A full 40% of people with high blood pressure don`t even know they
have it. 70% of those that do know it, fail to keep it under control.
By age 55 an estimated 38% of Americans will have blood pressure over
140/90 and by age 65 it jumps to over 50%.
The British have similar numbers as do many other countries in
Europe. By far, Japan leads the way in healthy senior citizens, but as
it races to achieve it`s version of the American dream, it too is
seeing increases in heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and
other preventable diseases.
Clearly medication alone is not enough to fight this disease. If we want to get our blood pressure under control we need to look at natural high blood pressure cures that can complement other treatments we may be receiving.
I am Japanese and my husband and I live in Japan and since Japan
has a culture and a medical profession that embraces Asian or "Chinese"
medicine along with allopathic, ( modern or western), medicine we do
not have the same prohibitions for talking about natural cures or
remedies as those in America or some other countries might.
However, as my husband is American and we wish both to honor the
rules in all countries as best as possible and we wish to reach people
from all around the world, so we want to begin this page on natural
high blood pressure cures by saying...
We are not doctors and have no medical training of any kind. We do not treat, diagnose or cure disease.
of the word cure in the phrase "natural high blood
pressure cures" is used simply to indicate reaching what we
believe is a state of
health. Doctors are trained to diagnose, treat and cure disease so we
will leave that to the professionals. But it is the responsibility of
each of us to work toward reaching a state of health.
following information is designed for informational purposes only
and it is our hope that it will aid you in your journey to a healthy
state of being along with other resources you may be using. Please take
high blood pressure very seriously and if you suspect you might have a
problem, please seek competent professional help immediately.
If you are currently under a doctors care please consult them first, before using anything, including these natural high blood pressure cures. Some herbs, food and other natural remedies can interact with certain medications in a negative way.
Most of us understand that high blood pressure means that your heart is working harder then it is designed to. But what are the risk exactly? It is not only heart attacks that are at risk.
pressure increases the risk of stroke, kidney disease and reduces the
effectiveness of the immune function which leads to the increased
chance of numerous preventable diseases.
Some also feel that since the brain is the biggest user of oxygen which is transported to the brain in the blood, that when your heart and heart function is over burdened with high blood pressure that your brain does not get the oxygen and other things it needs which can lead to the many brain diseases including memory loss, Alzheimer disease, etc.
The very cornerstones and foundation to lowering high blood pressure with natural high blood pressure cures is exercise, diet, meditation and daily spiritual practices.
One of the first natural high blood pressure cures that is most
often recommended is the reduction of salt. While I agree with this
recommendation, I have a few thoughts you may want to consider. The
body is a balanced state of alkaline and acidic.
A healthy body is slightly more alkaline than acidic. Our stomach acids and our skin are acidic and blood, saliva and urine are alkaline. Most in North America and parts of Europe eat a highly acidic diet. Things like red meat, dairy and processed flower are all acidic.
Salt is alkaline. But
only natural sea salt or mineral salt.
Ordinary table salt has been stripped of it`s minerals which make salt
alkaline. If you reduce or eliminate processed foods you will eliminate
the highest percentage of your intake of salt. Replace your table salt
with natural sea or mineral salt and don`t cook with it. Only add salt
at the table.
It is my opinion that if you use sea salt or mineral salt on your food at the table and don`t use it to cook with and reduce or eliminate your consumption of processed foods, that will be sufficient for many of you. There is also evidence that salt is not the problem, but an imbalance of potassium and magnesium to salt ratio. Increase foods high in potassium,(baked potatoes, avocados, cantaloupe, tomatoes, mushrooms), and magnesium,(nuts, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, seafood, bananas), to get this balance.
Magnesium has also been shown to smooth muscle tissue that lines blood vessels further reducing blood pressure. Japanese eat a lot of miso soup which has a lot of sea salt, but we also eat much more fruit and vegetables then many other countries and therefore have far fewer incidents of high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.
Start including 4 stalks of celery to your daily diet. As one of your natural high blood pressure cures you can eat it with a meal or as an in-between snack. A special oil found in celery helps the body to regulate blood pressure. If you have a juicer you can also make a 8 oz,(200 ml.), glass of half and half celery and carrots for one of the great natural high blood pressure cures. Some scientific studies showed that 4 stalks a day could reduce blood pressure up to 15%.
