Thick blood (also known as hypercoagulability, Antiphospholipids, and Hughes Syndrome) is a condition where the blood is more viscous (thicker and stickier) than normal. The unusual increase in the thickness of blood is due to an abnormality in the clotting process.
The thickened blood hinders the circulation of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones and prevents them from being transferred successfully to tissues and cells throughout the body. This may result in widespread nutritional and hormonal deficiencies as well as Hypoxia, a condition in which cells have a low level of oxygen.
When the circulatory system is functioning normally, the clotting process begins only when a cut occurs in a blood vessel. Thrombin, a blood enzyme, is released into the bloodstream. It promotes a biochemical reaction which results in the formation of clotting agents.
The sole purpose of clotting agents is to create a single clot. When the job is done, the clotting process should come to a halt. But for those with chronic conditions, these clotting agents do not turn off, but rather begin to coat the capillaries with a fibrin layer. This causes the blood to become thick and provides an ideal environment in which pathogens can “hide” and thrive.
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