Can My Diet Help Prevent DVT?

It should come as no surprise that what you eat can have a tremendous impact on your vascular health. In fact, incorporating healthy eating habits into your daily diet can help you boost your body’s well-being across the board. However, if you’re looking to fight Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) with food in particular, here are few great places to start.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. One of the most beneficial things you can do for your circulatory system is drink six to eight, eight-ounce glasses of water daily. This will help decrease your risk of clots forming from thick, dehydrated blood.

Pour yourself a glass. The flavonoids in red wine and purple grape juice promote the formation of platelets, which prevent blood from clotting prematurely. That means your “wine down Wednesdays” are even more beneficial than you thought!

Season with some garlic. Not only is garlic delicious, but it can also act as a natural blood-thinner. So, transform your boring meals into delectable ones while helping your blood run smooth and clot-free.

Garnish with olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil has been proven to prevent blood clots by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It seems that the phenols present in EVOO can help fight the substances in blood that form clots.

Indulge in some kiwi. Fruits and veggies of all kinds are great for your cardiovascular health, but kiwi are extraordinary in particular. Research has shown that eating two to three kiwi daily lowers platelet activity, which means there’s less chance of blood clotting.

While eating healthy is a great start, your diet cannot fight DVT alone. If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs and symptoms of vascular disease, just give Dr. Gallagher and the Island Vein Specialists team a call. We’ll provide personalized assistance to help you decide on the vein procedure that’s a perfect fit for your needs.

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