A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Blood Clots
I had a question the other day about blood clots.
Blood clots can form in superficial veins and in deep veins.
Blood clots with inflammation in superficial veins rarely cause serious problems.
But clots in deep veins (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) require immediate medical care.
These clots are dangerous because they can break loose, travel through your bloodstream to your lungs, and block blood flow in your lungs.
A blood clot in your lungs is often life-threatening.
DVT can also lead to long-lasting problems.
DVT may damage your vein and cause your leg to ache, swell, and change color.
Blood clots can form in your veins when you’re inactive.
For example, clots can form if you’re paralyzed or bedridden or sit during a long flight or car trip.
Surgery or an injury can damage your blood vessels and cause a clot to form.
Cancer can also cause DVT.
Symptoms of DVT include swelling of your affected leg.
Also, your leg may feel warm and look redder than your other leg.
Your calf or thigh may ache or feel tender when you touch or squeeze it or when you stand or move.
Pain may get worse and last longer or become constant.
If a blood clot is small, it may not cause symptoms.
Treatment begins right away to reduce the chance the blood clot will grow or a piece of the clot might break loose and flow to your lungs.
Treatment for DVT usually involves taking blood thinners (anticoagulants) for at least 3 months to prevent existing clots from growing.
It may also be recommended you prop up or elevate your leg when possible, take walks, and wear compression stockings.
These measures may help reduce the pain and swelling that can happen with DVT.
There are things you can do to prevent DVT.
You can try to get up and out of bed as soon as possible after an illness or surgery.
If you’re sitting for a long time, like during a long flight, you can exercise your legs to help blood flow.
To deal with blood clots at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).