One third of adults have high blood pressure and, despite the $27 billion spent every year on medications, it’s the leading cause of premature death worldwide.

I will tell you how to naturally support your cardiovascular system and prevent your pressure from getting out of control.

What is Hypertension?

Blood transports nutrients in a closed system that needs a constant pressure to deliver substances to your cells. If the pressure gets too high it damages blood vessels and puts strain on the heart.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, increases the risk of other conditions:

Aneurysms and blood vessel damage

Heart attack and heart disease

Vision loss and impaired vision

Cognitive loss and memory issues

Dementia, stroke and brain damage

Metabolic syndrome and diabetes

Know Your Numbers

You can easily determine your own blood pressure yourself – with a personal blood pressure device, at a clinic or pharmacy. The reading consists of:

Systolic Pressure – the force of blood when the heart is beating (the top number. )

Diastolic Pressure – the force of blood when resting between beats (bottom number. )

It is the systolic (beating heart) pressure that more accurately describes heart health.

Normal Blood Pressure – is less than 120/80 – this is ideal and lower is ok too.

Prehypertension – between 120-129/80-89 – take action to prevent problems.

Stage 1 High Blood Pressure – between 130-139/80-89 – immediate action needed.

Stage 2 High Blood Pressure – 140 or higher/90 or higher – seek support urgently.

Risk Factors

Multiple factors contribute to hypertension;

Diet – poor diet (table salt, sugar, processed and acidic food) is the number one cause of blood pressure problems. Mucus producing food clogs blood vessels and causes inflammation, so the heart has to increase pressure to get essential nutrients into cells.

Plaque – blood vessel damage is temporarily repaired with waxy cholesterol (smoothing over cracks) but this hardens into plaques that cause obstructions and can break off, potentially causing a heart attack.

Malnutrition – arteries often harden as we age, but this is the result of mineral malnutrition, not simply the passage of time. Insufficient alkalizing minerals lead to mineral deposits that obstruct blood flow.

Pregnancy – the need for additional blood and oxygen for the unborn baby puts a greater strain on the heart, so it pumps harder and the pressure goes up.

Obesity – as weight increases so does the need for blood and oxygen, so the heart pumps harder to ensure all cells are nourished.

Inactivity – less active people usually have higher heart rate and blood pressure. The heart is a muscle that needs to be kept fit!

Alcohol – just one alcoholic drink a day increases your risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular issues.

Tobacco – smoking inflames the walls of your blood vessels, constricting the flow of blood and increasing blood pressure.

Medications – birth control pills release hormones that constrict blood vessels, resulting in higher blood pressure. Unfortunately, water supplies are often contaminated with these and other hormones.

Metals – aluminium, cadmium, mercury and heavy metals reduce the protective effects of omega-3 fats. Metals increase inflammation and stress hormones, making the heart beat faster and increasing pressure.

Managing Pressure Naturally

It’s entirely possible to get your blood pressure under control with lifestyle modifications:

Eliminate – ditch the white refined sugar and table salt (that means all processed foods) as they spike blood pressure. If by any reason you need sugar in your tea or coffee use only unrefined cane sugar and pink Himalayan salt or sea salt. Reduce portion size (overeating adds strain to the system).

Cleanse – your digestive system needs to be clean!

Hydrate – drinking enough water is critical. Medications for high blood pressure often mimic the effects of hydration. Drink natural mineral water and alkaline smoothies.

Nourish – consume alkaline fruits and veggies, including: leafy greens, grapes (seeded), oranges, peaches and tomatoes – they protect your blood vessels from the build up of plaque.

Exercise – regular exercise strengthens your heart, which means it’s able to transport blood with less effort and adapt to stress. Consistently walking 30 minutes a day is enough to lower blood pressure.

Relax – when you’re stressed your body releases hormones that elevate heart rate and pressure. Seek out ways to calm down, unwind, chill out, have fun.

Monitor – pay attention to your blood pressure to see improvements.

Support – alkaline herbs can dilate blood vessels and reduce inflammation while softening plaque – try basil, cayenne, fennel, oregano, and yellow dock. The essential mineral Selenium is a very powerful mineral to reduce the risk of heart disease and all cancers.

By consuming bio-electric organic plants and herbs you ensure the heart has sufficient nutrition for the 2.5 billion beats you need this lifetime.

About Shaun

Hi I am a naturopathic researcher. One which supports and promotes the healthy function of the body...stimulating the body's built-in self healing mechanisms.
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