An anti-inflammatory diet can restore health and reduce complications of DVT.
DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis (or deep venous thrombosis). The condition occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. A blood clot located inside a blood vessel is a thrombus. DVT is normally found in the legs, with accompanying symptoms like pain, swelling, redness, warmness, and enlarged superficial veins.
If a thrombus detaches and travels to the lungs, it can be life-threatening. This potential complication is called a pulmonary embolism. Both DVT and pulmonary embolism are considered a single health condition called venous thromboembolism. Other complications are associated with the condition, including post-thrombotic syndrome. Not only do these conditions affect health, but they also place a burden on healthcare costs each year.
Within the past 25 years, scientists have worked diligently to better understand the condition that is DVT. Medically speaking, progress has been made in providing better diagnosis and treatment. Nonetheless, DVT remains one of the most common medical problems today; 80 cases are diagnosed per 100,000 people per year (Ahamed, Nurul Firdaus, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism, February 5, 2012).
Both DVT and pulmonary embolism are grossly underdiagnosed. The most common form of DVT affecting the lower extremities can be found in one in 1000 people.
DVT in the legs remains an underlying contributing factor to acute pulmonary embolism in 90 per cent of cases. It results in over 25,000 deaths a year in Western countries.
WHAT CAUSES DVT?
DVT can happen to anyone. Some of the most common risk factors include existing injury to a vein, poor circulation, paralysis, increased oestrogen related to birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy, chronic illness, obesity, age, and family history. The vast majority of these risk factors are within your control. Even if you have a family history of DVT, genes have very little impact on health compared to lifestyle choices. Poor lifestyle choices tip the balance in the majority of cases. As you can see, some of the greatest risk factors for DVT include obesity and chronic illness brought on by an inflammatory lifestyle.
You can reduce major risk factors for DVT. Chronic inflammation from an inflammatory diet devoid of nutrients, along with stress, smoking, and alcohol overuse, can increase risk dramatically. When you add to this a lack of physical activity while remaining sedentary for long periods of time – three hours or more – disease and health complications are bound to happen.
As you reduce risk factors, your body needs the proper support to heal. In order to prevent DVT, it is important to make critical changes right away:
- Move often throughout the day.
- Avoid sitting or lying for long periods of time.
- Walk around every 2 to 3 hours while awake.
- Exercise legs while sitting by raising and lowering heels, flexing toes, and tightening and releasing muscles.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Cut inflammatory trigger foods out of the diet.
There are several other therapeutic measures that can be taken to alleviate a condition like DVT. Doctors may first recommend medical compression stockings to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of a clot. In many cases, medications like anticoagulants may be prescribed. Compression stockings to relieve pain and swelling can help, though stockings may have to be worn for two years or more. In very serious cases, a blood clot may need to be removed surgically to prevent further life- threatening complications.
Yet the question remains: Why is diet overlooked as a primary cause of DVT? Compression stockings may offer some relief, but they can be a hassle to wear day in and day out for years. Anticoagulant medications used to treat blood clots come with serious risk, such as adverse drug interactions and uncontrolled bleeding due to thinned blood.
DVT RECOVERY THROUGH RENEWED CIRCULATORY HEALTH
The only true way to address DVT and reduce the risk of life-threatening complications is to strengthen the circulatory system. First and foremost, inflammatory foods must be cut out of the diet. This includes junk foods like cookies, crackers, pastries, white rice, white pastas, breads, and processed foods that only contribute to systemic inflammation.
Nutritional therapy is the next step. Support circulatory health and reduce the risk of DVT with:
- Serrapeptase: This renowned anti- inflammatory enzyme is best taken with a blend of Nattokinase, Protease, and Lipase to support a healthy cardiovascular system and arteries. Serrapeptase can be used to clear inflammation, balance blood pressure, and restore circulatory health.
- Magnesium: Topical magnesium oil can be absorbed into the skin for maximum uptake. The mineral will make its way directly to the heart, while restoring cellular magnesium levels along the way. Magnesium is a mineral essential to overall health; the mineral is invaluable in the regulation of blood clots.
- Curcumin: The ancient spice Curcumin can be taken along with Ecklonia Cava Extract, Serrapeptase, and Vitamin D3; these four “super nutrients” work together to balance cholesterol, heart health, blood flow, and circulation. Curcumin as a compound of turmeric has been used for centuries to ease pain and inflammation, with benefits to protect the heart and circulatory system.
DVT diet and nutrients can make a world of difference, long before surgery is needed. Diet and exercise are key to improve circulation and strengthen the circulatory system. Critical nutrients like Serrapeptase, Curcumin, and Magnesium support recovery by calming inflammation, improving blood flow, and regulating blood clots.
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