apart from giving us the joy of saving lives, it has some amazing health benefits.
Frequent blood donations can result in better blood flow thus protecting the arteries from damage and reducing the risk of heart diseases.
You may not like to visit your physician often for regular checkups but if you like to donate blood, this job is already done! Every time you go for blood donation, you are checked for several infectious diseases along with your body temperature, weight, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin.
Every time you donate blood, you shed approximately 600Kcal. However this doesn’t mean that you can dodge all you exercise and rely solely on blood donation for weight reduction because you cannot donate blood as often as you want. But you can certainly add this to your weight reduction plan.
• Balances Iron levels in the body:
It has been found that blood donors are less likely to suffer from a heart attack, possibly due to adequate iron levels in the blood as higher iron levels is one of the causes of myocardial infarction. So shun all your inhibitions and go ahead and donate!
Points to remember for blood donation:
Now that you are all braced up for donating blood, you need to take care of some important points.
• Eat and sleep well before you donate blood to keep your energy levels boosted up.
• Always make sure that the blood donation camp you are attending is using sterilized and needles and disposable syringes.
• Fill up the form provided to you carefully and provide all the required information to the best of your knowledge.
• If you are scared of blood or needles, don’t be anxious and relax by listening to music and talking to the volunteers to divert your attention.
• If you feel dizzy after the donation, take rest and avoid doing any vigorous activity.
• Replenish your fluid reserves after the donation by drinking ample of juices and water.
• Avoid alcohol at last 24 hours after donation.
So, what is keeping you away from donating blood? Is it the fear of needles, lack of time, apprehensions about catching infectious diseases or anything else? Gather your courage, step out and donate. It surely feels good.