Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure. Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body.
Blood pressure readings are usually given as two numbers — for example, 120 over 80 (written as 120/80 mmHg). One or both of these numbers can be too high.
The top number is called the systolic blood pressure, and the bottom number is called the diastolic blood pressure.
Normal blood pressure is when your blood pressure is lower than 120/80 mmHg most of the time.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is when your blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg or above most of the time.
Many factors can affect blood pressure, including:
How much water and salt you have in your body
The condition of your kidneys, nervous system, or blood vessels
The levels of different body hormones
Hypertension can be caused by impaired kidney function, resulting in high levels of toxins and bacteria in your blood.
If you have heart or kidney problems, or if you’ve had a stroke, your doctor may want your blood pressure to be even lower than that of people who do not have these conditions.
You are more likely to have high blood pressure, as you get older. This is because your blood vessels lose flexibility due to a continual bombardment of free radicals and from a buildup of plaque inside of the blood vessels. When that happens, less blood can pass through the blood vessels and your heart pumps harder to increase blood flow to the organs. Although high blood pressure increases your chance of having a stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, and early death, reduced blood flow may pose even more problems.
The safest and most reliable answer to restricted blood flow is drink plenty of pure water, change the diet and take ShopFreeMart products as your choice of supplements. ShopFreeMart Pure Mag Concentrate and D-Cal Boron Boron may help heal the endothelial cells of your blood vessels and dissolve unwanted plaque from inside your veins and arteries allowing your blood to flow easily at normal pressures. The herbs in ShopFreeMart Sugar-D product may also help separate blood cells that are clumped together in large numbers, preventing normal blood flow. ShopFreeMart products that have antioxidant properties include Siaga, and Vitalize. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, eliminating their destructive effect upon the blood vessels.
Your doctor may put you on blood thinners to help blood flow easier through the blood vessels. Just understand that this is merely a Band-Aid and is not a cure. In fact, Coumadin is rat poison that causes mice to die from hemorrhage when eaten.
There are natural ways to thin the blood, which will lower blood pressure naturally, which will tend to lengthen your lifespan rather than shorten it.
You have a higher risk of high blood pressure if you:
Are African American
Are often stressed or anxious
Drink too much alcohol (more than one drink per day for women and more than two drinks per day for men)
Have a family history of high blood pressure
You are a smoker
It is commonly thought that too much salt in your diet causes hypertension, but it may be that too little salt could be the problem. Using the right kind of salt however is very important.
A new study found that low-salt diets increase the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes and do not prevent high blood pressure.
The investigators found that the less salt people consumed, the more likely they were to die of heart disease – 50 people in the lowest third of salt consumption (2.5 grams of sodium per day) died during the study as compared with 24 in the medium group (3.9 grams of sodium per day) and 10 in the highest salt consumption group (6.0 grams of sodium per day). And while those eating the most salt, had on average a slight increase in systolic blood pressure – a 1.71-millimeter increase in pressure for each 2.5-gram increase in sodium per day – they were no more likely to develop hypertension.
“If the goal is to prevent hypertension with lower sodium consumption, this study shows it does not work” said the lead author, Dr. Jan A. Staessen, a professor of medicine at the University of Leuven, in Belgium.
Dr. Alderman said the new study is not the only one to find adverse effects of low-sodium diets. He studied people who had high blood pressure and found that those who ate the least salt were most likely to die.
I recommend at least ½ tsp. of salt daily, but it should be from a good source like Redmond Salt or Himalayan Salt available at most health food stores or can be purchased at www.realsalt.com. Typical table salt is highly processed and has Aluminum added to prevent clumping. (See Index on Salt)
Certain cultures make a practice of mixing 1 tsp. of salt in a glass of water and drinking the solution first thing every morning on an empty stomach. Those who subscribe to this practice are among the healthiest people on the planet.
People who are inactive are more likely to gain weight because they don’t burn up the calories that they take in from food and drinks. An inactive lifestyle also raises your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.
Niacin will often help with high blood pressure. Gradually work up to taking 500 mg. If you are low on niacin, this may help.
Home Remedy to reduce blood pressure: Cream of tartar is potassium salt derived from grapes during the wine making process.
Fill a glass with warm water.
Cut a lemon or lime and squeeze the juice into your glass of water.
Add 2 tsp. cream of tartar to your juice/water mixture and stir well.
Drink this mixture once a day for three days. Rest for two days, then repeat again for three days if symptoms continue.
If you are currently taking a blood pressure medication be sure to consult with your physician frequently when making lifestyle changes, as he or she may need to reduce your prescription from time to time.
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