Try These 9 Natural Blood Clot Prevention Methods
Nine ways to reduce your risk of a blood clot
A blood clot could be extremely serious and require medical attention immediately, as they should be treated quickly, to avoid any adverse effects. Symptoms include; a throbbing or cramping pain, swelling, redness and warmth in a leg or an arm; sudden breathlessness, a sharp chest pain that could be worse when you breathe in, and a cough, or even coughing up blood. In these instances, it is vital that you seek immediate medical advice.
It should be noted that blood clots are relatively rare in young, healthy people, and you are more at risk of getting them, if you; have stayed in hospital for a while, especially if you cannot move around much; for example, after an operation; you are overweight; you smoke; you are using combined hormonal contraception, or you have had a blood clot before.
The good thing is that, although blood clots themselves require urgent medical attention, there are a number of things that you can naturally do to reduce your chances of getting a blood clot. These are some of the best natural blood thinners, and natural ways that you can prevent a blood clot from developing.
This is a spice that is traditionally used in curry dishes and is what it gives them the distinctive yellow colour. On top of that, it is often used in natural medicine and has been proven to help a number of different health complaints.
According to a number of studies, its main ingredient, curcumin actually works on the platelets in our blood to prevent clots from forming.
Cinnamon is another known natural remedy that is used to treat a whole range of different ailments. It is a spice that is widely available in supermarkets and contains coumarin, which is a chemical that acts as a powerful anticoagulant. On top of this, when it is ingested, it could also help to lower blood pressure and to relieve inflammation that is caused by arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.
It should be noted though that caution should come when using cinnamon as a blood thinner. Some studies have suggested that long-term cinnamon consumption in foods, can actually cause long-term liver damage. It is worth speaking to your GP if you are keen on trying alternative remedies, to ensure that you are using them safely.
Cayenne peppers have really high levels of salicylates in them, which are a really powerful natural blood thinner.
Cayenne peppers are available as a capsule, or can be used to spice up dishes, and is usually found dried and ground.
They also have other powerful benefits for your health, and in addition to thinning your blood, cayenne peppers can also lower your blood pressure and help to increase your circulation.
Ginger works in a very similar way to turmeric
and contains high levels of salicylate, which is more commonly known as aspirin, which is usually what is prescribed by the doctor as a blood thinner and can help to prevent strokes.
There are a number of different foods that contain salicylate, including; avocados, some berries, chillies, and cherries; however, more research is required to find out if these are as effective at thinning the blood as prescribed medication.
Salmon is a fish that is really high in omega-3 fatty acids, along with tuna and trout, and it is thought that high levels of omega-3 can also act as a natural blood thinner.
This is because these fatty acids are effective at lowering the cholesterol levels in the body, and studies have suggested that they are also great at reducing the chances of clotting in the blood.
There are many experts who believe that there is a link between drinking red wine and the prevention of heart disease; but on top of this, it is also known to have properties that can help in thinning the blood and the further prevention of clogged arteries.
It is so important not to get carried away though. This research only stands when you are drinking just one glass of red wine a day, and not a bottle.
Make sure you are getting enough sunshine:
Although the sun can do a lot of damage to our health if we do not take appropriate measures, it is also absolutely essential for good health.
Research has shown that those people who have the highest levels of vitamin D actually have the lowest clotting risk. This is because vitamin D, which you primarily get from spending time in the sunshine, is a natural blood thinner.
Make sure you are staying active:
We have already said that the people who are at a much higher risk of developing a blood clot are those with limited mobility, so you are right in assuming that the more active you are, the more this will allow your blood to flow properly.
You do not have to do really high-intensity workouts; you just need to stay active. Walk, run, or cycle; do whatever you enjoy doing.
Get enough sleep:
It often seems like getting enough sleep will give us the answer to all of our health problems, but sleep is so important, and often something that gets pushed to the side, and not valued as much.
Your body heals when you are asleep, including vital organs such as your liver, and other body tissues. So, whilst we are not saying a solid eight hours sleep every night will definitely prevent you from getting a blood clot, not getting enough sleep will definitely put you more at risk of that, plus a plethora of other health complaints.