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Health Tip: Before You Donate Blood

Prepare your body

(HealthDay News) -- Donating blood isn't a trivial matter. Without preparation, you can become tired and listless after your act of kindness.

The American Red Cross offers this advice before you donate:

  • Eat plenty of iron-rich foods, including red meat, leafy greens, beans, poultry, raisins and iron-fortified cereals.
  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Drink extra fluids -- about 16 ounces of water or something else that's non-alcoholic.
  • Avoid taking aspirin for two days before the donation.
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