Many people ask me about hypertension, here are some ways you can bring down raised blood pressure. You CAN do this – and it’s worthwhile giving it a shop – you’ll feel better and be healthier in the process.
- MAGNESIUM: Dr Carolyn Dean, author of Magnesium Miracle, says that the magnesium has been proven in numerous clinical trials to lower blood pressure. She suggests around 300mg a day is needed to deal with the daily loss of magnesium, but if you are under stress or athletic exertion you will probably need to double that. To be safe, I recommend around 400-600g a day. Find your own dosage. 1 teaspoon of my Magnesium Citrate powder gives you 400mg of magnesium. You can find magnesium in food, but it’s not easily assimilated. Unfortunately our soils are also magnesium deficient, so the best thing to do is take a supplement in addition to eating good quality high magnesium-containing foods.
- WATER: making sure you are adequately hydrated, goes a long way to regulating blood pressure. Avoid caffeinated drinks which dehydrate you – rather drink plenty of good, fresh (preferably distilled) water daily
- Use HIMALAYAN SALT instead of supermarket salt – believe it or not, it will help to keep blood pressure steady.
- Avoid FRUCTOSE – very important. A diet high in sugar and grain products contributes hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes particularly an increase in fructose. Fructose is a simple sugar that is a key component in table sugar (sucrose) added into many commercial and processed foods such as soft drinks. Also, insulin resistance has been linked to hypertension, so avoiding sugar and sugary foods will help to control insulin, thereby helping to lower blood pressure.
- Drop the FIZZY drinks – they are one of the cruellest ways of affecting blood pressure due to the fructose and/or artificial sweeteners. They cause a rise in insulin, inflammation and restrict arterial elasticity.
- Go easy on CAFFEINE – if you have more than one or two cups a day, this can significantly raise blood pressure, particularly if you are adding sugar and having masses of milk (loaded with milk sugar), as sugar spikes insulin, which is inflammatory – and the whole cascade is set in motion. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic believe that caffeine could block a hormone that helps keep your arteries widened. Others think that caffeine causes your adrenal glands to release more adrenaline, which causes your blood pressure to increase.
- Be careful how you EXERCISE. Aerobic exercise is helpful to the heart, reduces insulin rsistance and is just plain good for the body. Don’t over-exercise which can shoot blood pressure up too high.
- Read The Low-Carb Creed – a low carbohydrate way of eating which has an amazing effect on blood sugar, blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. You will find it in my online store under BOOKS.
- SUPPLEMENTS which will help you :
- Bear Paw Garlic is amazing – you’ll find it in my online store – 1-6 a day
- CoQ10 – take around 120mg a day
- Omega-3 fish oil – take 3g a day (3 softgels)
- Pure Hydrolysed Collagen in many cases can help to drop blood pressure
- Hawthorne – take one a day
- Vitamin C – 2-4g/day
- A good vitamin D3 and K2 supplement/s (especially if calcium score is high)
These supplements are all available from my online store at sallyanncreed.co.za, including distiller units