Saturday, January 15, 2011

Getting off Blood pressure Medication

Do you want to get off blood pressure medication?

The good news: 85 percent of people with high blood pressure can reduce their pressure to normal ranges through lifestyle modifications

Are you willing to change the way you eat, drink and live?

Often high blood pressure is a sign of dehydration.
The body holds water when you don't drink enough - increases the pressure in the blood vessels. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water and cut out caffeine. Also, cutting out the processed foods is important.

Diets with high grain, high sugar and low exercise lead to hypertension. It is very important to do an Elimination Diet to test for food sensitivities. 

Even if you tolerate gluten well it is still advised that grains be eliminated
  • Eliminate grains
  • Eliminate sugar
  • Eliminate caffeine
  • Eliminate processed foods
  • Add exercise
  • Studies have shown that drinking 2 cups of hibiscus tea each day reduces blood pressure 12%, American Heart Association conference, presented 2009.

Dr. Joseph Mercola: “Chances are if you have hypertension, you also have poorly controlled blood sugar levels. The two problems often go hand in hand. And if your hypertension is the direct result of an out-of-control blood sugar level, then getting your blood sugars normalized will also bring your blood pressure readings into the healthy range.”

Too much fructose can have important health consequences, like increasing blood pressure
Fructose is found in high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar as well as fruit drinks and fruit.

I recommend buying Hawthorn Berries and making a tea three times a day.
Also, obtain organic Cayenne and put in capsules, or buy it already in capsules, and take 3 times a day.

Supplements to add: ( or Health food store)

There are at least 40 supplements that have been shown to lower blood pressure.
Here's some that I recommend:
  • Carlson's Cod Liver Oil (2 tsp/day). Purchase quality cod liver oil, like Carlson’s (not prescription, it is inferior).
  • Vitamin D. Add Vitamin D, 2000 – 4000 IU per day (not prescription vitamin D2, it is inferior).
  • Magnesium (not magnesium oxide, but a good one like Mg glycinate, work up to 600 mg/day or up to bowel tolerance)
  • CoQ10
  • Kyolic Garlic, 4 per day
  • Probiotic foods like Amasai, Cultured Whey, Terrain
  • B complex

Recommendations by Fred Pescatore, MD
  • Homocysteine and Magnesium
    Magnesium controls the enzyme, homocysteine that is responsible for making cholesterol.
    (Deficiency in Folic Acid, B6 and B12 can lead to high homocysteine).
    High homocysteine is a powerful risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
    High homocysteine is linked to fractures and the breakdown of collagen.
  • CoQ10 - helps heart beat better (Antioxidant nutrient, supports heart function, protects against free radical damage, improves energy production and immune response. Jarrow's QH Absorb is Ubiquinol, the reduced (active antioxidant) form of Co-Q10, the form which is directly used in human metabolism as a lipid-soluble antioxidant. While standard Co‑Q10 (ubiquinone) supplements can be activated in the body, this activation can be less efficient in some individuals, based on age or genetics.
  • Carnitine - also good for the heart
  • Fish Oil

  • Inositol (It can help with liver function and reduce hypertension. Inositol hexaniacinate and inositol hexanicotinate both help lower cholesterol, which helps prevent heart attacks. A lack of inositol in the system can lead to such conditions as constipation, high cholesterol, problems with vision and general health of the eyes, and hair loss.)
  • Take a probiotic because gut health is the underlying reason for inflammation.
Think about your thyroid!
What type of water do you drink? Is there fluoride remaining in your drinking water? It is competing with iodine, which could lead to deficiencies and thyroid problems.
This master glad is tied to your circulatory system.

Martie Whittekin on High Blood Pressure
Anyone with high blood pressure worries about it because hypertension increases the risk of stroke. And, it is lesser known that by annoying the arteries, it increases the likelihood that plaque will form arterial blockages. The usual approach is to rely on salt restriction and drugs to lower blood pressure, but here are some other ideas showing up in the literature.

#1: Hibiscus Tea Reduces Blood Pressure 1. In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial with 65 mildly hypertensive folks ages 30-70 (not on meds), 3 servings a day of this tea significantly lowered systolic, diastolic and arterial pressure. My 2 cents: You won't likely find this at the Piggly Wiggly but something so simple that apparently has no side effects would be worth tracking down at a health food store. Often the natural approaches all work in slightly different ways, so even if each one only makes a modest change, added together, they may be enough.

#2: Chocolate Reduces Blood Pressure 2. A review of 10 studies confirms that chocolate reduces blood pressure (but not to the same extent in all participants). My 2 cents: This isn't license to grab a Snickers ® . The health effect is from the antioxidant nutrients in dark chocolate. If you add a lot of sugar and partially hydrogenated fat, you gain weight but not cardio benefits. Try a square of dark chocolate for dessert (and thereby avoid the Chubby Hubby ® ice cream.)

#3: Vitamin D and Blood Pressure3. This review of several studies suggests that there are strong indications that low vitamin D levels are associated with high blood pressure. My 2 cents: The researchers (as always) say more study is needed to refine the results, but read at this link about all the other life-saving reasons to make sure you have enough D.

#4: Combination of Aged Garlic Extract, Natto and Suntheanine. In an interview March 20 th , pharmacist, naturopath and nutritionist Dr. James LaValle talked about these well researched natural substances. Our sponsor, Kyolic has a combination of the three called “Formula 109”.
Please monitor your blood pressure at home. That is more reliable than tests during periodic office visits and you will see the effect of any diet or supplement changes.
1 Hibiscus sabdariffa L. tea (tisane) lowers blood pressure in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. McKay DL, Chen CY, Saltzman E, Blumberg JB. J Nutr. 2010 Feb;140(2):298-303. Epub 2009 Dec 16.
2 Effect of cocoa products on blood pressure: systematic review and meta-analysis. Desch S, Schmidt J, Kobler D, Sonnabend M, Eitel I, Sareban M, Rahimi K, Schuler G, Thiele H. Am J Hypertens. 2010 Jan;23(1):97-103. Epub 2009 Nov 12.
3 Role of Vitamin D in Blood Pressure Homeostasis. Feneis JF, Arora RR. Am J Ther. 2010 Mar 5.

1 comment:

  1. Another thing that helps bring down blood pressure is Hawthorne and Olive Leaf.