Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, is widespread in the United States. It is approximated that one in every three adults in the United States suffers from high blood pressure, and for adults aged 65 or older, this number climbs to over 60 percent.
Though, here are some findings that may very well raise your blood pressure: diuretics, beta blockers, and calcium channel blockers, medications that are commonly prescribed to treat hypertension, can increase your risk of developing breast cancer or diabetes.3–10 Still, there is good news; making necessary nutritional, and lifestyle modifications is a safer, highly effectual path to recovery.
Blood pressure measurement consists of two numbers — let’s say 120/80 as an example. The first (top and higher) figure is systolic pressure — the force that your blood pushes against your blood vessel walls when the heart is contracting. The second (lower and bottom) figure is diastolic pressure — the force that your blood pushes against your blood vessel walls when the heart is relaxing.
It would be best if you aimed to maintain systolic blood pressure under 125 using heart-healthy nutritional habits rather than through medication. For the reason that, in addition to the other side effects, drugs used to lower systolic pressure may overly reduce the diastolic pressure, which can lead the increased risk of falls and increase risk of cardiac events, especially in adults older than 65.11–13
The risk of suffering from high blood pressure is that it produces almost no symptoms, all the while damaging your heart, arteries, and kidneys. This is why it’s often called the “silent killer.” For some, very high blood pressure may result in dizziness or headaches, but most do not realize that they are affected by hypertension until diagnosed during a routine checkup.
Various medical conditions — for instance; kidney failure, liver disease, sleep apnea, and anemia — may cause your blood pressure to climb to dangerous levels. However, most people suffer from “essential hypertension,” which is a result of poor lifestyle and dietary habits. Being overweight; consuming a low-plant food, high sodium diet; and sedentary living are all factors that eventually lead, to essential hypertension, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and an increased risk of premature death or disability.
The good news is there are dietary and lifestyle modifications you can make right now that will, not only reduce your risk of hypertension but may well do away with of it.
To help reduce your high blood pressure and high cholesterol, try the Transformation 20 Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Program. This 20-day plan comprises of daily menus, recipes and other tools to help you make effective changes in less than three weeks. More detailed information is found in the book, The End of Heart Disease, which teaches the vital information needed to make a full and permanent change.
Outcomes on individuals with cardiovascular risk factors who switched to a Nutritarian diet were published in a scientific article in 2015; in particular, those who started with high blood pressure experienced a 26 mmHg median decrease in systolic blood pressure in the first year on the diet.
A micronutrient-rich diet will help you attain a healthy weight, which is another major contributor to healthy blood pressure levels.
If you need extra help in lowering your blood pressure, consider adding freshly squeezed vegetable juices to your diet. Additionally, therapeutic exercises, therapeutic fasting, and meditation may address your blood pressure issues, all practical alternatives to avoid the need for harmful drugs.