Hydrate your body with water!

A hydrated body makes for a successful donation. Begin to increase your fluid intake a few days before donation.
When you think you have had enough, DRINK MORE!

 

Make sure you eat the morning of donation

Prepare yourself for donating by eating iron rich foods. Increasing your intake of vitamin C will also help your body absorb iron.


 
Foods high in iron

Fruits

Raisins, bananas, watermelon, dried apricots, dried peaches, strawberries, prunes etc.

Grains

Enriched white bread, whole wheat bread, enriched macaroni, wheat products, iron fortified cereal, cream of wheat, etc.

Meat

Beef, veal, pork, ham, turkey, chicken, lamb, liver.

Seafood

Shrimp, cod, haddock, scallops, tuna, mackerel, sardines, etc.

Vegetables

Spinach, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, peas, etc.

Other iron rich foods

Eggs, almonds, peanut butter, brown rice, tofu, dark chocolate, sunflower seeds, lentils, dried beans, dried peas, etc.

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Vitamin C (aids in iron absorption)

Citrus fruits and juices, kiwi, melons, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, leafy greens.

 

Click here for more information on iron levels and blood donation, as well healthy iron rich recipes for you to try!