What is hypertension? –
To simplify it, blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the arterial walls. When this force becomes too high, the heart has to work much harder to fulfil its duties, this state of high blood pressure is known as “hypertension”. It can lead to various health issues; some of the most common issues include stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease.
Normal blood pressure levels usually fall under 120/80, whilst any higher than this could be an indication of developing hypertension.
Symptoms of Hypertension –
Often the symptoms are not visible from the outside, and many people often do not realise they have hypertension. This is why it is often called the silent killer. If it is not treated, it can cause complications with internal organs like the lungs, kidneys, brain, blood vessels, and of course the heart.
When it becomes dangerous –
It is said to be a case of high blood pressure if your average readings indicate a blood pressure level of 140/90 and upwards. If you reach levels higher than 180/110, then you are staring a hypertensive crisis in the eyes! This is when you are in severe danger of having a stroke or a heart attack.
When should check it out –
High blood pressure is usually found in people 40 and upwards, but that does not mean you get a free pass if you are younger. You should go for regular checkups, at least twice per year.
There are some commonly known factors that increase blood pressure, and if not managed correctly may well lead to hypertension. Some of the biggest role players include:
Sodium is found in salt and most salty things, and by making the body retain water, it increases your blood pressure. The recommended daily allowance for sodium is less than 1500mg.
It is often the case that stress causes quick spike in blood pressure levels, but there is no sustainable evidence that it is the cause for hypertension. However, stress might be the cause for other role playing factors like smoking or drinking alcohol.
Being overweight plays a big role in blood pressure levels, as it can put severe strain on your heart. That is why it is important to have a diet that helps you control your calories, and preferably cuts out some sugar and carbs. The Manna Diet is an excellent example of the type of eating-lifestyle you should follow.
Alcohol is definitely not the right thing to grab when you are feeling stressed, as it also increases blood pressure levels. Limit your alcohol intake to only one or two drinks per evening out.
One or two cups of coffee throughout the day is fine, but don’t overdo it as caffeine is also known to raise blood pressure levels.
A specific type of hypertension known as gestational hypertension often takes place in the second half of a woman’s pregnancy. This should be monitored and prevented if possible, otherwise treated as soon as possible as it can be dangerous to the mother as well as the baby.
Flu medicine, steroids, diet pills, pain killers, birth control, and antidepressants are all examples of medicine that often leads to high blood pressure. Be very careful in choosing medication, or better yet, use natural medicine.
Meditation and relaxation –
Deep breathing exercises, stretching, and meditation – all these may help you relax. But sometimes it is as simple as sitting in the garden, reading a good book and having a cold glass of iced tea. Or even just a nice long walk on the beach!
It is recommended that you get about 20-30 minutes of exercise per day, but it does not mean you have to jump up and join a gym. The key to good exercise is enjoying it, if you enjoy the gym, then so be it. But if you are not into all the mirrors, music and treadmills, you can go for a power-walk through your neighbourhood, or go on a hike over the weekend, even gardening gives you exercise! For the best result you want to include some weight training into your routine, so if you are not going to the gym, you should invest in some dumbbells that suit you!
You may be able to lower your blood pressure by switching to a better diet. The Manna Diet involves cutting all sugars and starches, and increasing your intake of fats, meats, salads and vegetables, fish, poultry and nuts. Cutting out coffee and drinking more water is also a great idea.
The Manna Blood Circulation Support supplement was formulated according to an international research which won the Nobel Prize for medicine. This product helps to increase blood flow, which can help to reduce blood pressure. However, don’t take this supplement in conjunction with high blood pressure medication.