Reduce Salt Intake
Salt irritates the endothelium (or inner lining) of the veins and arteries. As a result, blood vessels do not work as efficiently in moving blood around the body. This leads to blood pooling in lower extremities, where it is more likely to clot. Damage to endothelium also makes blood cells more likely to stick to the walls of vessels, increasing the risk of clots. Excessive salt intake is harmful to the cardiovascular system in a variety of ways, with blood clots being one of the more significant risks. Decreasing salt intake and cutting out all canned and processed foods will significantly reduce the risk of blood clots.