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Preventing High Blood Pressure Naturally

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series High Blood Pressure

Do you suffer from high blood pressure?  If so, ask yourself these questions:

    • Is my diet high in fat?
    • Is my diet high in salt?
    • Am I overweight?
    • Do I smoke?
    • Do I drink alcohol?
    • Do I consume a lot of caffeine?

11254026_sIf you answer yes to any of these questions, it may be the cause of the high blood pressure that you suffer from.  Obviously there are other factors as well, such as stress and dietary deficiencies.  Dietary deficiencies include potassium, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.

What is your blood pressure?”  I’m finding that some people are thinking that they are suffering from high blood pressure, when in fact they are not.  Too many times if your blood pressure is slightly elevated the medical community instantly diagnoses you with high blood pressure and prescribes you medication.  Of course, there are cases when medication is needed.  But, ultimately, changing your diet and lifestyle will get you the more permanent results of lower blood pressure.

A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80.  Typically, you are considered to have high blood pressure if your blood pressure reading is 140/90.  Do you know your blood pressure?  If not, shame on you…go have it checked whether it be at a doctor’s office, at the local drug store (they usually have the machines near the prescription counter), or buy you a small/inexpensive cuff to test it yourself at home.

The best way to manage your blood pressure is through diet, exercise, and meditation.  Yes, I said meditation.  There is scientific evidence that people who meditate twice a day for 30 minutes have lower blood pressure than those who don’t.  As for your diet,  eat smaller, more frequent, and low fat meals.  Avoid alcohol, caffeine, salt, sugar, Nutra-Sweet, fat, smoked meats, and sodas.  What does that leave?  It leaves things like broccoli, bananas, oranges, ried fuits, potatoes, seafood, bell peppers, avocados, celery, brown rice, and leafy greens.

What you should know…eating low fat means cutting out all the saturated and unhealthy fats not eliminating all fats.  Be sure to eat foods, like avocados and nuts, that have healthy fats.  Or, take an essential fatty acid supplement.

A few lifestyle and dietary keys to help manage blood pressure:

  • Take a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day
  • Vitamin E therapy to help regulate blood pressure – consult with a natural health practitioner for guidance
  • Drink Hibiscus tea to lower blood pressure
  • Take a B-complex to reduce swelling caused by high blood pressure

Probably the most important thing is to be aware of what your blood pressure is on a regular basis.  And, consult a physician if you find your blood pressure consistently above 150/90.

 

Low Fat Recipes for Blood Pressure

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series High Blood Pressure

Several years ago (almost 5 years ago now) my mom was diagnosed with high blood pressure.  I had no clue how to cook for someone with high blood pressure as I have always had low blood pressure.  So, I called a friend of mine that is a Dietitian and she gave me some very helpful tips.  One of the things she told me was that just because my mom couldn’t have salt, didn’t mean that the food she ate had to be bland and tasteless.

I started making homemade salsa, as the store bought stuff is LOADED with sodium.  Here is my recipe:

2 vine ripened tomatoes still on the vine, cut into chunks

1/2 small onion

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

2 slices jalapeno, from a jar (or 1/4 of a fresh jalapeno, minus seeds)

Put all ingredients into a blender and pulse until desired consistency.  Store in air tight container in the fridge.  Being so fresh it only lasts for a few days (which is why I make such a small batch).

My mom loved this!  She topped most things with this salsa to add flavor when she would normally have added salt.

Again, I did some searching for additional recipes that would be beneficial for people who suffer from high blood pressure and found a great site with some really yummy sounding recipes.  The pic to the right is one of the recipes that they offer.  Doesn’t it look fabulous?

I must admit, I haven’t tried the recipes yet but they sound so good that I thought the site was worth sharing.  Here is the website: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/high_blood_pressure_diet

ENJOY!

Evening Primrose Oil for High Blood Pressure

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series High Blood Pressure

GNC Women's Evening Primrose Oil 1300 - GNC - GNC

 

Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is one of my very favorite natural remedies!  I use it for so many different ailments…dry eyes, PMS, bacterial infections, and a plethora of other things.  It’s even good for eczema and rheumatoid arthritis.

Honestly, I didn’t know that EPO was also good for managing high blood pressure.  But, once I started doing research, I found that it totally makes sense that EPO is good for high blood pressure because it is full of essential fatty acids, specifically Omega 6.

Now, because EPO can lower blood pressure, you need to be really careful about taking EPO if you are taking blood pressure medications.  Allowing your blood pressure to get too low is just a detrimental as allowing it to get too high.  There are a couple of other cautions about taking EPO…don’t take it if:

  • you have epilepsy or seizures
  • bleeding or blood problems
  • you are taking Phenothizines for schizophrenia
  • you are taking medications to control seizures
  • you are taking antidepressants
  • you are taking blood thinners

The BEST brand of EPO is GNC’s Women’s Formula 1300 mg.  You can purchase it here.  It is a very high quality product with enough milligrams that I can take fewer gel caps to get my daily dose than if I were to use other brands.  And, it is a GREAT price…under 20 bucks!

Do you use EPO?  If so, what type of success or problems have you experienced?