In today's modern world one of the biggest culprits to many of
our chronic illness`s including high blood pressure is stress. To help reduce stress you should
learn and practice meditation. For those that
think meditation is just for monks and hippies, consider that Harvard
University found that simple techniques can create the "relaxation
Sit in a straight back chair with your legs uncrossed. Put your hands on your lap with your hands facing up. Put your fore finger and thumb together. This connects your bodies energy force and allows it to make an uninterrupted loop through out your entire body. Breath deeply counting to four as you breath in and again count to four as you breath out. Breath in through your nose and out through you mouth.
Focus on your breath. As other thoughts come in just let them pass and bring your attention to your breath. With practice you can eliminate other thoughts and focus only on your breath. But even before you can do that you will be benefiting from the relaxation response. Practice this daily for 10, 12 or 21 minutes.
Studies show that those that have and practice spiritual beliefs have less stress and suffer from fewer stress related illnesses. One of the great natural high blood pressure cures is to join a religious or spiritual group of your choice and get actively involved with that group. It could save not only your soul, but maybe your life.
Exercise is one of the
necessary natural high blood pressure
cures that you will have to use if you want to get control of your
blood pressure. Consult your doctor before beginning. Take a 30 minute
walk 4 - 5 times a week. Get a bicycle and ride 40 - 90 minutes 4 times
a week. Take up tennis or golf.
Also one of the great natural high blood pressure cures is to learn simple, basic Yoga or Tai Chi . You don`t have to become a master yogy or some kung fu master to benefit from these physical exercises. You can learn some of the most basic moves and improve blood pressure, circulation and coordination.
Herbs are also among the arsenal of home remedies needed for natural high blood pressure cures. Barberry has been used for close to 3000 years from the ancient Egyptians to Europeans in the Middle Ages to modern day Russia. Barberry fights infections, stimulates the immune system by increasing white blood cell activity, and contains chemicals that reduce elevated blood pressure by enlarging blood vessels.
Japanese research shows that cinnamon reduces blood pressure. Take a tablespoon a day.
Seoul National University of Medicine reports that 1.5 grams of ginseng three times a day
is one of the great natural high blood
pressure cures. Researchers at the Medical University found that there
was a significant reduction in blood pressure compared to none in the
recipients receiving placebos.
It further reported that the amount of reduction in blood pressure was the same whether the recipients were taking ginseng alone or with mainstream blood pressure medicine, (please consult with a physician before making any changes to your medication or taking herbs if on medication).
One of the causes of elevated blood pressure is elevated fluid in the blood. Many physicians prescribe diuretics to reduce this fluid which in turn reduces blood pressure. Dandelion therefore can be used in this way as one of you natural high blood pressure cures. Dandelion is a great natural diuretic. Again... consult your physician before beginning.
If you are over weight you should strongly consider losing weight as one of your natural high blood pressure cures. Studies suggest that losing as little as 10 lbs, (4 kg), can make a significant reduction in blood pressure.
Eat more cold, sea water fish such
as mackerel, salmon, Alaskan
tuna and sardines with bone. The controversial but charismatic Rev
Moon has been talking about the health benefits of sea food and sea
vegetation for half a century.
Despite being tortured, starved, beaten almost to death and forced to load raw fertilizer with his bare hands by the North Koreans, he has recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He travels the world, wakes at 4 a.m. to pray and exercise before enjoying a healthy breakfast. Now, he is not the only one reporting the life giving benefits of the sea.
Studies now support that omega-3 fatty acids among it`s many other health benefits, helps to reduce blood pressure. While many are suggesting that you take fish oil supplements the studies do not support the use of oil supplements as being as effective as eating the fish. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish inhibit the body`s production of prostaglandins that narrow arteries.
High blood pressure is one of the many chronic, preventable diseases that is suffered today. It is called a preventable disease because it can often be prevented and/or symptoms often remedied by lifestyle choices.
If you want the secret formula to health which includes natural blood pressure cures then remember that health is reaching a state of balance; which includes proper nutrition, exercise, meditation, prayer and active involvement in a spiritual practice of your choice. It also include things like a happy marriage and active involvement with family and friends.