Sweet, Thick Blood
Another common imbalance in the blood is “sweet blood”. Signs of sweet blood include mucus congestion in the morning, feeling tired throughout the day despite little activity, and weight gain. A person with sweet blood may also feel stuck in life or even depressed.
In this type of imbalance, the blood is generally thick, oily, congested and stagnant due to the presence of phlegm. Sweet blood can lead to conditions including high blood pressure, poor circulation, fatigue, and high cholesterol. The thyroid, adrenal, liver, and pancreas are typically involved, since these regulate metabolism and blood sugar levels.
Sweet thick blood is caused by excessively eating heavy, sticky, sweet, oily, fried foods and a sedentary lifestyle.
Sweet blood generally requires cleansing and lightening therapies.
Eat only when truly hungry; do not eat before the previous meal has been digested, but only when there is a sense of lightness in the body and strong appetite. Keep a regular meal schedule and downtime to enable digestion and absorption.
Avoid over eating. Eat only to the point that you are 80% satiated.
Avoid snacking between meals. This practice will help you to relearn the sensation of hunger and fullness and will give your digestive system a valuable rest between meals. As you eliminate sugar and refined grains from your diet and your body becomes adapted to burning stored fat as fuel, you will likely find yourself hungry less often.
Eat fewer meals, only main meals, usually 3 meals a day, sometimes 2.
Eat dinner no later than sunset.
Avoid eating at night.
Chew the food well.
Amount of food – relatively small meals, avoid eating too much and leave some space in the stomach. Stop eating before totally full.
Simple and easy to digest meals – Avoid very varied meals or hard-to-digest food combinations.
Cooked and hot food – most of the food should be cooked and served hot.
Fresh food – cook often, you can store food in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Food texture – avoid foods that are wet, moist, compressed and fatty. Prefer food in a more dry texture, such as baked / stirred / steamed vegetables.
Minimize or eliminate the consumption of dairy products from the diet.
The nature of the food – eat foods of light and airy quality.
Flavors – emphasize in the diet the bitter and pungent flavors.
Energetics – prefer hot and light foods and use digestive stimulant spices such as ginger, black pepper and cinnamon.
Spices – use spices generously to stimulate digestion and encourage the movement of food through the digestive tract.
Use aromatics – aromatic herbs and spices, such as cardamom and hing, stimulate gastric emptying and propel stagnant food from the stomach into the small intestine.
Avoid drinking water adjacent to meals – up to 15 minutes before eating, during meals and two hours after eating. If you are thirsty you can drink any time a small cup of herbal tea as is customary in the eastern countries.
Take a short, light walk after meals. A light walk after meals leads to better digestion and better health.
Exercise on a regular basis
Bitters such as neem and blood thinning herbs such as guggulu can help reduce fats in the blood. Cinnamon and gymnema can reduce blood sugar levels. Diuretics, like dandelion root can clear excess water weight.