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Treatment for Hypertension

When it comes to treatment for hypertension First make sure you’ve got hypertension by getting and using your own blood pressure monitor. If it turns out you have it then it really boils down to whether to reduce your blood pressure through medications or through natural methods.

Medications are the easy way usually prescribed by doctors in the western world but they come with costs – both monetary and undesirable side effects.

Blood pressure medication side effects

My only experience with an anti-hypertension medication (ACE inhibitor) resulted in a persistent dry cough that would often wake my up in the middle of the night. On top of that, my outrageously high blood pressure (195/120) refused to come down even after two months).  That was enough for me.

Of course you may have been luckier in your treatment for hypertension. A lot of the medications do work to reduce blood pressure. And not everyone directly experiences negative side effects.

Of course there are those who have suffered even worse side effects. The list of possible negative side effects associated with medical treatment for hypertension is quite long –  for a complete list see high blood pressure medication side effects.

Treatment for Hypertension – the Road Less Travelled

If you don’t want a natural treatment for  hypertension (without medications) then you’re simply going to have to live a more healthy, stress-free life.  Most people would agree that the natural treatments for hypertension is better – until they come to the realization they might have to give up and alter some very deeply engrained habits – like spending every free hour in front of the TV,  avoiding exercise (driving two blocks to the local convenience store),  a steady diet of unhealthy snacks, never taking any time to consciously de-stress and really relax.

Natural treatments for hypertension takes changes – real changes to the way you live focussing on diet and exercise. There are some real benefits to these lifestyle changes if your muster up the resolve to take them – benefits over and above a healthy blood pressure range. When you live healthy you’ll find life in general tastes better.

Diet

A healthy lifestyle means eating good (and tasty) food as outlined in the Germaine Hudson’s book How to Naturally Reduce High Blood Pressure .  At first it might seem hard to make the switch but after a while you’ll find yourself looking forward to preparing all sorts of wonderful combinations in meals that will keep you healthy and lower your blood pressure at the same time.

Physical Exercise

Exercise is another tough one to contemplate at first. The answer is – don’t contemplate it – just do it. Exercise is something that may seem hard and unpleasant at first but in no time you’ll be looking forward to it – whether its a walk around the neighbourhood, a hike up the mountain, or your next Tai Chi class.

De-stress

And then there’s stress. One of the biggest causes of high blood pressure is stress. Think you don’t have stress? Think again. It’s not always obvious. In fact, it rarely is. Stress can build up in our lives brick by brick until it’s a towering wall – and we still don’t recognise it. The fact is that stress is  built into modern living and we’d all do well to lower it – whether it is directly causing you hypertension or not.

People have reported that combining physical and mental exercises to reduce stress levels  can form an effective treatment for hypertension – such as Christian Goodman’s 3 Exercises

Natural treatment for hypertension

A combination of good diet, daily exercise, and de-stressing your frazzled nervous system is good medicine for your life in general. You’ll find your general attitude to life improving. You might even stop once in a while to smell the flowers! The switch to a healthier lifestyle is also the best treatment for hypertension in my opinion. I now enjoy much lower blood pressure always within a healthier range. I have a much more positive outlook on my future.

But the main message here is: You Can Too!

Diet and Exercise to lower blood pressure

How I lowered blood pressure without drugs

It’s been just over 5 months since I dispensed with high blood pressure medications (that weren’t working and had unpleasant side effects) and began exploring alternative cures.

Yesterday was a big milestone. For the first time ever my blood pressure was monitored below the much slated ideal of 120/80. After doing a slow breathing exercise for 15 minutes it came in as 116/79.

Of course I was suspicious at first as because my blood pressure is usually in the 125-135 / 85-95 range. Given that my parents both suffered from high blood pressure and my higher blood pressure is most likely ‘in the genes’. So I figured that’s about as good as it’ll get for me. So I took the reading again at it this time it came in at 111/ 76 – amazing!

