Donating blood is a really smart thing to do. Many people do not realize this but there are a number of positive health effects it has. It not only benefits the recipient(s) but benefits the donor as well.
#1. Free health check
You get a free health check when you donate blood. This is done in the process of determining if you are fit. You would have your pulse, blood pressure and body temperature checked and your blood also checked for infectious diseases like Hepatitis and HIV.
#2. Improves heart health
It is noted that folks who regularly donate blood once a year reduce their chances of having a heart attack by a whooping 88%. Donating helps keep your heart strong by balancing iron levels in your blood, and lowering the possibility of blood vessels becoming blocked. Fresh red blood cells are produced which use up excess iron and take up Oxygen quicker. This makes you feel light and healthier.
#3. Reduces risk of cancers
This is also because of lowered blood iron levels. But this was noticed to be prominent in people who donated regularly rather than merely on occasion.
#4. Burns calories
Donating 1 unit of blood helps to burn about 650 calories because the replacement of blood and components taken out requires energy. The liquid part of blood known as plasma is usually replaced within 2 days and the cells within 4-8 weeks after donation. This translates into weight loss.
#5. Saves lives
It is always a beautiful thing to save another’s life. The supply of blood to hospitals for people who have been involved in car accidents and lost a lot of blood, or people with sickle cell disease or blood cancers, relies on donated blood. A unit of blood you donate can save up to 3 persons.
If you have never considered donating blood before, you should now; there are at least 5 reasons to do this kind deed.
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