Thin Blood vs. Thick Blood: What Is the Difference?
Thin blood vs thick blood, is one better than the other? The Harvard Medical School clearly points out that individuals with thick blood are more prone to being diagnosed with heart disease compared to those with thinner blood. However, if blood is too thin due to overuse of anticoagulatory medications, those might be at risk for another side of the problem, hemorrhage leading to severe bleeding.
Thick blood disorder, also know as hypercoagulation, is a serious medical condition that is characterized by blood that does not flow freely and is prone to clot formations. Under normal circumstances blood clotting is necessary to seal a wound or a cut to help avoid a significant blood loss. In a case of a thick blood hypercoagulation, blood is abnormally viscous inside the body putting a person at a high risk of developing a blood clot which can travel into the lungs (pulmonary embolism), brain (stroke) or block virtually any blood vessel in the body causing vast damage to a person’s health.
Blood thinning medications are routinely prescribed to people with chronic thick blood problems that help make it less viscous, however the latter have a lot of side effects, and some people develop severe adverse reactions to such medications. Natural blood thinners are safe and tremendously effective to help you manage this problem.
Along with other natural remedies for improved circulation, blood thinning foods like dried fruits, berries and nuts are also a very effective relief for hypercoagulation. Try incorporating more of Omega3-rich fish and seafood to help your blood flowing freely. Spice up your dishes with chili and cayenne powder, turmeric and cinnamon to enhance circulation to organs and tissues.
Raw garlic and ginger root are fantastic blood thinning herbs that provide you with incredibly potent anticoagulant properties. Another winner among the anticoagulant herbs is a Gingko Biloba that is widely known for its cardiovascular system support.
However if you are currently on a blood thinning medication to help with your thick blood and you use natural ways to make it less viscous on top of that, you might be putting yourself in danger for increased bruising and potentially serious hemorrhage in case of a trauma because you blood might be too thin to coagulate properly.
Not drinking enough water throughout the day, having high LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol), smoking, remaining inactive for prolonged periods of time, being pregnant or having chronic inflammation due to diabetes affects the viscocity of your blood making it thicker. Eliminating some factors that contribute to thick blood, may help your doctor manage your condition better. Eating a healthful diet along with regular physical exercise will also help keep your coagulation in check. However, in your best efforts to eat better, limit foods that are high in vitamin K that is a potent blood thickener, such as broccoli, kale, spinach, fresh parsley and asparagus.
Finding the right balance between thin and thick blood could be accomplished with the help of your doctor.
Please watch this interesting video where Dr. Mercola and Dr. Sinatra discuss questions associated with blood clotting and blood thinning: