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Solutions To Help Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure Levels

August 19, 2010 by  

Solutions To Help Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure Levels

To understand what causes high blood pressure you must first understand how your body works to keep blood flowing throughout your body. The blood is carried from your heart by a system of arteries, vessels, veins and capillaries. As your heart beats, blood is pumped out and into the arteries to be carried to your entire body.

The pressure to which the blood is pumped is your blood pressure. There are many factors that can increase or decrease your pressure and have a major impact on your health.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, currently affects more than 74 million people and causes at least 56,000 fatalities each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). This condition can cause vascular weakness, vascular scarring, stroke, increased risk for blood clots, increased plaque build-up, vision loss, erectile dysfunction, tissue and organ damage and increased strain on your circulatory system. Although it’s not uncommon to have no symptoms, you may have high blood pressure if you experience headache, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, chest pain and shortness of breath. 

There are many causes of unhealthy blood pressure levels. Some of the risk factors you cannot control include heredity, race and age, according to the AHA. Other risk factors include high sodium consumption, obesity, stress, high alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, tobacco smoking, caffeine, prescription drugs and a sedentary lifestyle.

Many medications can have an adverse affect on your blood pressure levels. The Mayo Clinic indicates several over-the-counter medications can cause a rise in pressure. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), decongestants, acetaminophen, appetite suppressants and pseudoephedrine. To avoid any complications you should have a list of all medications—prescription and over-the-counter—with you when you consult with a physician.

Prescription medication such as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can also cause high blood pressure. Drugs such as Lipitor®, Crestor®, Pravachol® and Mevacor® all have been scientifically shown to reduce your body’s natural coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) levels. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that statins reduce CoQ10 by 22 percent. CoQ10 is essential when it comes to helping you maintain and improve your blood pressure levels. CoQ10 can help prevent the oxidative damage of “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol… reduce oxidative stress within your artery walls… and normalize your body’s sodium-to-potassium ratio.

By educating yourself about the risks and consequences of your lifestyle you can learn to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. According to the AHA, when you keep your levels within a healthy range you reduce the risk of your vascular walls becoming overstretched and injured… reduce the risk of your heart having to pump harder to compensate for blockages… and protect your entire body so that your tissue receives a regular supply of oxygen-rich blood.

Exercise can boost circulation by releasing nitric oxide in your bloodstream. This natural substance produced in your body helps keep plaque from building up in your arteries that can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. By setting aside time each day to participate in an activity you can do your heart and blood pressure a world of good. I encourage you to find activities that you enjoy such as golf, tennis, swimming, biking or yoga so that you will be more likely to stick to your routine.

Stress and anxiety also play a key role in your blood pressure levels. When you are stressed, your heartbeat often races and this places a great amount of strain on your heart. This can also cause damage to your artery and blood vessel walls. One quick “de-stressor” I recommend is deep breathing. By closing your eyes and spending time concentrating on your breathing you can help regulate your heart beat and improve your blood pressure levels. Take at least five seconds to slowly draw in your breath and then take at least 10 seconds to slowly breathe out. Repeat this exercise for two to five minutes until you are relaxed and calm.

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believe there are various natural solutions to help lower your blood pressure levels. In the book Chinese System of Food Cures, foods such as seaweed, mung beans, hawthorn fruit, water chestnut, turnip, Chinese celery and persimmon are recommended for hypertension. A diet with less animal protein and more vegetable oils has been shown to help lower blood pressure levels.

Other TCM methods for reducing high blood pressure include acupuncture, massage, meditation and yoga. These relaxation techniques can help relieve stress and anxiety and therefore regulate your heart beat and circulation.

—Michael Cutler, M.D.

Dr. Michael Cutler

is a graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif. Dr. Cutler is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder and editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter — a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients.

