Important Health Benefits You Can Get From Donating Blood

Calorie Burn

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On average, individuals burn 650 calories during the blood donation process, which is equivalent to the number of calories burned during an average spin class. For this reason, donors must meet minimum weight and age requirements to ensure they can give blood safely. For example, the American Red Cross recommends donors be at least sixteen years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. The body replaces the volume of donated blood within forty-eight hours, a process some individuals describe as an 'oil change' for their body because the surge in new blood allows muscles and organs to function more effectively. Blood donation should never be used as a strategy to lose weight, but the opportunity to burn some extra calories is still a benefit of blood donation most do not expect.

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