Amazing when you consider I was consistently 190+/120+ only five months before, plagued by headaches, heart palpitations, and the end of my life seemed to be approaching rapidly. You could say I’ve come a long way.

So what’s the secret to my new found health and ‘normal’ blood pressure? Two things – Diet and Exercise.

Exercise includes:

  1. A 30 minute walk up the hill behind my house that gets my lungs and hearts working two or three time a week
  2. Taking 15 minutes off for a slow breathing exercise (assisted by BreathEasy audio tracks)

Diet includes:

  1. Drinking water more often (I prefer it carbonated)
  2. Having a bowl of oatmeal every morning
  3. Supplementing my daily diet with 500mg Vitamin C, multi vitamin (including 100mg Magnesium), 600mg Calcium, Cod Liver Oil capsules (Omega 3), 60mg Ginkgo Biloba, 160mg Korean Ginseng, 30 drops of Hawthorn tincture
  4. Virtually eliminating processed foods now sticking with the basics.
  5. Apples, bananas, celery, onions, garlic, tomatoes, (among other things of course).
  6. Cayenne powder, apple cider vinegar, and only the best extra vigin olive oil.
  7. Reduction in the amount of salt I consume. I now use the Celtic Sea Salt (Sel de Gurerande) naturally harvested from the coast of Brittanny, France (as they have done it for centuries)
  8. Less red meat, more chicken and fish (but not the skin)
  9. Red wine and dark chocolate everyday … and more nuts.

In a nutshell that’s about it. I now live a much healthier, relaxed and trouble free life with optimal blood pressure as well. It’s more than I would have imagined 5 months ago but now there’s no turning back. My final curtains have receded well off into the distant future.

How did I know what to do and eat to lower my dangerously high blood pressure? I did a lot of research and reading, one of the best guides still available to be purchased on-line is Naturally Reduce Blood Pressure book – a basic step by step guide..

Well that’s what has worked for me. Please leave a comment and tell us what’s worked for you.

Hypertension Medication Side Effects

Blood pressure medication side effects are one of the main reasons that people seek alternative treatments for high blood pressure problems.

My own personal experience with side effects from hypertension medications was a persistent dry cough that would keep me up at night.

It would be fair to say that this blood pressure medication side-effect was the all the inspiration I needed to explore and practice alternative methods of lowering my high blood pressure.

So I call it a blessing in disguise :).

If you are suffering from high blood pressure medication side effects I have some good news for you. You can lower your blood pressure without taking any medication and suffering no side effects.

Best of all, getting your blood pressure back to healthy levels by natural methods has a number of benefits apart from the lack of unpleasant side-effects.

You will feel better mentally and physically including more energy, better sleeps, and more optimistic and engaged in life.

Those are the normal ‘side-effects’ of adopting a healthier lifestyle.

The biggest obstacle to to positive lifestyle change and lower blood pressure is you brain.

That’s right. That big stubborn lump of grey matter between your eyes is highly creative when it comes to inventing excuses for inaction and resisting change.

The hardest part about trying something different and inviting positive change into your life is taking the first step. Just getting started is the often the sticking point.

Once we surmount that initial hurdle the rest is downhill. In no time at all you’ll be wondering what ever held you back.

The better you feel and more energy you have the more you will look forward to healthy eating and exercise – wondering what ever held you back in the first place.

It’s just a matter of getting the ball rolling.

You can start the ball rolling my downloading the e-book How to Lower Blood Pressure without Drugs

Consider it you first step to achieving healthy blood pressure while avoiding high blood pressure medication side effects.

Smoking and high blood pressure

love smoking and quitContrary to rumors, there is no definite established link between smoking tobacco and high blood pressure. What I mean by that is that smoking is not a main causal factor of high blood pressure.

I know of one chain smoker that who’s only concern is that their blood pressure is too low.

However, if you suffer from hypertension then smoking tobacco can make it worse without a doubt. Nicotine has the effect of restricting arteries which of course raises the pressure.

