Like many I was shocked to find out that I had stage 2 high blood pressure. I was in my middle forties… that’s a condition for a much older person. I was wrong. In fact, I’ve since learned that even children can suffer this malady.
This begged the question. Now what do I do? I was given a list, but I don’t feel that the list is complete. There’s more to this problem than diet and exercise. Sometimes other steps are needed.
Rest: If you burn the midnight oil and depend on caffeine or energy drinks to keep you going this could resolve your problem, at least in part. Sleep is necessary and we each have different needs in that department. Figure out how much you actually need and then sleep.
Food: A lot of favorite foods are on the “avoid” list. The problem comes in when we suffer through a boring diet. That is the fastest way I know of to slip up in healthy eating. Talk to a nutritionist and find healthy foods you actually like. You may also want to invest in a cookbook, and I don’t mean a diet cookbook. There are substitutes for most of the higher fats sometimes employed and you can control the salt content if you cook it yourself.
Exercise: Moderate exercise three to five days a week is recommended. There are some things that should be added to that part of the list. As with food, find something you like to do. Try many different things until you find one that fits you.
Another thing to be aware of is that exercise doesn’t have to be in complete chunks of time. Under normal circumstances I get ten minutes of exercise three times a day five days a week. It’s called walking the dogs. Because the time is broken up it doesn’t feel as much like exercise.
Meditation: There was a time when I couldn’t associate the word with the right definition. Meditation is often thought of as something belonging to other religions. It doesn’t matter, at least when it comes to reducing blood pressure. I have used it regularly that and stress.
Doctor: This is the most important part of lowering your numbers. The doctor can tell you which exercises are safe and can give you a referral to a nutritionist. If medications are needed they can be prescribed. In fact it may take two or three tries to get the right medications as there are several that work in different ways.
Fear can be a good thing. It starts the “fight or flight” response that helps get us out of danger whether it be attack or retreat. When it is a constant feeling it isn’t good. It can be deadly.
Defining Chronic Fear: Many people call this anxiety disorder or similar terms. It is the constant fear that something is going to happen. It could be something real, like an earthquake. It could be something imagined like a child who fears the monster under the bed. It could be the thought of simply setting foot outside the house.
What’s the Connection? Fight or flight hormones that never stop cause blood pressure to rise (and stay there), blurred vision and a near inability to accomplish anything related to what is feared. I’ll give you an example, using me.
I am afraid of water and I am afraid of heights. I live near the Pacific ocean and there are a lot of piers. Most of them have things to do on them, such as a restaurant or a ferris wheel. It takes every ounce of willpower I have simply to walk out onto any of them. I can feel my blood pressure go up. It’s a perfectly safe pier.
What Can I Do? For something like the example above you have to decide if what you want to do is more important than your fear. I wanted to say I’d walked out on the longest pier in Southern California, and I did it. I’m actually very proud of that. This is something you may be able to do.
There are other fears that may not respond to “go out and do it.” Again, I’ll use myself as an example. As mentioned I am afraid of heights. Can you imagine what even the thought of plane flight does to my insides? I can’t fly without medical intervention.
Admitting something scares you and getting help can do more than make you happy about your accomplishments. Getting rid of the hormones that cause high blood pressure could save your life.
We all have things that thoroughly tick us off. Sometimes it’s a pet peeve. Sometimes it’s an injustice. Every time we get angry we are putting ourselves at risk for the problems high blood pressure can cause.
Short Term Risks: According to WebMD, even a short term bout of fury increases the likelihood of a heart attack or a stroke. If you add other things that cause stress (like the reason for anger in the first place) the chances increase. Is letting out your anger by smashing things and yelling at people worth your life?
Long Term Risks: Short bouts of anger can be defused fairly easily if they are rare. Once the situation has calmed down the person does and so does blood pressure.
On the other hand, if you are angry all of the time your blood pressure is going to be high all of the time. There are a lot of valid things out there that cause rage but they can’t be fixed if those who feel it the strongest are dead.
Fixing the Problem: I mean this in two ways. The first is to proactively work to fix the problem. If you are angry about kill shelters then volunteer your time for rescue, TNR or no kill shelters. If your city has many homeless and their condition bothers you, start or work with organizations that reach out to that population. You may be surprised at how many opportunities you have to turn your anger into something useful and beautiful.
