I don’t know about you but I am growing increasingly disturbed by the number of people with high blood pressure or hypertension as it is also called. Over 80 million adults in the U.S have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and 9 in 10 Americans are expected to develop it by age 65. One in three adults in the UK have above normal blood pressure readings! Read more
Sadly, most people experience no discernible sign of high blood pressure until the damage is done and cannot be reversed which is why this horrible disease is often referred to as the Silent Killer!
High blood pressure is a serious concern because it is a major risk factor for heart attack and generally regarded as the greatest risk factor for a stroke. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for high cholesterol and diabetes and there is general consensus among health care professionals that hypertension and diabetes go hand in hand. Find out more
This short blog is part of a series I am writing on Health and Supplementation. My aim is to provide uncomplicated yet useful information on various health conditions but more importantly to provide a solution in the form of recommend supplements. Now I’m talking about any old supplement that you can buy from your local pharmacy. Oh no! My goal is to direct you to a Pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplement that is quite possibly the highest quality you’ll find on the market!
So in today’s blog, I will cover:
- What Hypertension is?
- Measuring Blood Pressure
- The Causes of High Blood Pressure
- The Dangers of High Blood Pressure
- Lifestyle Changes
- Why you should only choose a High Quality supplement
- Natural Supplements for High Blood Pressure
- Take Your very own Health Assessment
What is Hypertension?
Blood is constantly flowing from your heart to all parts of your body in vessels called arteries. Blood pressure is the amount of force pushed against the walls of the arteries as blood flows through them.
High blood pressure occurs when the walls of your arteries are constantly receiving too much pressure. Over time, the tissue that makes up the walls of the arteries get stretched beyond its healthy limit and damage occurs. Read more
Measuring Blood Pressure
Your heart beats around 60-70 times a minute (at rest) and each time it beats or contracts, it pumps blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is at maximum force when the heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure.
When the heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure.
Blood pressure is always given as these two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures and are equally important. Usually they are written one above or before the other, such as 120/80 mmHg. The top number is the systolic and the bottom the diastolic.
A normal blood pressure reading looks like this: Normal: Less than 120 over 80 (120/80). Read more.
The Causes of High Blood Pressure
Being diagnosed with High Blood Pressure is not a death sentence but it can be a life sentence meaning generally, it cannot be reversed. It can however be managed so if you are reading and you have not been diagnosed with this chronic disease, be smart, start making healthier choices today, prevention is ALWAYS better than cure when it comes to your health!
High blood pressure is closely related to dietary and lifestyle factors (such as smoking, stress etc), though the exact courses are unknown.
The following factors and conditions for High Blood Pressure:
- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of physical exercise
- Excessive salt in the diet
- Excessive alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 glasses per day)
- Older age
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Adrenal and Thyroid disorder
- Sleep apnea
It’s also worth noting that certain groups of people are far more likely to develop High Blood Pressure such as African Americans. They are 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic white adults.
And one in four women in America are diagnosed with High Blood Pressure so if you are a women reading, this article is jammed packed with helpful information for you or a loved one.
The Dangers of High Blood Pressure
The cost of High Blood Pressure is extremely high because inevitably it will lead to serious disease and death. Let’s be clear here, I’m not talking about the symptoms of this Silent Killer because as you know, the symptoms are on the QT. The damage caused by untreated or uncontrolled High Blood Pressure is a done deal and includes:
- Damage to the heart and coronary arteries, including heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure, aortic dissection and atherosclerosis (fatty buildups in the arteries that cause them to harden)
- Kidney Damage
- Vision loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Memory loss
- Fluid in the lungs
- Peripheral artery disease Read more
If you are one of those people who exercise to downsize, then it’s all back in a snap, then I’ve got some bad news for you! Health living is NOT a destination, it is a lifestyle! To become whole and healthy, you must take a holistic approach in your attitude towards your health.
With that in mind you must be willing to make changes not to get to a particular destination like to bump up your booty! (Not that there’s anything wrong with a sexy butt?) 🙂 . The point is getting healthy is a lifestyle change that may involve making totally new choices! But I can say from someone who has done exactly that… it is totally worth it!
So what do you need to do to reduce the risk of High Blood Pressure and make better lifestyle choices?
A 1997 study called DASH Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension which is similar to a Mediterranean Diet concluded that a diet high in fruit and vegetables and low-fat dairy products lowers hypertension, while a diet high in animal fat and simple carbohydrates does the opposite.