The bottom line is this: If you are prone to high blood pressure and you smoke then quitting smoking is definitely a good step to take to get your health back in shape. It will help lower your blood pressure.

But stopping smoking isn’t easy. I should know, I smoked for more years than I care to count – starting at the age of 14. That’s why I put together the Preach Free Guide to Smoking and Quitting (click on this link to download it to your computer as a zip file).

For those of you who love smoking find it hard to imagine life without your long-time companion, a cigarette, there for you when you need it, the Preach-Free Guide is for you.

Why Preach-Free? Well let’s put it this way – if knowing that smoking was bad for your long-term health made you stop smoking, there wouldn’t be many smokers left on the planet. Preaching, finger-wagging, warnings of ill health and premature death simply don’t work for the majority of us committed smokers.

Or like my friend used say after watching an anti-smoking message on TV – “Anyone can quit smoking. You gotta be brave to face lung cancer everyday”.

OK, that was only a dark joke – but it shows the degree of mental gymnastics we can accomplish to justify continuation of smoking. Preaching the anti-smoking message simply doesn’t work on committed smokers.

The preach-free guide is a humorous look at the habit. Smokers will enjoy reading the text and comics. When they are ready to stub out for the last time they’ll know how to do it and be successful – as easy as “jumping over a large puddle” as the guide will show.

Can oatmeal help lower high blood pressure?

Benefits of eating oats for high blood pressure

Oats – a History of Health

It’s not often a good idea to take a leaf out the book of the Scots when it comes to diet, but eating oats regularly is one of those rare exceptions.

Eating oats regularly is proven to lower your cholesterol, and in turn reduce the risk of heart disease. This is one of the best understood food-health links, and also the first to be endorsed by both American and European food safety authorities: oat products are the only source of dietary fibre allowed to make the health claim that they can lower the risk of heart disease.

Regular oat consumption can also help lower your blood pressure through its cholesterol-lowering effects, and also via a range of other processes. So make sure to get your oats!

Oats lower cholesterol

Yes – as well as being naturally free from cholesterol, eating oats actually lowers your cholesterol levels.

This is because oats are high in a water-soluble fibre called beta-glucan, which soaks up the LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol in your digestive system. This prevents the cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream, and, in turn, causes the liver to extract more cholesterol from your blood.

In one study, published in the American Medical Association Journal, oats lowered cholesterol as much as cholesterol-lowering drugs like statin.

Lowering your cholesterol also lowers your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease, and this in turn can help lower your blood pressure.

Basically, the more (LDL) cholesterol you have in your blood, the more it gets deposited on the walls of your arteries, hardening them. The heart then has to work harder to pump blood through, and this increases your blood pressure. High blood pressure in turn can damage the walls of your arteries, making it easier for cholesterol to be deposited – so high cholesterol and high blood pressure each affect the other, and lowering one will generally help lower the other. And eating oats will help both!

Oats help stabilize blood sugar levels

Oats contain complex carbohydrates which are digested and absorbed more slowly than simple carbs. In addition, the beta-glucan in oats is a soluble fibre which breaks down into a gel and coats other food particles in the stomach, slowing down their rate of digestion and absorption by the body too.

Slower digestion and absorption mean that the energy from food (in the form of sugar) is released into the blood slowly and steadily. This minimises the increase in blood sugar that occurs after eating, and help to stabilise the level of sugar in your blood.

This is great for diabetics but it also helps keep blood pressure down.

When your blood sugar level rises, insulin is released to enable cells to use or store the sugar. However, high levels of insulin can lead to increased blood pressure (over-exposure to insulin causes insulin resistance which impairs your ability to store magnesium, and low levels of magnesium leads to constriction of the blood vessels and thus higher blood pressure).

Eating oats helps keep insulin levels normal by keeping blood sugar stable (and because the fibre, minerals and antioxidants in oats help improve your sensitivity to insulin).

*Oats for stamina and performance*

As well as being good for your blood pressure, oats are a great food to get you going, and keep you going.

