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Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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Heart Beats 100,000 times per dayAccording to the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure readings are 120/80 mm Hg. The top number (120) is called the systolic pressure. The lower number (80) is the diastolic pressure. The Systolic pressure is the amount of pressure applied by blood on the arterial walls as the heart contracts. The diastolic pressure is the pressure on the arterial walls when the heart is at rest. Hypertension can lead to serious health problems like heart attack and strokes.

What are the factors behind hypertension? Some factors that seem to drive high blood pressure include smoking, stress, obesity, genetics, and living an unhealthy lifestyle. If you have high blood pressure taking necessary steps to reduce the pressure is vital for your health.

What Are Some Natural Ways To Reduce Hypertension?

Eat Healthy for good healthWhile many people may rely on medications to lower their blood pressure there are natural things that you can do. Let’s begin by considering our diet.

A Healthy Diet

Trying to define a healthy diet can be difficult today. There are many different opinions from many different experts on what constitutes a healthy diet. Many health professionals are of the opinion that we need to avoid foods high in fat and consume a more carbohydrate type diet. I personally am not of this opinion. I believe most of our foods today are over processed and saturated with sugar. Eating whole foods that have not been processed and reducing our sugar intake is an important step in eating a healthy diet.

I believe more in a diet lifestyle recommended by Atkins, South Beach diet or the Paley of diet are having a more positive influence on our health than what is been recommended by many health gurus. For me balance is the key and any deviation from that balance is unhealthy. It’s important that each individual do their own research to determine what is a healthy diet for them.

Exercise to Lower Blood Pressure

There is much research today that shows that exercise is a very important for our health and well-being. Many people do not recognize that regular exercise can be an excellent way to lower your blood pressure. Before you start an exercise program it’s recommended that you talk to your healthcare professional 1st.  Cardiovascular exercise can be very beneficial for our overall blood pressure. Exercises like swimming, jogging, power walking, biking can be beneficial for health and can alleviate some of the stress in life.

Lose the Weight

obesity continues to be a problem in America today. Being overweight is considered one of the major reasons for high blood pressure. Individuals who are overweight have an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, one way to lower your blood pressure and improve your health would be to lose the weight.

Lower Your Stress

girl sun bathingStress is more than just a feeling. It can play a tremendous part in our health and well-being. Stress can also contribute to high blood pressure. Researchers have found that those who take time to reduce stress in their lives are able to lower their blood pressure. There are many relaxation techniques to lower stress and it is important to find the one that works for you. It can be as simple as watching funny movies are taking regular walks on nature trails.

Natural Supplements That Support Cardiovascular Health

For many people, there are natural supplements that you can include regularly in your diet that can improve blood pressure. There are thousands of articles on pub med showing the benefits of such natural supplements. Cardio Cocktail is a blend of natural ingredients that is designed to support cardiovascular health. If you look at our Cardio Cocktail review page you will see many testimonials from people having amazing results using this product.

Arginine amino acidWhether you take Cardio Cocktail or not there are health supplements available to support cardiovascular health. The great thing about these natural supplements is that they don’t include the negative side effects found in many medications. One caveat regarding taking natural supplements. They are supplements and are not the solution regarding our health or hypertension. There is no medication or supplement that is a substitute for living a healthy lifestyle.

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Insulin Resistance and Cardiovascular Disease

Big Pharma and Diabetes

There is no doubt about it that millions of dollars are spent on marketing and advertising by the prescription drug companies.  Most consumers associate heart disease which includes heart attacks and strokes with high cholesterol levels. Statins (medications that reduced cholesterol) have proved to be one of the most profitable drugs being used by the drug industry.  It was reported that one pharmaceutical company reported billions of dollars in sales coming from these types of medicines in one year alone. Is there more to cardiovascular disease than cholesterol?  Many researchers believe that high cholesterol is a symptom of other problems the body is trying to remedy.

Diabetes and Emotions

One significant threat regarding heart disease that many people fail to notice is insulin resistance. Research is showing that insulin resistance is playing a major role in cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the danger of insulin resistance and its association with heart disease. Investigators are presently researching the link in between these 2 conditions and looking for means to reduce the threat.

Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes SignHere are some interesting facts about cardiovascular disease and diabetes:

The 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are closely related.   Sadly, diabetics who don’t have heart disease have the same risk for a heart attack as non-diabetics who have heart problems.

Insulin resistance and inflammation can be decreased without the use of prescription medications that can have harmful side effects.

Some healthy supplements that are known to decrease insulin resistance include fish oil, white bean extract, chromium, vitamin D, Lipoic acid, DHEA, resveratrol, magnesium, beta glucans, apples, cinnamon, polyphenols, and environment-friendly tea.

