Heightened concern: Blood Clotting
When we hear people speak about forming blood clots, it can invoke fear. It is not all bad, however, as our bodies actually form clots to stop bleeding when we have been injured - without this ability we would simply bleed to death. Unfortunately, this process can go awry, causing serious complications such as heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolisms. We are seeing an uptick in these kinds of incidences as of late, which has inspired me to write on the subject so that we can all have some tools to help support healthy clotting and, hopefully, avoid any concerns.
To begin with, we should all be familiar with some symptoms of internal blood clots. Please look over the chart below and seek immediate help if you experience any symptoms:
Symptoms of DVT (in the arm or leg) can also include discoloration of the skin, which is not listed here. Those with a higher risk of blood clots include people who are taking birth control pills, smokers, obese, living a sedentary lifestyle, being treated (or have been) for cancer, and have COVID-19. There is also increasing evidence that the current shots for the virus (all 3 available in the US according to VAERS data) are creating an increase in blood clotting disorders, so this is a very important issue about which we all need to be aware and proactive.
Here are my suggestions for promoting HEALTHY clotting in the blood:
Take Proteolytic Enzymes such as Nattokinase. These enzymes, when taken on an empty stomach, can dissolve fibrin in the blood and break down clots. They help clean out the blood and keep it viscous and flowing. My favorite is called Natto (on special this month) which has a few other enzyme types to support the breakdown of foreign proteins in the blood to keep it healthy. These types of enzymes have a tendency to increase blood flow which can lower blood pressure, so if you are on medication, I suggest you talk to your doctor before starting and monitor your blood pressure.
Exercise to keep the blood moving - when blood becomes stagnant it can form clots more easily. Stand up and move around every 20-30 minutes during the day, as well.
Drink plenty of pure water to keep the blood hydrated to keep the blood flowing. Thick, dehydrated blood is more likely to form clots.
Keep antioxidant levels high in the body to reduce platelet stickiness. Eating a colorful diet with a variety of organic fruits and vegetables is important. Supplements such as resveratrol (on special this month) can be helpful, too.
Eat garlic to slow platelet aggregation (Resource). It has the most benefits raw or lightly cooked and crushed. Microwaved garlic provided no benefit.
Eliminate Trans Fats (Hydrogenated) fats from your diet – they have zero benefits and cause tremendous damage in the body, increasing your risk of blood clots and stroke (Resource).
Increase good fats such as fish oils (wild-caught), raw nuts, and raw olive oil.
Spend time in nature. Grounding/Earthing (connecting to the surface of the Earth) has been shown to improve blood flow significantly. In this study, clumping of the blood was reduced dramatically by spending 2 hours grounding. If standing barefoot on the dirt does not fit your lifestyle, you can purchase grounding mats online. We use mats and sheet from: https://grooniearthing.com?aff=26 Use code: GROONIAP to receive a 10% discount
Reduce exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation by turning off (or at least putting on airplane mode) all electronics while you are not using them. Studies (see here and here) have shown that they reduce the body’s ability to break down fibrin that causes the clotting. Consider using diodes on your devices, carrying Personal Diodes, and putting a home unit in place to counteract the radiation. (on special this month). Here is a link to a previous article with more tips for reducing the effects of Electromagnetic Radiation.
Fortunately, all these suggestions can help improve health overall and are not just for promoting healthy clotting. We have the tools to make positive changes to improve our health, something we certainly cannot put a price on or take for granted.