Oats are easy to digest – easier than wheat, for example – and so don’t slow you down too much while you’re digesting, yet are still very filling. Because they are absorbed slowly in the body, energy is released from them for quite a while. Athletes in training often eat oats for breakfast and studies suggest it gives them more stamina than other breakfast cereals.

 

Oats help keep blood pressure lower with minerals and antioxidants

Oats contain a type of antioxidant called avenathramides which help protect against atherosclerosis, and a type called tocotrienols which also help lower blood cholesterol.

Oats are also high in potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc, B vitamins, vitamin E, all of which are important for maintaining healthy blood pressure.

100g of oats contains:     390 kcal / 1630 kJ
66g carbohydrate
11g fibre (5g beta-glucan, 6g insoluble fibre)
6g fat (only 1.2g saturated, 0 cholesterol)
17g protein
54mg calcium
177mg magnesium
429mg potassium
2mg sodium

Why oats is better for blood pressure than other grains and cereals

Eating any whole grain cereal in the morning is good for you and your blood pressure – and definitely better than eating ready-made processed cereals which are less nutritious and usually high in sugars too. However, oats have advantages over other grains and cereals that make them more effective in limiting and lowering your blood pressure.

Barley is the only other grain high in beta-glucans, so this is the next best grain to eat regularly. It has similar effects to oats in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, helping stabilise blood sugar and insulin levels, and keeping you going longer.

Oats and wheat gluten intolerances

Oats are perfect for those with intolerances to wheat or other grains, as they contain different kinds of protein to other grains.

Pure oats are gluten-free so small amounts of oats (up to 3/4 cup dry oats a day) are considered safe, and even beneficial, for people with gluten intolerances or coeliac disease (just make sure they are no cross-contaminated with other grains during the milling process – check the packaging; and consult your doctor since a minority of coeliacs are sensitive to a protein in oats, avenin, which is similar to gluten).

More benefits from eating oats everyday

– the beta-glucan in oats supports the immune system and appears to enhance the ability to heal from infection
– regular oat consumption is linked to decreased risk of developing hormone-related cancers, such as breast cancer
– oats are good for your intestine and bowels – oats are high in insoluble fibre as well as soluble fibre, and this helps keep things moving through your gut, keeping your bowels working healthily; and also probably reduce carcinogens in your intestine
– oats can help you control your weight – because the soluble fibre slows the digestion, you feel full longer and don’t need to eat so often – research with kids suggests eating oats regularly reduces their risk of becoming obese
– oats are good for physical stamina – eating oats about an hour before moderate exercise helps support your performance
– oats contain essential fatty acids, linked with good health and longevity; and contain the best mixture of amino acids (components of protein) of any grain
– non-dietary benefits: a cup of fine oatmeal added to a warm bath soothes the skin, easing discomfort from sunburn, dry skin, eczema etc; and you can use oatmeal as a facial scrub too.

 

Best Ways To eat Oats

The oats that we eat are the oat ‘groats’ or seeds inside the husk. However, you see different types of oats being sold, which can be a bit confusing. The main differences are the size of the pieces they are cut into, and how much they are then further processed.

‘Whole oats’ still have the oat bran layer, and it’s this that contains most of the good stuff. Some oats are processed to remove the bran layer, and sometimes to partially cook the oats too.

Go for whole oats where possible, as they’re not only more nutritious, but also more effective in lowering blood pressure. Whole oats come in various forms and sizes. Smaller oats are faster to cook because they absorb water faster. But avoid instant oatmeal as it’s the least nutritious.

All these forms of oats can be eaten cooked, as in porridge, or uncooked, as in muesli.  You can also eat oat bran, or barley bran.

Types of oats

Rolled oats (oat flakes) are the oats most commonly sold as porridge, and used in muesli and granola. These are oat groats which are flattened/rolled into oat flakes and steamed and lightly toasted. You can get thick rolled whole oats, or thinner rolled oats which have been cut into smaller pieces before rolling.

