As you may already know, blood clots can be dangerous. Millions of cases of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are recorded yearly in various parts of the globe. To minimize your chances of being a most likely target, here are 4 habits for busting blood clots.
1. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Dehydration can be one reason why people develop clots. How? Let’s say you work out for hours without drinking any water. This causes the level of water in your body to significantly decrease, thus making your blood coagulate.
Now that you understand this, your next concern is how much should you drink. Experts are still debating on this issue. How much will usually depend on your size, location, climate, and physical activity. But the common advice is to drink at least half your body weight in ounce of water. For example if you weigh 150 lbs, it’s recommended to drink a minimum of 75 ounces of water daily.
Some experts also caution people, especially after an intense workout, to drink just enough; because your body can only accommodate a maximum of 1 quart (or 0.95 liters) of fluids before your brain starts to swell.
2. Avoid Excessive Worrying
Too much worrying and anxiety won’t get you anywhere anyway. Instead, it will only affect your blood’s natural clotting system. It turns out that people with anxiety disorders, if compared to the general healthy population, have higher incidence of heart attacks because their blood tends to easily coagulate.
Relax. This state is not something permanent, fortunately. If you’re a self-confessed worrywart, here are some of the things you can do:
- Change how you perceive things and situations. Ideally, it should lean towards the positive.
- Find time to relax your mind and body.
- Talk to someone you trust or a qualified counselor.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Avoid unhealthy comfort foods, like sweets and fast food.
3. Eat Clot-Busting Foods
There are plenty of them out there—promise. Take apples as examples. It is said that apples are rich in rutin, a compound that can effectively fight off blood clots. It does this by specifically targeting protein disulfide-isomerase, which plays a role in the clot forming process.
Other foods you can include in your diet are pineapple, fish, garlic, natto (made from soybeans), and onions.
4. Move Your Body
A study has shown that at least 12 weeks of physical activity among middle-aged, overweight men with moderate hypertension helped lower platelet clumping by 52 percent, which is 35 percent higher than the control group.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are other things you can do to lower your risk for blood clots. Be sure to consult your doctor about it.