Statistics have shown that nearly 30% (27-30%) of American adults have high blood pressure (hypertension) – the percentage is even higher for Black/African Americans.
Prolonged, untreated, elevated blood pressure can lead to heart & kidney failure, and stroke. Often times, a patient will not even be aware that they have hypertension, but symptoms may include: headaches, dizziness, nausea, weakness, irregular heart beat, and rapid heart rate (palpitations).
To visualize the concepts of artery pressure, think of a water hose. Take the nozzle off of the hose and let the water flow freely. Now, take your thumb and partially block the opening; the pressure will rise and the water will spray harder & further out. The body usually adjusts the blood pressure accordingly, in order for your cells to get enough blood. It is absolutely wrong and a poor medical practice, to immediately jump on prescription medication just because you have a couple bad readings.
Where most people go astray, is when they think they have to take silly prescription pills because of their high readings. This is nonsense, and more attention needs to be applied toward the direction of WHY your blood pressure is high. Look at it as an “indicator” of a potential condition, not as a disease in itself. Side Note: There have been many individuals who has ended up being medicated for this condition, when in fact, they didn’t need any prescription drugs – just merely going through stressful times. By the way, if you are erroneously medicated for this condition, it can also be a health risk – since low blood pressure can pose adverse effects to the body and its organs, along with bouts of fainting, dizziness, blackouts, et cetera.
Okay, hypertension is considered to be anything above 140/90 mmHG. The top number is called “systolic,” and is the pressure within your blood vessels when your heart fully contracts. The bottom number is called “diastolic,” and is the pressure within you blood vessels when your heart is fully relaxed between beats. There is debate on whether the “top number” is more important than the “bottom number,” but with or without mixed reviews, one could easily end this nonsensical chatter by saying they are both, diastolic & systolic, equally important when analyzing your results.
Your body automatically maintains the proper pressure for what your cells need, for the most part. With that being said, this is why it’s more important to focus on what may be causing hypertension, as opposed to falling into the money pit of the prescription drug industry abyss.
Common things that often cause high blood pressure:
A poor diet, often high in Trans fat or unhealthy oils, along with consuming an overly high ratio of salt versus potassium. Too much salt in the body will deplete your potassium levels, which is not good; potassium is necessary for heart & circulatory function – along with many other essential roles within the body.
Mental stress is a huge factor, that often causes temporary hypertension.
Other common causes are: caffeine abuse and excessive sugar intake – especially simple sugars like sucrose and/or table sugar, hence Diabetics are naturally at a higher risk.
Of course, smoking tobacco, using drugs, and alcohol abuse will have a negative impact on your readings. One may ask: Why does alcohol lower blood pressure when used in moderation, but doesn’t when I imbibe in abundance? Simple answer: When you regularly take part in excessive alcohol abuse, it can raise your blood pressure because of the depletion of minerals and the disruption of electrolyte balance due to the abundant amount of bodily fluids lost from frequent urination – along with the stress and additional fluids & nutrients lost from the body’s detoxification processes.
Being overweight and/or suffering from fluid retention, are also major causes of elevated blood pressure.
Being inactive in conjunction with any of the risk factors above, will only exacerbate existing blood pressure-related issues.
Of course, there are other less common, underlying serious conditions that can elevate your artery pressure, so it’s a good idea to find out the cause. Unfortunately, one of the most common, serious conditions that causes hypertension, is heart disease.
Natural ‘Drug Free’ Ways to Lower Blood Pressure:
Increase your consumption of foods high in Calcium & Magnesium. These minerals help relax the blood vessels. Of course, dairy products are a great source of calcium. A few examples of foods that are high in magnesium are: nuts, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, spinach, potatoes, cereal… You could always take supplements; Coral Calcium is an excellent source of Magnesium & Calcium.
Increase your potassium intake; fruits are an excellent source of this nutrient. And remember, the salt versus potassium conflict that I mentioned earlier. If you consume a lot of salt, make sure you’re getting an extra supply of potassium, as well.
Don’t overeat; lose weight if you’re overweight.
If you regularly drink alcohol, consume in moderation; plus, this will also help raise your body’s HDL cholesterol.
Getting some regular exercise is always good. If you don’t have time for exercise, try to “sexercise” and/or find more time for intimacy; this is great for releasing pent-up frustrations, and it provides a positive hormonal release within the body, etc. Bottom line: being active while avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, is a must.
Reduce stress and try to get more sleep. It may be easier said than done, but by doing those two things, it will greatly improve your well-being.
Laugh, laugh, laugh… Find humor in your life and try to quit being so serious & uptight all the damn time!
If you are suffering from fluid retention, try some natural anti-inflammatories, before turning to prescription drugs. For example, Chamomile tea is a natural diuretic. Speaking of that, try to eliminate any unnecessary prescription and/or over-the-counter drugs that you can, since many of these substances often elevate your blood pressure.
These were just a few natural ‘drug free’ recommendations, outside of doctoral pill-popping advice. But, use your own discretion, when dealing with personal health issues. Cheers!