Herpes link to hypertension?

UPDATE 2018: Since the old version of this article (below) is still getting comments, I decided to do a bit more research on a possible herpes link to hypertension.

There isn’t actually much recent information about a connection between herpes and high blood pressure online which may suggest there isn’t a strong herpes link to hypertension. However, there is some evidence that there’s some kind of association with herpes and high blood pressure. Here’s a brief summary of some key research studies.

Herpes simplex and high blood pressure

Herpes simplex virus type 1 and hypertension

herpes link to hypertension

Herpes simplex virus images from NIH Image Gallery on flickr.com

A 1986 article in the New York Times reports on several studies looking at herpes simplex in relation to the condition of one’s arteries. Studies have found that having herpes simplex (herpes simplex virus type 1) may increase one’s risk of developing atherosclerosis (a form of arteriosclerosis) – hardening of the arteries.

Herpes simplex type 1 is the virus which can cause cold sores (fever blisters) and most people have the virus in their bodies, even if they rarely or never have any symptoms. However, studies suggest that the virus can impair the ability of the cells of the blood vessel walls to deal with cholesterol in the bloodstream. As such, the arteries are more likely to develop hard plaques, characteristic of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis in turn makes you more likely to develop high blood pressure and/or heart disease. (High blood pressure is also a cause of arteriosclerosis, itself damaging the walls of the arteries.)

In the words of one lead researcher, Dr. David Hajjar of Cornell University Medical College in New York.

”Our hypothesis is that the virus early on transforms or alters cells within the blood vessel so that during our years of development the blood vessel can’t handle all the cholesterol that comes in.”

I should emphasise there that this does not mean that everyone who has herpes simplex is going to develop atherosclerosis or high blood pressure. Since plenty people with herpes simplex never develop atherosclerosis or hypertension, there are clearly many other factors at work.

Read the original article here: Herpes virus implicated in clogging of arteries (New York Times)

 

Herpes simplex virus type 2 and hypertension

Herpes simplex type 2 is the virus which causes genital herpes. Fun fun. A 2004 study analysed blood samples from 488 people with hypertension and 756 people without. It found that those with hypertension had a higher rate of herpes simplex infection. As such, the study authors concluded that:

The results of this study indicated that HSV-2 infection might be an independent risk factor for essential hypertension.

As for why, well it seems that inflammation may be the link. Increasingly researchers are finding that chronic inflammation in the body (including the blood vessels) is associated with high blood pressure. Herpes simplex virus type 2 causes inflammation (amongst other symptoms), and having this infection was associated with high blood pressure in this study.

Read the original article here: Herpes simplex virus type 2 infection is a risk factor for hypertension (PubMed)

 

Cytomegalovirus and high blood pressure

Another virus, which is in the herpes family of viruses, has also been associated with high blood pressure. Like herpes simplex, cytomegalovirus is one of those viruses that most of us will have picked up by the time we’re middle-aged. Most of us will fortunately remain symptom-free, though cytomegalovirus can be serious for those with weak immune-systems and for babies.

As with herpes simplex, scientists had already found that having the cytomegalovirus (CMV) in your system was associated with atherosclerosis. However, this new study brought together medical researchers from different specialties to figure out why. (This is the 2009 study referenced in our original post on the herpes link to hypertension, below).

They found that mice infected with CMV had significantly higher blood pressure after six weeks than those without CMV. They also found that mice put on a high-cholesterol diet and infected with CMV were even more likely to develop higher blood pressure and also atherosclerosis.

Further research also allowed the researchers to start to unpick the reasons for this. They found that CMV infection increased inflammation in the mices’ blood vessels, and other tissues. It also resulted in greater production of renin and angiotensin II, two substances involved in raising blood pressure.

In the words of one of the lead researchers, Mr Crumpacker,

We found that CMV infection alone led to an increase in high blood pressure, and when combined with a high-cholesterol diet, the infection actually induced atherosclerosis in a mouse aorta.

Now, this series of studies involved mice, not humans. However, the results show clear ways in which this virus can raise blood pressure in humans too. More research is ongoing.

Read the original article here: Common virus may cause high blood pressure (Harvard Gazette)

 
Confirming this herpes and hypertension link was a 2016 analysis. Researchers analysed three studies which had looked the link between CMV and high blood pressure. They concluded that.

The results showed a significant association between CMV and essential hypertension, which indicates that CMV infection is a possible cause of essential hypertension.

