I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve lived through two dangerous episodes of blood clots.
They started in my left leg and traveled to my lungs, which resulted in a severe breathing problem and almost death.
Breathing became extremely difficult with any exertion, which included walking and my daily lifestyle was severely altered.
The second time it happened I landed in the emergency room where I was given oxygen and ultra sound scans were done.
I was told that the ultra-sound scans showed seven clots in my lungs and a very large one in my left leg that would cause my demise if it dislodged.
I was wheeled into radiology where a filter was permanently placed in my inferior vena cava to catch any clots that might break loose.
Right after the placement of the filter the doctors started me on blood thinners and I was flat on my back for seven days and out of work for four and a half months.
I was told I would be on blood thinners the rest of my life and when you’re on them you can’t be a police officer or firefighter. If you get shot or cut you’ll bleed to death and as far as I was concerned staying on blood thinners was not an option.
Both times this happened I asked the doctors if eating habits could have anything to do with my condition. Both said no, but one in particular said that was “ridiculous! absolutely not!”.
I decided that while these two well-dressed smiling and always-happy doctors were far more educated then me, I decided to do a little research of my own and started doing a lot of reading.
There’s a ton of information out there on the Internet on any subject you want to research. Back when I started researching my problem I didn’t have the Internet at my disposal for research and had to find books, magazines, periodicals and any other source of information I could come up with.
Since then I’ve been on the web and confirmed all the information I previously obtained and found additional information.
So what did I do you ask?
A quick answer is I stopped living on drive-thru foods and started eating healthier. I started eating foods that are natural blood thinners to help prevent a reoccurrence of my problem.
Here is a list of just some of the nutrients that I try to eat on a daily basis to keep me healthy…
Cinnamaldehyde has been well researched for its effects on blood platelets. Platelets are constituents of blood that are meant to clump together under emergency situations as a way to stop bleeding, but under normal circumstances, they can make blood flow inadequate if they clump together too much. The cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon has been shown to help in the prevention of unwanted clumping.
Some of the other benefits of cinnamon are: anti-microbial actions, blood sugar balancing, it’s calcium and fiber help keep the heart healthy as well as helping to improve colon health,
Oh, and it boosts brain function, too.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices and was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt as medicine, beverage flavoring and an embalming agent.
Cinnamon gets its scent and flavor from cinnamaldehyde.
You may have heard the use of cayenne pepper to help control blood pressure, but it also aids in cleaning arteries, helping you to rid the body of the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Some of the key benefits of cayenne pepper is: it feeds the key necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries so they regain the elasticity again, and the blood pressure adjusts to normal.
There are many other foods that contain a substance called salicylates which aide in thinning blood, but these are the once that I try to get daily.
Foods that are high in salicylates are spices, most fruit (especially dried fruit) and nuts.
Some herbs and spices high in salicylates are: Cinnamon, Cayenne pepper, Ginger, Peppermint, Oregano, Curry powder, Turmeric, Licorice and Paprika.
Some fruits high in salicylates include: Grapes, Oranges, Tangerines, Raisins, Cherries, Cranberries, Blueberries, Strawberries and Prunes.
Lately there has been a lot of mention about Omega-3 fatty acids and their ability to lower cholesterol levels and keep blood less prone to clotting.
Garlic, onions and olive oil have also been found instrumental in helping to prevent blood clots. Studies have shown that garlic has nine different compounds that are antiaggregants (compounds that prevent blood platelets from sticking together).
Last and certainly not least is exercise.
Studies have shown that exercise seems to aide in the prevention of blood clots.
And as I’ve told you many times before, please check with your physician before you make any changes to your diet or activity levels.
I’ve managed to get my health back and live an active lifestyle thanks to natural unprocessed food.
And when and if I do need to eat a processed food, I always say the ingredients list should not contain more than three items…
And if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want to eat it.
Be mindful of what you eat and always exercise.
Never say “I’m too old” or “I can’t”, because you’re not and you can.