Steel-cut oats are oat groats cut into finer pieces without being rolled. These take a bit longer to cook but are lovely and chewy.

Usually rolled oats or oat flakes or steel-cut oats have not undergone any further processing and still have some of the bran layer of the oats – so are still ‘whole oats’.

Quick oats or quick-cooking oats are just rolled oats which have been cut into smaller pieces and sometimes steamed for longer, which softens them and makes them quicker to cook, although they often retain some of the bran layer.

‘Oatmeal’ is sometimes used to describe oats or porridge in general. However, technically speaking, oatmeal is ground oats – oats that have been milled into finer pieces – pinhead, coarse, medium, fine. The bran layer has usually been removed, although not always, and often they are then processed by light baking or pressure-cooking.

Instant oatmeal is pre-cooked, then dried, often with sweeteners and flavours added. Some of the nutrients are lost so if you want easy cooking oats, then get smaller rolled oats, as these will cook faster but are usually processed less.

How much oats?

Both the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) and FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) allow certain oat products to carry the health claim that they reduce cholesterol levels and can reduce the risk of heart disease, if they can provide 3g per day of beta-glucans/soluble fibre.

100g oats contains about 5g of beta-glucan, so for your minimal 3g a day, you need at least 60g oats per day – over 2 ounces – or about 2/3 of a cup.

Aim for a cup – so, say, a bowl of oats each morning, and an oat-based snack later in the day.

A bowl of oats

Breakfast is the best time to get your oats – you’ll start the day with stable blood sugar levels, and a steady supply of energy.
Or have some later in the day instead. A bowl of oats about an hour before moderate exercise keeps you going well.

PORRIDGE is great in the winter to warm you up and keep you toasty. Make it with water, or milk, or a mix of the two.
For extra smoothness, you can soak it overnight in cold water, with a little sea salt (Scottish style), and maple syrup (Vermont style) then cook in the morning. For extra flavour and texture, add other ingredients, either while it’s cooking or once it’s served.

Dried fruits: Add while the porridge cooks if you want it to swell and soften, or afterwards if you prefer it more chewy.

Fresh fruits: Add during or after cooking. Remember, berries are great for blood pressure so add a handful of your favourite.

Nuts and seeds: Delicious with porridge and also great for blood pressure – especially walnuts, almonds and cashew nuts, and flax, pumpkin and (unsalted) sunflower seeds. Seeds are particularly good sprinkled on top – even better if lightly toasted first.

Spices: In Scotland, folk often add a little salt – not enough to get a salty taste, but to balance sweeter flavours added. In Vermont they used to add nutmeg, cinnamon and sometimes ground ginger. Experiment!

A little sweetness: You can also drizzle honey or maple syrup over your porridge before eating, or spoon on a little jam.

MUESLI is a good stimulating morning start, especially in the summer with fresh fruits and yoghurt. Also good to take out and have a handful now and again for energy on the go.

If you’re buying muesli, check the label and make sure there’s not too much added sugar. Granola can be good too, but is often very high in sugar.Health food shops often have their own muesli mixes which you can buy in bulk, and which are simpler ingredients. Or make your own – buy oat flakes, barley flakes, and your favourite dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Try different combinations and see what you like.

Other ways to eat oats

Following the Scots, you can eat/use oats in other baked and cooked foods.

Bread: Oat flour* bread is good; flaked oats are a lovely topping on any bread.

Oatcakes: Another Scottish traditional food, oatcakes are great vehicles for spreads and cheeses, and also good replacements for bread with soups and stews. Widely available in the UK, but you can also get them in North America in shops which sell imported goods. Or make your own – all you need is oatmeal, butter, baking powder, a little sea salt, and water.

Cookies / muffins: You can make them with oat flour* or oatmeal or mix flaked oats with regular flour. You can also use oats in muffins and scones. Add berries or dark chocolate chips for decadence that’s good for blood pressure.