Regarding possible reasons for this association, they found some evidence for inflammation and affecting the renin-angiotensin system, as in the 2009 study above. They also suggested the immune response to CMV infection itself may increase blood pressure, and gene-related changes induced by CMV.

Read the original article here: Association of cytomegalovirus infection with hypertension risk: a meta-analysis (Springer.com)

 

So what’s the deal – is there a herpes link to hypertension?

Well, it looks like there is evidence that having herpes infections – whether herpes simplex or cytomegalovirus – can put you at more risk of developing high blood pressure. However, since herpes infections are far more common than high blood pressure, having a herpes virus in your system clearly doesn’t sentence you to high blood pressure.

And what can you do about it?

Some of the researchers involved in the studies discussed have suggested that in the future the medical profession may look at viral therapies to treat some cases of high blood pressure. Some note that vaccines could be developed against the various herpes viruses.

However effective these may prove to to be, one thing is clear by now. And that’s that high blood pressure has many causes – not just across different people but often even within one person. What’s also clear is that, regardless of any viral factors that predispose you to high blood pressure, how you live can make a big difference.

Most of us now know that what you eat and drink can have a serious effect on your blood pressure. Indeed, this was highlighted in the herpes study on mice, above, which found that those put on a high-cholesterol diet were more likely to develop atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.

What kind of lifestyle you have, day to day, also affects blood pressure. Not being physically active enough increases your chances of developing (or worsening) hypertension, as does being frequently stressed.

So, whether you have any kind of herpes virus or not, there is plenty you can do yourself to alter your blood pressure. Even in the worst case scenario – if you have a herpes virus and if it does increase your blood pressure – there’s plenty you can do to counteract this. Read on for more details.

How to lower your blood pressure naturally (even if you have a herpes virus)

As I just mentioned, you can go a long way to improving your blood pressure yourself, even if you have a herpes virus. You could probably make some alterations to what you eat and drink. A few more fresh vegetables, a few less fizzy drinks and sodas. You could be a bit more active. Jog up the stairs instead of walking up. Walk at least part of the way to work. Go for a brisk stroll round the park on your lunchbreak. And you could almost certainly learn how to be more relaxed. Shed that stress!

Yes, yes, I hear you saying. But it’s easier said than done. Absolutely. Which is why we’ve put together this easy-to-follow guide to help you do it: Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide

high blood pressure and the elderly - how to lower it naturally

As the title suggests, it’s laid out in nine clear and simple steps. You can follow these at entirely your own pace. Do one a week, one a month, whatever you want.

The guide covers what to eat and drink (and not eat and drink) to lower your blood pressure, easy ways to get more exercise, and a range of tried-and-tested techniques to relax and unwind.

Follow the guide, and you’ll be on the way to lowering your blood pressure naturally and effectively, and for life.

One last thing – a major obstacle many of us have to such changes is the fear that it’s going to be difficult and seriously dull. On the contrary, lowering your blood pressure can actually be seriously enjoyable.

First of all, there are plenty foods and drinks you can buy or make which are delicious and also happen to be healthy (nuts, dark chocolate, avocado are just a few). And there are plenty ways you can get yourself moving more without having to go to a gym, or even without having to leave your house (you can even turn your everyday chores into invigorating exercise – put on some music and dance while you hoover or do the weeding). And the relaxation techniques we discuss are pure pleasure.

The issue here is what you’re doing habitually – every day, or most days. So if you’re mostly eating healthily and being active, then you can still have a totally unhealthy snack or utterly lazy day now and again. The thing is to get into good habits and then you can live a healthier life, unfettered by worries about your blood pressure (and herpes). Our guide will help you do that. Click here for more details: Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide

 

(This post by Alison, original post below by Simon.)

 

ORIGINAL POST (May 2009): —————————————————————————————–

From: https://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2009/05/study-says-high-blood-pressure-could-be.html

Study Says High Blood Pressure could be caused by a Herpes Virus

It was of all things a herpes virus that was studied.  The virus is potentially responsible for irritating the blood vessels, which in turn leads to high imageblood pressure, along with fatty diets added in here too.  So perhaps everyone with herpes should have their blood pressure checked routinely, but everyone should do that anyway.

Vaccines and antiviral drugs could be a new way of treatment for Hypertension.  Several drug companies are working on the creation of a vaccine.  The connection between cholesterol with the virus also played an important role in the study as well.  BD

Response:

It might be the case that some cases of hypertension are caused by herpes infection. But I suspect that the vast majority of people with high blood pressure have never been infected with herpes.

