Certain food and drink choices lower the risks of Blood Clots. Take these diet tips to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis to heart…literally.
The bad news is that DVT can lead to serious illness, disability, or, in severe cases, death.
The good news is that DVT is both preventable and treatable.
One step you can take right now is changing your diet to prevent DVT.
Some foods do increase the risk for blood clots, however, you can also add certain foods to your diet to help prevent DVT and decrease risk for blood clots.
Drink Plenty of Water
➡ To make sure you’re staying well hydrated, drink at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
➡ For a visual assessment, check your urine. If it is a light yellow color or clear, you’re probably drinking enough. If it’s dark, you’re probably not and should increase your daily water intake.
Sip Red Wine or Grape Juice
Several studies conducted at the University of Wisconsin have found substances called flavonoids in purple grapes can help prevent blood clots by making platelets.
➡ This is in addition to eating five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day, as recommended by the American Heart Association.
Go for Garlic
➡ Eating garlic regularly may help prevent blood clots. Talk to your doctor about how much garlic you should eat, if you are already using blood thinners (such As Warfarin/Coumadin already.
As a natural blood thinner, garlic could interfere with blood-thinning medications you might be taking.
Enjoy Virgin Olive Oil
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the **phenols present in virgin olive oil can help prevent blood clots.
**Phenols are phytochemical (biologically active compounds found in plants) and they provide foods with blue/purple colors. Foods rich in phenols are eggplant, plums, raisins, and prunes.
➡ In the study, people who ate virgin olive oil with a high phenol content had lower levels of a substance that normally promotes blood clots.
So for a DVT food choice, dip your bread in olive oil, the virgin kind.
Eat a Kiwi
It’s no secret that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for cardiovascular health. But researchers at the University of Oslo revealed a shining star when it comes to DVT food choices, kiwifruit.
The study found people who ate two to three kiwi per day had less platelet activity, and therefore, a lower risk of blood clots.
Eating kiwi also helped lower cholesterol levels.
Make Leafy Greens a Routine
All too often when prescribing blood thinners, doctors tell patients to avoid all green leafy veggies. But that’s denying your body of vitamins and minerals they need on a daily basis.
Instead, eat leafy greens consistently every day. Have a small salad every day rather than once-in-a-while.
Limit Animal Fats in Your Diet
Recognize that the same foods that are bad for cardiovascular health, in general, can also increase your risk of developing blood clots.
➡ Unhealthy trans-fats
➡ Saturated fats in full-fat dairy and fatty meats
➡ All types of sugar
These are all foods that increase inflammation.
And remember to read labels because many of the culprits may not be obvious in packaged foods.
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