Is your blood pressure too high?

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What is High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries the higher your blood pressure will be.

Understanding the numbers

Knowing your blood pressure is important even when you are feeling good. Why? Because often times people discover their blood pressure is high & they had no indication that something was off. The top number refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries during contraction of your heart muscle; this is called systolic pressure. The bottom number refers to your blood pressure when your heart muscle is between beats;  this is called diastolic pressure. 120 over 80 is considered in the normal range but above that is considered to be pre-hypertension or hypertension- high blood pressure.

Why it’s so important to keep your numbers in check

The simple version of this story is that high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Most of us have heard that before. What a lot of us don’t consider is that when left unchecked high blood pressure has several negative impacts upon our daily life. Your body is under stress when your blood pressure is high. Sometimes you can feel a tightness in your chest, have shallow labored breathing & feel stress throughout your entire body. You could experience debilitating headaches that put you in the bed & have a difficult time thinking clearly. These are very significant reasons for taking this matter seriously!

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Tips for improving circulatory health & lowering high blood pressure

Get more potassium

Foods rich in potassium include bananas, oranges, potatoes, tomatoes, and milk.Note: If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and are taking a potassium-sparing diuretic (ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure) or if you have kidney disease, first ask your doctor whether you need extra potassium.

Take plenty of calcium

Your heart needs calcium to maintain its proper rhythm, and your kidneys need calcium to regulate your body’s sodium/water balance. Research has shown, however, that people who have high blood pressure generally don’t get enough dietary calcium. Other studies confirm that getting extra calcium can actually lower blood pressure. But that effect is not necessarily seen with calcium supplements. Rely, instead, on foods that are rich in calcium.

Enjoy more garlic

Numerous researchers have pointed to garlic’s ability to lower blood pressure. It also makes a wonderful flavor replacement when you’re cutting back on salt.

Regular Exercise

Elevate your pulse and sustain the elevation for at least 20 minutes. Exercise means better blood circulation which keeps your heart healthy & regulates your blood pressure.

Use Cayenne Pepper

The heat from Cayenne pepper is also a powerful vasodilator, which means it helps expand blood vessels and improve blood flow. This effect naturally lowers blood pressure levels by increasing the rate at which blood flows throughout the circulatory system, which in turn takes some of the pressure off arterial walls. Mixing one or two teaspoons of cayenne pepper in warm water or tea with honey and aloe vera is a powerful homemade remedy for alleviating hypertension.

Try Turmeric

Turmeric is known to significantly decrease inflammation throughout the body, which is a primary cause of high cholesterol and even high blood pressure. By actively reducing inflammation, turmeric helps improve cardiovascular function and maintain healthy blood flow.

Other natural products that may also lower blood pressure

Hawthorn, Fish Oil, MSM, Cod liver Oil, Alpha-linolenic acid, Coenzyme Q10, Cocoa, Raw Celery, Bananas, Raw Almonds

Watch this brief video & you’ll see why we need to give our heart some much needed TLC

All information on this blog is cataloged here so that we may be able to reference it later. It is based on our research & what we have found to be useful. It is not meant to diagnose or treat medical disorders. If you are experiencing any health related issues, please see a doctor.

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