Worried About Clotting? Here’s How to Prevent Blood Clots Naturally
Blood clots can happen to anyone, regardless of race, age, or gender, but they are treatable and can be prevented. In addition to pharmaceutical solutions, there are also many natural ways to treat and prevent blood clots.
What Is a Blood Clot?
A blood clot is the name given when cells and protein form a gel-like substance. Blood clotting is the body’s way of preventing you from losing too much blood when you become injured.
When the blood clots too much, or clots that form in veins don’t dissolve or travel elsewhere in the body, they can become a medical emergency. The following symptoms of blood clots are common in conditions like venous thromboembolism (VTE) and pulmonary embolism:
- Swelling in one arm or leg
- Pain and tenderness
- Sudden and severe headache
- Chest pain
- Breathing problems
What Raises the Risk of Developing Blood Clots?
A person’s risk factor of developing blood clots is higher if they:
- Have inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lung cancer, and Behcet disease
- Have to go on bed rest associated with illness, pregnancy, or surgery
- Are obese
- Sit for long periods of time
- Take birth control products
- Are over the age of 60
- Have infections like Lyme disease, HIV/AIDs, and hepatitis C
- Are a smoker
- Have a family member with blood clots
How Can Blood Clots Be Prevented or Eliminated Naturally?
You can reduce your clot risk by making changes to your lifestyle. There are also many foods that can prevent blood clots from forming and eliminate existing blood clots.
Movement, along with certain clothing and habits, can all significantly increase your risk of not developing blood clots. Making the following lifestyle changes can help:
- Getting up and moving around for at least five minutes per hour
- Wearing compression stockings to promote blood flow in the legs
- Losing weight
- Quitting smoking
- Starting a regular exercise routine
Making certain dietary changes can also help prevent blood clots. These include:
- Avoiding foods that are high in animal and processed fats and eating lean proteins
- Avoiding foods that are high in sugar
- Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet
- Drinking plenty of water each day
There are also many foods that you can incorporate into your diet that have natural anti-clotting properties.
Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin is both anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning. Add this spice to your meals, take a supplement, mix with hot water to make tea, or consume fresh turmeric root.
Ginger contains salicylate, a natural acid that can eliminate clots and reduce their formation. This spice, which is in the same family as turmeric and cardamom, can be consumed as a root and is also available in powder and supplement form.
Garlic not only adds great taste to food, but is antibiotic and antimicrobial and can also reduce the formation of blood clots.
Vitamin E can reduce clots and is found in supplements but also exists in whole grains, almonds, sunflower oil, and sunflower seeds.
Cinnamon is yet another spice with anti-clotting properties. It can be added to everything from coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to dinner and dessert dishes.
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, bromelain also reduces clot formation, breaks down blood clots, and thins the blood..
Purple grapes, both in their natural form and in red wine or juice, contain polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help make blood platelets more slippery. This prevents blood clots from forming.
Virgin olive oil not only tastes great but contains clot-preventing phenols. Add it to salads or use it in place of butter.
Feverfew comes from daisies. This herb is not only used to combat fever, migraines, and digestive issues but interferes with the activity of blood platelets to prevent clotting.
All of the above foods, herbs, and spices can be very beneficial to your overall health and help you to prevent or eliminate blood clots. However, in order to get maximum benefit, it’s important to consume them in moderation.
As well, if you’re already taking a pharmaceutical blood thinner, it’s best to talk with your doctor before taking the above in supplement form to prevent your blood from thinning too much.
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