Hypertension or high blood pressure, as it is more commonly known, is regarded as a silent killer. It is a disease of the modern age. The fast pace of life and the mental and physical pressures caused by the increasingly industrialised and metropolitan environments have a role to play in the rise in blood pressure. Blood pressure is measured with an instrument called sphygnomanometer in millimetres of mercury. The highest pressure reached during each heart beat is called systolic pressure, and the lowest between two beat is known as diastolic pressure. Most young adults have blood pressure around 120/80. It increases normally with age, even going upto 160/90.

Symptoms of high blood pressure

Pain at the back of the head and neck

The first symptom of hypertension may appear as a pain at the back of the head and neck on waking in the morning, which soon disappears.

Dizziness, Palpitations

Some of the other common symptoms are dizziness, palpitations, pain in the region of the heart, frequent urination, nervous tension, fatigue, and difficulty in breathing.

Causes of high blood pressure

Stress and faulty life style

The main causes of high blood pressure are stress and a faulty style of living. Smoking and an excessive intake of intoxicants, tea, coffee, and refined foods destroy the natural pace of life and prevent the expulsion of waste and poisonous matter from the body. Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) , obesity, and diabetes lead to hypertension.

Excessive intake of common salt, and high fat diet

Other causes of high blood pressure are an excessive intake of common table salt, and eating a high fat and low fibre diet.

Home remedies for high blood pressure

High Blood Pressure treatment using Garlic

Garlic is regarded as an effective means of lowering blood pressure. It is said to reduce spasms of the small arteries. It also slows down the pulse rate and modifies the heart rhythm, besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, numbness, shortness of breath, and the formation of gas within the digestive tract. It may be taken in the form of raw cloves or two to three capsules a day.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is another effective remedy for high blood pressure. A tablespoon each of fresh amla juice and honey mixed together should be taken every morning in this condition.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Lemon

Lemon is also regarded as a valuable food to control high blood pressure. It is a rich source of vitamin P which is found both in the juice and peel of the fruit. This vitamin is essential for preventing capillary fragility.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Grapefruit

Grapefruit is useful in preventing high blood pressure. The vitamin P content in the fruit is helpful in toning up the arteries.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Watermelon

Watermelon is another valuable safeguard against high blood pressure. A substance extracted from watermelon seeds is said to have a definite action in dilating the blood vessels, which results in lowering the blood pressure. The seeds, dried and roasted, should be taken in liberal quantities.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Rice

Rice has a low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-salt content. It makes a perfect diet for those hypertensive persons who have been advised salt-restricted diets. Calcium in brown rice, in particular, soothes and relaxes the nervous system and helps relieve the symptoms of high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Potato

Potatoes, specially in boiled form, are a valuable food for lowering blood pressure. When boiled with their skin, they absorb very little salt. Thus they can form a useful addition to a salt-free diet recommended for patients with high blood pressure. Potatoes are rich in potassium but not in sodium salts. The magnesium present in the vegetable exercises beneficial effects in lowering blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Parsley

Parsley is very useful in high blood pressure. It contains elements, which help maintain the blood vessels, particularly, the capillaries. It keeps the arterial system in a healthy condition. It may be taken as a beverage by simmering 20 gm of fresh parsley leaves gently in 250 ml of water for a few minutes. This may be drunk several times daily.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Rauwolfia

Among the herbs, rauwolfia is the best remedy for high blood pressure. Alkaloids of this drug, which have a direct effect on hypertension, have been isolated and are being widely used by practitioners of modem medicine, but they have certain unpleasant side-effects which the drug, taken in raw form, does not have. Practitioners of the Indian system of medicine have, therefore, preferred to use the root of the drug in a powdered from. Half a teaspoon of this drug, taken thrice a day, is very effective in hypertension. http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Rauwolfia

High Blood Pressure treatment using Vegetable Juice

Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot and spinach juices, taken separately or in combination, are also beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure. If taken in combination, 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice should be mixed to make 500 ml or half a litre of the juice, and taken daily. If taken separately, one glass should be taken twice daily, morning and evening.

High Blood Pressure treatment using Dietary Calcium and Potassium

Recent studies have revealed an important link between dietary calcium and potassium and hypertension. Researchers have found that people who take potassium-rich diets have a low incidence of hypertension even if they do not control their salt intake. They have also found that people with hypertension do not seem to get much calcium in the form of dairy products. These two essential nutrients seem to help the body secrete excess sodium and are involved in important functions which control the working of the vascular system. Potassium is found in abundance in fruits and vegetables, and calcium in dairy products.

