Imagine having a heart attack while driving with your children in the back seat. Heart attacks are scary. And, I’m sure you’ve even heard at least one story about a person who died from a heart attack without having any symptoms. It happens, and at times to people who didn’t even know they were at risk. So, today, I want to help you understand why…
It’s all in your blood
Not your blood type, but, the thickness of your blood. You see, there are a number of things that can make your blood thick. The most common being certain medications, lack of exercise, and consuming a diet high in bad fats.
And when your blood is thick, your heart not only has to work harder to pump your blood around your body, but your red blood cells have a higher chance of sticking to one another and forming clots. Furthermore, thick blood contains more oxidised iron which can damage your blood vessels increasing the wear tear on the lining of your arteries. These are all factors that can eventually lead to a heart attack.
According to a study conducted by Harvard, you can easily thin your blood by donating it
Your body replaces donated blood with newer, younger and thinner blood. And, while this may sound like a small change to make, it does is make you 16 times less likely to have a heart attack than another person the age as you.
In another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which looked at men between 43 and 61 years of age, you can help thin your blood just by donating it once every six months. In fact, a nine year study involving 2,862 men (aged 42-60) showed that these benefits can last as long as two years from your last blood donation. But what if you hate needles?
The next best alternative to donating blood
I’ve never used to donate blood. The fear of needles sends my blood pressure skyrocketing. So, I only do it once every 18 months. And, the day before the procedure, I drink plenty of water so that my veins are full and plump. However, you can use incorporate these natural alternatives in your daily diet:
- Turmeric:The main ingredient, curcumin, works on platelets to prevent clots from forming.
- Foods with salicylate which can help prevent stroke such as ginger, avocados, some berries, chilies, and cherries
- Vegetables, such as lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes and onions
- Fruits such as grapes, pineapples, grapefruits, and pomegranates
- Nuts like hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios
- Fish such as herring, mackerel,salmon, trout and albacore tuna.
- Drinks like grape juice, green tea, pineapple juice and cranberry juice.
Please note that these are not meant to replace your medication. If you’re on prescription medication, speak to your doctor before adding them to your diet.