No, the cause of hypertension for the majority of sufferers is considered ‘unknown’. Which probably means genetic factors are involved.

Regards,
Simon

 

High Blood Pressure? Just Laugh It Off

Laughter Lowers Blood Pressure, Funnily Enough…

Laughter lowers blood pressure. This is not only amusing but true! Actually, when you start laughing, it raises your blood pressure a little. However, if you keep laughing – deeply, from your belly – and you do this often – then laughter lowers your blood pressure.laughter lowers blood pressure

How do we know this? Well, a couple of medical studies have tried to find out how laughter lowers blood pressure by making people watch comedy videos or documentaries. While folk were watching the videos, various aspects of their circulatory functioning were being assessed.

In the first study, the researchers found that after watching a comedy video, “arterial compliance” in people’s carotid artery was improved.

What’s that? The carotid artery is the blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to the head and “arterial compliance” basically means that there is better blood flow. And this generally means lower blood pressure.

The second study measured the dilation of the blood vessels. It found that while watching comedy videos, people’s blood vessels dilated (i.e., expanded). On the other hand, after watching depressing documentaries, their blood vessels constricted. Generally speaking, the more your blood vessels dilate, the lower your blood pressure.

According to Takashi Tarumi, lead researcher on the study, “Not only did comedies improve vascular dilation, but watching a documentary about a depressing subject was actually harmful to the blood vessels. These documentaries constricted blood vessels by about 18 percent.”

 

Don’t watch depressing documentaries!

Yes, it’s true – watching “sombre” documentaries can raise your blood pressure. That’s not to say that you need to try to avoid all stressful or disturbing experiences. But simply make sure there’s time for some laughter and relaxation in your life.

Laughter is a great release for the body and for the mind. So get into comedy videos if you can find some that make you laugh. Or go and watch a comedian live. Or hang out more with friends that make you laugh.

This can be seriously helpful for lowering your blood pressure. This is because laughter lowers blood pressure not only while you’re laughing but afterwards too. As the lead researcher of the first study (Jun Sugawara) noted:

“Arterial compliance was improved for a full 24 hours after subjects watched a funny movie. Laughing is likely not the complete solution to a healthy heart, but it appears to contribute to positive effects.”

 

More ways in which laughter lowers blood pressure

More and more research shows that having a good laugh not only lightens your load mentally but also improves your physical state. The studies above found that laughing improves the functioning of your blood vessels, helping to alleviate high blood pressure. And there are other ways in which laughter lowers blood pressure. For example, laughing lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone. At the same time it increases your production of endorphins – hormones that boost your mood, your pain threshold and your immune system and even your memory.

And if you laugh regularly, these effects can last in the long-term.

You can read more about how laughter lowers blood pressure on our post here: Laughing and blood pressure

 

How to have more laughter to lower blood pressure!

So find ways to bring more laughter into your life. You can even join a laughing group. ‘Laughter yoga’, as it’s called, is becoming increasingly popular as a way to reduce stress, heal the body, and just have a really good time.

The fact is that laughing is an effective stress reduction strategy – and that’s no laughing matter 🙂

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Husband has got into health food recently and yells at the wife as she’s on her way to the greengrocer – “MAKE SURE IT’S ORGANIC!”

So the wife asks the clerk at the greengrocer – “Are these all organic?”, pointing to the shelves of vegetables on display.

New at the job the young clerk responds – “I’m not sure. What do you mean by ‘organic’?”

Loosing her patience the wife responds – “Listen, I’m buying for my husband and I need to know – HAVE THESE VEGETABLES BEEN SPRAYED WITH POISON?

“Oh no,” replied the clerk, “you have to do that yourself.”

 

Lower your blood pressure naturally

As well as laughing, there are a lot of other things you can do to lower your blood pressure and keep it low without having to rely on medications.

For a start, there is a large choice of affordable natural ingredients that lower blood pressure. Many of these spices, herbs, berries, fruits, grains, vegetables, meats and drinks are available in local stores.

Of course there are other factors beyond diet (like fitness and stress) that affects your blood pressure. So the best way to lower your blood pressure without drugs is to apply a broader approach – covering all causes and cures with natural home-based remedies.

lower your blood pressure naturallyThe guide contains simple and proven strategies for lowering your blood pressure and keeping it low through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle.

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters.

Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide

 

P.S. This guide shows you how to lower your blood pressure permanently and naturally without side-effects or complications.

