High Blood pressure occurs due to a strain on the heart, which can arise from many different factors, such as those previous suggested in Signs, Symptoms and Causes of High Blood Pressure and How to Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally; fiber water and salt. There are so many ways to lower high blood pressure naturally because each person is unique, and what triggers high blood pressure for you may be a different underlying cause for another. Sometimes there are multiple triggers or causes of hypertension which could be nutrient deficiencies, toxicities and food sensitivities
Nutrients are what you need to keep your body running optimally and allow for repair and growth of your cells. Nutrients such s minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and essential fatty acids allow for proper functioning of cognitive function, hormone function and a healthy immune system. With high blood pressure you may want to further investigate potassium, magnesium, calcium, and Coenzyme Q10 as possible underlying cause to high blood pressure and hypertension. Without the right nutrients, you are putting yourself at risk for illness and disease.
In order to reduce high blood pressure, you need to decrease sodium and increase potassium. Potassium is one of the body’s three major electrolytes; sodium, chloride and potassium which controls the distribution and balance of water throughout the body. An imbalance usually results in dehydration or edema. Electrolytes are responsible for osmotic pressure in bodily fluids with potassium directly affecting functions inside the cell. Potassium’s essential role is muscle contraction and beating of your heart. Potassium is depleted by diuretics, caffeine and alcohol. Potassium rich foods include avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapefruit (avoid consuming with prescribed medications), nectarines, oranges, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green peas, potatoes, and squash. Eat these foods raw, or lightly steamed to enjoy and assimilate vital nutrients and enzymes.
Magnesium deficiency is a widespread problem due to limited amounts in the typical North American diet. A deficiency of magnesium allows levels of calcium to increase leading to muscle spasms and heart attacks. Processed, refined foods, excess intake of calcium (including antacids), over use of alcohol, caffeine, diuretics can contribute to a deficiency.
Low levels of magnesium can cause stiffness in the vasculature, which elevates blood pressure and contractions or spasm in the heart which can result in death1. Several studies have indicated the ability of magnesium to lower blood pressure in test subjects. An observational study examined the effect of various nutritional factors on incidence of high blood pressure in over 30,000 US male health professionals. After four years of follow-up, it was found that a lower risk of hypertension was associated with dietary patterns that provided more magnesium, potassium, and dietary fiber. Foods rich in magnesium are almonds, cashews, pecans, brown rice, bananas, potatoes, wheat germ, kidney beans, lima beans, organic soy products and molasses.
Magnesium and calcium work hand-in-hand, in fact a magnesium deficiency causes various abnormalities in calcium metabolism. Caffeine, excess fat, excess fiber, high protein intake, lack of exercise, intestinal inflammatory conditions, and phosphorus type foods such as sodas, acidic foods and other carbonated beverages deplete blood calcium levels. Studies show that those with high blood pressure have low levels of calcium in comparison to those with normal blood pressure. Foods richest in calcium are almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds leafy green vegetables, watercress, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, pinto beans, aduki and organic soy beans, molasses, figs, raisons, organic dried apricots,
The majority of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is manufactured by your own cells. Only a little bit comes from food sources. So why it is most are deficient? A deficiency is due to inadequate intake of necessary nutrients or taking medication that interrupts the synthesis of Coenzyme Q10. Most cardiovascular issues, including high blood pressure is partly due to a Coenzyme Q10 deficiency. CoQ10 is a fat soluble vitamin-like compound known as ubiquinone that are synthesized everywhere in the body. It has been shown to help heart function and lower blood pressure. Usually supplementation is used with CoQ10. Foods reported to contain CoQ10 are fish, organ meats, liver, kidney and heart, and the germs of whole grains.
There are other nutrients that play a role in healthy blood pressure such as zinc, vitamin E and essential fatty acids, the nutrients listed above are the most crucial to healthy blood pressure. Before implementing any suggestions here, please speak with your Doctor or qualified health care practitioner.
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