As mentioned in my previous article Defining High Blood Pressure, it’s important to treat the cause and effect at the same time, while working with your doctor to bring down your medication so you don’t suffer from their side effects.
If you are on a blood pressure medication, then I recommend starting with whatever cure you wish to start with for two weeks. Checking your blood pressure regularly. Then, with your doctor’s approval, slowly start reducing your medication, a little at a time. It’s important to give any natural remedy at least two weeks to prove it has some merit.
If it doesn’t, then try another or another until you find one that is best suited for your personal needs and body type. But keep trying! A lot of people try one remedy and then say holistic health and herbal remedies did not work for them. That’s called throwing out the baby with that bath water. When in fact they didn’t give this way to health an honest try.
Most hypertensive people can greatly reduce their blood pressure simply through nutritional changes. Increasing the amounts of vegetables and fruit and reducing the amount of fat and cholesterol as one good suggestion. This will not only reduce your blood pressure, but can help with weight loss which really lowers your blood pressures substantially.
Try eating whole, unrefined, unprocessed foods. Include as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can. Especially garlic, onion and whole grains. For protein use more soy, beans, seeds, nuts, and cold-water fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, halibut, and mackerel). Start using virgin olive oil instead of other saturated oils on the market shelves.
Salt and HBP;
The world over consumes way too much salt, a known cause of High Blood Pressure and strokes. Human beings seem to be addicted to sodium but have little awareness about how much salt is hidden in our foods. It’s very important to start reading product labels to determine how much salt they include. Most processed and packaged foods are rich in sodium (salt).
Click here for more information on where salt is hiding in your diet.
Try eliminating salt altogether. Salt can be easily replaced with “No Salt”, a salty tasting potassium, which actually helps HBP.
When you eat in restaurants, ask them not to add any salt to your food, there will be plenty in their prepared sauces and spices.
Then eliminate fried foods, refined foods, (ie; junk foods) and caffeine. Cut down on your dairy intake, especially cheese products. Yogurt is OK.
If you have Hypertension, you must quit smoking. I know this sounds preachy, but unless you want to be a stroke victim, with a substantial loss of bodily functioning, you must quit. The statistics are overwhelmingly stacked against if you smoke.
My husband was a serious cigarette addict. I thought his method of quitting was excellent. After trying all the usual cures known to man, he gave up and asked his MD for a prescription to make him sleep for four days, which he did. After staying asleep through most of the nasty withdrawal symptoms, he woke up refreshed and full of energy. He’d never had such a good sleep ever! He hasn’t picked up a cigarette since. WHATEVER it takes to quit, do it. It doesn’t matter what drug you take to help you out, getting out of the nicotine prison is more important.
People who are suffering from hypertension should get at least a good eight hours sleep each night. Rest is the body’s way to rehabilitate itself and is a vital aspect of recovery. Most importantly, you must avoid overstraining, worrying, tension, anger, thoughts of anger and really importantly, haste and speeding around in any adrenal kind of way.
It is really important to begin to develop a calm and cheerful disposition and a positive attitude. Think about what it might take for you to develop this quality of a calm and contented nature about your self.
You might think that this would require an abnormal amount of time and energy just dedicated to your self and improvement. Look at it this way. To the degree and length that you ignored your self, you now have to give equally that much back. You have to pay the piper, so to speak. Others would say you are beginning to recognize karma. I would say your karma car just had an accident.
Don’t assume that your blood pressure is normal just because it used to be. Have it checked often. Once a condition of high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. Yes, you can lower it greatly with the many different remedies that are available. But if you stop treating it, it will go right back up again. It is easier and a lot wiser to prevent the high blood pressure condition from arising in the first place. Prevention is by far the best cure.
You would be surprised to find out how many men thought that they would not live as long as they have. And then sheepishly confess that, “If I thought I was going to live this long, I would have treated myself much better sooner.”
Another really important note to people who are trying to come to terms with their hypertension is the diligence required in the cure. Sure you have stopped eating meat and have replaced them with vegetables and fruit. You’ve even given up the drink. You’re exercising regularly and taking all the supplements you can handle. But did you give up coffee? In treating hypertension you have to cover every base examined here. Not just a percentage of them.
Supplements for HBP
Supplements can be helpful nutritional support in reducing hypertension. Determine the correct quantities of each supplement with your local naturopath or nutritionist. Because a supplement or a recommended dose may not be appropriate for all persons, it is important to seek professional advice. Here are some recommended supplements to use.
- L-Carnitine, an amino acid, found in protein,is responsible for the transportation of fatty acids into the mytochondria, helpful for hypertension.
- Multi, A daily multivitamin ensures that you’re getting the basics.
- Potassium, This crucial mineral is found in many fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, fish and supplements.
- Calcium, essential to rebuilding the body, but should have magnesium taken with it or constipation occurs.
- Magnesium, found in leafy greens, legumes, whole grains and Magnesium Citrate.
- Vitamin C, The less vitamin C in the blood, the higher the blood pressure.
- Bioflavonoids, available in citrus fruits, vegetables and supplements, bioflavonoids are known to expand vitamin C’s effect.
- Vitamin E, Evidence suggests that vitamin E also magnifies vitamin C’s blood pressure-lowering effect.
- Pycnogenol, French maritime pine bark extract lowers blood pressure.
- Omega-3s, essential fatty acid-containing foods or supplements of fish oil, flaxseed oil and primrose oil.
- Co enzyme Q10, Hypertensive patients are often deficient in ubiquinone.
- Zinc, Zinc may reverse hypertension that has been caused by too much cadmium, found in cigarettes.