Follow each step to get your blood pressure back in balance.

Choose between a wide range of delicious foods that reduce your blood pressure. Include a number of mental and physical exercises in your schedule for both relaxation and invigoration.

Following this guide will reduce, and in time, eliminate your need for blood pressure lowering medications.

This is a guide for good healthy living and will be beneficial for all – even if you don’t currently suffer from high blood pressure.

To download a sample of the guide to your computer right now click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link.

 

Laughter lowers blood pressure: references and more information

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/151941.php

https://www.humourfoundation.com.au/resources/seriously-funny-medicine/62-laughter-lowers-blood-pressure.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/laughing-may-help-ease-blood-pressure-boost-mood-and-enrich-health-in-other-ways/2011/10/18/gIQAq8Y5CM_story.html

Is Garlic Good For Blood Pressure?

From: www.cholesterolrevealed.com

My Blood Pressure is sometimes high but not all of the time,for this reason i dont want to take any medication. I heard garlic suppose to be good for blood pressure. Also i have high cholesterol for many years and it does seem to be going down. I dont eat a lot of fat and dont like dairy product (dont drink milk or like cheese). I do however like to drink half a bottle of sweet wine every day.Is this why my cholesterol is so high. Waiting for your reply. Thanks.

garlic good for blood pressureResponse:

Garlic helps hypertension by protecting the lining of the arteries, relaxing blood
vessels, and thinning the blood (so it can flow more easily, with less risk of
clotting).

(Image credit: Crispin Semmens via Flickr.com)

Garlic is also good for blood pressure in other ways, e.g., it can help lower ‘bad’ cholesterol levels (eat a bowl of oats every morning too – it’s clinically proven to reduce your cholesterol levels).

Studies show eating garlic or garlic supplements can lower blood pressure by 7- 8%. Garlic has also been used in various medicine systems through the ages as it has many other health benefits too. It’s antiseptic and strengthens the immune system and helps with preventing and recovering from colds, and even can protect against some cancers.

So – is garlic good for blood pressure? Yes.
Eat garlic, raw, everyday.

Aim to use at least a couple of cloves a day. Try chopping it up finely and putting into salad dressings (with apple cider vinegar, olive oil and herbs) – you get the most benefit from using it raw.

You can use lots of garlic in raw salsas too – mix it in with lots of chopped onions, tomatoes, chillies, lime juice (all also good for blood pressure), and a lot of fresh coriander/cilantro.

Plus, use it in as much of your cooking as you can too! It works in almost every type of food.

P.S. Get more information on how what to eat and how to live to lower your blood pressure naturally from our new book: Lowering Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide

 

Lower your blood pressure naturally (the easy way)

In addition to garlic there is actually a large choice of affordable natural ingredients that lower blood pressure. Many of these herbs, berries, fruits, grains and vegetables are available in local stores.

Of course there are other factors beyond diet (like fitness and stress) that affects your blood pressure. So the best way to lower your blood pressure without drugs is to apply broader approach – covering all causes and cures with natural home-based remedies.

lower your blood pressure naturallyThe guide contains a simple and proven strategy to lowering your blood pressure and keep it low through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle.

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters.

Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide

 

P.S. This guide shows you how to lower your blood pressure permanently and naturally without side-effects or complications.

Follow each step to get your blood pressure back in balance.

Choose between a wide range of delicious foods that reduce your blood pressure. Include a number of mental and physical exercises in your schedule for both relaxation and invigoration.

Following this guide will reduce, and in time, eliminate your need for blood pressure lowering medications.

This is a guide for good healthy living and will be beneficial for all – even if you don’t currently suffer from high blood pressure.

To download a sample of the guide to your computer right now click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link.

What is the reason people have high blood pressure?

Why? might be the first question you ask when the doctor tells you you have high blood pressure. So what is the reason for high blood pressure?

Well, there can be several reasons you – or anyone else – have high blood pressure. It’s not always down to just one thing.reason for high blood pressure

What they call ‘lifestyle factors’ can be causes or reasons for high blood pressure  – what you eat and drink, how active you are, your stress levels, etc. But other health conditions can be a reason for high blood pressure, and your genetic make-up can also make a big difference – some people do all the ‘wrong’ things and still have low blood pressure! But if that’s not you, then you’ll want to do something about your high blood pressure.

What to do about it is the next question. Prescription medications are often the first port of call but there are several reasons why you might not want to be dependent on blood pressure-lowering medications.

