Blood Donor Tips, American Red Cross Has Emergency Need

An emergency call for blood has been issued by the American Red Cross due to a massive blood shortage.

Any eligible donor is being asked to give now. According to the Red Cross, someone needs blood in the U.S. every two seconds, and one blood donation can save up to three lives.

Zachary Krebs, with the American Red Cross in Big Rapids, has a few steps you can take to make sure you are ready to donate.

Tip 1: Eat Plenty of Iron Before and After

Foods rich in iron include:

  • Red Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Iron-Fortified Cereal
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Raisins
  • Prunes

Foods rich in vitamin C can help your body absorb iron, but coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages can reduce iron absorption.

For a few iron-rich recipes and more tips, check out these recipes from Blue Cow Cafe in Big Rapids here!

Before Donation: Sleep Well, Eat Well

Strive for at least eight hours the night before, eat well-balanced and don’t skip breakfast or lunch before the donation.

Day-of Donation: Drink Water

Drink extra fluids to replace the blood you will lose when you donate.

To answer the urgent call for blood donors, find the nearest blood drive on the American Red Cross’s website here.

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