Treatment of thick blood may center on developing general healthy diet guidelines, in addition to making some key adjustments in your relationship with food.
Dietary recommendations for thick blood include:
- Add ground flax meal to your diet for digestive regularity, to help eliminate excess toxins that may be aggravating the condition of thick blood.
- Add saturated fats to your diet that have antimicrobial properties such as organic extra virgin coconut oil.
- Choose complex carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index such as brown rice, raw apples, sprouted-grain bread, and winter squash.
- Increase your omega-3 essential fatty acids by selecting ground flax meal, wild-caught salmon, minimal-mercury albacore tuna, fish oil, avocado, and sprouted walnuts.
- Add nutrient-dense and unprocessed foods such as sprouted nuts and seeds to your diet.
Foods to AVOID include:
- All simple or refined carbohydrates (sugar, white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, crackers, etc.) – Read more about good carbs and bad carbs.
- All foods containing refined sugar or synthetic sugar-substitutes such as aspartame, Splenda®, etc. Choose a natural sweetener like Xylosweet instead.
- Alcoholic beverages in excess since they hinder the functioning of the immune and digestive systems
- Fermented foods such as cheese and wine
- Excessive caffeine consumption – While moderate caffeine consumption may be beneficial, excessive caffeine intake can disrupt the body’s systems, causing insomnia and digestive irregularity (constipation and/or diarrhea).
- Carbonated soft drinks that alter your blood’s pH level
- Fungi such as mushrooms
- Pickled foods
- Bottom crawlers such as oysters, clams, and lobster that may contain toxic levels of mercury
- Deep-sea fish such as tuna, mackerel, and swordfish that may contain toxic levels of mercury. Choose minimal-mercury albacore tuna instead.
- Farm-raised fish that contain PCBs and not enough omega-3 essential fatty acids, due to their land-based diets. Choose wild-caught salmon instead.
- Yeast and wheat products (breads, crackers, pasta, etc.) that contain gluten
- Sodium nitrite found in processed foods such as hot dogs, lunch meats, and bacon
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) found in many foods as a flavor enhancer
- Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) found in many processed foods, deep-fried foods, fast food, and junk food. Read more about good fats and bad fats.
Due to thick blood, the body’s ability to effectively excrete toxins is compromised, and the body can easily be overcome by infections. Exercise that really makes you sweat relieves the burden by helping the body release toxins. Exercise also promotes increased circulation, which aids in the efficient delivery of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.
Other tips for treating thick blood:
- If you have “silver” fillings, get an evaluation from a mercury-free dentist who specializes in the safe removal of mercury amalgam fillings. Find a mercury-free dentist in your area now. Exposure to heavy metals, such as mercury in fillings, can activate unusual production levels of soluble fibrin monomer (SFM) — a clotting agent which can cause thick blood. Read more about heavy metal toxicity.