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High Blood Pressure Treatment Suggestions

a useNature Research Project

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension can be called a silent epidemic.

Statistics are worrying to say the least:

Hypertension causes major health problems and mortality.
The World Health Organisation reports that it causes 1 in every eight death worldwide.

Roughly 30% in the adult Australian popuplation has hypertension, half of those not treated.

Most people do not even know they have hypertesnion.

Hypertension is involved in nearly all stroke cases.

Latest Research determines that a bloodpressure less than normal is optimal for preventing any cardivascular and associated problems.

A normal Blood pressure is considered to be 120 over 80 ...

... but to be considered a preventative for optimal health, 115 over 75 is now desirable.

 

A general natural preventative hypertension  treatment outline is as follow:

  1. Foremost and nearly always >> lose weight
    To be overweight is another epidemic, and it's certainly not silent, it is very visuable.
    We will address weightloss in a separate article - see a pre-view - click >> Weight

  2. Increase the amount of water you drink to about 8 -10 glasses a day, and alwasy drink 1 full glass of water before every meal. You will feel slightly full and will eat less.
    ( Drink filtered water - chlorine may cause scarring of bloodvessels - contributing to hypertension)

  3. Under-eat - to under eat means to stop eating before you are full. Under-eating is the only scientific proven method to prolong life. - Eat smaler portions, eat less, have small healthy snacks inbetween the 3 main meals.

  4. Exercise has proven to directly lower bloodpressure - but it needs to be done every day. Regular physical exertion lowers the blood pressure. The mechanism which accomplishes this may be improved oxygenation of the kidney, which could be associated with the release of blood pressure lowering prostaglandins.
    Walk, jog, run, bike ride, swimm, dance, use the stairs. Start of slow .. check with your Doctor.
     Try to start with a minimum of 30 minutes a day of light to moderate exercise.
    See more here >> Physical Foundation

  5. Diet - this is vital, there is a lot of information directly linking specifc diets to hypertension.
    Stop salt in your food, stay away from salted food altogether, esp normal tablesalt.
    Adopting a healthy lifestyle diet, will lower your weight as well as your bloodpressure ..
    Different Diets, may be appropriate for different patients depending on associated health problems. However, it is recognised, that a vegetarian diet is generally beneficial for a bloodpressure problem.
    A word of warning here, if the vegetarian diet is to high in refined carbohydrates such as refined grain products, the resulting insulin resistance problems, may cause high blood pressure.

    For Diet and nutrition advice, click >> Diet

  6. Stop Smoking and Alcohol - an occasional glass of red wine is permitted.

  7. Start relaxation or meditation - and include yoga exercise into your lifestyle.
    For free complete meditation advice - click >> Meditation Course

Natural Hypertension Remedies

These remedies should not be taken by itself, they are considered an adjunct to your new healthy lifestyle.

You can't stay on a bad diet, take a supplement and hope you will be better ... it's not working.

If you cheat, you cheat yourself.

Remedy Menu -  in no particular order:

  1. Magnesium :
    Apparently, Magnesium is deficient within the Australian soil, which is not a good start. Drinking rainwater, may be another causative factor for a low magnesuim count.
    Magnesium is an important muscle relaxant. Knowing that the heart and arteries are basically muscles, stresses the importance of having enough Magnesium in oyur Diet.
    Magnesium relaxes the musculature in the walls of the arteries, permitting the artery to widen and the blood within the artery then exerts less pressure against the wall of the artery (Vasodilatation).
    Magnesium Rich Foods:
    Green Leafy Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce contain high amounts of magnesium. Beans are good as well, so are bananas, avocados, apricots, and raisins.
    Nuts, and specifically walnuts, it is recommended to eat 10 Walnuts per day, and add cashews, almonds, peanuts, brazil nuts, and pine nuts .
    Cocoa is high in magnsium, which is a good excuse to eat some chocolate, it has also some important anti-oxydants. But before you get stuck into it, other ingredients in chocolate are harmfull for bloodpressure. Therefore the only chocolate to eat, is an Organic Dark Chocalate without any artifical colourings or preservatives and a low sugar content.

    .. read more - click > Magnesium

    ... other important minerals are > Calcium and Potassium
    Low potassium can result in elevated sodium in cells, because the two balance one another.

