Day: July 20, 2013

High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure v Healthy Foods

What is  high Blood Pressure

In most instances the reason for high blood pressure is unknown, but one that is known and can be treated, is when the  artery to the kidney narrows so the kidney sends out hormones to increase the blood flow. Hence the blood pressure rises.

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Monitor

The instance of narrowing arteries is a fairly small percentage of high blood pressure cases. Most often the reasons individuals have high blood pressure are unknown  although anyone with an ounce of common sense can probably guess some of the causes e.g. heavy drinking, smoking, stress, over weight, high salt use, bad eating habits to name just a few.

Most Doctors will prescribe medication to lower blood pressure but that only hides the problem and does not explain the reason of why a person’s blood pressure is high. We need to find out what is causing the problem and in many cases we don’t need a doctor to tell us as who knows our lifestyle better than us.

If you want to help yourself to live longer, don’t smoke, reduce acohol intake and learn to control stress (Read my latest book available at Amazon for only 99c. Here is  the link and title ‘Stress Remedy Relief‘ It contains many tips on reducing stress).

Foods to keep you fit and slim

Healthy foods for a healthy mind

If your problem is over weight, exercise more and cut out salt as it blocks your arteries and retains water. Most importantly, eat healthy foods and by healthy I mean  lots of dark leafy greens like broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, kale, silver beet and include garlic and onions, leeks, sweet potatoes, chicken breast, turkey. Use plenty of turmeric and cinnamon in your cooking and eat loads of salads. For breakfast eat oats (porridge).

Don’t eat white bread, it has no food value and clogs up your gut. Use wholemeal bread instead and train yourself not to eat potatoes. Instead replace it with sweet potatoes.
Use no sugar and cut out soft drinks of any kind, they are saturated with sugar. Refrain from buying fast foods and processed foods in packets or boxes; they are coated with sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and ingredients you cannot pronounce. Keep away from too much coffee
For tips on healthy eating and cooking tasty meals check out, How to Cook Healthy Meals in Minutes.

My cook book

How to cook healthy meals in minutes

 

Measure your own blood pressure. The monitors are fairly inexpensive; check them out at Mypix , they have a couple of models under the heading of electronic gadgets. The instruction book that comes with it will give you an idea of what your blood pressure should be.
Note: It is important to be aware that  very high blood pressure can lead to kidney disease, strokes, and heart attacks. Regular checkups with your GP are important.

High Cholesterol
In the western world cholesterol is a hot topic. There is a lot of controversy in the medical world about it. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking statins to reduce their level of cholesterol and many doctors believe that taking statins puts a person in more danger than the high cholesterol itself.
What we do know is that statins block magnesium and CO Q10, both of which are needed by the heart and the brain. If you are taking statins, talk to your doctor about supplements to counter the side affects.
Check out what Dr Malcolm Kendrick has to say on both these subjects.

Remember always to discuss any concerns with your doctor.

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