Between 8 and 10 million people in France are currently on treatment for high blood pressure. It is therefore a common disease, the frequency of which increases with age. The diagnosis is simple: a blood pressure measurement is sufficient. High blood pressure remains silent for a long time, which means that a large number of hypertensive patients go undiagnosed. It is usually discovered during a systematic medical examination. Official medicine has, in this case, dozens of drugs to offer, but we realize today that their side effects are sometimes very serious. There is, however, a very effective natural supplement and if we add food hygiene measures, we can often get rid of the drugs. Blood pressure is defined by two figures: the maximum corresponding to the contraction (systole) of the heart which pushes blood into the arterial system. It’s systolic blood pressure (PAS); the minimum corresponds to the phase of relaxation of the heart (diastole) when it is filled with venous blood. This is diastolic blood pressure (PAD).
For WHO, high blood pressure is defined as figures greater than 140 mmHg (millimeters of mercury, unit referring to pressure) for the maximum and 90 mmHg for the minimum. In “centimeters” of mercury, generally taken as a unit, this gives maximum values of 14/9.
To be valid, this measurement of blood pressure must be carried out following strict rules, since blood pressure naturally increases with activities, stress, sport, etc.
The voltage must therefore be recorded:
- The person lying or sitting,
- After a rest of at least five minutes,
- By placing the cuff at heart level,
- At least twice, spaced several minutes apart,
- On both arms (one arm sometimes indicates high blood pressure while the other arm has normal blood pressure).
In addition, high blood pressure must be confirmed during three successive consultations spread over a period of at least three months. In addition, the level of cretonne, measured by a blood test, is a good indicator of hypertension.
Some emotional subjects have increased blood pressure just because they see a doctor. It’s the “white coat effect”. To limit this factor, it is advisable to take the blood pressure outside the doctor’s office, or to use self-measurement devices which allow the subject to assess his blood pressure at home. Finally, in case of doubt about high blood pressure, an ambulatory blood pressure measurement (MAPA) should be carried out which continuously records blood pressure over 24 hours and which will be carried out by a cardiologist.
Factors that promote hypertension
- Oral contraception,
- Pregnancy (pregnancy toxemia),
- Too salty food,
- Physical inactivity,
- Certain medications,
- Stress and prolonged emotional shock,
Natural treatments associated with the aforementioned diet-hygiene rules can, in some cases, avoid switching to antihypertensive drugs. Similarly, their introduction with antihypertensive treatment sometimes allows its reduction.
Food home remedies
This is the first point. A Mediterranean type diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fatty acids is widely recommended. Fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium, a sodium antagonist mineral, a mineral that promotes high blood pressure. Unsaturated fatty acids (fish, olive oil, rapeseed oil, nuts) generate prostaglandins type 1 and 3 which are beneficial for health. Finally, garlic, nuts and cinnamon have shown positive actions against high blood pressure.
Potassium is the sodium antagonist. Potassium deficiency has been shown to promote high blood pressure. It is therefore necessary to take into account the balance between sodium and potassium in the diet of hypertensive patients (see above). It is also possible to use potassium salts during meals rather than sodium salts (in pharmacies) after taking the advice of your doctor.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for general vitality and the performance of many chemical reactions in the body. It also acts on the contraction and heart rate as well as on its oxygenation. It can also be absorbed in the form of magnesium malate or, if the intake of this mineral causes digestive disorders that are too annoying, through the skin in the form of magnesium oil.
Stay Healthier Note
Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood on the lining of the arteries. It is therefore easy to understand that a high tension will risk in the long run, traumatize this one. For more details regarding high blood pressure you can freely visit on Stay Healthier.