On average, an adult has a blood-body ratio of about one-eleventh of their body weight. This translates to about 5 litres average.
What really is blood to your body?
Being the most essential fluid in the body, blood does more than transport life in you.
Produced in the bone marrow, it has different cells, which are developed in different parts of your body.
In children, the almost all bone marrow produce the blood. In adults, specific bones, known as red marrow bones, support the formation of blood. Marrow found in the pelvis, spine and ribs are just a few of those which do support blood formation.
Composed of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes) platelets (thrombocytes) and white blood cells (leukocytes), by order of volume ratio in the blood, the blood also has various organic substances within it.
Supporting metabolic functions such as; temperature regulation, transportation of oxygen to cells all over the body, toxic substances to excretory organs, maintaining and improving your immunity; blood is the fuel of the body. A universal life agent, blood can be easily shared, rather, donated to help save a fading life effectively.
I think blood donation is one of the noblest acts you can do in this life.
Types/categories/groups of blood.
Blood is compatible accordingly to a factor known as the Rhesus factor, found on the red blood cells surface.
The Rhesus factor is an antigen, positive for those who are Rhesus, negative for those who are not.
Those who are positive, if they do not have, can develop Rhesus antibodies through blood donation from another Rhesus positive person as the blood is easily compatible.
Anti bodies such as the A type or B-type, found in the body also determine the compatibility of blood.
In blood group A, one has A type antigens on the red blood cells and B-type antibodies in the plasma.
In blood group B, one has B-type antigens and A type antibodies in the plasma.
In blood group AB, one has both A and B-type antigens on the red blood cells, but lack A and B antibodies in the plasma.
In blood group O, also called the null type, one has neither the A nor B-type antigens but has A and B-type antibodies in the plasma.
You should consider donating blood more often. Here is why…
Why you should give blood…
Blood producing bone marrow are tasked to produce new blood cells, to replace those that were donated. This refreshes your blood system and in the process all other systems in your body. All damaged and intoxicated cells get to be replenished through replacement of the blood. This in turn improves oxygenation within your blood, improving all metabolic processes.
During donation, you get to remove Iron from your body. In excess, Iron is harmful and can cause heart related complications. Donating prevents haemochromatosis, a genetic disorder also referred to as Iron overload, whereby Iron accumulate in tissues causing organ damages.
During donation, you get to check and know your health status. blood tests done on you give you an insight of your health; your immunity status, infections, temperature, blood pressure and cholesterol level.
Are you at need of blood in the recent future, probably surgery? You can start planning for your recovery before you actually go through the procedure. There are some hospitals that have a program that allows one to gradually store blood for a future planned medical procedure. This is somewhat an insurance plan for your recovery, on to the fact that you may actually need a lot of blood which may fall shortage in your hour of need.
During donation, you get to burn extra calories. You get to reduce the risk of cancers such as liver, colon and throat.
Being a choice one takes, donation of blood is equally rewarding.
The courage to give a part of you under an irritating needle, to save a life is humbling and gratifying. Normally, pleas for blood donation are called for at the hour of need, a crisis moment. Forgettable is the reality that every other passing second, there is a person in need of blood supply.
Volunteering to give blood is a step of greatness.
Not to disregard is that blood donation is a risky affair. If proper medical procedures are not carried out, you risk being infected through blood transfusion with diseases and infections such as HIV/Aids.
The feeling of dizziness, tiredness, nausea or the pinch of pain should really not discourage you from donating blood. It may be uncomfortable but hey, they do supply freebies such as cakes, biscuits and juices after blood donation.
Help save a life.
- Blood donation not only saves a life, it improves your health.
- Donate blood to allow your body to produce new cells.
- Depending on your health , you can donate three times a year.
- After donation, as you replenish, you actually get to eat healthier and your body becomes more healthier.
- Eat a balanced diet, with all essential nutrients to aid in production of blood.