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All Natural High Blood Pressure Remedies

Eat more fruits and vegetables, preferably fresh and organic.  Eat a variety of vegetables, not just the same vegetables everyday.  Studies have shown that consuming berries lowers Blood Pressure.  Eat more garlic since garlic could lower blood pressure.  Consume garlic or take garlic pills that are all natural with no chemical additives.  There are compounds in  the garlic root that  have been shown to lower blood pressure.  

Avoid having a high fructose intake which would include drinking more than a few ounces of fruit juice at any one time.  A diet high in the sugar fructose raises blood pressure.  A sweetener known as high fructose corn syrup has been blamed in part for the concurrent rise in obesity and diabetes.

Eating more whole grains is helpful in lowering high blood pressure.  Reduce or avoid white bread and processed grains.  The fiber and other nutrients in whole grains also help lower cholesterol , blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as improve blood vessel functioning and reduce inflammation in the circulatory system.

Reduce salt intake.  People with hypertension that is not controlled by multiple medications are likely eating too much salt.  People with so called resistant hypertension have sharp reductions in their blood when they dramatically reduce their salt intake.  

Try to shed some pounds. Learn how to sleep better and deeper!!! Reduce alcohol intake. Reduce or even better stop smoking.  Smoking constricts blood vessels.  Try to reduce the stress in your life. Reduce fat intake, such as meats, lard, bacon, hydrogenated oils.  Fats found in fish are good.  Limit teas with caffeine to one to no more than two cups per day.  Exercise, walk at least one mile per day!!


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White Tea

Tea-Centric Healing Hints to Steep

Here are some health properties of White Tea.  White tea has a higher level of antioxidants which may help explain why white tea has been shown to lessen inflammation and joint pain from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). White tea has also been shown to have a positive affect on cholesterol levels which is linked to heart disease.


Aging: Polyphenols and antibacterial compounds help to slow down the effects of aging inside and outside the body, face and skin.


Cancer: Antioxidants in white tea help lower the risk of developing lung and skin cancer.


Diabetes:  Compounds in white tea help manage unsteady sugar levels.


High Blood Pressure:  Potassium in white tea helps lessen heart problems.


Overweight: Caffeine in white tea a


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MONTHLY INFORMATION

Circulation:

Your circulatory system is responsible for increasing blood supply to the heart muscles and the entire body.  A proper diet, stress-management and exercise are the three key components that are involved in protecting the heart and ensuring it does not stop prematurely.  Reducing the intake of sugars, and other refined carbohydrates, red meats, white flour products, combined with increased activity (such as walking and elliptical) will help lower an individuals blood fat and cholesterol levels.  In turn this will promote a high caliber immune system.  The following nutrients will assist in improving Circulation:  Garlic, Gentian Root, Kelp, Licorice Root, Lecithin, Vitamin E, and additionally the following:  

Butcher's Broom.  Research has shown that the whole plant reduces inflammation and narrows the blood vessels.

Capsicum: The pungent capsaicin of chilies stimulates circulation and sensory nerves, disinfects food and eases sore throats.  

Hawthorn Berry: Hawthorn has been shown to dilate the heart's blood vessels and improve pumping, which will control both high and low blood pressure.  




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Blood Pressure

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What is Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure consist of two forces.  The first force is the force created by the heart as it pumps blood into the arteries and through your circulatory system.  The second force are the arteries as the heart rest between beats. 

What is Normal Blood Pressure

Normal blood pressure is below 120/80.  High blood pressure is a pressure of 130 systolic or higher and the diastolic is 80 or higher and it stays high over time.

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How can high blood pressure affect people?

If  high blood pressure is left uncontrolled or undetected, it can damage blood vessels in various parts of your body. The longer it is left untreated, the more likely organs such as your heart, brain, kidneys or eyes will be damaged.  This can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, erectile dysfunction, and loss of vision.

How High Blood Pressure increase Stroke Risk

High blood pressure is the single most important risk factor for stroke because it is the leading cause of stroke.


HBP adds to your heart's workload and damages your arteries and organs over time.  People with HBP are more likely to have a stroke.  


About 87 percent of strokes are caused by narrowed or clogged blood vessels in the brain that cut off the blood flow to brain cells.  This is known as an Ischemic Stroke.  


About 13 percent of strokes occur when a blood vessel ruptures in or near the brain.  This is known as a Hemorrhagic Stroke.  Chronic HBP or aging blood vessels are the main cause of this type of stroke.


High Blood Pressure causes damage to the inner lining of the blood vessels.  This in turn adds to any blockage that is already within the artery wall.  HBP puts more pressure on the blood vessels until they can no longer maintain the pressure and the blood vessel ruptures over time.

Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

Risk Factors that increase your chances of developing HBP (High Blood Pressure):  Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Diabetes, Being obese or overweight, High cholesterol, Unhealthy diet one high in sodium, low in potassium, and drinking too much alcohol, Physical Inactivity, Family history of high blood pressure, Race/Ethnicity, Increasing age, Gender (males), Chronic Kidney Disease, Obstructive sleep apnea.

How to Control High Blood Pressure

Do not smoke and avoid secondhand smoke, Lose weight if you are overweight, Be more physically active,  Eat a healthy diet low in sodium ( no more than 1500 mg per day), low in saturated fats and trans fat.  Eat fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.  Eat foods rich in potassium (between 3,500-5,000 mg per day), Limit alcohol consumption to no more than two a day for males or one a day for females.  If you are on medications take your medications as directed by your physician.