Flapjacks / granola bars / muesli bars: Flapjack here is not the US pancake but Scottish flapjack – rolled oats mixed with melted butter, golden cane syrup, and sugar. High in fat and sugar, so not something to eat regularly, but if you’re off out for a long walk, the oats keep you going well.  A healthier alternative is a granola or muesli bar. You could also find a recipe to make your own, to avoid unnecessary sugars and additives.

Soups and stews: Use oat powder* as a thickener in any soup or stew.

Pies and quiches: Use oats or oat bran to make crusty crunchy pastry.

Burgers: Use oatmeal to ‘bread’ chicken or fish, or in burgers, meatloaf etc.

Smoothies: You can even add oats to smoothies for extra fibre and protein.

(*Oat powder/oat flour: You can chop oat flakes into a coarse powder in a food processor, using a steel blade.)

So, go out there and get your wild oats…

High Blood Pressure Remedies – Free Downloads

They say that you get what you pay for and that’s often the case when it comes to alternative remedies for high blood pressure.

But occasionally a free report crops up that can be worth it’s weight in gold (speaking figuratively of course because these digital e-books don’t actually weigh anything ;-).

Here’s a short list of free downloads that will be of interest to people with high blood pressure. I include download links so you can checkout any one that may interest you. Simply click on the link and download it to a folder on your computer. You will then have to double click on the zip folder to extract it.

First the is the 12 medical breakthroughs from the Barton Health Group. A short report looking at some of the most recent and exciting discoveries in the alternative medical field. Definitely worth a look through. Click the link below:

12 Medical Breakthroughs

Second we have a report on stress reduction. The author argues that tradition ‘Stress Reduction techniques’ don’t work because they only deal with the symptoms, not the underlying causes. He goes on the reveal 7 mistakes many of us make that increases our stress levels and how to avoid them. This is an interesting approach to reducing stress and should be of particular interest to sufferers of high blood pressure – considering that stress is often the primary cause of hypertension. Click the link below to download.

7 Mistakes that Lead to Stress

Then there is the spectre of heart disease and heart attacks which people with high blood pressure have a greater risk of suffering. This is a nifty Power Point Presentation that could literally save your life if you feel a heart attack coming on and no one around to help or get you to the hospital on time. It only takes a couple of minutes to go through and is well worth it. I learnt something new and you probably will too. Click the link to download.

Heart Attack Prevention

And then of course there’s my own e-book, How to Lower Your Blood pressure Without Drugs

That’s all for now but I put more links up as I come across them so bookmark this page and check back in now and then.

How to Lower Blood Pressure the Easy Way

These days, a lot of people are searching how to lower high blood pressure quickly without using medications. I’m happy to announce that there are a few ways to lower your blood pressure as an alternative to medications and each of these approaches is related to the causes of hypertension.

The three central causes of hypertension are poor diet, no exercise, and stress. When you know how to deal with these three causes  you’ve learned how to lower high blood pressure without using medications.

On the topic of stress, a lot of people will concur that we live in a progressively stressful world. A lot of people now suffer high stress without realizing it. Thankfully there are ways of lowering stress to healthy levels along with  blood pressure. Meditation and yoga are the much used ways but slow breathing exercises with the assistance of an audio tapes are now very popular.

In short, bring down stress and you will bring down blood pressure because it is a known fact that stress is often one of the causes of hypertension.

Discussing bad diet, it’s a fact that our eating choices in the developed world has much to be desired. Fast and fried food with too much salt and bad cholesterol is a central cause of hypertension. Switching to a healthier diet with plenty of whole grains, vegetables, fruit, and nuts along with a reduction of salt and cholesterol can lower blood pressure.

Here in the 21st century we eat up a lot of our time sitting in our cars or slouched in front of computers and televisions, not moving much. We don’t pass adequate time moving our bodies. A deficiency of physical exercise is a central causes of hypertension for many people.

