World Blood Donation Day is observed on June 14 every year to spread awareness among the public about the importance of blood and encourage them to blood donation. June 14 is the birthday of Karl Landsteiner who was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the ABO blood group system. Blood donation can solve the shortage of blood in blood banks and can save millions of life who are struggling from various illnesses such as anemia, assemia, trauma cases, bone marrow disorders, blood cancers, and more. According to the World Health Organisation, the requirement of blood units becomes equal to 1 percent of the country’s population.
In India, there is one person in need of blood every two seconds. Only 40 laks of blood units are available in India, but the requirement is four crore units. World Blood Donor Day is an important day to spread awareness and can make the people donate and help the shortage problems prevail.
Blood donation is an act of kindness that everyone should do to save the life in demand. The donation procedure is safe and painless. During a regular donation, you will give 500ml of blood, which is 8% of the average adult’s blood volume. Our body can replace this volume within one or two days.
How important blood donation is to the country and people, it is also important to take care of your health. Donors should know what they should do before and after blood donation.
Foods To Eat Before Blood Donation Day
- Drink more water and keep yourself hydrated before and after donating blood.
- Reduced iron levels in the body can cause fatigue. Iron is an essential element in making hemoglobin. You need to eat iron-rich foods before going for blood donation, your iron level may drop when you donate. You should take the iron-rich food such as cashews, almonds, chickpeas, green peas, brown rice, spinach, iron-rich cereals, and more.
- Vitamin c rich fruits like kiwi, pineapple, and mango can also be helpful while donating blood. Eat healthy foods while going for donations.
- Sleep well the night before the donation day.
Foods To Avoid before Donating Blood
- Avoid high-fat foods before donating blood
- Avoid alcohol
Foods To Eat After Donating Blood
After donating the blood, quick and healthy snacks and drinks can help avoid fatigue and tiredness. Add four more cups of water to your diet for the next 24 hours. It will help in stabilizing your blood sugar and fluid levels.
Eat more iron-rich foods to restore the iron levels in your body.
Every citizen should realize that donating blood can save a life. There is a lot of shortage in blood banks to serve the demand, and the situations are more where there is a need for blood. The volunteers should increase and come forward to donate their blood. June 14 is a special day to encourage and create awareness about blood donation. Donate blood and save a life.