  2. Garlic -  and it's active constituent allicin helps in the lowering of bloodpressure as well as cholesterol levels.
    One  fresh clove a day is recommended. It needs to be fresh, best way to take it, is to chew 1 clove before dinner.
    Garlic can thin the blood (reduce the ability of blood to clot) similar to aspirin. Garlic may interact with many drugs and supplements such as the prescription "blood-thinners" - consult your Doctor if you are on blood-thinners.

  3. Oat Meal - makes a great breakfast - combined with Coconut OIL
    1 ½ cups of oat meal daily have a bloodpressure lowering effect as well as reducing bad cholesterol.

  4. Cold Water Fish - Omega-3 fatty acids are good in lowering the bad cholesterol (LDL) while maintaining the good cholesterol (HDL). Sources are from tuna, salmon, and mackerel.
    In addition or  instead of fish you can use  fish oil supplements, they contain both DHA (docohexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), but there is evidence that DHA is the ingredient that lowers high blood pressure, while EPA iacts as anti-inflammatory.

  5. Chilly - Hot pepper –  contains capsaicin oil which  stimulates circulation and removes the LDL cholesterol from attaching to the arterial walls.

  6. Tumeric - a natural anti-inflammatory - high in anti-oxidants helps to process cholesterol.

  7. Organic Celery -  a mild natural diuretic, helps against fluid build up.

  8. Flaxseed – The oil or meal -  good in the lowering of LDL cholesterol and the preservation of HDL cholesterol.
    The linolenic acid content of flaxseed, seems to leads to the production of prostaglandins that lower blood pressure.

  9. Coconut Oil > contains  MCFA ( Medium Chain fatty Acids) with it's 50% lauric acid content.

    MCFA help to lower the risk of heart disease,  including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure,  it also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
    Coconut oil  does not lead to increase in LDL levels, as previous suggested.

  10. Olive Leaf Extract - has a mild lowering blood pressure effect, and is often included in a good supplement. Takes 2-3 weeks to take effect.

  11. CoQ 10 - an essential nutrient and anti-oxidant,  increases the energy output by the mitochondria of the cell and loweres bloodpressure. It is sconsidered to be an overall protective nutrient for the cardio vascular system.

  12. Vitamin D -  lots of new research has shown the importance of Vit. D. - the sunshine vitamine.
    Vitamin D produces its beneficial results in hypertension by slowing down the output of a renin. This decreased production of renin leads to less conversion by renin of angiotensin 1 into angiotensis 2 .
    Angiotensin 2 causes constriction of blood vessels leading to hypertension. It also causes thickening of both heart muscle walls and blood vessel walls.
    The decrease in renin output produced by Vitamin D slows all these undesirable effects.
    The higher an individuals Vitamin D levels are the lower his blood pressure tends to be.

    The use of magnesium, CoQ 10 and Vitamin D together with lifestyle changes, diet and specifc herbs or food items, should provide effective safe blood pressure control for most people.

    Always remember,  that a sensible amount of sunlight without sun screens or sun glasses is the cheapest most natural way to get your Vitamin D.

  13. Hawthorn - the herb is often used by traditional herbal practitioners for high blood pressureand it is considered to be a heart tonic as well.

  14. Folic acid -  One of the Cardiac Risk factors is an elevated homocysteine level, which is lowered by folic acid.
    Folate is a B vitamin necessary for formation of red blood cells.

  15. Chromium - important for blood sugar control, it  has a bloodpressure lowering effect as well.
    By treating "Metabolic Syndrome", it has been observed that chromium supplementation lowered blood pressure. Apparently, chromium supplementation resulted in a reduction of blood vessel constriction, by lowering the hormone "angiotesnion 2".

Quick fixes - to lower an elevated blood pressure.
Relax in a warm bath -  this has a vasodilating effect on your bloodvessels. ( opens constricted bloodvessels)
Increase nitric monoxided in your blood by breathing in and out through only the left nostril (close the other one and your mouth)

NOTE: Many drugs and over-the-counter substances are known to raise blood pressure. These include steroids, oral contraceptives, NSAIDS (such as ibuprofin and aspirin), appetite suppressants, nasal decongestants, and certain antidepressants. - Evalute carefully what you are taking.
Read more research >> click >> Hypertension - Definition and Risk Factors

31 May 2011

Last Update: 14 Feb 2012

Article/Information supplied by Dieter Luske

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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