Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious problem. Over time it can damage not only your cardiovascular system and your heart but also organs like your kidneys. There are many potential causes for hypertension from diet, lack of exercise, to genetics. Certainly obesity and inactivity can contribute to high blood pressure but sometimes even the most fit individual can have raging hypertension. In these cases it is clearly genetic.
No matter the cause it is important to manage this problem effectively and quickly. This is one instance where medication may be far more valuable than the potential side effects. In the case of genetics medication is almost always required since fitness and diet will play a very insignificant role in these people. For everyone else the big three – diet, exercise, and supplements may help to naturally control blood pressure.
Diet – Reduce or eliminate all polyunsaturated vegetable oils as these are the cause of free radical damage to the arteries, setting up an environment for plaque buildup. Once this occurs, the narrow arteries build up pressure to drive blood flow through the reduced pathway. Consume more whole grains and natural foods such as fruits and veggies. Get adequate protein daily – about 80 grams or more, and this will help.
Exercise – Obesity is a factor behind dozens of health problems and high blood pressure is one of them. The single greatest physical cause of blood pressure problems is obesity. If you are more than 20 pounds overweight you need to address that issue head on. To find out the best diet program for your body take our Weight Management Test.
Supplements – An imbalance of specific minerals called electrolytes can induce hypertension over time. Two of the most important electrolyte minerals involved in this process are sodium and potassium in order for these minerals to help regulate blood pressure you need a 3 to 1 ratio of potassium to sodium. The standard American Diet (SAD) provides just the opposite! By increasing potassium from fruits and veggies and reducing added sodium we can address this issue. Magnesium is another mineral that plays a role in blood pressure. Magnesium must be balanced with calcium for optimal functioning. We need about 2 to 1 calcium over magnesium. The problem is that most of us are calcium and magnesium deficient. The best way to deal with these potential mineral imbalances is to take a supplement that provides all of them in the right ratios to each other. Check out our Bio-complete Calcium Formula, which addresses these ratios.