- Hawthorn, An enzyme that can cause arteries to constrict is blocked by this berry. A well known heart tonic.
- Linden, This flower is often combined with hawthorn to reduce blood pressure.
- Taurine, this is a unique amino acid, available in protein and as a supplement. It balances sodium and potassium in the blood, and lowers blood pressure.
- Goldenseal root may reduce blood pressure, especially when taken in conjunction with ginger.
- Psyllium, Take this water soluble fiber with plenty of water. Also a great remedy for constipation.
- Black Cohosh, this herb may also help with hypertension.
- Vitamin C
- Flaxseed meal, flaxseed meal is a better choice due to its fiber, lignan, and vitamin content.
- Check Your Blood. Have cholesterol and triglycerides checked regularly.
- Choose white fish and skinless chicken and turkey. Skip cheese, bacon, red meat, gravy and desserts.
- Omega-3s, stress essential fatty acid-containing foods or supplements of fish oil, flaxseed oil and primrose oil.
- Forget the Trans Fats(hydrogenated fats). These are a greater risk than even saturated fats.
- Whole Oats, eaten daily; oats clearly lower hypertension.
- Got Milk? Hypertensive patients rarely drink enough milk and are usually low in calcium.
- Soy, studies suggest that the isoflavones in soy, tofu, tempeh and miso are great for making arterial walls more elastic.
- Carrot Juice: Studies show it cleans arteries and more.
- Cayenne should become your friend. The capsicum in cayenne is a great blood cleaner which can reduce hypertension. Read here about the extended health benefits of Cayenne.
- Parsley is a natural diuretic, which cuts blood pressure.
- Ginger offers hypertensive benefits in many ways, stimulating the digestive ad circulatory systems of the body. Read here about the extended health benefits of Ginger.
- Studies on garlic show that garlic lowers hypertension 2-7 percent.
- Onions help a great deal too.
Here is a list of natural remedies that have proven themselves over the test of time. I’m sure that you will find one that works best for you. “Think of food as herbs, and herbs as food.”
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It’s always important to buy Organic ACV with The Mother (culture) in it. Many people will swear this to be the best all time remedy for lowering high blood pressure. It acts fast, is easy to use and is widely available at most health food stores. Results usually occur in a week. One tablespoon three times a day ought to do it.
A good home remedy for high blood pressure is to take two tablespoons of honey mixed with equal parts of onion juice twice a day for at least a couple of weeks.
Every morning for a month eat a raw papaya and nothing else for at least two hours. I recommend a little lime juice to give it better flavor.
For lowering your blood pressure, try a glass of beetroot juice a couple times a day for a week or two, and good results should show up for you.
Garlic is known as a very effective means of lowering blood pressure. It may be taken in the form of raw cloves or two to three capsules a day. It will minimize the small spasms in small arteries by modifying the rhythms of the heart. Read here for the extended health benefits of Garlic.
One of the most valuable foods for the body is the lemon, peel and all. A good source of Bioflavonoids, Vitamin P has a host of other benefits from digestion to elimination. Just look up the Master Cleanse Diet.
Also rich in vitamin P is the Grapefruit, which shows a lot of similar characteristics as the lemon.
Another precaution against high blood pressure is the Watermelon. When the seeds are dried and roasted they become a valuable tool in dilating the blood vessels of the body thereby increasing circulatory functions.
Rice is the perfect diet for hypertensive people who are on a salt restricted diet. Rice has low fat, low salt and low cholesterol. Even the calcium in brown rice calms the nervous system which helps relieve high blood pressure.
Potatoes are a rich source of magnesium and potassium when boiled with their skins on.
Parsley Tea is a circulatory and capillary enhancing beverage. Just put fresh parsley into a cup of water and let simmer and stand a few minutes. Drink as much as you want all day long.
Carrot and spinach juices mixed together in their raw form provide an excellent form of blood pressure control. These should be taken morning and night. Try mixing half and half until you get the blend that you enjoy.
Rauwolfia serpentina, an Ayurvedic herb used also by the pharmaceuticals for Hypertension, a well known sedative and relaxant.
Relaxation and Meditation for Hypertension
Now that you have some basics and some good ideas to start with, let’s take a look at some of the studies that unequivocally stem the tide of hypertension. Even though all religions suggest it, few in our adrenal North America use it. Especially now that it’s high fashion to hang around street corners with designer clothes and a brand name coffee in your hand. Yes, I’m talking about meditation. It works! All the studies show that it does, the rest is up to you.
Try meditation for twenty minutes two times a day. Once in the morning and once before dinner. This simply requires you to sit in a chair with your eyes closed. Begin by noticing only your breath. I am breathing in, I am breathing out. That’s all. This is the Vipassna Meditation approach.
If you want try the standard North American accepted T.M. or Transcendental Meditation, I highly recommend it. Again, with this method you sit with your eyes closed and use a mantra or sound (like Om) when noticing that you are thinking thoughts. Each time you are noticing that you are thinking thoughts, gently, gently start repeating your mantra or whatever sound you like, to replace whatever thoughts were there. Om, is good. Om mani padmi um, is a well known Buddhist standard. Using a T.M. mantra does work better for some reason.
The basic premise of meditation is that the mind cannot think two thoughts at the same time. (Thank Goodness!) So gently choose the thoughts (mantra) you would rather have instead of the adrenaline producing ones.
Important note: Do not try to meditate before you go to sleep. Meditation is a very good way to fill your energy bucket. You want it drained in order to go to sleep. However, with a little practice you can learn how to tuck it under your pillow instead.
-Stephanie Waymen (Rolfe) CNC