For example, you might already be taking medications and not want to add to your drug burden. Take this question from bloodpressurequestions.org –

My brother has Lupus and the doctor has tripled medication on steroids, but recently he has had high blood pressure. Is there anything out there that is not a drug and can help him reduce his blood pressure?

Response:

There are ways to reduce blood pressure naturally (without resorting to prescription medications).

Why would anyone want to do this? Apart from many unpleasant side-effects with much prescribed medication there is the fact that once started you’re a on them for life.

Why? Because all medications to lower blood pressure only treat the symptoms – not the causes. So as soon as you stop taking them your blood pressure shoots back up.

There are a number of worthy treatments to treat the causes of blood pressure and lower it permanently without resorting to drugs.

I know because I used to suffer extreme high blood pressure (195+) without any clear cause (other than genetics).

I now enjoy normal ranges (120 – 145) without medications.

I did this by making changes to my diet, and also by practicing slow breathing exercises regularly to keep myself relaxed. A different combination might work for you though, depending on your reason for high blood pressure.

It can be difficult knowing where to start though. I used an excellent book called ‘Get Natural!’ by Kevin Riley and a good slow breathing program by David O’Hara. Those are no longer available now, however, so based on my experiences, I’ve put together my own guide for lowering blood pressure naturally.

I’ve also created a slow breathing program. Both of these are easy to use (and I’m currently offering the slow breathing program as a free bonus when you get the blood pressure guide).

Lower your blood pressure naturally – whatever the reason for high blood pressure

As I’ve said, there can be more than one reason for high blood pressure, so the best way to lower your blood pressure without drugs is to apply a broad approach – covering all causes and cures with natural home-based remedies.

lower your blood pressure naturallyThis guide contains simple and proven strategies for lowering your blood pressure and keeping it low through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle.

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters.

Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information (there’s also info on my slow breathing program which is included as a free bonus):

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide

 

Treatment for Hypertension

treatment for hypertensionWhen 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 hypertension, 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 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 natural treatment for hypertension is better – until they come to the realization they might have to give up and alter some very deeply ingrained 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 treatment for hypertension involves changes – real changes to the way you live, focusing 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 healthily you’ll find life in general tastes better.

Diet

A healthy lifestyle means eating good (and tasty) food as outlined in my book – Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally (more details below). 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.

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!

 

Lower your blood pressure naturally

That’s easy to say of course, but if you haven’t got on that road yet, you might still feel a bit daunted. However, to make it easier, I’ve produced a guide which lays out all out clearly.

The guide covers everything I’ve mentioned above – diet, exercise, de-stressing. Since the causes of hypertension can be slightly different for everyone, the best way to lower your blood pressure without drugs is to apply a broad approach.

lower your blood pressure naturallyAs such, the guide contains simple and proven strategies for lowering your blood pressure and keeping it low through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle.

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters.

Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide

 

P.S. This guide shows you how to lower your blood pressure permanently and naturally without side-effects or complications.

Follow each step to get your blood pressure back in balance.

Choose between a wide range of delicious foods that reduce your blood pressure. Include a number of mental and physical exercises in your schedule for both relaxation and invigoration.

Following this guide will reduce, and in time, eliminate your need for blood pressure lowering medications.

This is a guide for good healthy living and will be beneficial for all – even if you don’t currently suffer from high blood pressure.

To download a sample of the guide to your computer right now click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link.

 

Image credit (cat): Mark Turnauckas via flickr.com

How to Lower Blood Pressure the Easy Way

how to lower blood pressure the easy way

Simon Foster

These days, a lot of people are searching for how to lower blood pressure the easy way – i.e., quickly and without major hassle.

I’m happy to tell you that there are a few ways to lower your blood pressure. And each of these approaches is related to the causes of hypertension.

 

Is taking medications the easy way to lower blood pressure?

high blood pressure medication side effectsIn some ways, you might think that taking blood pressure-lowering drugs is the easy way to lower high blood pressure. However, there are many side-effects associated with these drugs. Not only that, there’s no actual statistical proof that taking them helps you live longer. Which means taking blood pressure-lowering medications isn’t really the easy way to lower blood pressure – and certainly isn’t an effective way.

 

Is there an easy way to lower blood pressure?

Well, there’s no quick-fix to lowering blood pressure. Taking anti-hypertension medication might seem like a quick fix. Indeed, such medicines might well be successful in damping down your high blood pressure. However, they only treat the symptoms and not the actual cause of high blood pressure – so they’re not really a ‘fix’ at all.

