Everything You Wanted to Know about Blood Clots

  • Get a blood test done, and ask specifically about the Factor V Leiden mutation.
  • At least once an hour, get up to top off your coffee … or go to the bathroom … or get the mail … or just stand up and pat your head with one hand and rub your belly with the other — whatever it takes to get your blood flowing. They say “Sitting is the new smoking.” Even if that proves to be crazy-talk 50 years from now, there’s no harm in acting like it’s true.
  • From time to time, elevate your feet at least six inches above your heart. It’ll improve circulation in your legs.
  • Turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic, and cinnamon are natural blood thinners that you can incorporate into your diet right now.
  • Be more active — commit to at least one 30-minute walk per day. Two, ideally.
  • Drink as much water per day as you possibly can. When the body isn’t properly hydrated, the blood can thicken.
  • Acclimate yourself with ingredient labels and eat better. Start by eliminating or reducing these four categories of food from your diet: Bread/bread products like bagels, crackers, etc; Sugar; Alcohol; Vegetable oils (such as canola, peanut, soybean, grapeseed … basically, try to avoid any oil that’s not olive, coconut, or avocado.)
  • If you’re overweight, lose some of it. There are two main ways to lose weight: Move more and eat better. If those two prove difficult for you, there’s a third option: Eat less. Try skipping a meal a week, then maybe skip two meals a week, and maybe work yourself up to skipping a meal a day. You’ll be hungry, but trust me: You’ll survive ‘till dinner.
  • Finally, seek healthy ways to reduce stress (exercise is a great one; mediation another). “The blood froze in my veins” and “My blood curdled” have long been figures of speech in horror stories when characters confront suddenly stressful situations — but they might not be just figures of speech after all. Research shows that extended periods of stress, anxiety, and fear (such as my mom experienced from March-November; “My world is upside down,” she texted once, “new job, pandemic and house sale. I can’t do all this”) can constrict blood vessels, decrease blood flow, and make clots more likely.




Author of Ticketless: How Sneaking Into The Super Bowl And Everything Else (Almost) Held My Life Together. More info: bitly.com/ticketlessbook

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Trevor Kraus

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Author of Ticketless: How Sneaking Into The Super Bowl And Everything Else (Almost) Held My Life Together. More info: bitly.com/ticketlessbook

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