Some Things We Can Do To Reduce Our Blood Pressure Without Medication.

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High blood pressure is often referred to as a silent killer because high blood pressure doesn’t always give you symptoms and so you may not know that you have high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure for long period with cause damage to the blood vessels, resulting in strokes, kidney failure and even myocardial infarction. High blood pressure is very common and probably under diagnosed. However, once diagnosed as having a high blood pressure it is relatively easy to treat and prevent future complications. The trick is to have your blood pressure checked periodically, especially if there is a family history of high blood pressure and if it is high to see your doctor for advise. The public health agency of Canada reports hypertension statistics as follows:-

  • In 2006/07, 450,029 adults were newly diagnosed with hypertension (22.1 per 1,000 population aged 20 years and older, 21.6 per 1,000 women and 22.7 per 1,000 men).

Here are some suggestions based on some evidence that they may be helpful, but the proof of the pudding is when your blood pressure readings become normal  after following these suggestions.

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1. Decrease your weight, even by losing as little as 10 lbs will be helpful.

2. Daily aerobic exercise 30-40 min per day, combined with strength training three times a week.

3. Reduce or stop alcohol intake.

4. Reduce salt intake. We only need 500mg per day but our diets can have as high as 5000mg per day if it is mostly from canned or packaged or processed foods. Most restaurant food is also with high salt content.

5. Reduce oils with high ratio of omega -6 to omega -3, which include corn oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil; replace it with extra virgin olive oil or macadamia oil.

6. Increase garlic intake, four cloves every day. Can get the same benefit with 900 mg of aged garlic extract.

7.High quality seaweed 3 gm per day.

8.Lycopene in fresh tomatoes or lycopene supplement may also help.

9. Magnesium 500 mg per day , but people with kidney disease should consult their doctor first. Consuming generous portion of green leafy vegetables will give you the same benefit.

10. Vitamin D supplement helps lower blood pressure as well as many other benefits.

11. Four grams of Omega-3 per day also helps to lower the blood pressure.

12. CoQ10 deficiency can cause high blood pressure. Taking 200-400 mg per day can lower the blood pressure.

13. Stress management will also reduce blood pressure.

If you have high blood pressure try to adopt as many of these measures as possible and see if the blood pressure come down. ALWAYS work with you doctor so there are no conflict with medication, proper target of blood is achieved and the supplements are not doing any other harms.

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Lowering Cholesterol Without Medication

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There are ways to lower your cholesterol without medications. However before you embark on this you should consult your doctor because there are situations where the cholesterol needs to be lower than normal levels to prevent strokes and heart attacks. In someone with diabetes or known coronary artery disease, for example, they need to have LDL levels lower than 2 or even lower according to some experts.

There are individuals who are sensitive to cholesterol lowering medication and they are unable to continue taking them and then there are those who are on high doses of medications and wish to reduce the dose to minimize the side effects. Some patients just don’t like taking the medications even though they know by not taking them they are at higher risk for getting heart attack or a stroke or both.

Your doctors will recommend you to reduce foods that cause cholesterol to go up and to exercise regularly. Most people know cholesterol lowering diet, which includes diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetable; low or no white bread, no white rice, no white pasta and no simple carbohydrates such as sugar, cookies, cakes, candy or ice cream; low or no   starchy vegetables such as potatoes and winter squash; avoid alcohol, fruit juices and pop; increase fiber by eating whole wheat foods like steel-cut oats or sprouted grain breads or by adding psyllium husks to the cereals. Minimize meat and full fat dairy consumption; get protein from plant source such as soya, seitan, tempeh, lentils, nuts, quinoa etc.

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Exercise is important because it increases the good cholesterol HDL and increases the muscle mass, which in turn increases the metabolic rate and burn calories; exercise also reduces insulin resistant.

Diet and exercise alone may not be enough to lower the cholesterol. Here is a list of some natural food supplements that will help lower the cholesterol further; but they are most effective when used in conjunction with good diet and regular exercise as indicated above.

The list of food of supplements that lowers the cholesterol:

1. Omega -3 fish oil 4 gm per day has been shown to lower triglycerides.

2. Niacin 2000 mg per day can lower the triglycerides and increase the good cholesterol HDL; but it can cause hot flushes and the liver should be monitored.

3. Fiber 35 mg per day can also reduce the cholesterol

4. Artichoke extracts 500 mg tablet three times a day can lower LDL

5. Plant Sterols 2 gm per day can lower the LDL.

6.  EGCG is the active ingredient of green tea and 500 mg twice a day or two cups of green tea per day can lower the LDL.

7. Pantothenic Aciid 300 mg three times a day can lower the cholesterol.

8. Red Yeast Rice 600 mg four times a d ay can lower the cholesterol. But CoQ10 100 mg per day should be taken with it because the Red Yeast Rice lowers its levels.

It is important to work with your doctor to monitor the cholesterol and make sure it is lowered to the targets recommended. If there are any questions post a comment and I will try to provide the answer.

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The Science of Natural Healing – by Dr Mimi Guarneri

 

Choose your community wisely.

Continuing our theme of enriching the soil for life long good health, in this post I will talk about the importance of our community in which we live. I will use the word ‘community’ in a wider sense than the usual meaning; it will also include sense of connectedness and formation of social networks with other individuals in that community. So this includes all of our relationships with each other, including family, friends,work colleagues, acquaintances and strangers; as well as the relationships with the broader world, to the universe and the  community in which we live. I am using this wider sense because we are social beings, and we as individuals can only flourish in a good, wholesome, fertile Eco-system.

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Eco system that promotes stress will cause ill-health. Studies show living in communities that are stressful and cause unhappiness contribute to ill-health and in communities where there is happiness and contentment are health promoting.

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Our Eco-system starts with our families and on that we may not have a choice. If possible we would want to experience in our family a wide range of emotions without fear of harsh judgement and with over all feeling of  happiness, feeling of being safe and supported;  and also having a sense of  unconditional love. In this kind of environment we produce less toxic hormone in our bodies. We are able to learn from our mistakes and grow. We can explore and can afford to be adventurous. Of course the opposite is true when our family environment is not supportive but is  judgmental and so resulting in us shutting down, unable to share our emotional life. The first situation as you can imagine is ‘life giving’ and the second situation is ‘stifling and life draining.’

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Friendship can be mutually beneficial in different ways. The best friendship, according to Aristotle  is that in which both individuals are equally virtuous and never do any harm to each other, to do so would be against their nature; and they have mutual love for each other. Lesser friendships are where there is limited mutual benefit through the association.

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The further away we move from our association with family and friends, to work associates, acquaintances and strangers our reasons for association become more limited but these associations still can have significant impact on us depending on whether the relationship is stressful or not.

The sense of the relationship to our neighborhood should be where its safe to be there without coming to harm from individuals, noise and pollution.

We also want to have the sense that we are not poisoning our planet and we want to leave behind a healthy planet for our children and many future generations.

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Obviously we don’t have complete control to organize our community around us so that it allows us to flourish. We never the less need to align ourselves so that it causes minimal harm to our person-hood  This requires deep thought on what we value, practical wisdom and great courage to make a change. In the end, the change that results in less stress and more contentment will be healthy one indeed.

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