Your blood is just the right consistency, and with the just the right compoents, to ensure when you cut yourself, it clots and stops bleeding as soon as it can. This helps the wound to heal and also to prevent you from losing too much blood. This is the body’s natural reaction to getting injured.
Sometimes, however, the blood is not of the right consistency or with the right compounds and this clotting action doesn’t happen. This can happen with blood being too thin, a condition medically referred to as thrombocytopenia. Essentially what happens when your blood is too thin is that there aren’t enough platelets to allow the blood to work it’s clotting magic.
In some cases, a lack of platelets isn’t the problem and another root cause is behind the problem. Pregnancy and infection can cause platelets to be destroyed at a quicker rate than the body can naturally produce them and as you can imagine, this can cause many further complaints.
Blood Being Too Thin – Symptoms
One of the first thing you’ll notice if your blood is too thin is that it won’t clot when you clot properly. With many people, a cut will stop bleeding within a few minutes (if it is a minor cut and doesn’t require medical assistance). If yours doesn’t, and it continues to bleed for sometime, it could be the case that your blood isn’t thick enough to clot.
Nosebleeds are also very common in those with thin blood, a medical complaint called Epistaxis. Just like other forms of bleeding around the body, it can be hard to stop these nosebleeds once they are in full flow.
When you brush your teeth, your gums may bleed if you have thin blood. This can also happen when you are flossing. Bleeding from your gums or teeth is something that shouldn’t be avoided and if you notice this to be the case, you should speak with your dentist.
Bruises will often happen much more easily with those suffering with thin blood, and you may also find that the blood seeps under the surface of the skin rather than coming to the surface. These are called blood blisters and although common and relatively harmless, repeated episodes should call for medical attention.
If you ever notice blood in your urine, or you have tested positive for blood in your urine from a urine test, it could also be the case that your blood is too thin, and vomiting blood is also a more serious sign.
There are some foods that you could be eating on a daily basis which could be detrimental to your condition. If you already have thin blood, eating foods that are well known to thin the blood further is just going to exasperate the matter so to treat your problem, you’re going to need to avoid these foods:
Salicylates are commonly found in foods such as blueberries, kiwi fruits, apples, avocados, cherries, strawberries and plums. You will also find them in various vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, eggplant and radishes. Some cheeses will also contain Salicylates, as will certain herbs, spices and condiments including vinegar, soy-based sauces and tomato ketchup. Add coffee, wine, beer and candy to the mix.
It sounds depressing but if you suffer with thinning blood, the above foods are definitely ones to be avoided.
Foods rich with Omega-3 fatty acids may be good for your heart but if you have thinning blood, should be eaten in moderation. Tuna, mackerel, salmon and anchovies have all been shown to have blood-thinning properties, great for lower cholesterol but not for thin blood.
If you want to increase the amount of platelets in your blood, you should look for foods that are known to ‘thicken’ the blood. These include:
These are all foods high in vitamin K but be mindful you’re not eating too many foods with a high vitamin E count as this is, once again, a natural blood thinner.
Other foods that you should be eating more of include those with healthy bacterial and cultures such as natural yogurt, probiotic-fortified yogurt drinks, sourdough bread and even ranch dressing. Calcium is also essential so while you’re avoiding the bad dairy products that can thin your blood out, make sure you’re not cutting out the vital food group completely as this could also have a detrimental effect on your health. Try to look for low-fat options when it comes to your dairy products, and try to eat more almonds, a healthy source of calcium. A daily multivitamin also wouldn’t go amiss but ensure you get advice from your doctor before starting to take any.
Too much of a vitamin is just as bad for your body as too little of it.