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Donors sought for Auxiliary's blood drive

The American Legion Auxiliary Blood Drive is Aug. 16-18.

The annual blood drive will be held from Monday through Wednesday this year. Organizers Rose Loeffler and Lynn Spilman said online registration is available.

Go to www.unitedblood to pre-register.

Those interested in giving blood are encouraged to make sure they watch what they eat before showing up to give blood. Many people are turned away because the hemoglobin content in the blood was below the required level.

According to United Blood Services, the most frequent cause of low hemoglobin is not having enough iron. In adults, iron deficiency develops when too little iron is absorbed from food to replace the iron lost because of heavy menstrual flow, gastrointestinal disease, surgery, or too frequent blood donations.

Iron is best absorbed from animal foods: red meat, veal, pork, chicken, turkey and seafood. Other foods with iron include raisins, eggs (yolk), legumes (peas and beans) and whole grain bread.

Some foods will help your body absorb iron, including citrus fruits and drinks, fresh fruits (apples, peaches, pears) and fresh or lightly cooked vegetables.

The calcium in milk and other dairy products can also block iron absorption.

It can take several months to build up your hemoglobin with diet alone.

For more information call Lynn Spilman at 732-8250 or Rose Loeffler at 732-3892.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561