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High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure can be eliminated with diet and natural herbs.
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Hypertension, High Blood Pressure and Stress
High blood pressure and hypertension are usually caused by a lack of proper nutrition. Improper nutrition weakens the internal organs, immune system, and lowers the organs’ abilities to utilize nutrients, which feed the body. The body begins to starve because of the loss of proper nutrients. This starvation causes a nutritional deficiency. The nutritionally starved body tries to get more nutrients to pay the debt. Consequently, the body demands more food (nutrients in the blood) by drawing on poor (below-nutrient-level) blood. In order to increase the nutrients the body needs, it must get nutrients from the blood, and so it increases the quantity of blood by increasing the pressure. The increase of pressure is the body’s attempt to feed itself. This increase in pressure is the body’s last resort to defend itself against the bodily pollutions, gland disorders, free radicals, kidney weakness, hypertension, being overweight, emotional stress, toxemia, deteriorating metabolism, etc., and a foodless food (junk food) diet.
An inflexible vascular system is unable to bring pressure down. The pressure gets high and cannot come down to normal. However, the increased blood pressure fails to nourish the body, because the junk foods (fiber-less enzyme depleted) are depleted of nutrients. This results in hypertension and stress. The blood nutrients can only be supplied by a natural whole foods diet. Additionally, the blood can have an accumulation of waste floating in it. The waste gets into the veins and arteries causing them to lose flexibility. The more cellular and chemical waste there is in the blood, the less oxygen and nutrients. The pressure is elevated in order to get more nutrients delivered to starved tissue, but instead brings more waste and less air. This rise in blood pressure demands more nutrients to sustain the high blood pressure in the blood - which is thick with waste - stresses the heart and causes a nutritional unpaid debt. This is the case of nutritional suicide as high blood pressure causes high pressure, which is turn causes, an extreme nutrient loss called low blood pressure. Subsequently, high and low pressure caused by disease. The high blood pressure diminishes the ability of the kidneys to filter waste, regulate hormones, aide mineral absorption and cell formation. The kidneys require the temperature and pressure to be normal in order for them to function.
The stress reaction does not cause diseases such as heart disease, arterial hypertension, and nervous disorder. Stress reaction triggers the release of adrenaline. However, wild animals have larger adrenal glands that tamed (domesticated) animals. Consequently, wild animals produce more adrenaline and are under more stress. They do not have disease associated with uncooked foods and processed junk foods.
It is the junk food diet and immunosuppressive drugs and malnourishment that cause stress. If stress were the cause of diseases rather than nutrient poor diet then Black chattel slaves would have died from stress and high blood pressure.
It is the nutrient poor health — caused by immunosuppressive drugs (antibiotics, etc.), fiber-less food, cooked food and free radicals (waste) — that causes the disease reaction of hypertension, stress, etc.
80% of all African Americans over the age of 45 have high blood pressure “The silent killer.”
High Blood Pressure is a major killer of African Americans in particular. Stress, poor diet, alcohol and drugs are some of the major causes.
Risk factors for high blood pressure include smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity, a high salt intake, lack of exercise and stress - and a family history of hypertension and stroke.
Arteriosclerosis, or a thickening, hardening and narrowing of the walls of the arteries is also often associated with high blood pressure.
Drug Therapy like many synthetic drugs, and anti-hypertensive medication has a risk of causing side effects depending on the person as well as the type of drug being taken. These can include, dizziness, nausea, stomach problems, fatigue, impotence, insomnia, loss of appetite and others. Always speak to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
What about natural remedies?
There are many well-known natural remedies for high blood pressure or hypertension. Conventional medicines usually treat the symptoms of high blood pressure, but seldom address the underlying causes.
Naturopaths recognize that high blood pressure may be a sign or symptom of imbalance in the body. They believe in removing the causes of high blood pressure with a combination of lifestyle changes and natural remedies, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
Can herbal remedies and dietary supplements really help?
There is a great deal of scientific evidence to suggest that the use of carefully chosen herbal remedies and dietary supplements can help to lower blood pressure, as well as to improve the overall functioning of the heart, arteries and the entire cardiovascular system.
What herbalists have known for centuries has now been clinically proven to be a potentially effective alternative to synthetic blood pressure medication, especially if combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Why being black increases your risk of high blood pressure
High blood pressure is more common and more severe in black people. But you can still take steps to protect yourself and treat the disease effectively with lifestyle changes and medications. If you're black, pay special attention to your blood pressure — even if you think you're healthy. That's because high blood pressure (hypertension) affects certain groups of people differently than others. And for black people in the United States, high blood pressure often occurs earlier in life, is more severe and has more complications. If you're black and living in the United States, you're more likely than a person of another culture to develop hypertension and to develop it earlier in your life. And once you have the disease, you're more likely to have severe complications, such as stroke, kidney failure and heart disease. In addition, blacks often don't get treatment until their blood pressure has been high for so long that vital organs nearly distroyed. Find out why you may be at greater risk of high blood pressure if you're black and what steps you can take to protect yourself.
Thanks to Joanne Katz, ScD, Professor of International Health, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD for contributing to this article. Dr. Katz was a co-investigator of the Baltimore Eye Survey.
Carbohydrates and Blood Pressure. R.Hodges, and T. Rebello, Annals of Internal Medicine. 1983:98:838_841.
For treatment and diet instructions order the High Blood Pressure DVD or the book African Holistic Health. For diet order the "Crossover Diet Cookbook."
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