What are high blood pressure causes? As they say, that’s the 64 thousand dollar question. According to medical science, the causes of the vast majority of high blood pressure cases remains ‘unknown’.
That doesn’t mean that they don’t have a clue. Not at all. it just means they can’t prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was this or that that causes a person to develop high blood pressure. Indeed, the causes of high blood pressure are neither that simple nor evident. (It’s a lot more than simply eating too much salt ;-))
But anyway you look at it is always comes back to this: genetics. The indisputable fact is that some people have high blood pressure ‘in the family’, other don’t. (I firmly belong to the former group).
Here’s an example from my life, today:
My girlfriend is a heavy smoker (although she’d probably deny that ;-)), she gets easily stressed; can be very high strung at times; her diet is far from exemplary from a healthy blood pressure perspective. In short, her lifestyle has all the ingredients of a high blood pressure victim.
But the fact is, her blood pressure is usually too low and she can even suffer from dizzy spells sometimes as it can dip below 90/60. High blood pressure simply isn’t in her genes and there is probably nothing she could do to get it.
Me, on the other hand, non-smoking, OK diet, and comparatively relaxed and calm disposition was banging in at 195/120 last winter (before I got it down through natural methods of diet and exercise i discuss in this blog.)
So what gives? The fact is, my girlfriend’s family doesn’t have a history of blood pressure whereas mine does. I am genetically predisposed to develop high blood pressure whereas she is not. It doesn’t seem fair but that’s just the way it is.
Mind you, I am not saying that if you are genetically predisposed to get high blood pressure there is nothing you can do about it. I’m living proof that you can lower your blood pressure regardless, without even going on medications. Being genetically predisposed towards hypertension means you have to exercise greater diligence and expend further effort to ensure your blood pressure levels remain within a healthy range.
I also don’t mean to imply that genetics is the only cause of high blood pressure. If you are a chain-smoker, live on the couch, and are obese through a diet of processed foods and heavy salt consumption then it is highly likely that you have high blood pressure and your high blood pressure causes are due to your lifestyle.
Yes, a poor lifestyle can lead to hypertension and a healthy lifestyle can lead to lowering blood pressure levels.
Genetics plays its role in determining how hard you have to work at maintaining a healthy blood pressure level. I have to work hard at it. My girlfriend can get away with all sorts of transgressions.
If you’re like me, take heart. You don’t have to suffer high blood pressure or the depressing side effects of many blood pressure medications. I’m living proof that a change in diet and exercise can bring your body back in balance, regardless of the particular high blood pressure causes.
Whatever your high blood pressure causes, you can deal with them
In case your wondering exactly how I’ve done it I must give most of the credit to Kevin Riley’s guide to lowering blood pressure naturally through changes in diet and lifestyle – Get Natural!
Following the Get Natural! program and taking 15 minutes off a day to do slow breathing exercises with the BreathEasy audio tapes is pretty much all that I need to get a dangerously high blood pressure of 190+ / 120+ back down to the 120-130 / 80-90 range. Tidy! (as we say here in Wales).
UPDATE: New guided slow breathing program and blood pressure book available!
Neither BreathEasy nor Get Natural! are available now. So I’ve created my own slow breathing audio program as well as a comprehensive guide to lowering your blood pressure naturally (the latter with the help of my keen researcher partner).
Just click here for more details:
I’m currently giving the Breathe-Slow audio program away free when you buy the guide (and vice versa). So you get a complete blood pressure-lowering package. It’s all available as an instant download so you can get started on lowering your blood pressure immediately.
Seriously. Slow breathing is the fastest way to lower your blood pressure without medication so it is worth trying. And making a few changes in your diet and other aspects of your day-to-day lifestyle can also work wonders. All the positive changes support each other and help you improve your blood pressure and your general health synergistically 🙂
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P.P.S. Being in the ‘high blood pressure circuit’ with this blog I’ve been getting solicitations from vendors of a device called RESPeRATE. (Why all the capitalized letter I have no idea – must have been thought up by some marketing bigwig.)
Has anyone tried them?
They seem to be based on the same slow breathing exercise principle as BreathEasy (see link above) but with more of a technical approach. And not cheap at over $300. Also currently (July 2018) you can’t buy it outside the United States. Here’s a link to buy it (or check it out): RESPeRATE – Amazon. com
If anyone has tried one of the RESPeRATE devices please let us know in the comments section what you think of it.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my blurb on high blood pressure causes. Let me know what you think. All comments welcome.