There are numerous conditions that are associated with “thick blood”, or hypercoagulability. Autoimmune disease, infectious diseases like Lyme’s, toxic states like heavy metal or chemical toxicity, cardiovascular disease, MS, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia are just a few of these disorders.
The most common symptoms of hypercoagulability are fatigue, mental fogginess, pain, stroke, and circulatory deficiency like poor leg or heart blood flow. In fact, there is some thought now that most chronic diseases may be at least in part caused by a hypercoagulable state.
At Caring Medical we often check a patient’s blood with a Platelet Aggregation test. It shows if a patient’s blood platelets are too sticky, putting him or her at risk for clot formation, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. Thinner blood means a healthier you and can help to protect against heart disease and stroke. We take natural medicine intervention seriously when it comes to helping patients thin his or her blood. It is a very important step toward optimal health.
Many doctors prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to help patients thin their blood and prevent blood clots. Why would anyone want to take an overpriced pharmaceutical when he or she can get thinner blood the natural way? No, aspirin is not considered the natural way either. You can actually have a positive thinning on your blood just by fine tuning your diet.
Here are some foods that can give the results you’re looking for:
Fresh Produce: Avocados, Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Onions, Garlic, Kelp, Kale
Herbs: Curry powder, Cayenne pepper, Ginger, Paprika, Thyme, Cinnamon, Dill, Oregano, Turmeric, Licorice, Peppermint
Fats and Fish: Flax Seed Oil, Fish Oils, Walnut Oil
Cold Water Ocean Fish: Salmon, Bluefish, Arctic char, Mackerel, Swordfish. These rate the highest in omega-3 fatty acids.
Now that you know what foods you can eat to help thin your blood it would be good to know what not to eat. Eating foods that can thicken the blood would only counter act what you’re trying to accomplish. This consists of packaged foods, fast food, and any food that contains hydrogenated fats or oils. As a general guideline avoid these foods:
1. Packaged products with a label that lists “partially hydrogenated oil.” This means read the labels of your crackers, breads, cookies, and other snack items.
2. Ice creams and frozen desserts
4. Deli foods, especially those with mayonnaise.
5. Margarine. Margarine is hydrogenated oil and also contains a number of chemical preservatives, dyes, and other artificial substances.
6. Vegetable oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, and “vegetable oil.”
7. Fried foods. This includes those chicken strips, fried fish fillets, and French fries. It also includes fried vegetables like zucchini and cauliflower. Learn to enjoy foods fresh and raw, steamed, broiled, or baked.
8. FAST FOOD!
Implementing these rules into your diet can give you some of the tools you need to stay healthy and ward off certain disease states. We hope that this you decide to take charge of your diet and reach your health goals. Hopefully, keeping your blood thin is one of them! If you would like to talk with a natural medicine specialist about diet and nutritional supplement intervention, we’d love to see you!