Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Low Down on Hypertension
by Christian Goodman
High Blood Pressure can affect anyone. While we know that there are certain types of people that are more prone to high blood pressure than others, everyone is a potential candidate.
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) knows no racial barriers. Neither is age a barrier as there have been cases of high blood pressure in the very young as well as the very old.
Some that appear to be as fit as a fiddle have dropped dead of heart attack and stroke brought on by high blood pressure. At the same time, some people that are obese have relatively normal readings.
Since there is no special category of person who can be assured they will not be at risk – everyone needs to have it checked at least periodically.
It is important to know that one stand alone abnormal reading is not necessarily a case in which immediate action must be taken. Consideration must be paid to potential one time factors such as what activity a person was just engaged in prior to the reading.
Pain can create a brief rise in your blood pressure so having it monitored while you have a toothache or a headache can produce misleading results. The same can be said of stress. If you’ve had a long, frustrating day at work your blood pressure might be elevated.
Ideally, your blood pressure should be taken after sitting for at least five minutes. You should never take it just after having a cigarette or drinking anything containing caffeine. Don’t trust a reading that is taken when you are emotionally excited for any reason.
Even a weight loss of a few pounds can lead to a reduction in blood pressure. A healthy lifestyle with regular exercise will benefit your body and mind in many ways.
Many foods contain extraordinary amounts of sodium – another factor in hypertension. Increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables in lieu of processed foods can result in much healthier blood pressure readings.
Many foods we normally eat out of convenience or habit can be contributing to hypertension.
Perhaps the most drastic improvement in a person’s blood pressure reading can come from simple relaxation. Stress is thought to be one of the primary contributing factors in hypertension.
The mind will also benefit from relaxation. A clear head leads to better decisions in our lives.
A combination of less salt, better exercise and good relaxation can go a long way toward your good health.
A few minutes a day with my High Blood Pressure Program will bring amazing results. The exercises are easy and can be done almost anywhere.
Christian Goodman is a well known natural health researcher and the author of many natural health alternatives. A recent work is his managing high blood pressure which has helped thousands of people lower their blood pressure.