It is estimated that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure (hypertension). It is called the “silent killer” with good reason. Most people don’t even know they have it since it does not cause any symptoms.
Your blood pressure is determined by the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Excessive pressure makes the heart work harder, increasing its demand for oxygen. If that force is high enough you will develop health problems including heart attacks, congestive heart failure, strokes, as well as damage to the kidneys and brain. Normal blood pressure is 120 to 129 over 80 to 84, and optimal blood pressure is less than 120 over 80. Treatment is normally pharmaceutical drugs. However, many alternative approaches are just as effective. Part of the problem is committing to lifestyle changes. We all know what we need to do to improve our health but implementing the changes can be difficult. You can certainly be on medication for the rest of your life and for many it may be necessary. However, even those of you on medication can adopt a healthy lifestyle. You will not only lower your blood pressure, you will feel better and lessen your risk of getting other diseases. If you want to make changes to manage your blood pressure without medication please consult your doctor. First I will list some suggestions so you can start taking baby steps to not be overwhelmed. Remember small steps turn into big victories.
Most importantly remember that if you have a high blood pressure you can be playing Russian roulette with your life. You need to make a choice before it’s too late. Like many diseases this is preventable and manageable. Next time you grab that extra coffee, cigarette or McDonalds burger take a step back and make a decision to respect your body. You want to be around for yourself and your loved ones for a long time.
Yours in health,
My name is Maria Tabone and I have a confession to make: I am a Wellness Practitioner and I am fully vaccinated.