Healthy Advice for Blood Pressure
1. Taking B.P. Balance Plus and other natural supplements may help to
lower blood pressure. With the advise of your health care practitioner or doctor the following is a list of some helpful natural supplements that also have been know to help support blood pressure: Hibiscus tea, Omega 3 fish oils, CoQ10, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Garlic, Nattokinase, Hawthorn Berry, Celery Seed Extract, Folic Acid, Pycnogenol, Lycopene, L-Arginine, Fish Peptides and Vitamin D3.
2. Maintain a healthy weight. Losing even 5-10 pounds can lower blood pressure.
3. Do not smoke. Smoking promotes cardio-vascular disease.
4. Keep your sodium intake low – try using Sea Salt and other natural salt substitutes since they are more beneficial for your body.
5. Avoid refined sugars, refined carbohydrates and hydrogenated oil products. They are everywhere and they contribute to major health problems. Read labels and avoid them as much as possible.
6. Avoid alcohol; If you drink, do so in moderation. Have no more than one drink daily if you are a woman and two if you are a man.
7. Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, grains and vegetables. This helps to cut back on high-fat foods and high-calorie foods that can cause weight gain.
8. Increase your intake of potassium. Studies are showing that potassium has blood pressure lowering effects – especially in people with mild hypertension. Check with your physician about how much you need. (Bananas are high in potassium.)
9. Increase fiber intake. Plant fiber has been observed to lower blood pressure.
10. Practice a stress management technique. Of course, exercise is a great way to manage your stress – even taking a brisk walk when you feel overwhelmed can help. Or choose other techniques that may work for you. Meditation, prayer and quiet time have proved to be successful also. The takeaway from this is that we all have stress in our life, but for your health's sake, learn how to manage it to the best of your ability.
Fast Facts About
High Blood Pressure
Did You Know?
High blood pressure (Hypertension) directly kills over 50,000 people in the United States each year and contributes to another 200,000+ deaths. Obviously it is a huge problem.
Compounding the matter is that the various drugs used to treat high blood pressure often make patients feel worse because of side effects. Fortunately, there is available a natural approach that is both safe and effective in helping to lower blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, visual problems, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, sexual dysfunction, mental deterioration and other health problems.
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.
High blood pressure should not be taken lightly. By keeping your blood pressure in the normal range, you can not only improve the length of your life, but also the quality of your life as well. This statement is especially true if natural measures rather than drugs are used to attain proper blood pressure.
(Source Dr. Murray)
Natural Support for Diabetics
Diabetes mellitus is a disorder characterized by elevations in blood sugar levels. There are two major categories:Type I and Type 2.Type I diabetes is associated with complete destruction of the cells in the pancreas that manufacture insulin. Individuals with Type I diabetes will require lifelong insulin for the control of blood sugar levels. In Type 2 diabetes insulin levels are typically elevated indicating a loss of sensitivity to insulin by the cells of the body. More than 90% of the 17 million American with dia-betes have Type 2. Diabetes is a serious disease because it is associated with an increased risk of life-threatening complications such as a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes for these catastrophic complications is about 4 times that of people without diabetes. In addition to an earlier death, diabetes carries with it significant risks for serious complications such as blindness, the need for dialysis, and limb amputation.
Why is it important to achieve optimal nutritional status?
The person with diabetes has higher requirements for many nutrients. Clinical studies have shown that supplementation with key nutrients can improve blood sugar control as well as help prevent or reduce the development of the major complications of diabetes. Furthermore, taking a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement has also been shown to boost immune function and reduce infections in diabetics.
What is Alpha-Lipoic Acid and why is it important for diabetics?
One of the critical goals in nutritionally supporting individuals with diabetes is to flood the body with a high level of antioxidant compounds to counter-act the negative effects of free radicals and pro-oxidants. In addition to taking a high potency multiple it is important to take additional Vitamin E (400 to 800 IU) and 400 to 600 mg of Alpha-lipoic acid - a vitamin-like substance that is often described as "nature's perfect antioxidant." Unlike Vitamin E which is primarily fat-soluble and Vitamin C which is water soluble, alpha-lipoic acid can quench either water or fat soluble free radicals both inside the cell and outside in the intracellular spaces. Alpha-lipoic acid has been shown to lead to an improvement in blood sugar metabolism, improves blood flow to peripheral nerves, and actually stimulates the regeneration of nerve fibers.
Knowledge and awareness are the greatest allies for people with diabetes. An individual with diabetes who makes a strong commitment to learning about their condition and who accepts the lead role in a carefillly supervised blood sugar monitoring program greatly improves the likelihood the they will lead a long and healthy life.
At the present time, individuals with Type I diabetes absolutely require conventional treatment with the hormone insulin. We consider this approach consistent with natural medicine — after all, the goal is simply to provide the body with a critical natural hormone. When using the natural products that impact blood sugar control, the Type 1 diabetics will need to work closely with their physician and adjust insulin dosages accordingly.
In individuals with Type 2 diabetes, when blood sugar levels cannot be controlled satisfactorily with weight loss, exercise and diet therapy, oral antihyperglycemic agents or, when necessary, insulin are utilized for additional support. Just as in the individual with Type I diabetes, the Type 2 individual on these drugs will need to work with their physician in adjusting the dosage of any medications. The difference however, is the goal in Type 2 diabetes is to achieve satisfactory blood sugar control without the aid of drugs. In fact, in most cases of Type 2 diabetes there can be a complete reversal of the disease.
(Source Dr. Murray)