The Silent Killer: High Blood Pressure

November 12, 2012

The Silent Killer: High Blood Pressure

Current research tells us that 1 in 3 Americans has high blood pressure (hypertension) and that one third of these individuals don’t know it. One of the problems with high blood pressure is that symptoms are not easily recognized. If you have had high blood pressure for some time you may be experiencing dizzy spells, headaches and/or nosebleeds. It is important to know that normal blood pressure is around 120/80mmHg and is easily measured by your physician or you can go to your local grocery/pharmacy and measure it yourself for free. In fact this should be done on a regular basis.

Although, there is no one cause of high blood pressure there are some indicators that you may have high blood pressure that include: being over weight, lack of exercise, smoking, high sodium in your diet, low potassium levels, stress, alcohol, age and your family history. Some medical conditions that may bring changes in blood pressure include: kidney dysfunction, adrenal dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction and a wide range of medications whether pharmaceutical or natural. It is possible to get your blood pressure under control with natural remedies. Your healthcare provider can help you with this but may also suggest prescription medications if necessary. Bear in mind, high blood pressure left unchecked may lead to heart attack, stroke and vision loss to mention a few.

There are a number of natural remedies available to you at your local grocery store, pharmacy, health food store and of course over the internet. Some of these remedies include: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), garlic (best in supplement form for standardization), Hawthorne (an herb), fish oil (DHA and EPA, there are vegetarian forms as well) and Folic acid (Vitamin B9). The minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium in the appropriate amounts have also been known to alter high blood pressure. And, don’t forget about changes in your diet. One such diet is known as the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet that is backed by the National Heart Association. This is a diet that involves taking in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, beans and nuts. You may want to discuss this with your healthcare provider and get started on this diet.

Beyond using natural remedies and changes in diet, you can try what is called mind-body therapies. These therapies involve self awareness and training (conscious control and stress removal), biofeedback (mind control over internal body processes), aerobic exercise and yoga to mention a few. These therapies have been demonstrated to control breathing rate, control high blood pressure, control heart rate, alter pain perception and change body temperature.

Before trying any of the above therapies, make sure to consult with your healthcare provider. High blood pressure is nothing to fool around with and it is important to know about your condition as early as possible. It is important to get a proper diagnosis before attempting these therapies. You need to know why you have high blood pressure. All too often, people try to self-diagnose and by doing so can create further harm to their themselves.

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