“Heroes comes in all shapes and sizes. No matter what, measure up. Be someone’s hero today.” – Richard Norris
My Beau, has been bugging me for sometime to help him find and come with him to a blood donation center. He has been studying about the health benefits that it can do to your body. So it works both ways, you get to help one or more person with your blood donation and doing so helps to improve your health. It is his first time to donate blood and I am very proud he did this phenomenal choice and plans to do so twice a year.
I am no doctor but here is a perfect explanation from one of our favorite Alternative Medicine Doctor known in the Paleo Movement, Dr. Joseph Mercola.
The Benefits of Donating Blood (Excerpt from Dr. Mercolas’s Article)
1. Balance Iron Levels in Your Blood
For each unit of blood donated, you lose about one-quarter of a gram of iron.
You may at first think this is a bad thing, since too little iron may lead to fatigue, decreased immunity, or iron-deficiency anemia (which I was diagnosed a year ago), which can be serious if left untreated. This is common in children and premenopausal women. But what many people fail to realize is that too much iron can be worse, and is actually far more common than iron deficiency (especially in men and postmenopausal women). So for many, the fact that donating blood helps to rid your body of excess iron is one of the greatest benefits it offers. It has been long known that menstruating women have fewer heart attacks. This was previously thought to be due to hormones but is now thought to be due to lower iron levels.
Similar to premenopausal women, blood donors have been found to be 88 percent less likely to suffer from a heart attack, and this is thought to be due to its effects on iron levels. Researchers explained:
“Because high body iron stores have been suggested as a risk factor for acute myocardial infarction, donation of blood could theoretically reduce the risk by lowering body iron stores.”
2. Better Blood Flow
Do you know what a high-sugar diet, smoking, radio frequencies, and other toxic electromagnetic forces, emotional stress, anxiety, high cholesterol, and high uric acid levels do to your blood? All of these make your blood hypercoagulable, meaning it makes it thick and slow moving, which increases your risk of having a blood clot or stroke. Hypercoagulable blood contributes to inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues.
Repeated blood donations may help your blood to flow better, possibly helping to limit damage to the lining of your blood vessels, which should result in fewer arterial blockages.
“What is clear is that blood donors seem to not be hospitalized so often and if they are, they have shorter lengths of stay… And they’re less likely to get heart attacks, strokes, and cancers.”
3. You Get a Mini Physical
Every blood donor gets a “mini physical” prior to donation. Your temperature will be checked along with your blood pressure, pulse, and hemoglobin. Your blood will also be tested for 13 infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C, West Nile Virus, and syphilis.
Donating blood is certainly not a replacement for medical care, but it does give you a (free) glimpse into your health (as well as notice if you’ve been exposed to an infectious disease without knowing).
4. A Longer Life
People who volunteer for altruistic reasons, i.e. to help others rather than themselves, appear to live longer than those who volunteer for more self-centered reasons. Altruistic volunteers enjoyed a significantly reduced risk of mortality four years later according to one study,6 with the study’s lead author noting:7
“This could mean that people who volunteer with other people as their main motivation may be buffered from potential stressors associated with volunteering, such as time constraints and lack of pay.”
So there you go, it remains to stay true that when your hands are open to give, blessings comes in hundredfolds. This seems to be a very simple act of kindness but it is truly heroic that you are giving part of yourself. He did get a little weak after, but was still able to drive of which I was supposed to do but he insisted. He was advised not to get too much excitement or activity but to just rest and let his body recover and regenerate. And surely he did with that handsome smile that I first saw the next morning.
I hope this will somehow give you the curiosity to find out more about this good deed that comes with good benefits. May it somehow nudge you a bit in that direction to live life healthy, peacefully happy and to continue to have that desire to learn what can give us the power for longevity.