Do you know if your blood is flowing well?
It is a well-known fact aspirin can thin the blood, and with that, the widespread use of daily aspirin to thin the blood is used without a thought to the side effects the daily and permanent addition of a pharmaceutical- even one as seemingly benign as aspirin can have. No pharmaceutical medication comes without side effects. It is only recently this practice of using aspirin has been called into question by the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA 2012; 307:2286-94.
This study of over 370,000 patients found that those taking low dose daily aspirin were 55% more likely to have serious brain or intestinal bleeding (haemorrhages).
This was five times the risk of bleeding caused by aspirin as previously estimated. Patients aged under 50 were at the highest risk, and thus the benefits of aspirin in keeping your blood thinner need to be weighed up against the risks of aspirin causing undesirable bleeding.
Keeping your blood thin assists circulation to all your body organs. Thinner blood and improved circulation will equate to less risk of vascular accidents such as clots and haemorrhages, affecting your brain, eyes, heart, intestines and limbs. With more blood flow comes more oxygen, your endocrine glands will also function better assisting to produce more youthful amounts of hormones, with less chance of dementia and other neuro-degenerative disorders.
Your circulation delivers blood oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body, yet many of us never give it a second thought- we take it for granted. A simply addition of foods, heart healthy oils and enzymes- all naturally occurring are available to you that will assist in thinning your blood.
How can we keep our blood thin naturally?
- Omega 3 oils. Taking a good quality practitioner only fish oil. Liquid fish oil is usually stronger than fish oil capsules, so if you can tolerate the liquid, I recommend the liquid. Eat oily fish (tuna, trout, salmon, herrings, mackerel, sardines and tuna).
A healthy meal is so simple using omega 3 oils. Mackerel is super high in healthy omega 3 fats, a top a heap of organic mixed leafy green, any fresh leafy green herbs you can get your hands on, a splash of the alkalizing natural digestive- apple cider vinegar and if you are brave- garlic! Fresh crushed garlic. Trust me, you do become addicted to the crisp flavours and refreshing mental clarity eating this combination of foods brings.
- Eat garlic – if you do not like garlic use onions instead. Having a few cloves of fresh organic garlic- simply crushed with the side of a knife and thrown in within your salad every day of the week is beyond measure with health benefits. Garlic is one the most therapeutic foods on the planet- anti bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal containing good amounts of selenium. Selenium in a mineral assisting in reducing the incidence of various cancers and reduces the likelihood of viruses. Dr Sandra Cabot refers to selenium as the “Viral Birth Control Pill” Protecting you from viruses whilst everyone else around you is dropping like flies from cold or flu.
- Take vitamin C and citrus fruits, capsicums, kiwi fruits and berries
- Try some spicy food – like curries, especially those containing turmeric, chilli, pepper, cayenne and ginger – they are natural blood thinners
- Keep your liver healthy. Supplementing with good quality liver herbs can assist your liver in making more of the good cholesterol and not so much of the bad cholesterol / triglycerides.
- Avoid eating too much sugar. Sugar makes your blood sticky and viscous- this point is greatly dismissed, however the rates of blood sugar related diseases in our society is at pandemic proportions.
- Water! Adding water to your body literally thins blood- please drink at least 2 litres of water daily.
- Regular exercise to strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system. Increase that heart rate and sweat it up. Once you break a sweat you know you are working your heart muscle.