Causes of High Blood Pressure

What are the causes of High Blood Pressure? What are the risks of high blood pressure? What are the effects of high blood pressure on our bodies?
Is there a way to control blood pressure naturally?

It has been commonly held by the medical community that healthy blood pressure is around 120/80. Recently there was a longevity study that found that those with their top number in the 120 or lower range had a shorter life span than those who had a top reading of 150 or higher. Expect to see many changes in what is thought as correct pressures in the future and do your own research.

High blood pressure is a silent killer as 1/3 of those who have high blood pressure are unaware of it. They may go for years without being diagnosed. With all the free blood pressure checks in drug stores their is no excuse to not check it regularly.

The risks of high blood pressure. Of course there are many risks like heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, and kidney failure. High blood pressure can also lead to an enlarged and weakened heart.

What are the long term effects of high blood pressure?

Damage to the heart and arteries can occur if high blood pressure continues long term. Constrictions and narrowed arteries cause the heart to work harder. High blood pressure can cause a stroke. High blood pressure and diabetes severely raises stroke risk.

Causes of high blood pressure and coronary artery disease:

Fo the most part scientists are unsure. Here are several contributing factors:

Diet - A poor diet of the wrong foods will lead to artery restriction and plaque.

High Insulin Levels - High insulin levels will damage arteries leading to an obstruction.

High Cholesterol - Narrowing of the arteries is a reason for high blood pressure.

Overweight and Obesity - Being overweight will usually raise blood pressure levels. Even overweight nchildren now have blood pressure problems.

Smoking - Smoking is implicated in about a fifth of the 2.4 million deaths from cardiovascular disease each year. Smokers tend to have more plaque buildup in their arteries.

What about a way to control blood pressure naturally? What can I do to reverse the causes of high blood pressure?

Anger - We must learn to release anger. Learn to relax. Anger, unforgiveness and stress can really cause problems.

Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple Cider Vinegar has been used by many who say it helps their gout and arthritis. There are also those who say it has helped their blood pressure. Buy only, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar from a health food store. 2 teaspoons in pure water a couple times a day may be useful. It’s cheap and worth a try.

Better Diet - Avoid foods that lead to artery clogging and hardening. Replace them with the anti-inflammatory foods that lead to arterial health. See our article Best Foods for Diabetics and Foods Diabetics Should Avoid.

Drink Alkaline water or Green Tea - The majority of what you drink should be water. Forget the acid causing sodas and processed fruit juices. An exception would be those suffering with gout who may drink organic black cherry juice and fresh squeezed juices.

Exercise regularly - Moderate exercise can make the heart stronger. A stronger heart doesn’t pump as hard, putting less pressure on the arteries, which lowers blood pressure. Regular exercise stabilizes insulin levels improving insulin resistance which can also lower pressures. Exercising increases muscle and burns fat. If you are new to exercising don’t push it to hard starting out.

Losing weight - Losing weight is the fastest way to lower blood pressure. Proper eating can keep the weight off.

Magnesium - Magnesium has a beneficial effect on blood pressure. Make sure you are getting enough. Magnesium helps blood vessels relax which lowers pressure.

Quit Smoking - Smoking constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure. Long term, smoking damages arterial walls.

Supplement with Omega 3 Fish Oils - Omega 3 fish oils have many heart healthy benefits. Omega 3 fish oils help decrease the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque In a one study, omega 3 fish oils were able to boost learning and grades of school children.

Sunshine - Keeping vitamin D levels up by spending regular time in the sun may lower blood pressure. The bonus is a sunnier attitude.

Table Salt - Cut down on table salt and foods that have table salt added. Read labels on all boxed and prepared foods. Use spices and spice mixes like Mrs. Dash to flavor foods instead.

Regardless of the causes of high blood pressure a proper diet, supplementation, and exercise are the start towards healthy blood pressures.

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