Blood is the most important fuel required by the body as it helps in transporting nutrients to the cells and ensures smooth functioning of the system by supplying oxygen to various organs of the body. However, you may sometimes develop blood clots that can clog the arteries, further blocking the supply of nutrients to the vital organs. Blood clots are simply amalgamation of red blood cells that build up at the site of injury or due to a particular ailment. In some cases it can be healthy as it stops excessive bleeding in the body, however excessive clotting can be a sign of severe health problems like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
What is Blood Clot?
In simpler terms, blood clot is a blockage of a healthy vessel that may lead to various health problems. A mass of red blood cells clump together and stop the blood flow in the vessel. Blood clots may not just form in one part of the body and can occur any where.
Blood Clot Symptoms
Blood clot symptoms may depend on where the clot may be located. Here are the various symptoms of blood clots in different areas of the body-
- Heart- heaviness and pain in the chest, sweating, shortness of breath and discomfort in the upper area of the body
- Lung- sharp chest pain, racing heart, sweating, coughing up blood and shortness of breath
- Leg or arm– excessive pain, swelling, warm feeling in the affected area and cramps
- Abdomen– abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting
- Brain– vision issues, difficulty in speaking, severe headache and dizziness
Blood Clot Causes
Blood clots may be caused due to plaque formation in the arteries, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, cholesterol, internal injuries, obesity, liver diseases, smoking or anemia.
Blood Clot Home Remedies and Natural Treatment
According to Nutritionist and Macrobiotic Health Coach Shilpa Arora, you must avoid inflammatory foods like white breads, cakes, pastries, cookies, refined oil and refined flours. All these foods tend to aggravate inflammation in the body, further causing blood clots. Here are some blood clot home remedies that you could probably try.
The active compound present in turmeric known as curcumin works on the blood platelets to prevent clots. Its medicinal properties can also help in curing the pain caused due to the formation of clots.
The active compound present in turmeric known as curcumin works on the blood platelets
According to Nutritionist Shilpa, garlic has sulphur compounds that are known to melt blood clots. Consume one raw garlic clove in the morning for effective results.
Garlic has sulphur compounds that are known to melt blood clots
Cayenne peppers are natural blood thinners and have an effective impact on your body due to the presence of salicylates in them.
Cayenne peppers are natural blood thinners and have an effective impact on your body
4. Arjun ki Chhaal
According to Nutritionist Dr. Simran Saini from Fortis Hospital, Arjun ki chhaal or Terminalia Arjuna is a very effective natural blood thinner. All you need to do is take Arjun ki chhaal (bark) and soak it in warm water and drink the water every morning.
Arjun ki chhaal or Terminalia Arjuna is a very effective natural blood thinner
5. Flax Seeds and Chia Seeds
These tiny seeds are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help in preventing blood clots and improve blood circulation.
Omega-3 fatty acids rich seeds are found in seeds including flax seeds
A good diet can go a long way in keeping you hale and hearty naturally.