In my opinion, how to lower blood pressure the easy way amounts to making changes in your lifestyle which will naturally reduce your blood pressure.

There do exist quite a few effective ways to reduce blood pressure as alternatives to anti-hypertensive medications. Each of these methods works insofar as it is linked to the causes of your hypertension.

 

Lower blood pressure the easy way (the three easy ways!)

The three main causes of hypertension are lack of exercise, high stress, and deficient diet. When you know how to deal with the three causes directly then you know how to lower high blood pressure without the use of anti-hypertensive medications.

 

Stress (relax to lower your blood pressure)

Talking about stress first of all, many people will concur that we live in an increasingly stressful world. A lot of people now experience high stress without even knowing it.

Thankfully there are methods of lowering stress to better levels as well as blood pressure. Meditation and yoga are the standard methods, you could say, and if you stick with them, they’re certainly effective in helping you manage your stress levels and thus your blood pressure.

Slow breathing: not only an easy but a very fast way to lower blood pressure

However, doing slow breathing exercises with the assistance of an audio recording like Breathe-Slow is becoming very popular. The American Heart Association did a big review of alternative therapies for lowering blood pressure in 2013 and found that practicing slow breathing regularly – even for just fifteen minutes a day – succeeded in lowering blood pressure significantly.

In fact, in terms of how to lower blood pressure the easy way, slow breathing exercises are probably the best. This is because doing slow breathing can actually lower your blood pressure almost immediately. Of course, once you find yourself getting stressed again, your blood pressure will go back up. But studies show that if you do slow breathing regularly – most days – then it can bring your ‘habitual’ blood pressure levels down.

Christian Goodman exercise program

Another stress relief technique is Christian Goodman’s three exercises – I review them at this link (in brief, they’re pretty good but not cheap and you can find similar relaxation exercises online cheaper or for free).

The bottom line is this: lessen stress and you will lessen blood pressure because it is a known fact that stress is one of the major causes of hypertension.

Having said that, stress is not factor in everyone’s high blood pressure. We’re all different after all. So the other two factors may be important for you instead / as well.

 

Food and drink (eat and drink more healthily)

Looking at bad diet, it’s indisputable that eating choices in the industrial world aren’t the healthiest. Eating fried and fast food with an excess of salt, trans fats, bad (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and also foods full of white flour and sugar, is increasingly a major cause of hypertension. In fact, eating a lot of any processed food – even ready-made meals – is generally bad for your blood pressure.

Switching to a more healthy diet with sufficient fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains can significantly lower blood pressure your blood pressure in time.

 

Exercise (get moving)

lower blood pressure the easy eayThese days we almost all spend too much time driving our cars or slouched in front of the computers and televisions, physically inactive. We no longer pass sufficient time getting sufficient exercise. A lack of exercise is one of the major causes of hypertension.

The solution is straightforward: get some exercise. You could start with simply a short walk a couple of times daily to lead off if you feel unfit. Work your way up to a more stringent regime when you believe you are prepared. You will look better, feel better and be on the road to eliminating one of the major causes of hypertension.

 

Lower blood pressure the easy way: step by step

From the above you can see that how to lower blood pressure the easy way without needing anti-hypertensive medications isn’t rocket-science. The important thing is to stop worrying about it – and just put it into your life!

Go for a stroll, pause for fifteen minutes and practice a slow breathing exercise, create a healthy meal for yourself – and you’re on your way to a lower pressure life. Make it part of your life and you will never have to fret about how to lower your high blood pressure again. Your BP will be down and you can look ahead to a more stress-free future.

I know from experience that this is easier said than done though, and sometimes it can feel a bit daunting to make these changes.

To make it easier, my partner and I have compiled all our research into a guide on how to lower your blood pressure naturally.

lower your blood pressure the easy way and naturallyThe guide covers everything I’ve just been talking about on how to lower your blood pressure through stress reduction, changes in diet and being more active.

It takes you through all this in simple easy-to-follow steps, which enable you to lower your blood pressure and keep it low through effective and enjoyable changes in your lifestyle.

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters. With each chapter, you’ll go further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide

 

P.S. This guide shows you how to lower your blood pressure permanently and naturally without side-effects or complications. Follow each step to get your blood pressure back in balance.

Choose between a wide range of delicious foods that reduce your blood pressure. Include a number of mental and physical exercises in your schedule for both relaxation and invigoration.

