If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor has probably advised you to take a blood pressure lowering medication. Often called hypertension, high blood pressure is a common diagnosis for millions of people. Tragically, high blood pressure is increasing in younger and younger people, including children.
High blood pressure is dangerous. It makes the heart work harder to pump blood out to the rest of the body. High blood pressure contributes to stoke, hardening of the arteries, heart failure and more. High blood pressure is not acquired genetically, so don’t blame hypertension on your genetics. We are not genetically programmed to develop high blood pressure. Poor nutrition, a toxic environment and an unhealthy lifestyle are the culprits.
• Rule out underlying infections. 75% of individuals with high blood pressure tend to have underlying infections (bacterial, viral, Candida, fungal, SIBO, H. pylori, parasites and dental infections). The appropriate testing will determine if a hidden infection is the root cause.
• Rule out heavy metal toxicity. This is very common finding in those with hypertension. Heavy Metals Sources, Signs and Symptoms
• Inflammation is a silent killer and a hypertension precursor. The key to healing is to resolve the root cause of inflammation (inflammatory foods, inactivity, dental infections, lack of sleep, gut infections, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, GMOs, glyphosate). When the inflammation is resolved, blood pressure tends to normalize (120/80).
• Balance the parasympathetic (calming) and sympathetic nervous system. Chiropractic, acupuncture, nature therapy, breathing exercises, yin or restorative yoga, walking
• Stress management. Stress comes in many forms: emotional, mental, psychological, spiritual, environmental, electromagnetic and physical. Although stress is a normal part of being human, it’s our perception and how we choose to deal with stressors that inevitably occur. Stress and anxiety cause chemicals to be released into the body that elevate blood pressure and reduce blood flow to the heart.
• Decrease alcohol consumption, which trigger adrenaline rushes that cause blood pressure to soar. Excess alcohol also leads to insulin resistance, disrupts glucose, uric acid and triglycerides levels, affects brain and neurological function, liver health and gut health.
• Good sleep is crucial for reducing high blood pressure. Rule out sleep apnea.
• Open detox pathways and optimize healthy adrenal, thyroid, liver, colon, lymphatic, gallbladder and kidney function.
• Hydrate with clean filtered water (no plastic water bottles). Install water filters in your kitchen and shower. The solution to pollution is dilution.
• Electropollution. Reduce electromagnetic frequency (EMF) exposure. EMFs and dirty electricity have been linked to hypertension and many other modern diseases, health conditions and life-threatening health problems. No screens 3 hours before bedtime.
• Lose excess body fat with a real food diet, a smart and sensible exercise program, move more, less screen time and sitting, more quality sleep and self-care, and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.
• Daily exercise. This isn’t breaking news. Walk outdoors every day. Lift weights: there’s evidence that resistance training results in a more favorable balance in myocardial oxygen supply and demand than aerobic exercise due to the lower heart rate and higher myocardial perfusion pressure. Resistance training with weights can control and even prevent hypertension. [Circulation 116: 572-584, 2007]
• Use food as medicine to reduce blood pressure. Increase intake of potassium-rich foods: organic vegetables, fruits, sprouted beans and legumes (if not lectin-resistant) and fish. Most Americans consume only half the recommended daily intake of potassium and twice the suggested limit for sodium. Potassium can influence blood sugar levels by increasing sodium excretion from the body by stimulating the blood vessels to dilate, opening potassium channels.
• Raw cacao has a blood pressure lowering capacity and is superior to placebos in lowering systolic hypertension or diastolic pre-hypertension.
• Celery has been used for many years in Chinese medicine to alleviate high blood pressure. Celery contains a phytochemical called phthalides that relax the tissues of the artery walls to help increase blood flow, relieve stress hormones and reduce blood pressure. Celery also helps increase bile flow, hydrochloric acid, and acts as a diuretic helping to minimize water retention. Celery and celery juice may lower cholesterol by increasing bile acid secretion.
• Protein is a natural ACE inhibitor due to the amino acids. Low protein intake and fatty acid deficiencies are associated with higher blood pressure.
• Garlic, ginger, beet root juice, organic beets, hibiscus tea, extra-virgin olive oil, tomatoes, celery and pomegranates are especially helpful for reducing high blood pressure.
• Smoothie Recipe for Hypertension. Blend the following ingredients in a Vitamix or other high-powered blender: one whole beet with the greens, handful of fresh parsley, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 4 stalks of celery, a knuckle of fresh ginger root, water and ice.
Eat real food. Avoid these top offenders that increase blood pressure: grains, wheat, carbohydrates, processed foods, sugar, fructose, and alcohol.
Avoid frankenfats found in thousands of processed, packaged and fast foods (breakfast cereals, cookies, chips, fried foods, packaged foods). Restaurant food, especially from fast food chains often serve food loaded with trans fats. Our bodies don’t know how to metabolize these toxic fats.
Eliminate sugar, gluten, grains, processed foods, corn, starchy carbs, soy, and all artificial sweeteners. Phenylalanine, found in Nutra-Sweet and OTC anti-histamines aggravate high blood pressure.
“Vitamin D is very important in blood pressure control due to an effect on a hormone call renin that controls blood pressure. If Vitamin D is low, renin is increased and this in turn causes the arteries to constrict and increase the blood pressure.” —Mark Houston, MD, director of the Hypertension Institute in Nashville
Side effects from hypertension drugs: dizziness, increased risk of breast cancer, memory loss, nausea, asthma-like symptoms, joint pain and impotence in men.