One of the best ways to increase your fruit and veg intake of course is juicing!
Eating a healthy diet is clearly one way of reducing the risk of hypertension but that’s just the beginning. Are you ready for a full-on lifestyle change? If so, here’s what you need to do:
- Watch your waistline
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce your salt/sodium and sugar intake
- Eat more potassium
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Stress less!
- Quit smoking
- Cut back on caffeine
- Monitor, monitor, monitor. Monitoring your blood pressure is essential for keeping your blood pressure under control. Click here for one of the most accurate devices and you can get it on Amazon!
This must read article from the Mayo Clinic goes in to far more detail with lots of helpful tips and practical advice.
And to add to this extensive list, the world renowned Microbioligist and Albert Einstein Award recipient Dr Myron Wenz has this to say:
- Eat a plant-based, whole foods diet with small amounts of high-quality animal protein, especially fish varieties that are high in Omega-3 fats (salmon, sardines).
- Drink plenty of water daily. Dehydration can promote increased blood pressure.
- Eat 4 celery stalks per day. Celery contains a substance, phthalide, that has been shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing smooth muscles in the blood vessel walls.
- Reduce intake of processed sodium; unrefined sea salt may be beneficial.
- Increase potassium-rich fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables are a good source of potassium, especially tomato paste/puree, beet greens, raisins, acorn squash, bananas, oranges and green juices. White beans are also a good source of potassium.
- Strictly avoid damaged fats (trans fats), deep-fried foods, processed oils and margarine.
- Strictly avoid food additives, dyes, preservatives, pesticides and artificial sweeteners.
- Avoid refined/processed foods, alcohol, smoking and caffeine.
- Eat fresh garlic regularly.
- If you are overweight, weight loss can help reduce blood pressure.
Why supplement at all? Nutritional supplements should be an essential part of your health. Cellular nutrition at optimal levels is key to providing vital nutrients to your cells but it is important to know that you MUST choose a high quality supplement and nothing less!
I go in to much more detail in my first blog in this series and it’s definitely worth a read!
The Health and Wellness industry is one of the fastest growing industries on earth, 3.4 trillion to be exact! As a result there are countless companies all vying for a piece of the action and unfortunately this includes unscrupulous companies that are in it to win it… and I’m not talking about winning your health! They care little about your health and much more about their wealth!
Sadly many of the supplements found on the shelf of GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens are fake! Read more
In many cases, the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers like rice and house plants, or substances that could be hazardous to those with food allergies. Read more
You should only take a Pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplement that is manufactured with the same care that goes into the manufacturing of over-the-counter medications.
You want to make sure you are only consuming supplements that comply with rigorous testing by third party regulators such as the FDA. Anything else less than that means you simply do not know what you’re putting in to your body and if the truth be told, neither do the manufacturers!
You should only ever consider science-based nutritional supplements that have a proven track record of in-house management of the entire manufacturing process from start to finish. Why is this important? Because as a consumer you want to be guaranteed that the end product reflects what is on the label both in terms of potency and purity but also quality assurance. Third party contracting or out sourcing can’t guarantee that!
Natural Supplements for High Blood Pressure
CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in the body and is a key element in energy production and antioxidant protection. Although it can be found in some foods such as broccoli, dark leafy greens, nuts, fish, shellfish, pork, chicken and beef the levels are less than your blood requires. The supplement form of CQ10 is far more effective and has been found to lower blood pressure. Some findings have shown CQ10 to reduced or replaced prescribed mediations.
Dr Oz recommends 200mg to be taken at bedtime and adds it could protect against heart attack and stroke.
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Own Your Health
Your health should always be your priority because once it’s gone, there’s no getting it back! Sometimes we don’t value our health until sickness comes knocking down the door and of course by that time, it can be too late! And something else to think about, health prevention is far more fiscally friendly than health management!
Hypertension like most inflammatory or degenerative disease CAN be prevented. I always say taking care of your health is the best investment you will ever make. I hope my blog inspires you to take action TODAY to reduce your risk of chronic disease. Don’t end up being that person in Patricia Alexander’s quote:
“The people who say they don’t have time to take care of themselves will soon discover they’re spending all their time being sick.”
I’m glad that’s not me, make sure it’s not you either by taking the time to take care of yourself! 🙂
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