The guide currently comes with a free set of guided slow breathing audio tracks to help you relax and lower your blood pressure on the spot.

This is a guide for good healthy living and will be beneficial for all – even if you don’t currently suffer from high blood pressure.

To download a sample of the guide to your computer right now click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link.

Natural high blood pressure cures and complacency

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Simon Foster

You can use natural high blood pressure cures to get your blood pressure back to more normal and healthy levels with a little perseverance.

As outlined on this site, the triple approach of lowering stress levels, getting regular exercise, and eating a healthy (and tasty!) diet will lower even the most stubborn high blood pressure without the need for pharmaceutical drugs. At least that’s the case with most people, according to the feedback I have been receiving. And I’ve found this with my own experience and research too.

How to stick with it

natural high blood pressure curesThere are some problems with relying on natural high blood pressure cures. These are directly linked to our human nature… Yes, laziness, and a tendency to slip back into old habits after the hypertension alarm bells stop ringing.

After our blood pressure is back to safe levels we may start reducing our daily exercises and even stop them all together. We may start eating things we know aren’t good for us but can’t resist the temptation – again and again. We may dispense with stress-reducing activities and find the stress levels slowly on the rise.

Little by little our blood pressure starts to creep up back to the high levels that caused us to take action in the first place. We have gone a full circle and achieved little except a temporary relief from the dangers of high blood pressure.

How do I know all this? Because I had high blood pressure and cured it through diet, exercise and stress reduction. And I have had my relapses and occasional higher-than-desired blood pressure readings!

How to deal with a relapse in high blood pressure

What do you do if you have suffered a relapse and a return to too-high blood pressure readings? The first thing I can suggest is don’t beat yourself up about it. In other words, instead of increasing your stress levels worrying about it, simply do something about it to get back on track. It’s not the end of the world. And an occasional relapse is still better than being on a life-sentence of daily pharmaceutical blood pressure medications with the attendant cost and risk of side-effects.

It’s also worthwhile to remember that a healthy blood pressure lifestyle is also the lifestyle that makes you feel at your best and most alive. Exercise, the reduction of stress, and a healthy diet are the keys to a happier, fuller life, not just a healthier one. When you get back on track with natural high blood pressure cures you’ll feel better and wonder why you ever “strayed”.

 

Natural high blood pressure cures – supplements

Alistrol natural high blood pressure curesIf you feel you need an extra hand at maintaining a healthy blood pressure yet don’t want to go down the road of daily medications, you might want to consider blood pressure-reducing supplements such as Alistrol.

Alistrol contains only natural ingredients and can be particularly helpful with stubborn high blood pressure levels. This kind of supplement goes well in combination with the straightforward diet, exercise, and stress reduction approach.

So to sum up, accept that you may stray from time to time from healthy living and normal blood pressure. But remember that a healthy lifestyle is also the road to greater well-being and happiness and the sooner you get back on track the better you’ll feel about yourself and life in general.

 

Natural high blood pressure cures: how to resist complacency

It can be easier to develop and stick to a healthy lower blood pressure lifestyle if you have some kind of structure. A bit of guidance can go a long way!

For a complete manual on how to lower your blood pressure naturally – and keep it low – consider grabbing yourself a copy of my e-book. It contains simple and proven strategies for lowering your blood pressure through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle, and covers all the areas mentioned above.

lower your blood pressure naturallyAll the information is organized into nine easy-to-follow steps so there’s a clear path to follow. (I find this makes it easier to avoid having ‘relapses’.)

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters. Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide

 

P.S. This guide shows you how to lower your blood pressure permanently and naturally without side-effects or complications. Follow each step to get your blood pressure back in balance.

Choose between a wide range of delicious foods that reduce your blood pressure. Include a number of mental and physical exercises in your schedule for both relaxation and invigoration.

Following this guide will reduce, and in time, eliminate your need for blood pressure lowering medications.

This is a guide for good healthy living and will be beneficial for all – even if you don’t currently suffer from high blood pressure.

To download a sample of the guide to your computer right now click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link.

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.

Warning: decongestants and high blood pressure – a bad mix

It’s that time of year when we get the sniffles and blocked noses. No problem. Just take some decongestants from the local drug store right?

Think twice about doing it if you suffer from high blood pressure. Decongestants can shoot your high blood pressure up to dangerous levels.

