Hypertension or high blood pressure is considered to be a silent killer as it sneaks up on a third of us, in the US, and puts an end to a life we most likely are not ready to give up.
What is hypertension?
The blood pressure in the arteries increases when the heart beats (systolic) and decreases during the lag between heartbeats (diastolic). A normal blood pressure reading should be 120 (systolic) / 80 (diastolic) irrespective of age. Conventional medical wisdom says that it’s natural and alright for the blood pressure to increase with age. Not true. That only happens if the arteries are blocked or if the blood is too think, which is nor natural neither alright.
So, hypertension or high blood pressure is a reading above 140/80. We are talking about a consistent reading, not a one time coincidence when you took your blood pressure after while you were watching a scary movie.
What causes hypertension?
Two main factors have been identified as the major culprits for high blood pressure.
– Artherosclerosis = formation of deposits
– Presence of blood clots = thick blood
A third factor should be mentioned. This one usually goes hand in hand with artherosclerosis and it’s called
– Arteriosclerosis = hardening of the arteries
– Vitamin C : is used to make collagen which keeps the arteries supple
– Water : drink half your weight in ounces every day. Keep your blood flowing normally!
– Exercise regularly
– Cut the animal protein and saturated fats down
– Minimum sugar & refined grains
How to treat hypertension without drugs – Most Important 5 Steps
1. Cut Salt, Increase Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium – to relax arteries. Did you know that a high magnesium deficiency can cause a heart attack by cramping a coronary artery even if there’s no artherosclerotic blockage present?
2. Vitmain C, Vitamin E. Vit C keeps arteries supple while Vit E is known to thin the blood to normal levels.
3. Omega 3 – anti-inflammatory ( artery damage involves inflammation), blood thinner
4. Diet: A) NO refined sugar, animal protein, saturated fat, fried food, junk food; B) increase vegetable and fruit servings C) limit insulin increasing foods – like sugar, fructose and grains (bread, pasta, rice)
5. Exercise and Reduce your Stress – Exercise decreases insulin level which decreases blood pressure. Reduce your Stress by practicing anything from prayer, meditation, singing, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to breathing exercises. Maybe watching your cat everyday for 10-15 minutes relaxes you completely. Bit make sure you do it daily.
1. Vitamin D – sunbathing, safe tanning beds or D3 supplements (be aware not to take D2 = synthetic). Vitamin D normal levels are crucial for a healthy heart and circulatory system.
2. Garlic – many people swear by it. So add raw, crashed garlic to your diet.
3. Water – to keep your blood flowing properly. In case of dehydration the peripheral blood vessels constrict to allow the blood to assist the important organs, so the heart pushes extra hard to get blood to extremities = high blood pressure.
4. Antioxidants = Vit A, C, E; Selenium, Zinc
5. Sleep – make sure you get at least 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Control the EMFs or they destroy the quality of your sleep which will directly affect your health!
Watermelon cleanse: Buy seeded watermelons (organic preferred)
– 30 consecutive days
– first thing you eat in the morning
– collect the seeds and put them into a glass of water to soak for at least 8 hours
– don’t eat anything else for 2 hours (coffee included) – you can have water
– at night before you go to sleep, drink the water that you soaked the seeds in all day long
This cleanse has worked for many people bringing their blood pressure back to normal within a month.
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If your are on HBP medication, please not not discontinue until you talk to your doctor. Follow the nutritional guidelines and in time, with your doctor permission, you might get off your medication.
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