Hypertension is high pressure and the causes are genes, thyroid issues, toxins, smoking, bad diet, sedentary habits, stress, age and weight. Usually people have few such factors. This pressure is a silent kills and you have to do pressure checks once in a while. Healthy pressure is 120 to 80. The first digits are heart beats and second is resting heart.
Many factors make this issue and it gets worse if not treated. This makes more blood flow resistance in vessels and the heart has to work harder. Also pressure hardens arteries, makes sexual dysfunction, aneurisms, blindness, dementia, kidney issues and more.
For controlling this, change some habits, diet and other factors. If the pressure gets lower by 5-6 points, risk of stroke is 40% less and for heart disease 15% less.
There are many good meds like ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, diuretics but they have certain side effects like fatigue, dizziness, headache, respiratory issues, leg cramps, depression and insomnia.
High pressure is amazing for profit of drug companies since it is chronic and common! Once you get on such drugs, you will take them for life. But there is more than just drugs. You can control this naturally too. Still, consult a doctor prior this.
For controlling pressure, address weight too. You need more activity and anti-inflammation foods; lean protein, good fats, fruits and veggies.
Also less sodium to avoid retaining fluids and more blood volume. Reduce snacks like salty nuts, chips, crackers, instead opt for Himalayan salt and Celtic salt.
Alcohol and smoking are a big NO. they overstress the heart and make hard artery and more such problems.
The body itself has many mechanisms for natural defense. One is rapid pulse for more blood flow and pressure. But, stress and anxiety have a bad impact. Cortisol among other stress hormones is elevated and damages the natural defense, thus makes inflammation. You end up with more risk of heart problems and pressure. Try meditation and long walks to reduce stress.
Diet plays a big role in the health of heart. DASH diet lowers the pressure. Or see Dietary approaches to stop hypertension. Have whole grains, fruits, veggies, potassium foods like green leafy veggies, banana, kale, spinach.
Less trans fats too, and sugar since they make inflammation, risk of high pressure, damaged heart and hard arteries.
Supplements for hypertension
There are some good pills that address this issue. Even with small amounts, they affect pressure.
- Garlic makes better heart, lowers pressure too
- Magnesium manages irregular pulse and lowers pressure too.
- Hibiscus is a cure for many things
- Omega 3 fats lower the triglycerides and pressure. Eat walnuts, chia, flax, salmon, sardines
- COQ10 is for pressure and deficit of this makes hypertension
Another such supplement is MCP or Modified Citrus Pectin. This binds to galectin-3, inflammation protein that damages the heart. Excess of this makes vascular fibrosis or hardening. MCP controls this same protein and lowers the damage it makes. Galectin-3 is linked to heart problems and inflammations.
Hypertension is a serious matter and many factors need control and change. Change lifestyle habits and the diet too.