What Causes High Blood Pressure?

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Most cases of high blood pressure are caused by arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis (clogging arterial fats and increased fat storage), 90% of which in turn may result from a calcium, magnesium or fiber deficiency - factors that can be controlled by diet and lifestyle improvement. Some people with high blood pressure are overweight due to a high fat, high sugar diet; most also have a high consumption of salt and red meat which raises critical copper levels. A high stress lifestyle, linked to smoking, excess alcohol and too much caffeine is involved. Key markers for high blood pressure: thickened blood with excess mucous and waste, insulin resistance from poor sugar metabolism (almost half of all people with hypertension also suffer from insulin resistance), thyroid metabolic imbalances, exhausted kidneys and varying degrees of auto-toxemia from chronic constipation.  Studies show that people with hypertension who make good lifestyle changes fare much better than those on anti-hypertension drugs. For example, vegetarians have less hypertension and fewer blood pressure problems than meat eaters. Exercise is a key to normalizing blood pressure. Exforge is a new triple drug approved for hypertension that combines a diuretic, a calcium channel blocker and an angiotensin 11 receptor blocker.

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

Ideal blood pressure stays below 120 (systolic-the pressure exerted when the heart pumps) over 80 (diastolic-the pressure when the heart rests between beats) or slightly less. If the reading goes over 140/90, hypertension is usually indicated. If the diastolic (or bottom) number goes over 104, severe hypertension is diagnosed. In addition to your physician, most pharmacies have easy on site testing or home blood pressure test kits you can buy. Even small changes in blood pressure may be serious. People with blood pressure levels of 120 over 80, once thought to be safe, are now considered at risk for hypertension.

Warning Signs Of High Blood Pressure

• frequent headaches and irritability? chronic constipation? (from calcium and fiber deficiency), chronic respiratory problems? (from excess mucous and wastes)

• dizziness and ringing in the ears? frequent heart arrhythmias? flushed complexion? red streaks in your eyes? (from auto-toxemia)

• great fatigue along with sleeplessness? depression? kidney malfunction? (from insulin resistance and poor sugar metabolism)

• weight gain and fluid retention? (thyroid imbalance from fat storage, too much salt, red meat, and lack of exercise)

• swollen ankles (poor mineral/water balance- also a sign of congestive heart failure)

Can Natural Therapies Lower Blood Pressure?

The newest information shows that most people don’t require medication to control their disease. Millions can reverse high blood pressure with simple diet and lifestyle therapy. Harvard Medical School research finds a low-fat diet may lower blood pressure as much as drugs. New research from the West Oakland Health Center finds that meditation for 20 minutes, twice daily is as effective as drug therapy to lower blood pressure.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page