It is a fact that 38 percent of Americans are eligible for donating blood but only 10 percent care enough to donate this priceless commodity that has a limited shelf life and a huge demand. If you want to donate blood for the first time, then you should make sure you do it when you are more than 17 years of age, weight 100 lbs. and you are healthy.

What to Expect?

For the safety of the patients receiving the blood, you will be asked certain questions regarding your medical history and lifestyle habits when you go out to donate blood. Your vitals like heart rate, iron levels, temperature, etc. will be checked.

The process of blood donation takes an hour in most cases out of which 10 minutes are for actually donating blood. The rest of the time you will be prepped, and after the process is over, you will be given an opportunity to relax while munching on a well-deserved snack.

What to Remember?

If you want to make the process easier, make sure that you:

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes so that you can pull up your sleeves easily
  • Eat a healthy meal three hours before blood donation that has high iron levels like raisins, red meat, spinach, etc.
  • Avoid fatty foods like fries or ice cream as they may hinder the process of testing blood samples
  • Drink a lot of fresh juices or plain water while avoiding sugar-laden drinks
  • Sleep right the night before to ensure that you don’t feel drowsy or disoriented
  • Relax during the blood donation process by listening to music or reading a book
  • Keep calm during the process and ensure that you are not feeling dizzy after the process is over before heading home