Okay . . . so today, let's be an "out of the box" thinkers . . .
Since we've been talking about the heart . . . I thought today we'd ask this question . . . what do we know about a condition called "Pericardial effusion" and what can help???
Well . . . "pericardial effusion" is a buildup of "too" much fluid in the double-layered, saclike structure around the heart.
Now . . . the space between these layers "typically" . . . in a normal heart . . . contains a "small" amount of fluid and is not a serious problem . . .
Why you ask???
Well . . . this small amount of fluid actually "prevents" friction between these layers. Which is a good thing!
But . . . if abnormally "large" amounts of fluid accumulate . . . it can compress the heart which can restrict its ability to pump blood. This "now" becomes serious.
So what causes "pericardial effusion" and this extra pericardial fluid???
Well . . . science says . . . it's caused by "inflammation" . . . and this can occur after an illness, an injury, kidney issues, viruses, bacteria, fungi, drug reaction, exposure to radiation or even due to cancer like in the lungs.
And people that have "autoimmune diseases" like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop this extra fluid due to an increase of "inflammation" in the body.
Now . . . what are some of the symptoms???
Well . . . that would be . . .
Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, discomfort when breathing while lying down, chest pain, chest fullness, lightheadedness or feeling faint.
Okay . . . so how do we get some relief naturally???
Well . . . that would be reducing the "inflammation" in the body by eating an "anti-inflammatory" diet . . . and "hydrating" the body to flush out toxins and excess fluid.
But . . . what we really need to think about is this . . . what is causing the immune system to send out an army of an "inflammatory response" and fluid in the first place??
What is really causing this effect???
Well . . . let's break it down . . .
If" injury" to the heart is "not" the cause of "pericardial effusion" . . . then science says the majority of cases are caused by . . . "bacteria" . . .
And the most common bacteria being . . . "Staphylococcus", "Streptococcus" and "Pneumococcus".
You see . . . "bacteria" can enter the "pericardium" through the bloodstream from an infection in another part of the body such as pneumonia or a "bad" bacteria overgrowth in the intestines.
So to me . . . this makes perfect sense.
If the body has an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria due to a compromised immune system and lack of "good" bacteria . . . this "bad" bacteria . . . when entering the bloodstream would now be able to enter the heart when blood circulates in its cycle through the body . . .
Now . . . if this bacteria settles into the heart area . . . the automatic response of the immune system would be to send out "inflammation" to the heart . . . and with this . . . there would be a fluid build up to try an flush out the "bacteria".
Okay . . . so if this were to occur . . . the "lymphatic draining system" part of the heart would drain the extra fluid and bacterial infection to the lymph nodes for elimination.
But . . . what if the immune system doesn't shut down and stop producing "inflammation" . . . and therefore . . . this "inflammatory response" to the heart doesn't stop and fluid persists???
Well . . . we'd have to now ask the question . . . what else is causing "inflammation" to the body???
And most likely it would be this Western diet . . .
But . . . what if we "are" eating a "anti-inflammatory" diet and watching our "sodium" intake and we "still" have a excess fluid issue???
What else could be a missing piece to this puzzle???
Well . . . tomorrow we'll explore the possibilities.
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