A Natural Approach To Health
Living With High Blood Pressure
I had a question the other day about high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is a measure of how hard your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body.
It’s normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays up, you have high blood pressure.
Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.
When blood pressure is high, it starts to damage your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys.
This can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other problems.
Your blood pressure consists of two numbers: systolic and diastolic.
Someone with a systolic pressure of 120 and a diastolic pressure of 80 has a blood pressure of 120/80, or “120 over 80.”
>The systolic number shows how hard the blood pushes when the heart is pumping.
>The diastolic number shows how hard the blood pushes between heartbeats, when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood.
High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher.
Adults should have a blood pressure of less than 120/80.
Many people fall into the category in between, called prehypertension.
People with prehypertension need to make lifestyle changes to bring their blood pressure down and help prevent or delay high blood pressure.
In most cases, doctors can’t point to the exact cause of high blood pressure.
But several things are known to raise blood pressure, including being very overweight, drinking too much alcohol, having a family history of high blood pressure, eating too much salt, and getting older.
Your blood pressure may also rise if you’re not very active, you don’t eat enough potassium and calcium, or you have a condition called insulin resistance.
High blood pressure doesn’t usually cause symptoms.
Most people don’t know they have it until they see their health care provider for some other reason.
Very high blood pressure can cause headaches, vision problems, nausea, and vomiting and can be a medical emergency.
Treatment depends on how high your blood pressure is, whether you have other health problems such as diabetes, and whether any organs have already been damaged.
You can help lower your blood pressure by making healthy changes in your lifestyle.
If those lifestyle changes don’t work, you may also need to take pills.
Either way, you’ll need to control your high blood pressure throughout your life.
Making lifestyle changes can help you prevent high blood pressure.
To deal with high blood pressure it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).