Home > Lifestyle > Your Blood Updated 09 June 2014 How to prepare yourself for donating blood Donating blood isn't a trivial matter. Without preparation, you can become tired and listless. 0 iStock Donating blood isn't a trivial matter. Without preparation, you can become tired and listless after your act of kindness. The American Red Cross offers this advice before you donate: Eat plenty of iron-rich foods, including red meat, leafy greens, beans, poultry, raisins and iron-fortified cereals. Get a good night's sleep. Drink extra fluids – about 473 mililitres of water or something else that's non-alcoholic. Avoid taking aspirin for two days before the donation.Read more: • Top excuses for not donating blood • Why Celebs line up to donate blood • Dog donates blood to save cat Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved. More in Lifestyle International #missingtype campaign: WPBTS needs more blood donors More: LifestyleYour Blood advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.