The majority of individuals that have cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus are generally insulin-resistant.  Being insulin resistant results in raised blood sugar, high triglyceride levels, lower good cholesterol, increased swelling, and an increased risk associated with diabetic issues, cardiac arrest as well as stroke.

Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease

Ralphie MayMedical textbooks started describing labeling a condition called Metabolic Syndrome around 1998.  This is not a disease but it is a condition that affects over 47 million Americans.  To be described as having metabolic syndrome a person must meet 3 of the five factors that are involved.  These factors are triglyceride levels above 150 milligrams per deciliter, high blood pressure, high bad cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels and fat accumulating in the abdominal region.

Being diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome doubles your risk for heart attacks and strokes and increases the likelihood of diabetes by a factor of 5.

The First step in defending against metabolic disorder is to gauge your possible risk.  Checking insulin resistance with simple blood tests and measuring cholesterol, insulin, triglycerides, CRP and DHEA.

Metabolic syndrome is acknowledged by different names – insulin resistance syndrome, syndrome X, borderline diabetes mellitus.  It is commonly related to enhanced inflammation in addition to a three-fold or higher risk for heart stroke, diabetes, and also attack.

Metabolic Syndrome – Also Known As Insulin Resistance

heart attackMetabolic disorder is shown to increase atherosclerotic plaque, increase bad cholesterol and increase inflammation.  Even with great cholesterol levels, people who have metabolic disorder can have concealed atherosclerotic plaquing within the body.

If you are worried about having blood sugar issues see your health care professional and tell them about your concerns. No one cares about your own health more than you!  Do your own research to find out exactly what test is the best fit for you.  Consult your doctor regarding your findings.  If your medical professional is unwilling to cooperate, it may be time to find another health care provider

Be aware that the more weight you gain the more your chances of metabolic syndrome increase. Dropping weight and eating healthy is a simple step we all can take to improve our health and wellbeing.

The more sugar you eat, the more you may weigh. Most studies have linked sugar with type-2 diabetes and obesity, thanks to the loads of empty calories it contributes to.

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Snoring and Heart Health

I hate to say it but I do snore. I don’t snore all the time or should I say every night, but when I do snore I sometimes wake myself up. According to this article in WiscNews it is not the snoring that is bad for your heart, it is something called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea involves pausing of breathing during sleep. The lack of oxygen puts a strain on your cardiovascular system and can increase blood pressure. Unfortunately snoring can been indication that someone is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. There are some therapies that are very effective in helping people with the disease. Your health professional should be able to direct you for help with this disorder.

(BPT) Snoring isnt pleasant for anyone not the partner who has to sleep beside the snorer, nor the snorer whose breathing may pause repeatedly throughout the night. Along with good nutrition and regular exercise, healthy sleep is essential for a healthy heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S, so treating sleep apnea is good for your sleep and your heart.

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Heart Disease and Statins

 

It’s not unusual to be in a health conversation with someone today and they ask you if you know your cholesterol level.  It seems like there has been a big campaign to associate your cholesterol level with longevity, life and health.  That is why statin drugs have been so popular in mainstream medicine, because they have been able to lower cholesterol in those taking them.  However, this has not been without side effects.  Those taking statins are encouraged to have routine checkups along with blood analysis.  The more we learn about statin medication and cholesterol the more it seems that there is some type of disconnect between what is truth and what is fiction.

Yet the fact that people with high cholesterol live the longest emerges clearly from many scientific papers. Consider the finding of Dr. Harlan Krumholz of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale University, who reported in 1994 that old people with low cholesterol died twice as often from a heart attack as did old people with a high cholesterol. Supporters of the cholesterol campaign consistently ignore his observation, or consider it as a rare exception, produced by chance among a huge number of studies finding the opposite.
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February is Heart Month

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Heart disease is still and has been for some time the number one killer worldwide despite all the knowledge, wisdom, drugs and bypass surgeries that have been used to combat it. The video above has been online for some time describing what it is like to experience a heart attack.

However, not all heart attacks happen in the same manner.  Some heart attacks start slowly with mild discomfort and pain.  Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?

The number one reason people don’t get help for a heart attack is they don’t take the disease seriously enough. It won’t happen to me is the mantra of many people who suffer a heart attack. Others experience the pain but believe the pain will go away.

Heart disease, I believe, for most people is self inflicted. It comes from our diet and the lifestyle habits that we develop over time. Most people know what they need to do with their diet, but keep putting it off. Some are just misinformed about health or are frustrated with the conflict in information. Adding to this is the misinformation that is being propounded by Big Pharma and the medical institutions. I am not saying that the medical community is not helpful, but it is their advice that has played a part in the present heart health condition that we have in our world today.

Regardless, heart disease is a serious condition that needs to be taken seriously. Don’t let a heart attack be the first time you think about your health. It could be the last time you take your health seriously!

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