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Blood pressure (hypertension) indicates the pressure of the blood on the walls of your blood vessels, similar to the pressure of the water in the pipes within the walls of your house. A person with the early stages of high blood pressure may not experience any symptoms, but at some point may experience such things as dizziness, headaches, or nose bleed. Due to the “silent” nature of high blood pressure, you should get your blood pressure taken on a routine basis. Some of the factors associated with high blood pressure:
- Age. As we get older we must be alert to an increase in blood pressure.
- Weight. A body that is overweight means that the heart must work commensurately harder to get the blood and oxygen circulated.
- Exercise. When we are inactive, our cardiovascular system is not getting the workout it needs.
- Cholesterol level. Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced by your liver and is an essential building block of your cells and tissue, but it can go high and be a risk. High cholesterol level indicates fatty or wax-like buildup in the blood vessels – often referred to as “bad” cholesterol.
- Diet. Just as with cholesterol level, diet has been found to affect blood pressure. Avoid fatty and fried foods. Go with lean meats, fruits, and green leafy vegetables.
- Tobacco. Cigarettes contain close to 600 chemicals, and produce over 4,000 chemicals when burned. One result (among many) can be damage to artery walls.
- Alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption is a known factor.
- Sodium. Too much sodium (contained in salt) can increase blood pressure.
- Low potassium intake. Potassium acts to balance sodium.
The above list gives you a guideline of do’s and don’ts to work into your routine. In addition, some supplements believed to help lower blood pressure:
- Coenzyme Q10: Also known as ubiquinone, is a substance present in all human cells and responsible for cell protection and energy production.
- Garlic: For high blood pressure, only use garlic under supervision of a qualified medical practitioner due to its blood-thinning effect.
- Hawthorn: The berries of the hawthorn shrub have been found to help the circulatory system.
- Fish oil: Omega-3 fatty acids have many health benefits.
- Folic Acid: a vital component of your overall health.
It is interesting to note that when researching a long list of ailments: from cholesterol and blood pressure to insomnia and energy levels – even such things as anxiety and depression – we find that certain diet and lifestyle changes have a uniformly positive effect. Delete the processed, additive-laden, high-fat foods from your diet; switch to whole and organic foods, plant nutrients, natura supplements; drink lots of water; get regular exercise and fresh air. Do all these and keep them up on a routine basis, and you’re likely to see marked changes the next time you visit the doctor.
Of course, for such things as blood pressure, you do need to see a qualified medical professional. You may be prescribed blood pressure medication to get it down, but feel free to go over the above points and work out a program tailored to your needs. Over to you!