The truth about blood clots is that anyone can get them, despite age, health or lifestyle. True, if you lead a very unhealthy lifestyle your risks increase significantly but anyone can get a blood clot.
There are many reasons why a healthy person can develop a blood clot. Here are just a few:
- Birth control pills
- Sitting down for long hours
- Drinking too much coffee and not enough water.
- Being dehydrated
These of course are all normal behaviors that many of us do regularly. Although these things can cause blood clots it doesn’t mean they will.
There are many preventative measures however that you can take to prevent blood clots from forming.
Here are five things you should know about blood clots:
- What Causes Blood Clots?
There are some short-term cause of blood clots such as birth control, smoking and surgery but there are more common risk factors:
- Genetic disorder
- History of blood clots
For women who are pregnant you are also at high risk for blood clots, that’s mainly because our bodies create four pounds of extra blood over the course of our pregnancies. Factor that in with the extra weight of the baby pressing on our veins can slow down the flow of blood.
- Drink Lots of Water
This can be difficult for many people. We are always told the health benefits of drinking tons of water but we rarely do it. Eight glasses a day should be a minimum, you really should be drinking a glass of water every hour. A good indication that you are drinking enough water is to see if your pee is clear. If it is than you are doing good.
- Foods High In Vitamin K
If you have any of the risk factors involved with blood costs be careful how much food you eat that contain Vitamin K. Too much of a good thing can actually cause blood clotting. Vitamin K works to thicken the blood and has been used to reverse the effects of blood thinning.
There are many foods however that work to prevent blood clots such as fish oil, ginger,