High Blood Pressure Diet

Persons with high blood pressure should always follow a well-balanced routine of a proper diet, exercise, and rest. Diet is of primary importance. Meat and eggs, more than any other food, cause the blood pressure to rise. The pressure can be lowered and blood clotting diminished by increasing the consumption of fruits, reducing protein intake, and sticking to a vegetarian diet. A natural diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables instead of a traditional diet, helps to get rid of the toxins from the body. Salt should be avoided; in any case, it should not exceed more than three grams or about half a teaspoon per day.

Other High Blood Pressure treatment

Persons suffering from hypertension must get at least eight hours of good sleep, because proper rest is a vital aspect of the treatment. Most important of all, the patient must avoid overstrain, worries, tension, anger, and haste. He or she must develop a calm and cheerful attitude and develop a contented frame of mind.

17 responses to “HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

  1. Chest or arm pain or discomfort can be a symptom of heart disease and a warning sign of a heart attack. Shortness of breath (feeling like you can’t get enough air), dizziness, nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), abnormal heartbeats, or feeling very tired also are signs. Chest pain or discomfort (angina ) is the most common symptom. You feel this pain when the heart is not getting enough blood or oxygen.

  2. Dammit, how come everything I like is something I can’t eat????? What the hell??? Meat and eggs were staples of the caveman diet. And suddenly it’s killing me? Or is it GREASY meat and eggs from chickens raised in a CAGE with artificial food, and a SEDENTERY lifestyle??? Hmmm… I wonder. Oh well, I have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and bipolar disorder. I have a hard time NOT sleeping days, so this is all just very well and fun. When I DON’T eat meat, especially at night, I can’t sleep. My stomach will gnaw at me until 3 in the morning, or until I get up and eat some kind of meat. Sometimes I can substitute: an avocado, beans, cheese, or a raw carrot. SOMETIMES. But usually, my stomach demands meat. When I am working outside during the day, and suddenly I realize that it’s time to eat, I have started to “wind down”(picture a wind up toy that needs wound up again and slowly starts moving slower and slower- that is my low blood sugar popping up). Then I have to sit down and eat a slice or two of cheese to hold me over. If I don’t have something QUICK, I can recover, but the rest of the day I seem to devour everything in sight, a reaction to the bloodsugar issue. Cheese has kind of been my standby for those times, which are very scary. Passing out is not fun. Without some kind of food input VERY QUICKLY, I have laid down in the rain on a pile of boards and just… went to sleep, kind of. NOT FUN. Cheese isn’t good either because of the MASSIVE amounts of salt, but it works for blood sugar. Pick a problem. Sigh…

    Oh, and WHY is there 150 mg of salt in my storebought milk PER CUP??? Organic, raw milk is $10 a gallon, hard to find, often made illegal by the government, and in comparison the unhealthy storebought stuff is $3-$4 a gallon. This stuff is constantly refrigerated- why on EARTH does it need salt????

    We are also low income. So I get to live on dry beans, rice, and the occasional vegetable that is on sale? CORN and SOY is subsidized by the government. That means everything that comes in a box or a package is subsidized, but it’s also jacked full of salt. That means FRESH FOOD is expensive, CRAP FOOD is cheap. Take a wild guess what most of the poor folks get to eat due to budget restrictions????

    Just as an example. Last night I bought my groceries, geared toward low cholesterol, low salt, healthy diet. There was a lot of produce in there, oatmeal, some brown rice (white rice jacks up my blood sugar). We were VERY frugal. There is only two weeks worth of food to feed 3 people, and we spent $210 U.S. dollars. I hope that my garden comes in soon…

    This is very frustrating and hard to do on a low income budget. Our government has geared it toward Big AG, and the resulting epidemic health problems that came from it keep Big Med companies running, which seem to go hand in hand. Is it no wonder that Big Ag is now running the FDA in our country? Literally, the guy that used to work for Monsanto is now running FDA, and consequently there are decisions being made to make it easier for Monsanto. Surprise, surprise. The end result is that our elderly, our children, and all in between are forced by monetary restrictions to poison themselves and come up with these diseases, and now it’s harder than heck to get back out of them. But hey, there’s a pill for that, and the government subsidized medical programs will help you pay for it.

    I know I sound like a “conspiracy theory” hater type person. I have a mother who is dead due to these diseases, and two aunts that CURED themselves from cancer from DIET ALONE, and the medical community refuses to acknowledge it, nor can their insurance companies pay for it. I have countless elderly friends on a rollercoaster of prescription drugs and health problems resulting from it, and a mother in law that may or may not be mentally ill because of the drugs and/or diet issues. And she also cannot go through natural means, only through more damaging, side effect drugs.

    I am FED UP.

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