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High Blood Pressure

 A little info about High Blood Pressure prevelance, symptoms and treatment options.

Prevalence

High Blood Pressure is known as a silent killer.  You may not know that you have it, but for it to be even slightly elevated there may be problems.  73.6 million people in the U.S.  have high blood pressure,  that’s one in four people and the CDC says one in three adults.  And it’s not just for old people, one in ten of men between the ages of 25-34 have it!  Why are rates increasing in younger people?  There could be a couple of reasons:   When I was younger upto 140/90 was still considered normal, now it is considered Stage 1 Hypertension, so it may be recategorization.  It seems that the obesity epidemic is contributing to more cases of HBP, as more younger people gain weight.

There tends to be more HBP in men then in women, and is highly correlated with heart disease, stroke, inflammation, allergies, headaches and fatigue among others.  While some say that there is not a genetic component there is a correlation with high homocysteine, and the MTR, CBS and MTHFR gene mutations can impact homocysteine levels.  As one ages your capillaries can lose their flexibility and that creates higher blood pressure.

Poor diet, and stressful lifestyles can also contribute to high blood pressure, and this is situational hypertension rather than the slow progression seen in aging.  Anger is another example of situational high blood pressure, that you may be able to address with therapy or meditation/spirituality.

Associations with Other Conditions

In addition to those mentioned above, do check out your blood presure if you have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome or are hypothyroid.

Symptoms

Though it is considered a silent killer,  do consider being mindful of your blood pressure if you have the following symptoms

Fatigue Cluster headaches
nosebleed tinnitus
numbness tingling weakness
palpitation frequent urination
blurred vision confusion memory loss
chest pains dizziness
muscle cramps exessive perspiration
Irritability brain aging

Treatment

 

In addition to blood pressure medication you have the the following options you might want to try.  Sometimes medications can cause edema and other symptoms, so you could try these to see if the medication dose can be reduced if not eliminted

Herbs

  • You may consider going to your local herb shop and getting a blood pressure blend.  These will typically contain Hawthorn, which has been known to alleviate HBP.
  • Rauwolfia  has been used in India to control HBP for a long time, it can be found in Cardiotone and homeopathically

Nootropics

Pyritinol, which is an analog of Vitamin B6 has been known to bring down blood pressure fast.  It is considered an antiaging drug and can be found on antiaging sites.  It is also known as Cerbon 6.

Essential Oils have been studied and purported to reduce high blood pressure.  You could consider cold diffusing Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Lemon

Potassium-rich foods

  • Purple Potatoes
  • Beet Juice
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Red Wine..or grape juice?

Supplements

  • Fish Oil , you can freeze these before swallowing if you otherwise burp fish oil
  • Vit C, CoQ10,Vit E ( but not too much)
  • Ginger, Garlic, Cayenne
  • Fiber
  • Calcium and magnesium
  • Aspirin for inflammation reduction and blood thinning
  • Music for relaxation and anger
  • Stop Smoking!
  • Meditation andPets for reducing stress

Monitor

Do consider purchasing a blood pressure monitor, and possibly a Wrist Monitor, if your arms are too bulky for the regular ones, and monitor weekly if you’re on the border and daily if you are already on medication.  Make sure to empty your bladder before doing this, because it may affect your readings.

Remember that your blood pressure may rise if stressed, or if you are traveling and eating out more (they add sodium to food out there you know).  If you are daily readings you may be able to correlate with events

Drink more water; you may think water is boring, so may be perk it up by putting in some lemon or spiking it with an essential oil you may like.

Cheers,

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