You don’t have to spend too much time searching the web to find dire warnings about hypertension “the silent killer” urging you to run to your doctors and start a lifelong enslavement to the pharmaceutical industry.
Here’s an example from South Africa (www.findarticles.za.org):
High blood pressure rates are also growing among American children, paralleling an epidemic of obesity. Hypertension in grownups will usually be measured on at least two different trips to the doctor before a diagnosis is made. It can be treated by both modifying lifestyles, usually as the first step, and, if necessary, with medications. Diuretics work in the kidney and flush out excess water and sodium from the body.
Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has hypertension. Once It develops, it usually remains for the rest of your lifetime. Fortunately, it can be easily detected, and once you know you have it, you can work with your physician to control it.
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Controlling hypertension through medications should really be left as a last resort when everything else fails. Why?
Pharmaceutical hypertension treatments do not treat the cause of high blood pressure – just the symptoms – which means you’ll have to take them till the end of your days.
And, while these drug-based hypertension treatments may suppress your blood pressure, they don’t necessarily actually make you healthier or likely to live longer. In fact, some studies show that people on blood pressure-controlling drugs are more likely to die from heart disease that those not on them.
Blood pressure-controlling drugs often come with side effects that can significantly reduce your quality of life. More details on this can be found in this post here: High blood pressure medication side effects
However, certain exercises and dietary changes can reduce blood pressure to safe levels in the majority of high blood pressure sufferers. The end result is not just the end of severe hypertension but a healthier, happier and longer life – a much more desirable “side effect”, I think you’ll agree.
I’ve written quite a few posts outlining some of the basic dietary changes and lifestyle changes you can make to start lowering your blood pressure without pharmaceutical hypertension treatment. Here’s one to start you off: Lower blood pressure naturally
For more detailed information, you can also buy a guide to lowering your blood pressure without pharmaceutical hypertension treatments. When I was first diagnosed with severely high blood pressure and after the first medication I took gave me a constant uncomfortable cough, I used Kevin Riley’s Get Natural! book to successfully bring my blood pressure down. So far, so good.
Riley’s guide is no longer available, however, so for this reason I decided to create my own (with the help of my research-minded partner):
Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide
As the title says, the book it divided into nine steps, each of which covers a different aspect of diet, exercise or stress relief. This way, you can work through the guide step-by-step at your own pace – do a step a week or a step a month, whatever suits you.
Each step is clearly laid out and easy to follow, making it simple for you to gradually adjust your diet and daily routine in order to incorporate more healthy and blood pressure-lowering foods, drinks and activities.
What’s also worth knowing is that these diet and lifestyle changes are enjoyable! We often think that getting healthy has to be difficult and unpleasant, but who doesn’t enjoy tasty foods and drinks, getting out and about, and giving ourselves more time to relax and unwind? (Also, you don’t have to give up booze, nor do you have to stop eating red meat, butter or chocolate.)
Just click on the picture for more details on the guide. And enjoy lowering your blood pressure, the natural, healthy way.
Good luck! Simon
(image credit: pill photo by Iqbal Osman on flickr.com)