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  • John Hasse

    what a pile. why not consider things logically. You have a heart, the job is to circulate blood. High blood pressure is caused by A)lack of elasticity of blood vessels– can be addressed at least somewhat by NO-Nitrous Oxide, via beets, L arginine, etc. or B)increased blood viscosity which can be addressed by Ginko, garlic, Natto or C)Uric acid increase, which can be addressed by eliminating High fructose corn syrup, (and all related products)– or taking a drug which counter acts the increased Uric acid. ‘Hypertension’ that doesn’t have one of these three contributing causes is highly rare. Failing to address these three basic causes is malpractice.

    • http://goggle jimradford

      to,jhon hasse,dear sir or you a doctor, and if so i have some things that i hope you will be able to help me with,starting with blood clots then vision loss dizzines shortness of breath chestpain stress, alltho this i cando on my own what do you recomend,then loss of sleep, with out pills, and most of all haveing to deal with your child haveing cancer, and liveing day by day, so lets see or hear what you have to say about any or all of these i have said.

    • One Who’s Been There

      John, your reply is a bit too simplistic. So many factors are involved. I personally have struggled with bouts of HBP for 30 years — it always goes away. I’ve found that pushing the potassium and practicing breathing exercises are unbeatable weapons in the arsenal. Your mentioned nutrient/amino acid therapy has had little effect on my BP — and i’ve tried every “cure” available. Perhaps you should do a little more research before spouting off so “learnedly.” Your info is, indeed, a pile.

  • Pat

    Help. I am on a very low dose beta-blocker/diuretic and it seems to work. However, I don’t want to be on any chemicals. I would much rather be on natural products. I have determined that my BP is more related to stress/anxiety and extremely tense muscles and myofacia. When life is good, my BP is normal. After mowing the grass, when my BP should go thru the roof, my BP is normal. When I have to deal w/ stress at the office, anxiety w/ other life issues, my BP is high. The deep breathing and relaxing does help, but I am wondering what natural product would work for me. I have tried all of the above products mentioned by John Hasse.

    • http://goggle jimradford

      pat i dot know if anything hat i do would help you but they work for me,so here goes,when my vision works good i get into a good book to read that catches your attenison and drawys you into it thus forgeting about your problem for a perioud of time, and talking to love ones or friends about something you find to be fun or exciting to you and watching gods littel angels the kids play and have fun, but dont worry about them unless you see blood or nonmovement, and i do alot breathing and relaxing alot when i can, so try these and see what happens, have a good day to ya.

      • libertytrain

        jimradford – you’re right about many of those things being good to calm the soul.

    • Vippy

      I got myself off Metropolol as well when I bought a blood pressure monitor. Pressure goes up and down and has a lot to do with your thoughts. Best is to just think positive, repel the negative, relax and breath in/out deep and drink your 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber and 1 beet drink, which relaxes the arteries. You are in control of your mind, thoughts, etc. Good luck! Medications all have side effects and I found it did not work anyway but kept the pressure from spiking only (sky high spiking).

  • Norman

    Getting Obama outta office and getting Washington’s hand outta my pocket would lower my blood pressure considerably….

    • Vippy

      …and replace Obama with whom. Both parties suck big time! Unless Feingold runs for president, I don’t want any of them nor trust any of them. I think any smart person would not run for that position that is why we have such limited selection, they are all a pile of
      dirt and you have to be cut out for that. Vote third party and force change.

      • LocalYokel

        Glad to see any that have seen past the charade of the “wasted vote” approach embraced by the two party debacle but get ready for the biased mass media attack on any brave enough to step forward. It should be interesting to see where the media rats land that have begun to jump from their sinking ship. Those that only straddle the fence of critical issues will merely maintain their status quo.

      • olinda moore

        the only person i believe can take the precident job rigth now is Sarah Palin,i believe she can bring the country back,we can dig for oil over here,we dont have to depend on forein coutries,especial now.

  • Duncan

    HAHAHA…..Kool one, NORMAN….

    Suddenly…I felt my Blood run ‘wild’ but Good !

