Normal Blood Pressure vs Ideal Blood Pressure

Anytime I browse the web for high blood pressure articles I come across a boat load of conformist scaremongering about so-called ideal blood pressure.

It’s as if a party line on high blood pressure had been handed out and everyone is preaching from the same sermon. The pharmaceutical bosses must be smiling themselves to sleep every night. Sales are good – and increasing.

Here’s an example I came across a few minutes ago from

Devastating Effects of High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure also called hypertension, is elevated pressure of the blood in the arteries. Blood pressure is the measurement of force applied to artery walls High blood pressure has to be taken seriously. It is a serious disease, the cause of which is more or less unknown. What we do know is that left untreated, high blood pressure over time can lead to serious heart disease and other vascular troubles, even death. Health professionals think that there are some genetic factors but as yet they cannot pin down the range of specific genes involved that cause high blood pressure. Studies suggest that people suffering from chronic high blood pressure may come from autonomic nervous system that controls heart rate, blood pressure and the blood vessels.

Detrimental effects of high blood pressure

It is the reason why high blood pressure has been called the “silent killer”. High blood pressure has detrimental effects on many organs like kidneys, eyes, and heart. High blood pressure is the primary cause of death in over 120,000 cases last year and contributes to 75% of all strokes and heart attacks and even more in African Americans. Research suggests that people with mild high blood pressure have three times more likely to have a heart attack as people with normal blood pressure and ten times the normal risk of stroke depending on the severity of the blood pressure. High blood pressure can also cause mental problems such as memory loss.

Fortunately, controlling blood pressure with the proper treatment can reduce or prevent those health complications. Healthy life style is a must for anyone with blood pressure 120/80mm Hg and above in order to prevent serious complications of that disease.

My response:

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High blood pressure is not a disease – it’s a condition brought on when a body gets out of balance.

High blood pressure doesn’t “kill people”. It’s not a ‘thing’ – it’s a measurement. Of course extremely high blood pressure is sign that your circulatory system is approaching collapse. So heed its warnings.

Is there really an ideal blood pressure?

120/80 is now the established ideal blood pressure rating – however it’s not a number that everyone can or should try to achieve (no more than everyone should try to force their feet into the ideal sized shoe.)

Anyone can reduce their blood pressure to a safe level (under about 140/105) through exercise and diet.

Forcing it down with medications (and possibly suffering undesirable side effects) is not very wise … especially considering that statistically more deaths occur from heart disease and stroke while people are on these medications than those who aren’t on them….!

Unfortunately the medical establishment as a whole has caught on and continues to push pills left, right and center.

The answer? Lower your blood pressure naturally. Get your body back in balance through diet and exercise. Get healthy again. If I can do it anyone can.


How to relax and lower your blood pressure

UPDATE (2016): My own route to lower blood pressure involved making some adjustments to my diet and I also started doing regular slow breathing exercises. (Physical exercise wasn’t so much an issue for me since I had an active lifestyle anyway.) Over a few months that brought my blood pressure levels down to what I felt to be a healthy level for me, though not always beneath the supposed ideal blood pressure 😉

High blood pressure can be due to a range of factors, slightly different for each of us, so there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution to lowering your blood pressure naturally. However, there are a huge range of small things you can do which can add up to big changes in your health and blood pressure. Changing some of what you eat and drink makes a huge difference. As does being more physically active on a daily basis. Making time for relaxation and practising techniques to reduce stress is another enjoyable and important way to reduce blood pressure.

I’ve used and reviewed various products in my quest to lower my blood pressure (some are reviewed here: high blood pressure remedy reviews). But since the best ones are now unavailable, I decided to create my own guide to lowering blood pressure naturally.

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide

hypertension treatments - naturallyAs the title imaginatively suggests, it’s arranged in an easy-to-follow format of nine steps which you can work through at whatever pace suits you.

Each step covers some aspect of diet, exercise or stress reduction. And each presents a range of simple things you can do to start lowering your blood pressure without taking prescription medications.

I should also emphasise that going down this road of getting your blood pressure back in shape does not involve terrible amounts of self-denial! There are lots of tasty foods and drinks which contribute to reducing your blood pressure (including alcohol and chocolate). And there are also a good number of pleasurable activities and relaxing techniques.

You can even do blood pressure-lowering exercises which don’t even require getting up from the sofa.

Just click here for more details: Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Cheers, Simon



  • phil

    I was interested to read that you consider a “safe level” of blood pressure to be under 140/105 and was wondering what evidence you based this assertion on. In a book approved by the British Medical Association (BMA) published in 2008, entitled “Understanding Blood Pressure”, Professor D.G. Beevers, who edits the Journal of Human Hypertension, writes: “There are two thresholds for diagnosing hypertension, which take into account total cardiovascular risk of developing a heart attack and stroke. In high risk individuals with existing damage to their blood vessels, the threshold is 140/90 mmHg. In all other people at low risk, with no other medical problems, the threshold is 160/100mmHg.”

    I am currently trying to wean myself off bp medication which I feel I should never have been put on in the first place, and so these figures are of some interest to me!


  • @phil
    Hi Phil, thanks for the comment.

    The ‘safe level’ of 140/105 are the blood pressure numbers I consistently aim to be under. If my reading is over these levels it means to me that my body is getting out of balance and needs attending to.

    Having said that, may actual BP reading are in the 125-135 / 85 – 95 range. I’m happy with that for two reasons:

    1. BP readings are not concise. If you take half a dozen readings over a 15 minute time period you will rarely get two identical readings. You get a range.

    2. IMHO our BP is like our fingerprints. Normal healthy ones are all similar but none are identical. Genetics plays a large part on how our body regulates itself. Hence to state that everyone should have a BP reading of 120/80 (which is the mantra most heard on the internet) is neither realistic nor helpful.

    This leads me to think in acceptable ranges of BP, rather than precise figures. The 140/105 is the top limit of what is acceptable to me. I don’t have lower limit although if your BP goes too low it’s not healthy either.

    I have seen the 140/105 figure quoted elsewhere backed by what I judged to be sound arguments.

    According to Proffesor D.G. Beevers you quote in your comment the acceptable range for ‘normal’ people is 160/100. The systolic seems too high for me … but at the end of the day … it’s your judgement call.


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