High Blood Pressure – Why and How
I have been diagnosed with blood pressure 195/120. That’s not good. 120/85 is considered “normal”.
So the two questions are:
- Why is my blood pressure high?
- 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:
- Change / addition to diet (possibly including ingesting prescription drugs)
- Physical exercises
- 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.
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.
Firstly, 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!