This is the follow-up to my recent post: Hypertension: The Silent Killer.
That post described being hospitalized because of my high blood pressure and how the prescribed medicine’s side effects were such that I decided to stop taking them…
And, started feeling better.
I don’t really know why I felt better, but around that time, I was making healthier lifestyle choices.
Some of those choices, I suspect, positively effected not only my blood pressure, but also improved my general health.
Which brings us to:
Today let’s look at natural ways which could help us deal with blood pressure problems…
Non-chemical solutions for hypertension include:
At least 30 minutes every day. Walking, running, biking, swimming, and yoga, etc., etc.
(Personally, I walk about 4 miles every day)
Eat more fruit and veggies, and plant proteins, like beans, lentils, nuts, soy). Eat less processed foods, flour, sugar, salt and red meat.
(I try to eat at least 6 portions of fruit & vegetables daily. Plus, my favorite foods come from the bean family)
Bananas are great because they contain lots of potassium which helps our kidneys flush out excess sodium. Why Bananas Are Good For You
Stop smoking. Drink less alcohol. Drink fewer sodas, including diet soft-drinks.
(Though I don’t inhale, and I know better, I still smoke cigars. I never drink alcohol and have finally kicked my 26-year Diet Pepsi habit)
And, drink more filtered water: (half your body weight in ounces, e.g. weight=160 lbs. equals drinking 80 ozs of water daily)
Get rid of the spare tire. Lose weight with a combination of exercise and controlling your food intake.
(I ended up losing almost 30 lbs by eating out less often, giving up desserts and exercising everyday)
Take time out for yourself. Just plain old relax, meditate, read, or daydream.(I smoke cigars which probably counter balances all my other positive behavior in one fell swoop)
Sleep: Make it a point to get 7-9 hours nightly. (This is my Achilles heel, but I’m working on it)
Get yourself a dependable blood pressure monitoring device, (Only about $70) and check your systolic and diastolic rates about the same time daily. Click here to see the blood pressure monitor I bought.
FYI: Systolic pressure is the measurement of the pressure as the heart contracts and pushes blood through the arteries. Diastolic pressure is the reading when the heart relaxes.
Long-term undetected high blood pressure can cause malignant hypertension, a serious condition.
Basically, malignant hypertension is present when the diastolic blood pressure (the lower number) is regularly over 140. (A condition more common in us kids on the Far Side Of 55.)
Lowering high blood pressure could help prevent…
- heart attack
- heart failure
- kidney failure
- vision problems, all the way up to blindness
Older Adults and Possible High Blood Pressure Problems:
A common form of high blood pressure in older adults is isolated systolic hypertension (ISH). Another ‘silent killer’, ISH often causes no symptoms and those with ISH may feel OK.
ISH is high blood pressure, but only the top (systolic) number is habitually high (140 or higher).
Statistically, ISH is as dangerous as high blood pressure in which both numbers are high.
If left untreated, ISH can damage your arteries and your body organs. ISH is treated pretty much in the same manner as any other form of hypertension.
Let me end this by saying “I don’t know anything for certain and I’ve no advice about anything. My role is reporting upon my research and sharing personal stories with you.
Still, I hope to inspire you in some small way.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.