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  • Do you donate blood?

    I used to be a regular blood donor. I haven't donated for a couple of years though. Too tired, too stressed, not enough time, didn't feel like it, etc.....

    Now that I am feeling great, I want to go donate, but I am wondering if I should wait. To begin, I am in nutritional ketosis, and although it's working for me, I am wondering if it would be good for a sugar-burner recipient to received blood full of beta-hydroxybutyrate (keytones). Second, I am only 5 weeks into my journey, should I wait longer, and give my body more time to continue healing before donating?
    Goals:

    Lose weight/fat!
    Get fit!
    Regain my health and energy!
    Run a marathon! (again)

  • #2
    I say go ahead. I don't really see how it could be bad for you or the recipient. Many studies show benefit for the donor. Here is one:
    Iron stores, blood donation, and insulin sensitivi... [Clin Chem. 2005] - PubMed - NCBI

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    • #3
      I donate. I am sure if keytones were an issue it would be in the literature they have you read before donation or they would test you for it.

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      • #4
        I donate. Go for it.
        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

        Griff's cholesterol primer
        5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
        Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
        TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
        bloodorchid is always right

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        • #5
          your blood only adds a part to the the rest of the blood of the recipient so I doubt there will be an issue
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          • #6
            Nope, but I'm happy to sell my plasma.
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

            B*tch-lite

            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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            • #7
              Can't. I've got tiny veins, and the blood center told me to go home.
              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

              "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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              • #8
                Do it regularly - don't think ketosis should affect the overall picture at all.

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                • #9
                  I live in a state of NK and I donate every 8 weeks. I think my keytones will probably be good for whoever gets them.

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                  • #10
                    ketones are not a factor, but i travel too frequently to europe now for them to accept my blood.
                    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                    Ernest Hemingway

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                    • #11
                      I donate since a few years.

                      What I noticed when I donated after 6 weeks of going primal was that my iron was lower than usual and my blood pressure was a bit higher (though still very healthy). The 2nd and 3rd time I donated after going primal, my iron level was super and my blood pressure lower than before! I also didn't suffer from fatigue but could bycicle home after donating 1/2 liter (17 fl oz). I did rest a bit after though.
                      It could have been a transition period. It could have been summer

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                      • #12
                        My iron level has been great ever since I got over my fear of liver and learned how to make pate'.

                        It is kind of nice to have those things monitored (BP and such) along with your donation. My blood bank offers a website where it keeps a history of all your numbers graphed out for you.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                          My iron level has been great ever since I got over my fear of liver and learned how to make pate'.
                          .
                          Hi Paleobird. I have hated liver since I was a kid. My mom made it frequently and it was always dry, and the texture, yuck! Could you share your pate recipe, and how you serve it with me. Thanks.
                          Goals:

                          Lose weight/fat!
                          Get fit!
                          Regain my health and energy!
                          Run a marathon! (again)

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                          • #14
                            Thanks everyone. I have booked an appointment and will be donating shortly.
                            Goals:

                            Lose weight/fat!
                            Get fit!
                            Regain my health and energy!
                            Run a marathon! (again)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TrackMom View Post
                              Hi Paleobird. I have hated liver since I was a kid. My mom made it frequently and it was always dry, and the texture, yuck! Could you share your pate recipe, and how you serve it with me. Thanks.
                              There was a whole thread about it a while back.

                              Here ya go: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread65193.html

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