Do you suffer from high blood pressure or know someone that does? HBP, high blood pressure, also termed hyper-tension, occurs even though many people are unaware of its presence and dangers. Here are ten things you may want to know to help you initiate the natural healing process.
1. High blood pressure is not a disease!
It is the body's natural defensive and corrective physiological process, initiated to cope with pathological internal or external conditions in various functions of the body. These might include general toxemia, impaired bowel or kidney function, glandular hormonal disturbances, defective calcium metabolism, degenerative changes in arteries (arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis), being overweight, and emotionally caused dysfunction in vaso-motor mechanism of the parasympathetic/sympathetic nervous system, etc. When the arteries become obstructed with plaque and cholesterol, they harden, become brittle and constrict with arterio-sclerosis. This causes the circulation of blood through the vessels to become more difficult, forcing the blood through narrower passage-ways and elevating ones blood pressure.
2. Hypertension is precipitated by a number of lifestyle factors of ones ADL (activities of daily living).
In addition to arteriosclerosis, hypertension is often precipitated by cigarette smoking, stress, obesity, excessive use of stimulants such as coffee or tea, drug abuse, high sodium in-take, and the use of oral contraceptives. Another major lifestyle choice is not drinking enough good water causing dehydration that can thicken the blood.
3. Record your blood pressure readings. A normal blood pressure reads 120 over 80 (120/80) Normal blood pressure readings can vary from 100/70 to 140/90. While readings of 140/90 to 160/90 or 160/95 indicate border-line hypertension, any reading over 180/115 is severely elevated and needs immediate medical attention.
4. People with a family history of hypertension may be more proe to suffer from high blood pressure. Genetic pre-disposition to HBP is one of the greatest predictors of whether you will suffer, later in life, from hypertension. Lifestyle changes become all the more important to these individuals.
5. Hypertension is often asymptomatic. Advanced warning signs include headaches, sweating, a rapid pulse, shortness of breath, dizziness, and vision disturbances. Most hypertension sufferers often show no physical signs. Therefore, having your blood pressure checked regularly is important, especially for those individuals in high risk categories.
6. Identify and Eliminate the lifestyle factors that may be the reasons for elevated blood pressure. The objective of the Naturopathic or biologically oriented doctor (one who treats disease through the natural healing process) is to remove the causes of the condition hypertension. Lifestyle changes using specific foods, herbs, vitamins, and exercise all lower blood pressure naturally without the use of drugs. When these are removed, the blood pressure will go down and back to normal by itself.
7. High blood pressure can be of an emotional origin. Intense negative emotions can cause severe physiological hormonal imbalances. It can be caused by $ stress, anger, fear, resentment, worries, pressures of a competitive life, or any prolonged nervous stress. These underlying causes of emotional origins must be removed before any treatments can be successful.
8. A salt-free diet of "Na and NaCl" is essential for lowering blood pressure.
Lowering your salt "Na, NaCl intake is essential. You can do this by carefully reading all labels from processed foods and avoiding those that have the words, "soda", "sodium", or the symbol, "Na or NaCl" on the label. These indicate that the product contains salt. Some foods and food additives that should be avoided on a low-salt diet include: Accent flavor-enhance (monosodium glutamate); baking soda; most canned vegetables; commercially prepared foods and cold cuts; certain dentifrices (toothpaste) and over-the-counter medicines that contain ibuprofen, such as Advil and Nuprin; diet soft drinks; food with mold inhibitors, preservatives, and most sugar substitutes; meat tenderizers; softened water; and soy sauces. These products can cause cells to swell and interfere with the effectiveness of medicines, supplements, nutrients or diuretics used in the treatment of hypertension.
9. A high fiber, mineral rich diet is recommended. A high fiber diet including cooked starches of whole grains like brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, whole wheat, legumes, squash, and sweet potatoes are highly recommended. Mineral rich foods also include sea weeds, raw seeds and nuts, fresh raw fruits and raw cruciferous vegetables, such as apples, asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, prunes and raisins. Eat small meals and do not over-eat. Remember, obesity is one of the main causes of high blood pressure and heart disease.
10. Avoid foods that are of a high glycemic index, high in trans fat and high in cholesterol. Foods made with simple carbohydrates of white flour, white sugar and white potatoes are all high glycemic index, increasing insulin. Aged meats and cheeses, anchovies, chicken liver, organ meats, chocolate, pickled herring, rich fatty dairy products, bacon, corned beef, pork sausage, smoked or processed meats, rich gravies, all raise total cholesterol especially the bad LDL cholesterol. Eat cold water fish, skinless turkey or chicken, and lean meats, whole grains, beans, raw seeds and nuts with plenty of cooked vegetables, fresh raw fruits and vegetables.