Post Covid fatigue is notorious for its long lasting effect and time taken to recover is faster if one
eats right; more so if plasma donation is involved

As a lot of Covid recovered individuals are coming together to donate plasma, in hope of saving lives and giving back to the society, here are few foods that one must take after plasma donation.

Food rich in Iron
During the Plasma donation process, you may feel a lot of weakness and fatigue; this is because Iron is removed from the body. To regain the lost iron one must consume iron rich foods like Spinach, dried fruit such as raisins or apricots, whole grains, meat, seafood and beans.

Food rich in Vitamin C
Drinking various kinds of citrus juices will enhance your body’s absorption of iron. Kiwi, Melons, Oranges, Peppers, Strawberries, Tangerines, Tomatoes are all rich in Vitamin C, one must make it a point to have adequate intake of these.

Drink a lot of liquids
Continue to drink lots of water 24-48 hours; In order to prevent your blood pressure from getting too low, it’s necessary to rehydrate yourself by drinking a lot of juices and fluids as the sugar will help energize and refuel the body.

Foods Rich in Folic Acid
Folic acid, also known as B-9, create new red blood cells in your body, this B vitamin helps replace the blood cells lost after the donation. Legumes, asparagus, liver, leafy greens like spinach and kale are super rich in folic acid.

Eggs
Eggs are a great source of complete protein and B vitamins, especially B2 and B12. For the production of red blood cells, Vitamin B2, or Riboflavin, helps turn carbohydrates into energy. According to Research, egg yolks have higher levels of vitamin B12 than egg whites, as well as that the vitamin B12 in egg yolks is easier to absorb. Therefore, one must eat whole eggs instead of just their whites.

According to octapharmaplasma.com, Few things to keep in mind before and after donating plasma are
as follows
● Don’t eat fatty foods like french fries, potato chips, pizza, or sweets the day you donate. They can
affect blood tests and make your plasma milky, which might prevent you from donating.
● Don’t drink alcohol the night before and day of your donation.
● Get a good night’s sleep.
● Wear comfortable clothes, with sleeves that can be pushed up to your shoulder.
● Don’t use tobacco for 30 minutes after donating
● Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for at least 24 hours

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