The solution is easy: start doing some physical exercise. You can start with only a a good walk once or twice daily to lead off if you are unfit. Advance to a more strict pattern when you feel prepared. You’ll look better, feel great and will be on your way to eliminating one of the principle causes of hypertension.

It’s now easy to see that how to lower high blood pressure without needing medications is pretty straightforward. The central point is to stop pondering it – and  start doing it! Go for a stroll, pause for 15 minutes and practice a slow breathing exercise, make a healthy meal – and you are on the road to a lower blood pressure life. Weave it into your daily existence and you will never need fret about how to lower your high blood pressure anymore. You won’t be plagued with high blood pressure anymore.

Simply put, the 3 principle causes of hypertension can be remedied and abolished. Start today.

Keeping blood presure down

It’s been over two years now since my battle with high blood pressure began and I started this blog – both to help myself and others who are in the same boat.

Here are some reflections two years on:

The main cause of hypertension is modern life.

Life in the 21st century leads to high blood pressure by a number of means.

  • First of there is increasing stress levels that come with increasing levels of personal debt. There are far fewer home owners (people without a mortgage) than there ever was in the previous century. Debt, increased competition, less opportunity, struggling finances, etc., all equal greater stress levels which result in hypertension and poorer all-round health.
  • The increasing dominance of the car and other ‘labour-saving’ devices result in us moving our bodies less and less. We are starving for exercise. As our muscles, lungs, and heart get neglected our ability to keep our cardiovascular system in good health decreases. Result: weaker heart working harder to pump blood around constricted blood vessels.
  • The food industry is not helping us either. Processed foods containing large doses of hidden salt, sugar and fat clog our veins, reduce our overall health, and jack up our blood pressure.

So what’s the solution to the ailments caused by modern life? Buck the trend. Live within your means and try to eliminate those nagging credit card bills and the stress that come with them. Learn to relax. Try meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, whatever interests you. Leave the car keys at home and take a walk to the store the next time. Buy wholesome basic foods and rediscover the joys of home cooking.

Sure, these solutions may seem rather flippant and may not apply to everyone reading this but I’m sure you get the jist. Reducing high blood pressure is really a mater of making changes to your life style – taking back control of your life.

Healthy blood pressure is a long-term committement

If you make the necessary changes your blood pressure will come down over time – without the need of taking a daily dose of hypertension medications (and dealing with the many negative side effects that come with these pills).

But the catch is it’s not a ‘do-it-once’ solution. It requires a change in lifestyle and that change has to be permanent. No going back to sitting on the couch all day eating junk food worrying about the next credit card bill.

The shift to a more healthy lifestyle must be a permanent one if you want to see your blood pressure levels come down to an acceptable range and stay there. The good news is that one you move to a healthier lifestyle not only will your blood pressure improve but so will your general outlook on life. You’ll feel in  a better mood generally. Living is simple better and more enjoyable when you are healthier.

So what gives me the authority to make such sweeping statements? In one word – experience. Two years ago I was suffering dangerously high blood pressure with a reading of 190+ systolic and 120+ diastolic.

After a year of switching to a healthier lifestyle without the use of high blood pressure medication, my reading came down to a 135 / 90 level. A little highr than the ideal of 120/80 but within an acceptable range and well out of the danger range. This year my reading regularly go a little below the ideal such as 115/75 region.

I never would have believed it two years ago. I and didn’t try too hard. just switched to a healthier diet and dusted off my bicycle. I also take supplements every day – Vitimin C, and multi-vitimin, and calcium/magnesium. If you stick to it blood pressure will drop and your health will increase.

That’s what has worked for me, my solution to high bloood pressure and I’m confident it will work for you too.

 

 

Dementia and High Blood Pressure – Is there a connection?

