All Kurma Blog

June 01, 2019

Date Fruits for Regular Blood Donors

 

In lieu of World Blood Donor Day on June 14th, All Kurma would like to encourage our people to play an important part in society, let's make a date to give back.

If you are a first-timer and hesitant due to the side-effects, like the feeling of fatigue or dizziness, you'll be surprised to know how date fruits can actually help you curb these side effects from blood donation. And, if you are a regular blood donor and also date fruits lover, we have some great news to share with you!

So together let's put our best foot forward to increase this awareness and promote blood donation in order to save (more) people from all walks of life

Other than people who have lost blood due to injuries or during surgery, those who have certain types of illnesses including severe infections, liver or kidney diseases and bleeding disorders also need regular blood transfusions in order for their bodies to function properly.

Here are few pointers you can do for an even smoother and more fruitful blood donation in the next coming round.

Before Donating

When deciding to go for any blood drive, make sure that you have at least eaten a proper meal 2 or 3 hours before to ensure that you have enough nutrients and energy. That includes 2 to 3 dates for extra energy. The low Glycemic Index (GI) in dates allows the healthy sugar to slowly metabolize and release energy steadily in order to sustain you longer.For new and willing donors, consider giving it a go if you have not donated before. Approach any blood donation drive staff nurse or medical assistant and consult them to see if you are eligible to donate.

Just remember to fill up the necessary forms to verify that you are healthy. A doctor or medical assistant will then go through your details before signing you off as fit to donate blood.

While Donating

Of course, you cannot sneak in dates or be seen munching about while you're lying down on the chair donating blood. Just keep squeezing the stress ball or any other object they give you and let the blood pump out steadily.

Relax and think happy thoughts, such as the fact that your one donation can save up to 3 lives. Knowing that itself will usually send us to a very happy place.

After Donating

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Once you're done donating blood, the nurses will usually ask you to remain seated for a while so you will not experience dizziness. Depending on your body weight (a minimum weight is required to donate), a person can donate around 450ml of blood per session. That's almost half a litre! Hence the need to chillax before leaving the blood drive venue is just as important as preparing yourself to donate.

You will also be given some snacks and drinks to replenish your energy. This is the perfect time to bring out the dates you packed in your pocket. Just chew 3 to 4 dates slowly to give your body a quick energy boost after all that pumping.

Let us share with you why: If you're a regular blood donor, dates will be your best long-term companion.

  • Healthy, natural sugar
    Dates are sweet and even sweeter when dried, but this is the healthy, natural sugar that will not spike your insulin due to its low GI value
  • Iron and Folic Acid
    Iron and folic acid are among two important components in dates that can help to increase the haemoglobin in the body. Without these, your body cannot build new red blood cells to replace the old ones and that is when you will begin to experience fatigue and dizziness. Red blood cells function to ‘chain' oxygen that is carried throughout the body in order to function properly.
  • Vitamin A and Vitamin C
    Our body cannot fully absorb iron to build red blood cells. It needs assistance to increase the absorption process and Vitamin A and Vitamin C are the key to that absorption process!Fret not, it generally takes between 6 to 8 weeks for your body to completely replace the blood from one donation round. Just keep eating healthily and continue to consume dates regularly so your body will function optimally, until the next blood drive takes place.

 

Now that you've gotten your dose of upDates! Till our next date, Eat Fresh and Stay Well, only from All Kurma.

Reference:
https://www.betterworldinternational.org /planet/blood-donation-not-bad-as-it-sounds/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_type
https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/blood-transfusion
https://www.supermarketguru.com /articles/dates-boost-mood-and-4-more-things-you-should-know/
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au /health/conditionsandtreatments/ blood-donation
https://www.pdn.gov.my/index.php? option=com_content&view=article& id=167&Itemid=141&lang=ms
https://www.ndtv.com/food/9-foods-that- can-help-increase- haemoglobin-1828770