WHAT IS BLOOD PRESSURE?
Blood pressure is read by measuring the force of blood against the arterial walls of the blood vessels as the heart beats. The highest reading is called systolic (when the heart contracts) and the lowest reading is called diastolic (when the heart relaxes). The ‘text book’ reading for an adult is 120/80 but everyone is different and usually a little higher or lower. High blood pressure is a reading of 140/90 or higher and low blood pressure is a reading of 90/60 or lower.
DIET AND LIFESTYLE:
- Remove alcohol, sugar, salt, caffeine, smoking, and stress.
- Consume less fat.
- Eat whole foods rich in vitamin and mineral content.
- Increase your fiber intake.
- Breathing deeply into the abdomen.
- Incorporate healthy amounts of exercise into your lifestyle.
- Carve out some relaxation time where you can read, meditate, or go for a walk.
SUPPLEMENTS AND TEAS:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin C
- Coenzyme Q10
- Green tea
- Hawthorn tea
HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS:
Minerals play a vital role in managing blood pressure. For example: mineral ratios such as sodium/potassium (Na/K) are associated with kidney stress and hypertension. A hair analysis will show if any ratios are out of balance so that they can be restored to an optimal level. An analysis will also reveal toxic metals stored in the body such as: cadmium, nickel, mercury, and copper which will also affect blood pressure.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.