From the desk of highbloodpressuremed.com

If you have high blood pressure, then you should keep in mind that it may also lead to loss of memory with time (Dementia). According to recent studies, managing your blood pressure could be the best protective action against loss of memory (Dementia)

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and cognitive dysfunction in middle-aged and elderly populations are related with high blood pressure. It is wellknown that high blood pressure is a risk factor for infarcts in brain and ischaemic subcortical white-matter lesions. Blood-brain barrier dysfunction is also seen in hypertensive patients which has been suggested to be involved in the cause and pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Psychological stress, and the formation of free oxygen radicals may also play a role in this regard. The findings of relationship between dementia and hypertension may have implications for prevention and treatment.

Closed relationship between high blood pressure and brain has been established according to recent research and studies. These studies revealed a kind of scarring or scars in brain due to hypertension or high blood pressure. In later years of hypertensive patients these scars can lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Although these hypertensive scars appear in early ages but memory loss can accur much later. So if you have high blood pressure but have no memory disturbances, it does not mean that in future you will not have such problem.

There is very simple relationship between dementia and high blood pressure. Our brain has lot of white matter lesions which act as telephone network for the brain. These white matter lesions do provide a system of nerve fibers and axons that allows communication of various brain cells with one another. Even marginal blood pressure increase may destroy blood cells that nourish this white matter. This interrupts the signals that brain cells send to one another and leads to issues like loss of memory.

Many experts do endorse this medical fact althogh this is relatively a new study and needs the backing of recognized healthcare professionals. If aggressive management of hypertension can help protect the brain, National Institute of health may soon start a research in this regard. The basic aim of this research will be to make sure if lowering blood pressure levels than the currently advised values is usefull for both brain and the heart.

The basic premise of this study is not exactly novel as the findings of this recent study may come across as new. Primary factor is always the high blood pressure that can be managed to avert cognitive decline in old age. So we will admit here that by simply controlling blood pressure can assist in delaying behavioral changes that occur in old age such as impatience, restlessness, memory loss and managing blood pressure properly can be a substantial aid in keeping memory problems like Dementia at bay in elderly.

Quality of your life can be disturbed badly by this serious problem like dementia. So, it only makes sense that you try to prevent the problem by keeping your blood pressure in normal range.

Causes of Hypertension

If you want to tackle the problem it helps to know the cause. That’s certainly the case with high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension). The causes of hypertension can be neatly summed up in 5 main categories:

  • poor diet
  • lack of exercise
  • stress
  • age
  • genetics

The first three causes of hypertension can be easily dealt with as out lined in How to Lower High Blood Pressure. Or to put it succinctly – get moving, eat the good stuff, and learn to relax.

The last two causes of hypertension are a bit more complicated – but can be dealt with too.

Starting with aging – it’s a fact that as we age our circulatory system doesn’t work as good as it used to. Our veins tend to narrow and harden pushing our blood pressure up.

But don’t despair. There are still are range of things you can due to stave off the ravages of time. Simply eating better, exercising and relaxing (see above) can keep you looking and feeling younger than your age along with your blood pressure levels.

Recently put on the market are concentrated antioxidant supplements like Resvertrol, often sold as fat burning / quick weight loss pills, these antioxidants can help reverse the effects of aging on your circulatory system – cleaning out your veins and lowering your blood pressure.

So aging can’t be stopped, bet the damaging effects of aging can be slowed down and even reversed in many cases :-).

The most stubborn cause of hypertension is your genetic makeup. Some families seem to suffer hypertension and some families don’t. I belong to the former camp – both my parents suffered from high blood pressure and I too am prone to it too.

However I managed to bring my blood pressure down despite my genetic propensity to develop hypertension via the methods outlined above.

Being genetically predisposed to having high blood pressure is not the same as saying your are condemned to it. It just means that you have to work harder at getting it down and keeping it down. It means that people who have no ‘hypertensive genes’ in their genetic makeup can get away with things that you can’t.

To sum up – the causes of hypertension can be dealt with and overcome without needing to be on a daily round of prescription medications. It takes some attention and commitment to life a healthier life but if you make the switch you’ll be happy you did.

A healthy stress-free life is a happy life. :-)

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