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Want to be a blood donor?

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Image credit: N and People’s Tonight (June 17, 2015 issue)

Do you know that donating blood does not only benefit the recipient, but the giver as well? One great benefit of giving blood is that you help others live. You see, our blood has several components such as red cells, white cells, platelets and plasma. Each of these components is useful to someone needing them. As for the health benefits, you will be amazed to know that blood donation reduces the person’s risk to heart attack and cancer. Blood donation replenishes the blood production in the body and as a result it helps the body stay healthy and strong.

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There are foundations that sponsor blood letting project inside the mall. So if you happen to be at the mall where a blood-letting activity is taking place, you can visit them and see if you qualify to donate blood.

You can donate blood if you

  • Are in good health
  • Are between 16 to 65 years old (16 and 17 years old need parents consent);
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds;
  • Have a blood pressure between: Systolic: 90-160 mmHg, Diastolic: 60-100 mmHg; and
  • Pass the physical and health history assessments.

Potential donors are carefully screened by the Philippine Red Cross Blood Services Facilities. The screening guidelines are necessary to ensure that blood donation is safe for you and that it is safe for the person who will be receiving your blood.

*World Blood Donor Day is observed every 14th of June to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary life-saving gifts of blood. This year’s theme: “Safe blood for saving mothers“. – wiki

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Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Hypertension continues to be one of the leading causes of death all over the world. Aside from popping a pill to keep your blood pressure down, there are some natural alternatives you might want to consider in order to maintain that blood pressure at a safe level:

Take a walk. Exercise helps lower your blood pressure, but if you can’t find time to hit the gym, you can always opt for power walks. Try to take one-hour walks around the block three times a week to keep your heart safely pumping.

Turn to music. With all the daily stressors you face you have to find some form of relaxation to balance things out. Listen to your favorite calming music to get your heart rate down.

Switch to decaf. If you must have your coffee on a daily basis, choose the decaf variety, as too much caffeine takes its toll on your heart.

Pick potassium. Potassium is said to relax blood vessels, and it balances out the effects of sodium. Go for a diet rich in bananas, potatoes, and tomatoes.