Natural blood thinners: What to eat and what to avoid

Natural blood thinners: What to eat and what to avoid

By avatarAjdPe |
expert in Nutrition

  

Food is one of the most important factors that can either improve your health or severely damage it. Eating fast food, drinking soda and having a sedentary lifestyle is a major cause of many health issues. On the other side, a diet full of fruits and vegetables will ensure you enjoy the benefits of a good health. 

Often, people need to adjust their diet to solve a specific health problem. One of the frequent cases is when people need to consume natural blood thinners and obviously, the way to do it is by having a blood thinner-friendly diet. However, this is a serious issue and we looked into the existing medical research to find out how to approach this diet. 

Consult your doctor

The need to eat natural blood thinners can occur for two reasons. One is that you already had a heart attack, and the second is that due to certain conditions you are considered at higher risk of heart disease. Whichever the case is, the obvious first step is to consult your doctor. You will probably be prescribed medications and instructed on what changes you need to introduce into your everyday routine. 

Avoid food rich in vitamin K

When it comes to food, the current practice is that first of all you need to avoid food rich in vitamin K because this vitamin helps the blood clot and therefore can interfere with blood thinners prescribed by your doctor. This might be a bit of a problem since a lot of healthy food is rich with this vitamin including kale, collards, spinach, turnips, mustard greens, dandelion greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and green tea. 

In case if your doctor approves it, you can potentially consume a food with low to medium level of vitamin K including asparagus, okra, miso, plums, green peas, cowpeas, green beans, cabbage, celery, lettuce, rhubarb, and cucumber. 

Natural-blood thinners

As consuming food rich in vitamin K is problematic, so it consuming food that can cause blood thinning. This is true especially in the case if you are also using blood-thinning medications and in a worst-case scenario, even the smallest cut on your skin could lead to an excessive bleeding

Research confirmed that food high in salicylates such as ginger, curry powder, peppermint, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, thyme, dill, and oregano is a natural blood thinner. Also, alcohol and cranberry juice are blood thinners. Vitamin E is also considered as a mild blood-thinner. 

Before shifting your diet heavily into the blood-thinning food, you should consult with your doctor on whether it will affect your medication since the last thing you want is to experience excessive bleeding. 

How to exercise

If you are having a cardiovascular disease or problem with blood clots, doctors will most likely recommend a mild exercise. The reason for this is that if you are prescribed blood-thinners, the last thing you need is an aggressive exercise or sport that can cause an injury and bleeding. 

On the other side, an exercise is beneficial for your body and walking, yoga and jogging are highly recommended. They will not only help your body grow stronger but can also potentially solve the underlying problem behind your cardiovascular problems such as obesity and prevent stroke. 

By educating yourself, consulting with the doctor, eating a healthy diet and getting a regular exercise, you can overcome health problems and make your blood flow freely through veins and arteries. 

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