If you’ve ever had a blood transfusion during a medical crisis you understand the importance of donating blood. Countless lives are saved every day thanks to generous donors who give of their own blood for the benefit of others. June 14 marks blood donation day! This year’s theme is “Blood connects us all.” Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Imagine how good it would be to know that your blood saved someone else’s life.
What you may not know is that there are health benefits to donating blood that not only positively affects the recipient, but also the donor. Like donating organs, your blood could be what saves someone from possible death. Many who are able to donate blood, can visit a local donation center and give. Giving your blood to someone in need is a gift, and just as important as donating organs since it’s literally offering someone a chance at life. Donating your blood to someone in need is one of the most positive ways to help someone in need.
What are the health benefits of donating?
Better blood flow for you
Repeated blood donations may help your blood to flow better. Having a diet that is high in sugar, exposure to radio frequencies, emotional stress, and high cholesterol can make your blood hypercoagulable. It essentially makes your blood thick and slow moving. Donating blood helps you release those extra toxins from your body.
Balance iron levels in your blood
Having too much iron in your body is actually bad. Your iron levels benefits greatly when you donate blood. You may not be aware of this, but for every unit of blood you donate, you lose about one-quarter of a gram of iron. Blood donors have actually been found to be 88 percent less likely to suffer from a heart attack due to the effects of iron during donation.
Recharge someone else’s health
Your donation could help someone dealing with cancer, bleeding disorders, and chronic anemia. Storing your own blood could be beneficial to you in the case that a compatible donor wouldn’t be available.
You get a nice check-up
Before you donate blood you get a physical check-up which helps determine where you are healthwise.
Those who shouldn’t donate
Although blood donations are safe, there are specific requirements that donors should adhere to. Donors have to be at least 17 years-old and weigh at least 110 lbs. Those you are HIV positive, have AIDS or hepatitis are not eligible to donate as these diseases could transfer to a healthy person. Other health issues to take into consideration are a cold and flu virus, cancer, and diabetes since that can affect the blood and any future recipient. You want to visit your doctor before donating to make sure that you are eligible for donating. Healthy blood is the safest kind!
Won’t you consider donating your blood this year? Before you consider donating, make sure that you do the research first. Have a check-up and make sure that you are doing well. Offer the gift of life to someone!