Health and Nutrition Tips
At BioLife Plasma Services, our chief concern is protecting the health and safety of our donors. Our wellness tips are designed to help you keep your diet well-balanced and to promote good habits to keep you healthy during your participation in our plasmapheresis program.
If you have special nutrition needs, you may wish to consult with your doctor prior to and/or during participation in the plasmapheresis program.
Download BioLife’s Health & Nutrition Brochure for detailed information.
While participating in a plasmapheresis program:
Pump up your protein. Select a diet that fulfills the recommended daily requirements for protein.
Increase your iron. Eating foods high in iron or taking iron supplements will help bring your hematocrit level to the acceptable range for plasma donation.
Tips for before and after every plasma donation:
Down those fluids. Drink plenty of water or juice the night before and day of your donation.
Eat a healthy meal. Be sure to eat a healthy (but not necessarily large) meal no more than three hours before giving plasma.
Avoid fatty foods. Eating fatty foods prior to plasma donation can give your plasma a milky appearance. If your plasma has this color appearance, you will not be able to donate plasma that day.
Skip the alcohol. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages the night before and the day of your donation, and at least four hours after your donation.
Not too hot, not too cold. Drink a room temperature glass of water or juice to keep your fluid level up.
Catch some ZZZs. Be well rested prior to your plasma donation.
Skip a donation if you’re feeling ill. If you come to donate when you do not feel well, you will probably not be eligible to donate that day.
Avoid Smoking. Avoid smoking for at least 30 minutes after the completion of your donation.
Know when to see a doctor. Donating plasma is a low risk procedure with minimal or no side effects. If any adverse symptoms occur or persist, we encourage you to either contact BioLife’s medical or management staff or see a doctor as soon as possible.