Fun Fact January 14, 2020
14 January 2020
The average adult has about 1.2 to 1.5 gallons of blood circulating inside their body. If you had no blood, you’d weigh 8 to 10 percent less. Of course, you wouldn’t be alive, either. So, for example, in a person weighing 120 lbs. blood takes up between 9.6 and 12 lbs. In addition to all the Vitamins, electrolytes and other nutrients that are dissolved in the blood, and are carried to the body’s cells and organs, your blood actually contains gold. Now it’s not a lot, only about 0.02%, but still you have gold flowing through you veins. The most common element in the blood is iron. When adults donate blood, health care workers take 1 pint or about half a liter. That pint of blood can help up to three people. Blood cells have a life span of about 120 days, and the body constantly makes new red blood cells in the bone marrow. But it still takes time to regenerate these cells, so you can’t donate blood every day because you’re waiting for the blood to recover, which typically takes about four to six weeks. To find a blood drive near you visit www.redcross.org. Give the gift of life.
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