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Saturday, September 13, 2014

No More Blood Clots, PLEASE!

This one is for a dear friend of mine....  

Changing your diet helps. Consider a diet of high fiber and low in saturated fats. Also, increase your fruit and vegetable intake. 

If you are preparing your own meals, consider preparing meals with foods and spices which have natural blood-thinning properties (salicylates) such as oranges, honey, cayenne, paprika, curry, ginger, thyme, turmeric, peppermint and the not-so-favorite licorice

Your cooking oil of choice should be a selection from vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, soy, palm, canola or sunflower oil. 

Fish! You may not like anchovies but they also help to prevent blood clots. Anchovies are a source of omega-3s, which help to reduce blood clots. Other fatty fish to consider are salmon, lake trout, herring and mackerel. Fish oil is also a rich source of omega-3s. 

Try what I call summer salads! You can have a summer salad year round. Include blood thinning fruits such as strawberries, oranges, grapes, blueberries and cranberries. You may throw in additional helpers such as raisins and prunes - I just can't eat them! 

Prepare your own dressing using a bit of cayenne pepper and/or ginger along with apple cider vinegar - you may experiment with other spices such as lemon salt, or whatever your taste fancies. 

A glass of wine also helps, if you want that manly drink - try a Moscow mule (with muddled ginger). 

Where's your Vitamin E? This is also a blood thinner and is found in nuts such as walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts and lentils such as chickpeas. It's also found in oats and wheat - so if you must do bread go for the brown! 

Foods to avoid
Avoid foods rich in vitamin K. These are green and leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli, lettuce and asparagus. Stay away from fruits such as peaches and bananas.

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