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Care for Blood Pressure
Your heart beats 100,000 times a sending some 2,000 gallons of life sustaining blood coursing through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Therefore it is very important that you take care of your heart and vessels. The healthier is your circulatory system the more efficiently it will function and the longer it will keep you kicking. One of the most important factors in maintaining healthy circulatory system is your blood pressure.
Blood pressure does not hurt and it has no systems and yet one out of every four person between the ages of 35 and 55, and one of every two persons over age of 55 has high blood pressure. Most don’t even know it that they have blood pressure.
How is blood pressure defined?
Doctors define high blood pressure as a consistent reading of 140/90mm.Hg (millimeters of mercury) or higher. A reading that is 120/80mm.Hg is considered ideal.
Why high blood pressure considered a mystery?
High blood pressure is as mysterious as it is silent. Researchers don’t know why some of us get high blood pressure, but they do know that certain factors contribute to high blood pressure for example they are as following:
- Ethnic background
- Having weight
- Birth control pills
- Diabetes or a disease that affects the kidneys, adrenal glands, or abnormal activity of other glands also causes diabetes.
- Diet having high fat intake.
Is high blood pressure dangerous?
Yes, high blood is dangerous because it stresses the arteries, putting you at risk for heart attack and stroke. Left untreated, it can also lead to kidney failure.
Is low blood pressure dangerous?
No, low blood pressure is not dangerous. Lower blood pressure puts you at lower risk for cardiovascular diseases, strokes and kidney disease. The only problem with low blood pressure or hypotension is that it can make you light hooded when you move your body quickly. The key is that you should be aware of this and train yourself to move mindfully. For example when you are getting out of bed, pause in a seated position and take a few deep breaths. Similarly don’t stand up too fast; lower blood pressure helps you to live longer.
Does estrogen hormone in women help maintain blood pressure?
Yes, it does, thanks to the hormone estrogen; women rarely develop heart disease as early in adulthood as men. Estrogen helps keep women arteries clear and healthy by regulating the amounts of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the bad kind of cholesterol which blocks and clogs the arteries, and high-density lipoprotein (DHL) cholesterol, the good kind that escorts LDL from the body. It should be kept in mind that as levels of protective estrogen decline during menopause, your blood pressure could start going up as LDL or low-density lipoprotein can start building in your arteries and veins, building resistant to blood flow.
How to control your blood pressure?
High blood pressure is potentially dangerous because it stresses the arteries, putting you at risk for heart attack and stroke. Left untreated, it can also lead to kidney failure. Medication can help control high blood pressure, helping to prevent its potential damage. If you can’t get it under control using natural methods, your doctor may prescribe medication. However here are some natural ways through which you can help your high blood pressure.
Studies have shown that allicin, the compound in garlic helps lower cholesterol, reducing blood pressure as well. The suggestive intake is one clove per day. Add lots of garlic to your meals and soups.
A study should that those people who have high blood pressure if they increased their intake of potassium in their diet at average they reduced up to seven points from their systolic blood pressure (the top number in blood pressure reading) and their diastolic also dropped an average of two points. Good source of potassium include baked potatoes, cantaloupe and spinach. Other potassium-rich foods include bananas, beans, honey dew, orange juice, prunes, and raisins. Aim for an intake of 2,000 to 4,000 milligrams a day.
Populations with low calcium intakes have high rates of high blood pressure. Be sure to get at least the recommended amount of calcium -- 1,000 milligrams per day for adults 19 to 50 years old and 1,200 mg for those over 50 (pregnant and breastfeeding women also need more) -- from the foods you eat. At least two studies has shown that moms-to-be who take supplemental calcium reduce their chance of developing, pregnancy-related high blood pressure. If you are pregnant or nursing you need, 1,200 to 1,500 milligram of calcium a day.
Dairy foods like low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese are good sources of calcium. Low-fat and nonfat dairy products have even more calcium than the high-fat types.
Coenzyme Q10 and I- Carnitine
When taken together coenzyme Q10 (an antioxidant) and I- Carnitine (an amino acid) may help you lower your blood pressure and strengthen heart muscle contraction. Both supplements are sold in health food stores.
Reduce Salt in Take
Salt is not the cardiovascular villain it was once thought to be. In fact, some research suggests that consuming up to 4,000 milligram of sodium a day would not necessarily raise your blood pressure, as long as you are also taking enough magnesium and potassium. Still you should use salt wisely and carefully. Limit yourself to less than 2,000 milligrams per day.
Thanks to its mild diuretic properties, celery may help lower blood pressure by reducing the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream. Eat at least 4 stalks a day. Here is chart of blood pressure you can compare your blood pressure with it.
Below is a chart --to compare your blood-pressure with:
Blood Pressure (mm.Hg)
Systolic (Top No)
Diastolic (Bottom No)
120 or lower
80 or lower
129 or lower
84 or lower
130 – 139
85 – 89
140 – 159
90 – 99
160 – 179
100 – 90