Blood clots occur when there is some type of damage to the lining of a blood vessel, or when blood becomes stagnant for too long. When the clot is in response to injury, this is a good thing.
The problem occurs when the clot occurs for no good reason, and threatens to create a dangerous blockage. This can be due to staying still for too long, pregnancy, high blood pressure, diabetes, or smoking.
If you have a blood clot, there are a number of natural ways of dealing with the problem to limit the potential for danger:
- Keep your legs elevated, preferably about 6 inches above your heart.
- Avoid tight clothing, particularly socks and stockings.
- Limit your sodium intake.
- Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time; change positions or move around at least every hour.
- Don't cross your legs while sitting.
- Ask your doctor about compression stockings.
- Elevate the foot of your bed about 6 inches.
- Exercise regularly, as recommended by your doctor.
While blood clots can occur without notice, it can be helpful to know good ways to help the treatment process on your own, in addition to blood thinners or any other medication your doctor may prescribe.