The other part is fixing your internal issues. Nonmedical intervention may include meditation and deep breathing techniques. You may need medical help, especially if your blood pressure is really high. Explain the problem… all of it… to your doctor. A combination of therapies could reduce your numbers and help you turn what you feel into something meaningful.
I had heard of high blood pressure all my life, as it ran in my family. My doctor had warned me many years ago that I had it but it was not high enough all the time at that point to get him to put me on a drug for it. I tried to change my diet, as per his instructions, but figured this was heredity and I couldn’t do anything about it.
Looking back on it, going to my doctor for that was my first mistake, as my doctor has no nutritional training and did not know how to get rid of it, he just knew how to manage it. Needless to say dietary changes did not work out too well.
Over the years, it became more of a burden than anything else and I just stopped watching my blood pressure closely. I used acupressure tapping to keep it at bay to some degree and I also worked on my fibromyalgia and put that in remission with my acupressure tapping (EFT). However, I soon started experiencing dizziness and was diagnosed with vertigo. Nothing was ever said about that being tied together with the blood pressure, because doctors don’t treat the whole person, they just manage the symptoms you are having at that moment and no one thought to check the coincidence of both being present.
Flash forward a few years, and I started having vertigo symptoms daily and feeling confused because of the dizziness. I did not know it was high blood pressure and was just treating the vertigo. Then one day, I woke up in the early morning hours and tried to get to the bathroom. My vertigo was out of control and I was shaky and very dizzy. When my sister called later that morning, I realized I could not really even talk to her and form the words to speak; I then went to the ER and found out that I was having a stroke. My BP was through the roof and now so were my blood sugars.
Through the hospitalization they put me on drugs to lower the BP and get my sugars under control, but the side-effects of the drugs still made me feel dizzy. I lost the use of my left side and had to relearn how to talk and walk, as well as use my left hand again. However, through the course of the next few months I found a naturopath, Dr. Glidden, whose YouTube videos showed me that nutritionally speaking, my high blood pressure was a sign of a calcium and magnesium deficiency. I also learned that vertigo is osteoporosis of the skull and they were both related and is also a calcium deficiency. I also learned that through chromium and vanadium supplementation I could bring my sugars back into control as well (Another article will explain this one).
So, I got the Youngevity products he suggested and I am now free of both the high BP and the high blood sugars. I’m off all the meds from the hospital. So, now my mission is to help others do the same thing I did. I have tried other products that stated they helped with high blood pressure and had even been on some minerals and calcium products to try to get the same results and all have failed. They were just not in a form that the body could uptake. Minerals have to be very small in order for the body to be able to grab it and get it into your blood stream. These Youngevity minerals are colloidal, which means very small, and are in a formulation that allows the little fingers in the gut (villae) to grab a hold of it and absorb it into your bloodstream. That is why they work so well.
So, I finally found the nutrition I needed to allow my body to heal itself. Now, I needed to heal the emotional component. Once the body is nitrified, any other alternative healing modality you use then impacts the body so much stronger. I consulted Karol K Truman’s book, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, and found out that the emotional component to high blood pressure is: Feels a strong need to be in control of everything, allowing people or situations to bother you, letting your emotions and reactions rule you, and not minding your own business/interfering with others. I muscle tested the emotions and found that that I was reacting to all of them!
Muscle testing is a way of asking the body a yes or no question and getting a yes or no answer. Most people can do this by standing barefoot on the floor and setting the parameters for your body by leaning forward as far as possible with straight knees and saying ‘this is yes, affirmative’. Then lean backwards as far as possible and saying ‘this is no, negative.’ Then allow your body to just stand straight up in a neutral position and ask the question. Your body will either pull forward or lean back. It can be very subtle on some people so really pay attention.
Ask about each emotion listed and then note each response. When you get a yes on something, then note that and do the following: tap on your third eye point, the spot right in the middle of the forehead where a cyclops eye would be, with two fingers and then state the following while concentrating on the tapping, “Even though I feel… (say the statement you triggered on), I choose to release this and allow my body and my blood pressure to be calm and peaceful. ” You can state other peaceful things you want to happen to your body as well.
Once you are done with the tapping, take a minute to listen to your body and see if any memories come to mind. Then tap in that same area and state the memory and approximate age when you remember it happened and then ask your body to release it.