Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as “hypertension,” puts your heart and circulatory system at risk. Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of your arteries as it passes through. When it’s high, it means that things are not as healthy as they should be.

Blood pressure is recorded as “something over something,” as you might know if you watch hospital dramas on television. The “systolic” pressure is the first “something” (as the heart beats) and “diastolic” the second (relaxing between beats). Here are the numbers, with “pre-hypertension” a new term for those at risk of getting high blood pressure.
• Normal: 120 over 80
• Prehypertension: 120 to 139 over 80 to 89
• Stage 1 hypertension: 140 to 159 or 90 to 99
• Stage 2 hypertension: anything above stage one

Hypertension is called the “silent killer” because it raises your risk of heart disease without you even knowing it. In fact, three in 10 people who have it don’t know it. The majority of patients are over 65, and 80% are overweight. It’s too bad that only half of them try to control hypertension, because it is something that can be controlled.

Before we get to the homeopathic remedies that you can use, let’s cover the basics. If you have pre-hypertension or hypertension, actively try to reverse the problem. First off, cut down on your intake of salt — this is very important. Along with that, increase your intake of potassium through supplements or foods. (High sources of the mineral include bananas, dried fruit, all leafy green vegetables, potatoes with skin, squash, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, papayas, cantaloupes and all legumes.)

Other ways to help yourself are to exercise at least 30 minutes a day (even simple walking), keep your weight normal, drink alcohol only in moderation, avoid smoking and eat more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

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