High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

high blood pressureWhat is hypertension or high blood pressure?

When the heart beats it pumps the blood through the arteries, and creates a pressure within them. It presses the blood against the walls of these blood vessels. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) occurs when too much pressure is placed on the walls of the arteries.

Blood Vessel with Pressure against the walls.  If you imagine a garden hose with a normal flow of water running through it, there is no problem. Now if you increase the pressure on the hose by drastically turning up the amount of water rushing out. Now imagine pinching off spots of this hose, like constricted blood vessels.

A garden hose might endure this wear and tear, but your arteries can become extremely damaged by such constant pressure – especially if you do not provide your body with the needed nutrition to keep those arteries strong and elastic.

With increased pressure, the heart must work harder to pump an adequate amount of blood to all the tissues of the body (necessary to keep the body alive as the blood brings oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in the body).

Blood Pressure Danger

The body can usually tolerate increased blood pressure for months, but eventually there can be damage. This can cause injury to the kidneys, brain, and eyes.

Blood pressure is categorized as normal, high normal, mild, moderate, severe, and very severe.

Normal pressure low is 110/70 to 140/90. High normal is considered to be 140/90 and hypertension is above 140/90. Any pressure over 180/115 is severely elevated.

Blood pressure is usually divided into two categories, designated primary and secondary in the medical community.

Primary hypertension is high blood pressure that is not due to another underlying disease, the cause has not been found. (Often if it isn’t obvious, it is considered primary. Every health condition has a cause and the cause should be found).

Secondary hypertension: When persistently elevated blood pressure arises as a result of another underlying health problem, such as a hormonal abnormality or narrowing of the aorta, it is called secondary hypertension as it is secondary to a known health problem.

A person may also have secondary hypertension because the blood vessels are chronically constricted, or have lost elasticity.

It can be created due to a buildup of fatty plaque on the inside walls of the vessel, a condition known as arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis and artherosclerosis are common precursors of hypertension. Plaque builds up when the blood vessels are weak, and damaged. Not having enough of the correct vitamins to make repairs, the body attempts to patch things up with plaque. Not a good substitute, but it can be the only thing available to the body.

This narrowing and/or hardening of the arteries make circulation of blood through the vessels difficult. As a result the blood pressure becomes elevated. (For more information about the reason for this calcification, go to Recommended for Osteoporosis – it’s not only the bones that get effected)

Secondary hypertension can also be caused by poor kidney function, which results in the retention of excess sodium and fluid in the body. The increase in blood volume within the vessels causes elevated blood pressure levels. Kidneys may also elevate blood pressure by secreting substances that cause blood vessels to constrict.

High blood pressure, or Hypertension is called the “quiet killer” because it gives no sign of the undercover damage is may be doing: 1) weakening blood vessel walls 2) aneurysms, abnormal expanding or hazardous ballooning of the artery wall which, if exploded, can bring on a stroke, heart attack and internal bleeding 3) high pressure contributes to congestive heart failure and kidney damage.

Warning signs associated with advanced hypertension may include headaches, sweating, rapid pulse, shortness of breath, dizziness, and visual disturbances.

Factors that can increase blood pressure:

Water and Salt: This information really works if your problem is chronic dehydration. It’s said that 75% of the population is chronically dehydrated. See Our need for Water

High Blood Pressure and Hormones

Emotional stress is a known contributor to many illnesses including high blood pressure. The hormone cortisol involved in the body’s response to stress acts to increase blood pressure.

Stress brings about other physiological changes and imbalances in hormones and substances in the body, which play a role in causing hypertension. Persons experiencing a great deal of stress are also much more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, excess alcohol use, poor diets, and not exercising, all of which further predispose to the development of high blood pressure. All the stress factors involve the body using up large amounts of nutrients which in turn lead to nutritional deficiencies that cause the high blood pressure. For information about Adrenal stress

What can you do?

One or more of the following major factors can boost blood pressure: cigarette smoking, poor diet, stress, and under exercising.

Salt: a generous intake of sodium as is normally found in processed foods actually increases the volume of blood because sodium attracts water to itself, and therefore, contributes to high blood pressure.

You need Potassium: the ratio of too much sodium to potassium contributes to high blood pressure. A diet high in potassium-rich foods could lower the risk of stoke by as much as 40 percent regardless of the other risk elements such as age, blood pressure, cholesterol level, smoking and weight. Best sources: banana, fresh broccoli, vegetables and fruits with a high potassium content: avocado, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, potatoes (with skins), cantaloupe, dates, prunes and raisins. Also, beans, parsley, peas, pistachios, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, almonds, sesame seeds and brazil nuts, peanuts, and pecans.

One study showed that when the dietary levels of potassium were high the subjects had a lower risk of stroke, despite their blood pressure level. Other tests showed that individuals with ample amounts of potassium have low blood pressure.

