What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)? I’m going to keep this short and sweet, because all of us know someone who has it. High Blood Pressure is a silent illness that steals health and can even steal your life if you don’t know you have it or if you don’t control it! So what causes this silent killer? Most cases are cause by arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis. Okay, I hear you, speak English Elizabeth what does that even mean? Basically it is clogging of the arteries with fat, 90% of which may turn out to be a deficiency in calcium, magnesium, and fiber in your diet.
Most sufferers of high Blood Pressure are overweight due to excess consumption of fat, sugar, red meat, and salt; all of which, overly raise critical levels of copper in the body. Therefore, the goal with Naturopathic Medicine is homeostasis or a natural balance in the body. Other factors in High Blood Pressure and insufficient balance in the body are a high stress lifestyle, smoking, excess sugar and alcohol consumption, and too much caffeine. So my first recommendation is to eliminate these stressors on the body.
Warning Signs of High Blood Pressure:
Frequent headaches and irritability
Dizziness and ringing in the ears
Extreme fatigue along with sleeplessness
Chronic respiratory issues (like excess mucous, allergies, and colds)
Uncontrolled weight gain and fluid retention
Swollen legs and ankles
Diet and supplements:
Lose weight or at least control your weight
Eat a diet high in Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, like broccoli, bananas, oranges, dried fruits, potatoes, seafood, bell peppers, avocados, celery, brown rice, and leafy greens
Eat small frequent meals (every 3-4 hours)
Avoid caffeine, salt, sugar, fatty foods, smoked meats, heavy pastries, and soda
Drink significant water (8 or more 8 ounce glasses a day)
Drink Coconut Water
Eat fatty fish and take Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil and flax supplements
Eat Garlic and take garlic supplements
Eat melon every morning on an empty stomach. Use a home blood pressure monitor to observe the changes in numbers
Drink herbal teas Hibiscus flower, Ginger-Cardamom, Chamomile, Valerian
Take B-Complex Vitamins, Hawthorn, Ginkgo Biloba, Bilberry extract, Evening Primrose Oil, Bromelain, and Probiotics
Lifestyle and Bodyworks:
Avoid all tobacco, Nutra-Sweet, caffeine, hard liquor, and over the counter antihistamines
Exercise is vital, take a 30 minute brisk walk everyday
Practice Deep Breathing Exercises
Practice Relaxation Techniques, like Meditation, Yoga, Massage Therapy and listen to Relaxation Music
Do dry skin brush all over the body frequently to increase blood flow
Cannabis as Treatment:
With more states legalization medical marijuana I couldn’t end this article without addressing cannabis’ effect in blood pressure. So are you asking does cannabis lower blood pressure? Does it have any effect on blood pressure? The research is still out. Research is all over the place and we have no definitive answer. So with that said proceed with caution. Shortly after using cannabis occasional users experience a mild to moderate increase in blood pressure and heart rate, followed by a small decrease. The rise in blood pressure and heart rate generally occurs within 10-15 minutes after consuming marijuana.
Over a period of time, a few days to weeks, users can develop a tolerance to the initial effects of marijuana. And repeated use has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure right after consumption. Many people report marijuana helps them maintain healthy blood pressure levels and this is backed up by many research studies.
Before starting any new treatments, try the lifestyle changes and home remedies to reduce blood pressure. Not surprisingly, diet and exercise play a huge role in lowering your blood pressure, so always keep these two things on your mind. Medications are hard on the body, and are best avoided if at all possible, they often cause as many problems as they solve.
DISCLAIMER: The information here is NOT medical advice. Do not institute any changes in your current health programs without consulting your Medical provider. For medical advice please consult your private physician or preferred health service provider.