HERBAL TEAS

Healthy Herbal Teas

Herbal teas offer a useful alternative to conventional tea and coffee because they contain very little or no tannin and no caffeine.  The tannin in tea can inhibit the absorption of iron from foods, and the caffeine in both tea and coffee acts as a diuretic, leaching valuable minerals from the system, particularly potassium and calcium. Caffeine also stimulates the heart and nervous system and too much caffeine can cause palpitations and anxiety.  When you replace your tea and coffee with herbal teas you will ensure that your body makes the most of a meal.  Fruit teas contain a base herb, like hibiscus flower and fruit flavorings.  Herbal teas are in many ways very beneficial.  Peppermint, fennel and raspberry teas are known for aiding in digestion and easing bloating. Chamomile tea is known for it's sedative effect, as well as for relieving menstrual cramps. Chamomile tea is also excellent if you have trouble sleeping, drink a cup before going to bed.

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How does stress affect blood sugar

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How Does Stress Affect Your Blood Sugar

The  "fight or flight" response does not always operate as it should in people with Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes causes problems with insulin, the hormone that transports glucose from the blood stream to the cells, where at the cellular level it is broken down into fuel for the body.  When the glucose can not enter the cells it will then begin to accumulate in the blood and cause a rise in the blood sugar levels.  Normally, this is a temporary situation and not harmful. When stress is involved or if a person is under stress and their stress level remains elevated for a long period of time, their blood sugar levels can rise to dangerous highs.  If this condition is left untreated then it can eventually cause complications such as kidney and nerve damage, heart disease, diabetic coma and it cause even cause death.


Stress affects a person's mental health.  Stress increases the risk of depression, which is linked to diabetes risk factors such as obesity, inactivity, and heavy drinking. 


Depression can make an individual with diabetes less likely to be proactive in their management of their disease and to ensure that their blood sugars stay at a healthy level.


Why Stress is Linked to Diabetes, MacMillan, Amanda.

DIABETES

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NIDDM

Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes also known as late onset diabetes, normally occurs in people who are obese.  This happens because enlarged fat cells interfere with the body's normal metabolic processes.  If an individual suffers from diabetes, diet plays an important part of controlling it.  A low fat, high complex- carbohydrate diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables helps to ensure that the blood glucose levels are kept under control.  While this helps with diabetes it can also help to maintain a stable weight and reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems, which in diabetics is a common problem.

FOOD SUBSTITUTIONS

Instead of having Whole Milk products use Low -fat and nonfat dairy products.


Instead of cakes, cookies and candy  grad some Fresh Fruit!!1


Instead of White Bread, white rice and pasta instead chose Whole grain foods.


Instead of Alcoholic Drinks  drink Fruit juices!!!


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PETITGRAIN ESSENTIAL OIL

Additional Information

Petitgrain Essential Oil is from the bitter orange tree.It is extracted from the green twigs and leaves to produce a pale yellow to amber oil.  Its floral aroma has a woody and green undertone. 

It has valuable properties for it's balancing and toning properties effects it has on oily skin and hair.  The aroma of the Petitgrain  is a relaxing one that helps to calm the body and mind.


Petitgrain Essential Oil is good for a variety of different uses. I will touch on just a few:


Tones skin and hair - you can add Petitgrain to lotions and toners and it will balance oily skin by inhibiting overproduction of oil, which will in turn help to brighten and lift a dull complexion.  If added to a rinse, it helps to manage oily hair.


As an Antiseptic - The Petitgrain oil helps to calm acne outbreaks and other skin eruptions. It can  also keep wounds clean while they are  going through the healing process.


As a Deodorant - The astringent in Petitgrain helps to control unwanted body odor, helps to regulate perspiration and its antibacterial actions.


Calms Body and Mind - The aroma has a relaxing sedative effect on the boy and mind.  It counters nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions.  It will help to calm a rapid heartbeat!!

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FISH OILS

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Healthy Fish Oils

Omega - 3 fatty acids, which are found in abundance in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and bluefish, can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by decreasing the viscosity or stickness of the blood.  People who eat a lot of fish have blood that does not clot as easily as the blood of groups of people who consume small amounts of fish.  This is particularly  helpful in preventing thrombosis.  


Fish oils can be helpful for rheumatoid arthritis.  Two to three servings of oily fish a week reduces the inflammatory response in the joints  of some sufferers.  Oily fish include fresh tuna (not canned) and fresh or canned salmon, sardines, trout and mackerel.  


 

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Root Vegetables

Root vegetables, including Carrots, turnips, beets and rutabagas are storehouses of energy and nutrients.  Among them, carrots earn the title of superfood because they contain an abundance of beta carotene, the orange yellow pigment found in numerous vegetables and fruits that is just one of many compounds known as carotenoids.  Beta carotene is converted in the body to vitamin A, essential for healthy eye function and normal growth and development.  Did you know that one carrot provides more than six time the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A!!! A powerful antioxidant, beta carotene also plays an important role in the fight against cancer!

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Are you  a wine drinker?  If so then there is good news for you!! Red wine may help to lower the incidence of heart disease in people that are moderate wine drinkers.  Red wine contains flavonoids, which act like antioxidants.  Wine has been known to aid in digestion in part because it increases production of gastrin, a digestive hormone.  Wine also stimulates the appetite.  For proper appetite stimulation it is advised to have a glass of wine 20 minutes prior to eating a meal.


Red and white wine has been shown to reduce the number of harmful bacteria present in contaminated water.  This is one reason that wine is thought to prevent traveler's diarrhea.


While moderate wine drinking is beneficial, too much alcohol has been shown to not only damage the heart and liver but it as also been shown to cause problems with metabolizing glucose and numerous vitamins and minerals in the body.  Alcohol has also been proven to reduce blood flow to the brain and is toxic to brain cells.  Long term overindulgence in alcohol can also result in memory loss, nerve damage and even dementia.

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