Doctors should spend more time discussing ways to reduce inflammation than cutting out salt with their high blood pressure patients, a paper published in this month’s Hypertension notes. The research paper summarizes the research of nearly 100 studies on high blood pressure.
Their conclusions? Inflammation is the cause of the vast majority of high blood pressure cases and that cutting down on salt isn’t as effective as many believe. They note that reducing inflammation will inevitably also reduce hypertension is most people and should therefore form the first line of attack against high blood pressure.
Ginger is one of my all-time favorite foods, because it can be used in SO many ways. It is used in cuisine all over the world in almost every culture where it grows…which is all over the place since it’s so hearty.
So I thought in honor of Independence Day coning up, and to celebrate a staple of 4th of July picnics, we would look at a great recipe that combines both ginger and watermelon.
Today, I thought I’d combine some of the info on three of my favorite minerals with a great bedtime snack recipe to help alleviate a common problem for a growing number of people: Restless Leg Syndrome.
Those wondering what they should eat to lower their blood pressure may be surprised that the answer may be “nothing,” according to a research team from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute. In a new study, they found that periodically fasting boosts overall heart health by reducing cholesterol and blood pressure.
In this study, a group of volunteers were assigned to fast for 24 consecutive hours. They found that the single-day fast was enough to significantly improve cardiovascular disease risk factors like hypertension, triglycerides and “bad” LDL cholesterol. The researchers add, however, that the long-term health effects of fasting have not been studied as of yet.
Here’s what else you can do to reduce your blood pressure naturally…
Move over LDL, there’s a new cholesterol-class in town that should appear on every health conscious person’s radar screen. The AHA recently released the fruits of a massive research review involving 500 heart-health studies from the last 3 decades. The bottom line? Triglycerides –a little-known, but important type of blood fat—is just as important for healthy hearts as well-known HDL and LDL cholesterol. Triglycerides above 200mg/dl significantly ups your odds of suffering from a heart attack or stroke.
The AHA report also highlighted the importance of lifestyle as an effective treatment to fight triglycerides naturally. They note that cutting sugar intake to less than 150 g per day is an important first step towards triglyceride reduction. Having a healthy BMI, exercising daily and cutting saturated fat are also important, the AHA adds. Their research shows that making these relatively minor lifestyle changes alone is enough to cut triglycerides in half.
A lot of factors contribute to high blood pressure, none more so than stress.
In stressful situations, our blood pressure shoots up temporarily. Though these temporary spikes in blood pressure are not dangerous, prolonged stress can lead to the condition of high blood pressure, which doctors warn is a potential hazardous health condition.
Stress is a result of the body’s instinctive fight-or-flight response to certain situations. The fight-or-flight response is our body’s innate response to life threatening situations. Although we don’t face situations that classify as ‘life-and-death’ situations every day, our body reacts the same way to modern-life stressors.
Stress leads to the production of hormones that assist the body in preparing for the flight-or-fight moments. Although researchers are yet to establish a direct connection between extended stress and the condition of high blood pressure, it is accepted that the hormones produced under stressful situations may cause harm to the arteries–the carriers of blood in human body.
Another thing that needs to be understood is that extended stress can lead to certain harmful behavioral patterns, such as overeating, lack of sleep, and depression, all of which over a period of time can cause more than normal blood pressure.
More high blood pressure patients are using natural remedies to control high blood pressure. This behavior is not surprising.
One natural way of controlling high blood pressure is by consuming beet.
Come Thanksgiving, come heart diseases.
At first glance, many of you may think this is a hyperbole or an unnecessary warning aimed to prevent you from enjoying the much-awaited holiday season; sadly, this is not so.
Researches have shown without doubt that the onset of the holiday season leads to an increase in cardiovascular diseases. These findings may be distributing, but they are not at all surprising – overindulgence when it comes to greasy and fatty foods and alcohol during the festive season is an open invitation to cardiovascular diseases. And they seldom disappoint.