recommendations can help you make your donation
experience as safe, successful and pleasant as possible.
a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron
such as red meat, fish, poultry, beans, spinach,
iron-fortified cereals and raisins.
a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty
foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before
an extra 16 oz. of water or nonalcoholic fluids
before the donation.
smoking on the day before donating
a good night's sleep.
Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above
listen to music, talk to other donors or read during
the donation process.
Take the time to enjoy a snack and a drink in the
refreshments area immediately after donating.
You are recommended to have a good meal
Do not do any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for
the rest of
If you experience dizziness or lightheadedness after
donation, stop what you are doing and sit down or
lie down until you feel better.