  • http://goggle jimradford

    seeing all of our solders home i mean all of them home, not leaving any one behind to finish anything, and taking care of what ever there problems maybe, and makeing shure that they have a productive life while home, this comes from a vetran allso, that would be a good relife for me, i dont know for others tho.

    • Vippy

      Like during Vietnam when LBJ said “don’t bring the boys back home for we have no jobs.” Same applies again. Without a war, USA cannot exist, sad but true.

      • LocalYokel

        Back during The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work..
        Harry Truman deported over two million illegals after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans.
        And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican Nationals! The program was called ‘Operation Wetback’. It was done so WWII and Korean Veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took 2 Years, but they deported them!
        The difference today is that both sorry parties are grabbing at straws from fear of offending a huge block vote. Only one party and their orator-in-chief are refusing to close the southern border while playing political games with every catastrophic opportunity. Expect more of the same with continued media whitewash.

      • ChuckL

        Sorry Vippy, but you are wrong. We need to reduce the government to the size it had before WW I. Then we must terminate ALL Federal government welfare programs. Those that are deemed to be necessary must be turned over to the states, who actually have the authority to enact and fund them.

        Before you blow up about Social IN-Security, you should know that I am also stuck on that farce of a retirement plan. It could easily be replaced with only two things. First: means test S.S. Second: create a real personal retirement plan based on the existing IRAs. Of course, if done correctly, this will take power over our lives from Congress and return it to us, where it originates in the first place.

        Federal taxes must be limited to not more than 6% of GDP to be used for defense of the country, and non defense items must be limited to not more than twice the defense allotment. Note that this is not a total of 18%. If defense spending is only 3% of GDP, then the total is limited to only 9% of GDP. It is not possible under this plan to rob defense spending to fund a congressman’s favorite project.

        The citizens of this country must never be placed on the hook to rescue any business from the business’s own errors. That is what the bankruptcy laws are for. States that over commit to employees, must use the bankruptcy laws to solve their problems. It would be, at least in my opinion, a good idea to prohibit any state official who was complicit in this situation from ever again holding any government position and to revoke any retirement plan that this person has that is funded in whole or in part by public money.

        Your additions to this are welcomed.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      don’t read what Alex is calling our troops or your blood pressure will go through the roof!! I know mine did!! God Bless!!

  • RedViking

    How did a Medical discussion turn into a Political one???

  • ChuckL

    RedViking, Is Obamacare a medical discussion or a political argument.
    I vote political.

  • coal miner

    Not changing the subject,

    There is a new energy source that could reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.It is call thorium.

    • coal miner

      More on the subject – 86k – Similar pages

    • http://?? Joe H.

      coal dugger,
      Now what in the holy hell does that have to do with blood pressure??? Go back to sleep!

  • Suma G Nathan

    Let’s get back to Hypertension, usually, unless there are dysfunctions
    that one is fighting in their body, HPB is a combinations of many reasons, one of them is STRESS. or STRESS RELATED! Besides all things
    like exercise, Yoga, tapes to calm the mind,there are Nutritonal Protocols to address these concerns.I deal not only with Nutritonals, but Chinese, Ayurvedic,Rainforest, American Indian Herbals incombined
    Protocols. Suma G Nathan
    Certified Registered Holistic Nutritonist
    Certified Chinese Herbologist
    30 yrs exp.

  • James Corbin

    Norman, You are so right. Seniors doesn’t realize how limited they are going to be on Obama’s health care plan.

  • Larry

    Thank you for the article, there are many useful herbs for helping with blood pressure problems. just wanted to tell you about a special herbal tea I’m drinking for 2 month now and helped me to stable a little my blood pressure. it’s called Hyperbal from Galilee Tisanes and it is very useful. if somebody wants more info

  • what causes low blood pressure

    Very nice article. I certainly love this website. Keep it up!

  • Gaylord Vilches

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