How to Reverse High Blood Pressure?
“One Nation Under Pressure”
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What is Hypertension?
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:
The first number is the pressure as your heart beats and pushes blood through your blood vessels. This is the "systolic" pressure.
The second number is the pressure when your vessels relax between heartbeats. This is the "diastolic" pressure.
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, adrenal tumor growth, diabetes or other conditions.
BLOOD PRESSURE CHART
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:
- Feeling confused or other neurological symptoms
- Chest pain
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 - 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 - 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
Increased cortisol - 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 – 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.
Overweight – high pressure is twice as common in adults who are overweight that 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 harder your heart must work with each contraction – and the stronger the force on your arteries. www.mayoclinic.com
Low 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.
Smoking – 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.
Alcohol – too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels.
Caffeine – is stimulating and elevates the blood pressure.
Stress – 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 our 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.
Medication – drug induced high blood pressure is a common side effect in many medicines.
GO ON A TOTAL PLANT-BASED DIET
- Cut out all flesh foods (including fish, chicken, meat, pork, and all crustaceans) as well as its byproducts (eggs, cheese, milk, cakes, ice-cream etc.) Meats are high in sodium; contain hypoxanthine (caffeine) and increases cholesterol, which narrows or clogs the arteries, thus increasing the blood pressure. If you desire to use milk, non-harmful substitutes can be made from rice, almonds, cashews, etc. Recipes for nuts, grains, bean loaves and more can be found in the following cookbooks: It’s All Good, Ten Talents, The Optimal Diet, Of These Ye May Freely Eat, Give Them Something Better and Encyclopedia of Foods and Their Healing Power vol. 3
- Eliminate all forms of sugar, syrup and fructose, which inhibits the production of nitric oxide thus causing the arteries to loose their elasticity.
- All white bread, flour, canned, refined and processed foods should be eliminated from the diet.
- Eliminate tea, tobacco, coffee, wine and alcohol.
- Avoid condiments such as vinegar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and Spices like nutmeg, monosodium glutamate, cinnamon, clove, hot peppers.
- Fried foods, highly processed foods should be avoided.
- Stop the use of all free oils from the diet. This includes coconut and olive oil. High fat contributes to build up of plaque in the blood vessels thus narrowing the space for blood flow.
- Eat 3-5 servings of fresh fruit daily as well as cooked fruit.
- Eat 3-5 servings of fresh vegetables daily in addition to steamed vegetables. Some fresh fruits or vegetables may be in the form of juice. However be sure to eat some to get that essential fiber daily.
- Diuretic foods are helpful in lowing blood pressure, such as, cucumbers, watermelon, coconut water, pineapples, parsley, or pumpkin.
- Potassium levels will be improved by eating vegetables and beans especially, kidney, lentil, garbanzo, black or pinto, bananas, black strap molasses (do not use if you have Diabetes), organic soybean, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and nuts like walnuts or almonds except peanuts. Another great benefit of beans is that the body converts the amino acid in these foods called L-Arginine into nitric oxide, which relaxes and expands the blood vessels in addition to prevent the formation of plaque build up in the arteries.
- Salt is essential to the blood and for a hypertensive person, the best salt to use is the Pink Himalayan sea salt. This contains potassium balanced with sodium and eighty-two other trace minerals including iodine, which supports your adrenals and normalize your blood pressure.
- Avoid excessive use of Tyramine foods (aged, fermented, spoiled- e.g. meats, pork, cheese, chocolate, caffeine teas, alcohol beverages, overripe avocados, overripe bananas, overripe bread fruit) these are stimulants and will elevate the blood pressure. In addition, when the diet is high in Tyramine foods, be careful with the use monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as antidepressant medications: Nardil, Marplan, Zelapar or Eldepryl or herbs such as syrian rue, ayahuasca, passion flower, nutmeg, turmeric and kava as this combination can cause a hypertensive crisis.
- Drink at least 8 glasses (64oz) of water each day. Upon awakening, drink at least 2 to 4 glasses of very warm water. Drink this as a bolus to flush your system, one of those glasses should have 2 teaspoons of lemon juice in it. Always use a straw when drinking lemon juice to protect the enamel of your teeth. Drink water 15 - 30 minutes before the meal or 2 hours after the meal. Please drink water during the day by mouthfuls at a time until the urine is pale yellow to clear.
- One of the most effective ways to lower your blood pressure is through daily exercise. Walking for one continual hour daily improves blood circulation throughout the entire body putting an extra strain on the heart.
- Reduce your stress. Stress including unresolved emotional issues can contribute to increased blood pressure. A prayerful life is a useful technique to cope with stress.
- Sleep is important in preventing high blood pressure and heart problems. Going to bed by 10:00pm nightly aids in reducing inflamed arteries and regulating blood pressure.
On one occasion we worked with a gentleman who ate healthily and exercised regularly, however his Blood Pressure read at 181/104. He told us that 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, asked him to go to bed by 9:00 pm and after the first night, his Blood Pressure dropped to 117/77.
- Carefully read food labels and select items low in salt and sodium.
- All meals should be eaten on a regular schedule, 7 days a week, with no more than a 30 minutes time difference in schedule. Meals should be eaten at least 5-6 hours apart.
- Stop smoking if you do. 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.
- Get adequate amounts of sunlight exposure between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm for
darker skinned individuals you will need 45 minutes to 1 1⁄2 hours and for lighter skinned individuals, you will need 10 to 15 minutes everyday. When the sun hits the skin, it dilates the blood vessels and lowers the blood pressure.
Low levels of Vitamin D also increase the risk of Pre-eclampsia in pregnant women. 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 and October take 1000iu daily, April and November take 2000iu daily, March and December take 3000iu daily, January and 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 5,000iu per day 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.
- Garlinase 2 tablets twice a day with each meal (high blood pressure/cholesterol/diabetes) or 4 cloves of fresh garlic daily.
- Vein Maxx - for healthy circulation and vascular support
- Liverclean - use as directed on bottle (cleans the liver and helpful for diabetes, cholesterol
and maintaining liver health if on any other drug medication)
- CoQ10 useful for strengthening the heart - use as directed on bottle
- Seaweed Cure as directed on the bottle or Kelp – use 1 tablespoon twice daily with meals.
- Unsulfured Blackstrap molasses if you are not Diabetic. This is a great source of potassium,
which helps in lowering blood pressure. Take - 2 tablespoons daily
- Lecithin granules 1-2 tablespoons daily
Hawthorn Berries boil 2 tablespoons for 15 minutes and draw for 3-4 hours
Cornsilk steep 1 handful of organic cornsilk
Hibiscus tea steep 7 flowers, Use 7 leaves
Bayleaf or Soursop, or Avocado or Linden or Breadfruit
Prepare any of the above herbs by steeping in 32oz of hot water for 40 minutes to 3 hours and drink as water daily. Use treatment for 90 days then one month off then repeat until condition is resolved. Do not sweeten.
General instructions for preparing teas
- Hard parts of the plant such as: roots, seeds, rhizome or bark: BOIL for 15 minutes, and then draw for 40 minutes to 4 hours
- Delicate parts of the plant such as: leaves, flowers, buds, stems or clusters: bring water to a boil then DRAW/STEEP for 40 minutes to 3 hours.
- For combinations: boil hard parts first for 15 minutes then add delicate parts and draw/steep for 40 minutes to 4 hours.
- Drink tea as water through the day.
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.
PLEASE COMBINE THIS SHEET WITH THE FACT SHEET TO GET THE BEST RESULT.
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