Blood pressure is dangerous...
often referred to as the ‘silent
"If you have a blood pressure issue or you want to prevent it…
you can improve your knowledge with this comprehensive series of
articles and discover natural alternatives to harmful drugs.
"Taking responsibility for your own
health is the first major step and the fact you are reading this indicates you may be interested
in investigating natural or alternative health solutions."
High Blood Pressure
One fact health care
professionals do know, however, is that left untreated over time, high blood
pressure can lead to serious heart disease and other vascular troubles, even
But there are some simple steps
you can take today that will begin to lower your blood pressure almost
immediately. Over time, the result is a sustained healthy blood pressure reading
that supports your blood vessels and heart for years to come. You can start now
with these five easy lifestyle changes...
High Blood Pressure… Are You at Risk?
Knowing the risk factors for high
blood pressure, or hypertension, is the first step toward making sure
your blood pressure is at a healthy level. There are several risk
factors for hypertension. Some are within your control and others are
simply a matter of genetics...
Measuring Your Blood Pressure
The power force behind everything is your heart so
let's look at the heart’s function first. It is a pump that pushes blood
through your circulatory system, travelling through your entire body. The
rate it pumps at is called the heart rate. On average, a healthy heart rate
is somewhere between 70 and 75 beats per minute. The more frequent the heart
has to beat, the higher the blood pressure.
Pressure is the force it takes your heart to pump your blood around your
arteries. It changes throughout the day and can be affected by all sorts of
things, like meals, excitement, smoking, anxiety and even temperature. A
normal blood pressure reading in a healthy adult might look like this...
120/80mmHg. You may also hear it described as 120 over 80. The '120' is the
systolic pressure, i.e., when blood pressure is at its highest - when your
heart beats to pump the blood. And the '80' is the diastolic pressure
recording your blood pressure when your heart relaxes between beats.
Blood pressure readings can vary depending on whether
you have recently been subjected to any blood pressure treatments,
taken exercise, are sitting or standing, have recently taken substances like
drugs, caffeine, or something you may have a slight allergy to.
Shortcuts Your Doctor May Be Taking
to Measure Your Blood Pressure
Did you know your family doctor may be taking a shortcut during
your office visits that might be putting your health at risk? I know
it sounds difficult to believe, but it's true. As a result of trying
to squeeze as many appointments as possible into their daily
schedules, doctors sometimes skip vital steps during your physical
Blood Pressure and the Salt Connection
Then there is the volume of blood in the body to be
taken into account. The more blood there is returning to the heart, the more
it has to work and the higher the blood pressure. Salt increases blood
volume in some people so a patient with high blood pressure is often advised
to reduce their salt intake.
However, recent research is telling us
you can have your cake and eat it too -- well at least you can lower your
blood pressure and have your salt too. Hypertension, it turns out, is not
caused by too much salt. Neither is it lowered by simply cutting salt out of
your diet. So how is it that table salt (sodium) is still getting such a bad
rap and being linked to high blood pressure? The real culprit it turns out
is not salt...
High Blood Pressure and Obesity
Is your weight putting you at risk?
Viscosity is the thickness of the blood. The thicker
the blood, the harder and more frequent the heart has to pump. Sugar
increases viscosity as do certain illnesses.
Does your daily weigh-in cause
your blood pressure to spike? If you are as little as ten percent
over your ideal weight, especially if you're carrying excess body fat
in your abdominal region, then what you learn in the next few minutes
could not only help you lose those excess inches, but it could also save your
health and even your life...
Blood Pressure… Lower It Using One Great Fruit
you know which common food you can get at your local grocery store or
farmers market that will reduce your blood pressure significantly
while boosting your immune system and protecting you from cancer at
the same time?