Help me stay red-blooded if not old-fashioned
April 18, 2014 11:53 AM Subscribe
Best practices / protips for what to eat after having a large amount of blood drawn? Also, I will be having additional draws over the next few weeks.
posted by vignettist to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
I went today for a blood draw in which they took 9 vials of blood. Oy. This large draw is a one-off, but I will likely have additonal draws once or even possibly twice a week for the next 4-6 weeks. The future draws should be only 1 vial if memory serves, but could be two.
Complication: I am trying to get pregnant (don't tell anybody!!!), and the draws are related to that; they must be concurrent and are non-negotiable in terms of waiting to do one or the other.
I went through a similar but actually much heavier protocol a few years ago and though not one of the many doctors I saw ever said anything to me about being anemic, I was pretty tired a lot of time for the duration.
I already eat a pretty clean diet; I mostly stick to lean proteins, steamed veg, and very little processed carbs; I also eat legumes on a regular basis. Recently I've added avocado and coconut oil into my daily diet in order to add more fat. I take a multi, extra folate, and D every day.
Aside from the idea of just eating more beef, which I am not opposed to, is there anything specific that helps the body rebuild it's red blood cell count and ward off anemia?