With how much we sit in front of our computers and the TV these days, anyone is at risk of life-threatening blood clots. If these clots happen in our lungs or heart, they can cause extreme complications. However, making the right choices with how we eat, what we do, and what we wear every day will reduce the chances of blood clots ruining our health.
Fortunately, Bright Side has 10 tips to share that will keep dangerous blood clots at bay.
1. Wear loose fitting clothing that is not too tight.
To encourage healthy circulation in the body, it’s best to avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes. Because blood clots can also appear in legs, skinny jeans are particularly bad for good circulation. Instead go for flowy trousers or sweatpants, which are more comfortable to wear anyway.
2. Take a bath infused with Epsom salt.
If you ever needed a good excuse to take a bath, then this is one. Epsom salt is known to encourage healthy blood circulation in the body. So the next time you’re in need of a relaxing time, go for an Epsom salt bath instead of a bubble one.
3. Practice high intensity workouts.
To avoid blood clots, it’s important to stay active and avoid sitting for long periods of time. Any kind of workout is generally good, but an especially good routine is HIIT training, which is a high intensity workout done in bursts. Not only will you stay fit, but this workout also encourages healthy blood flow.
4. Stop every 2 hours when driving to move and stretch.
We use our cars to get everywhere nowadays, which can put us at risk for blood clots. If you’re about to go on a longer drive, make sure that you take a break regularly and get out of your car to stretch and walk around. It’s also a great way to appreciate the scenery.
5. Eat natural blood thinners.
Although doctors can prescribe blood thinners for you, there are some natural options as well. By adding raw garlic, turmeric, and gingko infused tea into your daily diet, you’ll lessen your risk of blood clots. They’re also delicious and incredibly good for your general health.
6. Flex and twist your toes and ankles.
Most of our days are spent sitting at work, which weakens the blood flow in our legs. When walking around isn’t an option, you can always twist your ankles, flex your feet, and wiggle your toes
7. Wear compression stockings.
If you know your legs have a tendency to swell or have poor blood circulation, then compression stockings might be a good fit for you. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, and really help to boost blood flow in your legs during the day. A doctor might even advise you to wear these if your circulation isn’t great.
8. Apply helichrysum oil to your skin.
Helichrysum is a yellow flower that naturally thins the blood. It’s also an anti-inflammatory ingredient, which makes it an ideal natural prevention for blood clots. Apply a few drops of the oil in areas where you feel your circulation is the worst.
9. Lift your legs above your heart regularly.
Lying down on your back, lift your legs against the wall. Just 6 inchesabove your heart and your head is enough. After a long day of sitting or standing upright this exercise is great to get the blood flowing through your body rather than being stuck at your feet.
10. Avoid crossing your legs.
Those who are at especially high risk for blood clots should try and avoid crossing their legs, especially for long periods of time. Make sure you change your position often and don’t put too much pressure on your legs. Above all, we should feel comfortable and relaxed while sitting.
Are any of these tips useful for you? What’s your advice in preventing blood clots?