Calcium deficiency: numerous studies show that a calcium deficiency has a close relationship with high blood pressure. Calcium supplementation has been shown to reduce blood pressure from an average of 160/94 to 128/81.

The ratio of calcium to phosphorus is ideally 2 to one. When calcium ratio to phosphorus is low, hypertension results. When calcium supplement is mated with Vitamin D to make sure it is properly absorbed, blood pressure is lowered more than with calcium alone. Dosage: 800 mg. of calcium to 400 I.U. of Vitamin D. Don’t overdue the D.

If your body isn’t absorbing the vitamin B, calcium cannot be used by the body and can also remain stuck in the joints or blood vessels. See Information

Magnesium: When magnesium supply runs down and the intake of the mineral is low, reversible high blood pressure results. Magnesium is essential to the elasticity of the blood vessels.

So, what causes high blood pressure and what are some of the ways to help control it naturally?

We do know that blood pressure is controlled by the tiny smooth muscles lining the interior of blood vessels and the nerves that control them.’

‘These muscles’ ability to dilate [Definition: to make wider or larger] or constrict governs the pressure and blood flow to each organ and tissue, thus allowing the body to adapt to various states such as sleep, digestion, or exercise, as well as to external circumstances such as a hot or cold environment.’

‘When the muscles throughout the vascular system [Definition: the arteries and veins that carry blood] dilate, blood pressure drops. When the muscles constrict, blood pressure rises. If this constriction occurs continuously, the blood pressure remains abnormally high. This is hypertension.’

‘What influences the relaxing and tightening of the tiny smooth muscles lining the blood vessels? Many factors, but among the foremost is the mineral magnesium.’

‘Actually, the balance of magnesium and another mineral, calcium, in and around the muscle cells lining the arteries is a primary determining factor of their state of relaxation and constriction.’

‘Calcium tends to make muscles constrict, whereas magnesium causes them to relax.’

Excerpted from The Magnesium Solution for High Blood Pressure by Jay S. Cohen, M.D.

When the small muscles of the blood vessels tense up, the arteries become narrower, more rigid and less flexible.
Since blood pressure is affected by the small smooth muscles that line the inside walls of your blood vessels, the reason that these muscles tense up needs to be addressed.

The Reason   The loss of vital minerals by poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, being overweight, alcohol and caffeine in excess, emotional and physical stress and being diabetic results in these small muscles tensing up.

When the small muscles of the blood vessels tense up, the arteries become narrower, more rigid and less flexible.
Since blood pressure is affected by the small smooth muscles that line the inside walls of your blood vessels, the reason that these muscles tense up needs to be addressed.

The Reason: The loss of vital minerals by poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, being overweight, alcohol and caffeine in excess, emotional and physical stress and being diabetic results in these small muscles tensing up.

What are the vital nutrients that the body needs:

Magnesium is one of the important nutrients needed and often a magnesium deficiency is hard to fix. It is hard to get enough magnesium in supplement form.

Magnesium is an element that is one of the main building blocks of the body. It is involved in hundreds of body and cellular processes. Yet the great majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Dr. Jay S. Cohen is nationally renowned for his work on avoiding medication side effects via the use of better and safer natural therapies.

Magnesium must be combined with other minerals to be most effective in helping support healthy blood pressure levels. It is essential for cells to maintain proper balances of other minerals such as potassium, sodium, and calcium. When cells are deficient in magnesium, this balance is disrupted.

Overweight: Numerous studies state that there is a direct relationship between increased body weight and blood pressure. As one loses excess weight, the blood pressure reduces proportionately. Such weight and blood pressure reduction is independent of how much sodium one eats. But you need to find out why you are overweight as reversing diabetes and other metabolic disorders will lower blood pressure.

Sugar: Merely by giving sugar to lab animals and humans, you can raise blood pressure at will. It is believed that sugar contributes to sodium retention, which, in turn, raises blood pressure.

Heavy eating: Repetition of starvation followed by overeating has been known to lead to hypertension.

Water: numerous studies reveal that soft water contributes to hypertension and heart attacks. Switching to bottled water helps.

Celery: Helps Lower Blood Pressure – Celery is a food that helps the Blood Vessel Support Formula (you will see below recommended product) to lower your blood pressure) Eating four (4) stalks a day of this vegetable is sufficient.

They can be eaten plain or with some nut butter, cream cheese, humus or many other dips.

Choose green (rather than pale) celery whenever possible. Ensure that the stalks are still firm, not limp. To store in the fridge, wrap celery in a sealed container or wrap in a plastic bag or a damp cloth.

If left at room temperature for too long, celery tends to wilt. If you celery has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. It will regain its crispness.

The nutrients in the fiber can also be gotten by juicing. The organic sodium in the celery is very safe for consumption. It is not like table salt.

Heat does not affect the important nutrients in the celery and celery soup and celery stew is good.

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