“One Nation Under Pressure”
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Hypertension is defined as a systolic blood pressure reading (the top number) consistently over 130, and/or a diastolic (the bottom number) reading of 85 or above. Based on the Framingham Health Study, for optimal health, the level is less than 120/80.
Blood pressure is the force of blood flow inside your blood vessels. When you check your blood pressure, you are given two numbers, such as 130/80 mmHg (one-thirty over eighty).
Both numbers are important:
When your blood moves through your vessels with too much force, your heart has to work harder and this can cause you to have high blood pressure.
Hypertensives are three times more likely to have a heart attack, five times more likely to develop heart failure, and eight times more likely to suffer a stroke than people with normal blood pressure. Health Power p.40 It also raises your risk for diabetes, eye problems, and kidney disease.
There are two types of Hypertension. Primary and Secondary.
Primary hypertension is not caused by other diseases whereas Secondary hypertension can be caused by chronic kidney disease, tumor growth, diabetes or other conditions.
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Is Hypertension A “Silent Killer”?
Medically, hypertension is called a “Silent Killer” because it is deadly and is said to have no early significant symptoms. However, this is not true. There are always signs of disease, we just are usually not listening to what our bodies are saying.
In severe cases of High Blood Pressure symptoms that may appear, include:
A few people with early-stage high blood pressure may have dull headaches, dizzy spells or a few more nosebleeds than normal, these signs and symptoms typically don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe – even life-threatening – stage.
Certain traits, conditions, and habits—known as risk factors—can raise your risk for High Blood Pressure. Some major causes are:
Tumor growth on the adrenal gland increases adrenalin and this causes inflammation in the arteries.
Chronic Kidney disease.
Kidneys help to regulate blood pressure. When the kidneys are affected, the blood pressure can increase. If the kidney filters less water it increases the pressure in the arteries.
Diabetes adversely affects the arteries, predisposing them to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Atherosclerosis can cause high blood pressure, which if not treated, can lead to blood vessel damage, stroke, heart failure, heart attack, or kidney failure. www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/high-blood-pressure retrieved 20-Jan-12
While cortisol hormone is good to give us the energy we need. Too much cortisol causes inflammation in the arteries, which will lead to an increase in blood pressure. Staying awake after 10:00pm can cause an increased cortisol.
Inflammation in the inner walls of the blood vessels can increase high blood pressure, mainly caused by use of flesh foods, their by-products, sugar, oil or stress.
High salt intake.
While sodium is essential for body metabolism, too much sodium can cause body tissues to hold water. This swelling causes the blood pressure to rise.
Low potassium intake.
Potassium helps balance the amount of sodium in your cells. If you don't get enough potassium in your diet or retain enough potassium, you may accumulate too much sodium in your blood.
High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are overweight than in those who are of a healthy weight.
Narrowed or plugged arteries.
If the arteries are narrowed, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your vessels with much force.
Lack of exercise.
People who are inactive tend to have a higher heart rate. The higher your heart rate, the harder your heart must work with each contraction — and the stronger the force on your arteries. www.mayoclinic.com
Estrogen helps to keep the blood vessels flexible and to modulate other hormone activities that can contribute to regulating high blood pressure. As levels of estrogen decrease, a woman’s risk of developing high blood pressure increases.
Nicotine in cigarette smoke causes large and small blood vessels to narrow and become hard, resulting in reduced blood flow to the rest of your body.
Too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels.
Caffeine is stimulating and elevates the blood pressure.
High levels of stress can lead to a temporary, but intense, increase in blood pressure.
Too little vitamin D.
Vitamin D may affect an enzyme produced by your kidneys that affects your blood pressure. Getting vitamin D from sunlight will allow your blood vessels to expand thus increasing efficient blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
**You can also get High Blood Pressure from the use of drug medication.**
GO ON A TOTAL PLANT-BASED DIET
On one occasion we worked with a gentleman who ate healthily and exercised regularly, however his Blood Pressure running at 181/104. He was going to bed between 1:00 am – 2:00 am nightly for the previous 3 weeks and we suggested that this was the main cause of his increased pressure. We put him on the plan, asking him to go to bed by 9:00 pm and in one night, his Blood Pressure dropped to 117/77.
When the sun hits the skin, it helps the body to produce nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels and lowers the blood pressure.
In treating disease, it is important that your vitamin D level is sufficient. Correct Levels of vitamin D are 40 ng/mL to 100 ng/mL (once the levels get above 150 ng/mL with supplement it can become toxic to the body however if the levels get above 150 ng/mL with Natural Sunlight then you are fine.) The 25-hydroxy vitamin D test is the most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body. Once you know your level, if you need to increase it, you may consider taking 5000iu daily of vitamin D3 supplement until your levels are back in line. For the colder climate, as a regular maintenance from June – September use the Natural Sunlight, May October take 1000iu daily, April November take 2000iu daily, March and December take 3000iu daily, January February take 5000iu daily. Do Not exceed the recommended vitamin D level. Remember that the liquid vitamin D3 with fat is best and easily absorbed (vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so it requires fat in order for it to be absorbed).
If you live in a warmer climate please use the natural sunlight (45-90 minutes daily between the hours of 9:00am – 3:00pm). (high blood pressure/MS/diabetes/cholesterol/all bone problems/colon and breast cancer).
PS: If you are deficient in vitamin D, then you will need to take the prescription dosage or the equivalent of 50,000iu per week for 8 weeks of supplemental vitamin D (liquid is better and taken with plant based fats is best for maximum absorption because vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin).
Here is another option: If there is a chronic deficiency in vitamin D, I would recommend as much as 10,000iu daily for either 3-4 months, then you can resort back to the 5000iu daily.
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HOT ARM BATH
Submerge both arms at the same time in a container with warm water.
Gradually increase heat for effectiveness.
This helps to bring down blood pressure and there is no risk of cardiac collapse.
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