What is normal blood pressure:
Ideally, we should all have a blood pressure below 120 over 80 (120/80). If you
reading is consistently above this – you will need to think about lowering it if you
want to prevent ill health.
Clinical High blood pressure (Hypertension) is considered 140 over 90, or higher,
over a number of weeks of readings.
What causes high blood pressure?
- Stress (high blood pressure is linked to adrenal activity)
- Being overweight
- Not active enough / sedentary lifestyle
- Unhealthy diet (particularly not enough fresh fruit and vegetables)
- Too much salt in the diet
- Older age
- Pregnancy (pre-eclampsia)
- Linked to another health issue
If you have other health conditions it is important to keep your blood pressure
Health risks include:
- Heart attack, stroke, dementia, kidney disease and peripheral arterial disease
(which can affect your legs).
Also some forms of surgery / dental surgery cannot be performed when blood
pressure is too high.
Support Overview for managing high BP:
- Reduce stress / support adrenals with herbs – Siberian ginseng, chamomile, hops, passionflower, astragalus, ashwagandha, lavender powder.
- Support the heart – hawthorn and olive leaf.
- Fish or linseed (flax) oil.
- More dark green vegetables and fruit in diet. Also seaweed and land grasses e.g wheatgrass.
- B complex – particularly B12, folic acid (folate) and B6.
- High doses of magnesium (200-400mg per day).
- Cell protecting foods – particularly in food form i.e pomegranate.
- Reducing salt from diet
- Two litres of water a day
- Other holistic therapies ie. Accupuncture, massage, yoga.
- Cut out tea, coffee, alcohol, energy drinks containing caffeine
Treatment for Low BP:
Look at the adrenals, blood sugar, poor circulation.
Helpful: taking cayenne pepper (capsicum) capsules and/or ginkgo.
Sometimes high doses of magnesium may ‘over lower’ so reduce dose.
Never self diagnose – always see your GP before seeking alternative routes.
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