High Blood Pressure – hypertension by Anni Dahms

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High Blood Pressure – hypertension by Anni Dahms

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We have just welcomed a new year. We are again entering it filled with hope, which we must never loose, but also with lots of uncertainty, about whether our world will ever become normal again. The uncertainty is mixed with fear and hope. We wish the best, both for ourselves, our families, but also the entire globe, freedom, world peace, the climate, etc.

Many people are experiencing increased stress in these times. Increased levels of stress can contribute to high blood pressure and high blood pressure has almost become a population-wide affliction. Other causes of high blood pressure, could also be anxiety, kidney disease, obesity, alcohol, medicine, such as pain suppressants, p-pills, etc. However, in 90% of all cases of high blood pressure are there no underlying condition and this is also why high blood pressure is known as general hypertension.
If you suspect that you are affected by high blood pressure, then you should consult a doctor and follow their guidelines. In the meantime, there are plenty of things you can do to help yourself.
One of the problems with high blood pressure, is that it is possible that you don’t feel it. There are certain symptoms you can notice, which are connected to high blood pressure.
Some of the symptoms can be uncomfortable heart beating, severe headaches especially in the morning, eyesight complications, nose bleeds, as well as unnatural fatigue and/or dizziness.
With every heartbeat blood is pumped in the arteries, causing the blood pressure to rise and then fall again, when the heart is resting. When the heart is working the pressure is called systolic blood pressure and when the heart is resting it is known as diastolic blood pressure.
The systolic blood pressure is supposed to be 140 and the diastolic 85, when the person is resting. This is written as 140/85.
If the blood pressure stays high during a longer period of time, the left side of the heart can become too large as the heart muscle becomes bigger due to the large amount of work. This increases the risk of atherosclerosis and heart cramps, because of an oxidant deficiency, which occurs because not enough blood is transferred into the heart chambers. The heart might be able to deal with this for a few years, but then heart failure will follow, along with heart stop and risk of blood clots in the heart and other heart afflictions, as well as blood clots in the brain and possible brain hemorrhages. High blood pressure is considered the leading cause of brain hemorrhages and blood clots in the brain. The kidneys suffer due to the high pressure, which can cause kidney disease and decrease their function.
It is important to keep blood pressure low. Increased blood pressure should be taken seriously, as a constant high blood pressure can lead to many different afflictions, such as decreased eyesight, sexual dysfunction, problems sleeping, memory loss, especially short-term memory, possibly leading to dementia, anxiety and nervousness, stress, and a reduced immune system.


The diet

You can do many things yourself to keep your blood pressure low through your diet. I learned, back in the day, that if you suffered from high blood pressure, then you should avoid salt. Today it is recommended that you can eat salt, but not in too large quantities. Try out different things. If you are suffering from high blood pressure, then I would suggest that you use Himalayan salt, as it is said to balance the blood pressure. Furthermore, Himalayan salt contains a lot of minerals and salts, which the body needs.
We are licorice loving people in the north, but if you suffer from high blood pressure, then it is forbidden to eat it, as it has been shown that licorice increases blood pressure tremendously.
Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, both categories contain potassium and magnesium, which are great for the blood pressure. It is best if you can get your vegetables and fruits from ecological sources.
Make sure that your diet contains plenty of fibers.
Use plenty of good oils. We live in the olive oil’s homeland, so use plenty of olive oil of a high quality. An Italian study showed that olive oil can reduce the need significantly for blood thinning medication.
You can preferably eat plenty of fatty fish and flaxseed oil. Hold back on the saturated fats, however butter is okay in moderation, the same goes for coconut oil.
Beets can contribute to the reduction of blood pressure. You can get beets as a small daily shot or make your own beet raw food by for instance mixing the beets with onions, carrots, and apples. A god sent mouthful, which can be eaten with another dish or alone, it tastes especially well with a proper splash of olive oil mixed with garlic. Garlic contributes to lowering the blood pressure and keeps the arteries elastic.
Keep away from all the sugary foods. White sugar has no nutrients and aids in the formation of inflammation.
If your sweet tooth is calling you, then take a couple of pieces of dark chocolate. The darker the better, but at least 70%. It can help lower the blood pressure.
The artificial sweetener Stevia, from the plant Stevia rebaudiana, has been shown to lower the highest and lowest blood pressure. Stevia is an antioxidant and totally harmless.
It could be a good idea to eat celery sticks daily, perhaps mixed with the beet raw food. It should contribute to lower your blood pressure.
Limit your alcohol consumption and stick to a few glasses of good red wine daily.
Drink plenty of herbal teas throughout the day, preferably green tea. You can also mix the green tea, with for instance horsetail and dandelion, just as it can be good with hibiscus tea.