If you ask for decongestants at the drug store the pharmacist will (or should) ask if you suffer from high blood pressure and if you do, s/he will usually refuse to sell them to you.

The problem is, many decongestants are now available off the shelf without the need to consult a pharmacist.

Sure, there probably is a warning in fine print about the connection between hypertension and decongestants … but does everybody read the fine print? I’m guilty of skipping it and I’m sure I’m not alone.

So if you are prone to high blood pressure give decongestants (sold as Contac Non-Drowsy, Sudafed, among other names) a wide berth. There are better ways to unblock a stuffed up nose.

Like blowing it. If your sinuses are are getting clogged try Tiger Balm. Put a small amount on a handkerchief and inhale. Lovely aroma and helps open up the passages.

Or try sucking on some menthol eucalyptus sweets.

I’m sure there are other pleasant and safe ways of unblocking a stuffed up nose.  If you know of one please share the wealth and leave a comment.

Can Acupuncture Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Acupuncture is an ancient and respected form of treatment of a variety of ailments. Practiced for thousands of years in the east is still a controversial but accepted form of treatment here in the West. But can acupuncture lower your blood pressure?

A poll of American doctors in 2005 showed that 59% believe acupuncture was at least somewhat effective. As of 2004, nearly 50% of Americans who were enrolled in employer health insurance plans were covered for acupuncture treatments. – wikipedia

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific nervepoints below the skin. Acupressure works on the same principles as acupuncture except pressure is applied through massage with fingers rather than the insertion of needles.

How Acupuncture Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

Below is a list of the main acupuncture / acupressure points believed to “improve your blood pressure” as cited on  www.damazen.com the website of a Dharma-Zen Tai Chi studio in Calgary Alberta.

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Yongquan

Located on the mid-line of the sole of the foot, 2/3 of the way forward from the back of the heel. First warm up your hands by rubbing them briskly together. Then use your right hand to rub your left foot. One rub is from heel to toe then back again to the heel. In total rub your foot thirty six times, then switch. After rubbing both your feet, use a thumb to press your foot’s Yongquan point. With medium force and speed, rub in a tiny circle thirty six times. Then stimulate your other foot’s Yngquan point in the same manner.

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Baihui

A‘cross-road’ point on the vertex, belonging to the Du Mai channel. It is located at the top of the head, in line with the ears. Hold 5 fingers of each hand into a point, tap at Baihui lightly, alternating hands (left, right, left, right) for three minutes. Once in the morning and again at night.

Fengchi

Fengchi

These points (left & right) are found at the base of your skull where it meets with your spine. They’re commonly used for treatment of the common cold, the flu, headaches, neck pain, regulating blood pressure and blood circulation. Lace your fingers together, thumbs pointing up. Swing your hands to the back of your head so your thumbs rest just below your skull in the little hollows beside the central muscles along your spine. With medium force and speed, rub in tiny circles thirty six times

Well there you have it according to Dharma-Zen Tai Chi. I’ve never used acupuncture myself although I have massaged the Fengchi points cited above to ward off headaches – with good results. There is certainly more to manipulating the nervous system than meets the eye.

Has anyone used acupuncture or acupressure to help regulate their blood pressure? Has it worked? Share the wealth.

I can state that certain diets and exercises can lower blood pressure back to healthy levels without the need of medications. I’m living proof of that fact.

 

Lower your blood pressure naturally (for less cost)

Whether or not you want to try acupuncture, there’s a lot you can do at home to lower your blood pressure naturally. For starters, there is a large choice of affordable natural ingredients that lower blood pressure. Many of these spices, herbs, berries, fruits, grains, vegetables, meats and drinks are available in local stores.

Of course there are other factors beyond diet (like fitness and stress) that affect your blood pressure. So the best way to lower your blood pressure without drugs is to apply a broader approach – covering all causes and cures with natural home-based remedies.

lower your blood pressure naturallyThe guide contains simple and proven strategies for lowering your blood pressure and keeping it low through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle.

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters.

Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide

 

P.S. This guide shows you how to lower your blood pressure permanently and naturally without side-effects or complications.

Follow each step to get your blood pressure back in balance.

Choose between a wide range of delicious foods that reduce your blood pressure. Include a number of mental and physical exercises in your schedule for both relaxation and invigoration.

Following this guide will reduce, and in time, eliminate your need for blood pressure lowering medications.

This is a guide for good healthy living and will be beneficial for all – even if you don’t currently suffer from high blood pressure.

To download a sample of the guide to your computer right now click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link.

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