You don’t have to spend too much time searching the web to find dire warnings about hypertension being “the silent killer”. Often the same article will then urge you to run to your doctors and start a lifelong enslavement to the pharmaceutical industry for expensive hypertension treatments.
Here’s an example from CBS News – “Silent killer” puts millions of Americans at risk”. Not only is the article alarmist but it also patronisingly admonishes the ‘masses’ for not taking their meds properly. Rather than a news article, it’s a serious advertisement for big Pharma if ever I saw one.
My response:It’s not that high blood pressure isn’t potentially dangerous. Clearly, if left unmanaged, it can be very serious. However, controlling hypertension through medications should really be left as a last resort when everything else fails. Why?
Hypertension treatments – separating myth from fact
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 also 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
Hypertension treatments – the alternative to medications
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 many posts here outlining some of the dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to start lowering your blood pressure without pharmaceutical hypertension treatments. 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, the first medication I took gave me a constant uncomfortable cough. I decided to try more natural methods. And 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). Here it is:
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)