High Blood Pressure
Approximately 25% of the UK population currently suffer from high blood pressure, making them THREE times more likely to suffer from a stroke or heart disease.
What is it?
Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels caused by the heart pumping. During each heart beat, blood pressure varies between a systolic, which is the maximum pressure, and the diastolic, which is the minimum pressure. Normal average systolic/diastolic blood pressure in a healthy adult of average size and weight is averaged as 120/80 mm Hg.
World Health Organization Hypertension Classification
|Systolic (mm Hg)||Diastolic (mm Hg)|
|High-Normal||130 – 139||85 – 89|
|Grade 1 Hypertension||140 – 159||90 – 99|
|Grade 2 Hypertension||160 – 179||100 – 109|
|Grade 3 Hypertension||180>||110>|
It is interesting to note that figures show that more than 50% of people over the age of 65 are afflicted with hypertension.
Factors that affect blood pressure
The functioning of the heart greatly affects blood pressure; functions such as the heart rate, force and volume of blood per beat are all factors that influence blood pressure. The elasticity of the blood vessels is also vital, as it determines the resistance to blood flow and the viscosity of the blood.
Coronary disturbances like elevated blood pressure are at least in part due to unsuitable lifestyle. They most commonly affect males over the age of 40 and females over the age of 60. Contributory factors include inappropriate dietary intake, inadequate exercise, excess stress and a host of additional factors. Adequate water consumption, the homocysteine connection, and the vitamins, minerals and food you consume can help support cardiac health.
The heart is essentially a muscular organ composed of 4 chambers. These chambers are used to separate oxygenated blood from deoxygenated blood, and then pump the oxygenated blood to the rest of the body or the deoxygenated blood to the lungs. To maintain a regular heartbeat special attention needs to be given to dietary intake and lifestyle.
People who lead highly stressful lives need to pay special consideration to their adrenergic nervous system, which is responsible for the release of adrenaline and the fight or flight response that comes with it. An overactive adrenergic nervous system can result in high blood pressure as the release of adrenaline narrows the blood vessels while speeding up the heartbeat to pump more blood around the body to help you fight or flee.
Stress triggers the release of adrenaline and if it is a regular occurrence it can lead to high blood pressure. It is always best to consult a medical practitioner if you have concerns about this.
Cholesterol is a key factor in testing and controlling blood pressure. Interestingly, many medical papers state that cholesterol may not actually be the main cause of hypertension and other cardiovascular disease. Approximately 30% of the body’s cholesterol content comes from dietary sources and the body absorbs around 50% of this dietary cholesterol while the remainder passes through unused and is excreted through bile.
Needlessly lower cholesterol below optimal levels is known to have an adverse effect on the body. It is a little known fact that healthy levels of cholesterol help in counteracting stress and fighting depression. It is also good for the skin. Excessive stress causes the body to produce higher levels of cholesterol.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body mass index (BMI) is relevant to the reduction of blood pressure and is associated with dietary intake. The text below is for purely for informative purposes and should not be considered as an alternative to medical advice. The following formula can be used to calculate BMI but once again, people who suspect they may have elevated blood pressure should consult their doctor.
Calculating your BMI is a simple three-step method:
1. Multiply your weight in pounds by 703.
2. Divide the answer by your height (in inches)
3. Divide the answer again by your height (in inches) to obtain your BMI.
A normal BMI should be in the region of 18.5-24.9 and it would be best to maintain it at this level.
An overweight reading would be between 25-29.9. People within this range are best off seeking medical advice in how to lose weight.
Those suffering from high blood pressure should try to lose weight slowly, at a rate of one to two pounds a week. This is the healthiest way and just importantly it increases the chances of long-term weight loss.
A healthy weight is largely dependent on regular exercise. Weight gain is determined by how many calories are consumed each day in comparison to how many are burnt.
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It is estimated that one third of people with high blood pressure, would benefit from a reduction in salt intake. However it should be noted that reducing salt intake in some people, can increase blood pressure, so regular readings should be taken.
A balanced intake of salt, generally is 3 grams a day, which is essential to our bodies as a digestive stimulant. However by eating processed foods, we raise the suggested intake of salt by as many as TWELVE times!
Most of us are now aware that too much salt can lead to high blood pressure, headaches and feeling fatigued. A diet high in salt can harden and restrict blood vessels, making the heart work harder to pump blood around the body. The tightening of blood vessels also makes it harder to remove bad fats from the blood stream.
