High Blood Pressure Causes

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’.

high blood pressure causesThat 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 high blood pressure causes - lower your blood pressure naturallycreated 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:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide

Breathe-Slow audio program

high blood pressure causes - slow breathing can helpI’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.

Take care,
Simon Foster

High Blood Pressure – Why and How

why is my blood pressure high?

Simon Foster (me!)

I have been diagnosed with blood pressure 195/120. That’s not good. 120/85 is considered “normal”.

So the two questions are:

  1. Why is my blood pressure high?
  2. And how do I get it back down?

Neither of these questions have simple staightforward answers or solutions.


Why is my blood pressure high?

The best answer I can come up with for question 1 is ‘genetics’. What else could it be? I am not obese. I’m not a chain smoking alcholic. I live a reasonable stress-free life. My diet has been, not great perhaps, but not terrible either. So it must be genetics. And possibly built up but hidden emotional stress, I sometimes wonder.


How do I get my blood pressure down?

The solution? Now that’s really the sixty-four thousand dollar question. One thing is for sure – those professing to know the cure have very different and even conflicting opinions.

But, from my research into this, I’d say there are three basic approaches:

  1. Change / addition to diet (possibly including ingesting prescription drugs)
  2. Physical exercises
  3. Mental exercises

All ‘remedies’ I’ve accessed and tried so far can be summed up with one or more of these approaches.

I initially took an ACE inhibitor my doctor prescribed. After one month that showed zero results, except a persistent uncomfortable cough. So I started researching and using other alternative approaches.

I found some decent online guides into lowering blood pressure naturally, such as Get Natural! by Kevin Riley. I followed their advice on making some adjustments to my diet. (You can read more about this here: How I used diet and exercise to lower my blood pressure.)

The other approach I’m experimenting with is breathing exercises that can be performed with the assistance of audio tracks. (I’m mainly using David O’Hara’s Breatheasy program.) They’re simple enough to perform and don’t take up too much time.

My final conclusion as to they are working or just a waste of time is not yet in. But first indications are that they may be valid.

But is it sustainable? Or just a temporary relief? The verdict is out at the moment.

It would be great to hear from other high blood pressure sufferers if they have tried similar approaches and what the results were – positive and/or negative.

I’d also like to hear of other kinds of treatment successes. I hopes someone will read this someday.

Now I’m rambling.

My next post I’ll share details of the things I’m trying and the results – real and percieved.

Take care,



UPDATE 2017: Good news and bad news!

The bad news is that the products I mentioned above, which helped me lower my blood pressure, are no longer available. The good news is that I have created my own versions which you can use instead.

avoid false blood pressure readings and lower blood pressure naturallyFirstly, my researcher partner and I have compiled a comprehensive guide to lowering your blood pressure:  Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide  

The guide covers changes in diet, being more active, and getting your stress levels down.

There’s information on all the tasty foods and drinks you can think of which will help decrease your blood pressure, as well as a few recipe ideas. (There’s plenty choice, and plenty good stuff – lowering your blood pressure naturally is not a life of denial).

There are also helpful tips on ways to be more active in your day to day life, without having to squeeze into lycra and go to the gym (unless you want to). And there are tried-and-tested techniques for relaxation and stress reduction. After all, who doesn’t want to be less tired and strained?

There’s a lot in there! But to make it simple, we’ve organised the guide into nine easy-to-follow steps. This means you can do one step at a time, at whatever pace suits you.

Just click on the picture for more information and/or to order.

Guided slow breathing for lower blood pressure

The other product which is no longer available is David O’Hara’s guided slow breathing tracks. Again, I have created my own (with the help of a musician and sound engineer). You can listen to some sound samples here: guided slow breathing tracks

At the moment, I’m giving away the full set of slow breathing audio tracks with the guide, so you can start using both to get to grips with your high blood pressure right away.

Good luck! And keep me posted on how it goes for you!


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