Research has uncovered a shocking cause for rogue blood clots.
Studies have already indicated sitting for long periods of time—even if you exercise regularly—can be extremely bad for your health. But now we know it could even prove deadly.
Researchers are now suggesting that those of us who sit most of thee day–such a office workers or toll booth operators– are more likely to
- be overweight,
- develop blood clots,
- have a heart attack,
- develop certain types of cancer
- or even die.
Lack of whole body muscle movement leads to bad health
Researchers report that a sedentary lifestyle is not just a lifestyle lacking in exercise. Rather, it is a set of behaviors that are devoid of whole-body muscle movement and promote bad health.
So if you sit for hours watching TV, take long plane or car rides, work long hours sitting at your desk or a computer or keep your legs and ankles crossed whenever you sit, you could be endangering your health.
When you sit for a long period of time, your blood flow can become sluggish and pool in your larger veins. This creates a higher risk of your developing blood clots within your thigh or calf known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—a condition in which there is a blood clot in a deep vein (a vein that accompanies an artery).
Nearly 2 million Americans develop a blood clot every year
Close to 2 million people in the United States (U.S.) develop DVT each year, most of whom are 40 years old or older.
There’s the danger that a leg clot can break free and travel through the blood vessels to the lung, which can be extremely serious and even fatal.
At least 200,000 people die each year from blood clots in their lungs—a condition known as a pulmonary embolism (PE).
6 simple steps to avoid rogue blood clots
But there are natural ways you can avoid becoming a statistic.
In fact, these simple steps could help you avoid a rogue blood clot…
1. Move those toes:
Standing up and stretching and bend your toes. Whether you’re sitting at a desk or flying to an exotic vacation destination make a habit of
Walk around every hour or so, if possible. If you are a work go get a glass of water or visit a coworker. If you are on a train or plain take a stroll to the bathroom or simply up and down the aisle. If you absolutely can’t walk around see #3 below.
3. Stretch and Flex:
If walking is not an option, then stretch or bounce your legs, wiggle and flex your toes and roll your ankles backward and forward.
4. Watch your weight:
Keep your weight under control. When you’re overweight it can be harder to motivate yourself to get up and move around and being idle leads to sluggish blood flow. Sluggish and slow blood puts you at risk for a blood clot.
Try something simple to start like a walk around the neighborhood after dinner ever night or a swim at the local YMCA several days a week. It will get your blood flowing and you’ll find that even without any other changes you’ll start to lose a little weight.
5. Stay hydrated:
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration that causes blood vessels to become narrow and blood to thicken.
It’s easy to forget to drink so keep a glass of water handy when at work and when traveling by air always say yes when the stewardess asks if you’d like something to drink.
6. Thin your blood naturally:
Check with your doctor first and then try all-natural blood thinners such as nattokinase, and add more natural blood thinners to your diet. (Click here to read about common foods that can help naturally boost circulation.)
Now would those of you who value your health, please stand up?
Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.
Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America's #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal.
For more information visit www.truehealth.com.
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