Many people now advise that sugar is as dangerous as salt, in increasing blood pressure. This is because refined sugar affects the metabolism of insulin, which is the hormone which helps regulate normal blood pressure. It is important to note that whole dark unrefined sugar does not have an adverse effect upon the body by increasing blood pressure.
Soluble fibre in fruit has demonstrated positive results with regards to anti-hypertensive effect, more so even than vegetables or cereals which also contribute supportive fibres. Increasing fibre from all these sources will have a supportive effect in lowering excessblood pressure.
This broad category of beans includes black beans, black-eyed beans, chickpeas orgarbanzos, fava beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, split peas and many other fresh and dried beans.
A regular intake of beans reduces bad cholesterol, and helps regulate blood sugar. Importantly, with regard to high blood pressure, not only does the gut benefit from the very important fibre, but there is also a release of specific chemicals and good fatty acids that reduce high blood pressure.
Grapefruits contain valuable pectin, which helps regulate blood cholesterol and helps with supporting normal blood pressure. Researchers have found that the blood cholesterol reducing ability of the pectin in grapefruitis as effective as some prescription drugs. Grapefruits additionally contain chemical compounds that dissolve plaque build-up in arteries.The valuable pectin is contained within the cell walls of the fruit,therefore consumption of the juice alone will not provide this important nutrient.
A weekly consumption of no more than two grapefruits is considered beneficial.
A diet rich in rice, fruits and vegetables restricts sodium build up in thecell thereby contributing to the process of reducing high bloodpressure. This form of diet induces weight loss, which in turn reducespressure on the kidneys.
Rice contains some of the same chemicalsthat are found in beans that inhibit some cancers. As rice is a seedthese chemicals are to be found at higher levels than beans. Wholegrain rice also contains the valuable rice bran, the outer husk, which hasbeen demonstrated to reduce the risk and incidence of bowel cancer.
Boiled and steamed rice have been used for many years to reduce diarrhoea.
Baked potatoes contain high levels of potassium, which is known to reduce blood pressure.
Celery has the ability to lower systolic blood pressure by up to ten percent and consequently is effective in the lowering of blood cholesterol.
The blood pressure reducing properties found in celery is believed to act by reducing blood concentrations of stress hormones that cause the blood vessels to constrict.
Garlic contains chemicals that act like ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors. ACE prescription drugs are given to lower blood pressure and protect theheart. Organic “wet” garlic (which means fresh) performs best withregard to this beneficial function.
It is of interest to note that the Japanese government officially recognises garlic as a bloodpressure depressor. The beneficial effects of garlic in lowering blood pressure have even been reported in the Lancet.
Garlic and onions contain a compound called adenosine that act to reduce tension within the blood vessel.This relaxing of the blood vessel helps it to dilate more fully.
When stir-fried, the chemical compounds can indeed become more potent, increasing its ability to decrease high blood pressure.
Oats have been found by Dutch doctors to reduce bad cholesterol simply by eating several medium sized bowls a week of whole oats (consisting of about two ounces of whole oatswith an additional ounce of oat bran). It is interesting to note that increasing the amount of oat bran by two to three times can reduce bad LDL cholesterol further.
The benefits of oatmeal and oat bran combination have the further advantage of raising the beneficial good cholesterol HDL.
Barley is associated with reduced blood pressure and heart disease, and is known in the middle east, as the ‘heart medicine’.
Barley contains certain compounds that can also be found in some other vegetables that effectively act as “drugs” and indeed suppress the liver’s production of cholesterol.
There is a direct correlation between excessive alcohol consumption and high blood pressure. However, it should be noted that one glass of good quality wine a day can bebeneficial. Spirits on the other hand, are generally best avoided.
Additional Help & Support
Homeopathy, meditation, and deep breathing have demonstrated significant benefits in the management of high blood pressure
Massage has been found to be very beneficial in both relaxing the body and mind, and helping to lower high blood pressure
Sunlight has been found to reduce elevated blood pressure.
– Reduce dietary intake of salts and refined sugars
– Increase amounts of fruit and green vegetables consumed in diet
– Participate in exercise, even if it is gentle walking
– Include foods such as rice, boiled potatoes, and nuts as part of your balanced diet.
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