Dietary supplements

  • As a base, take a quality multivitamin/mineral product.
  • Eat plenty of good omega 3 fatty acid, it can help lower the blood pressure. Studies have shown that people who ate plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, had a lower blood pressure, than those who either didn’t eat it or only ate a little bit.
  • Supplement with Q10. Studies show that Q10 has a great effect on heightened blood pressure.
  • Many people have insufficient magnesium in the body. Therefore, it might be good with a supplement. Magnesium has been shown to be able to reduce both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Take magnesium in the evening, as it helps you get a good night’s sleep.
  • You can preferably take a supplement of vitamin B. Magnesium works best if there at the same time is sufficient vitamin B in the body, especially B6, just like folic acid (B9), can it reduce the risk of high blood pressure. All B vitamins bring the most benefit if they are taken in a combined form.
  • Vitamin D can also be a good blood pressure regulator. The daily dosage should be around 100 mcg. Vitamin D combats increases in the stress hormone adrenalin. Vitamin D is not just a vitamin, but also a hormone, which benefits the immune system.
  • Pycnogenol is an extract from a special French pine tree. It is a strong antioxidant with many great effects, for instance on high blood pressure. Pycnogenol also inhibits the formation of blood clots. Italian researchers have proven that a combination of Q10 and Pycnogenol strengthens the heart and lowers blood pressure. Another study showed that using Pycnogenol reduced the need for blood pressure medication significantly.
  • If you cannot eat pure garlic, then you may want to take it in capsule form. It also eliminates garlic breath. It is best with a product that has a high content of allicin. Garlic can contribute to a lowering of the blood pressure and combats atherosclerosis. Furthermore, garlic counteracts increased triglycerides and heightened cholesterol.
  • Supplement with extra vitamin C. It stabilizes and reduces the blood pressure. Dose as needed, but an example could be 1000 mg morning and evening. You can preferably take a product with bioflavonoids from for instance rosehip, lemon, and other things. It increases the effect of vitamin C significantly.
  • Hawthorn, either in tablet or liquid form, is a wonderful supplement, it is strengthening for the heart and helps bring down blood pressure.Multiple studies show that the right supplements can aid the heart’s function.


Take care of your breathing and learn to breathe deeply and slowly. You could for instance take a course in breathing exercises.
It can also be a good idea to learn and use a form of relaxation technique, for instance through yoga or QI gong. It has been shown to have a positive effect on high blood pressure.
Make sure that you get exercise, at least a half hour walk, in the best tempo you can manage.
Are you a fan of saunas, then it can be a good idea to get into one, roughly three times a week. If you are a smoker, then stop. Quitting smoking can often reduce your blood pressure fairly quickly.
Pay attention to your weight. If you have gained a few kilos during the Christmas celebrations, then find your normal weight again. Obesity can lead to increased blood pressure, but it is also troublesome for the heart and can lead to type 2 diabetes. It is important to have a normal weight and a normal blood pressure.
Avoid stress. It is important to figure out what stresses you and consider how you can reduce it or avoid it all together. Psychological stress can cause high blood pressure.
Heavy metals in the body can also be the cause of high blood pressure, so if you have tried everything, then it might be a good idea to get examined for heavy metal poisoning.
Louise Hay writes that the likely cause of high blood pressure, are long term emotional problems, which haven’t been resolved. A Volcano, turning mosquitoes into elephants.
A new thought pattern to memorize is: I lovingly release the past, I have peace.
I believe an affirmation like this one can be helpful.

Happy New Year.

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