1

votes

what to eat/drink before and after platelet donation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2011 at 2:15 AM

Anyone a regular platelet donor through apheresis? Notice any foods or drinks that help with the side effects?

I used to donate platelets regularly, but I tended to have problems -- tingling from hypocalcemia from the anticoagulants, faintness, and a lot of post-donation fatigue. (I'm right on the border of the 110-lb cutoff, so perhaps that had something to do with it.)

I'm going to try donating again in a couple of days, though -- my first time since going paleo.

The staff advised a non-fatty, non-meaty breakfast that morning. And they always offer carby, sugary food and drinks after donation. Ugh.

Would my morning bacon, eggs, and avocado really be such a bad idea? Should I have hot chocolate and cookies instead of a handful of nuts after? Any ideas about how can I recover more quickly?

I know, platelet donation is pretty neolithic. But it's for a good cause.

  • 65c78dcc462af2a9d4493918bb4735c2

    asked by

    (30)
  • Views
    9.9K
  • Last Activity
    1429D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

4 Answers

1
0d3873eb2dd0447baf06139e75c10252

(600)

on July 22, 2012
at 01:35 AM

Mark's Daily Apple (the primal blog) has a recent post talking about whole blood donation you might want to take a peek at.

1
3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on June 23, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I would eat liver

1
5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on June 23, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I don't think bringing a decent fresh squeezed orange juice and drinking it afterwards is going to kill you.

1
Fb031dfd6b79e5617da593a2bf9b23cd

on April 28, 2012
at 01:49 PM

I don't know about after but I do know, before you go eat calcium. Calcium calcium calcium. The first time I gave platelets, I got tingly/felt nauseous but calcium really helped with that. Afterwards, I just ate normally.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!