Naturally, your body has a hard time excreting iron, and iron buildup can eventually damage organs like your liver, pancreas and heart. Donating blood helps you avoid the health risks associated with iron overload because for every unit donated, you rid your body of one-quarter of a gram of iron. Donating blood also helps improve your blood flow, and can reduce your risk of arterial blockages by limiting damage to the lining of your blood vessels.*
The night before you donate blood, be sure to get sufficient sleep. On the day of your donation, drink an extra 16 oz. of water and eat a healthy meal to keep you feeling strong.
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