According to research presented at the 70th Annual Conference of Cardiological Society of India (CSI), 1 in every 5 young adults in India is having high blood pressure. So, it is important to understand “what is high blood pressure?” and when to see your doctor?
What is High Blood Pressure
It is a force which moves the blood through our blood vessels. Normal blood pressure is vital because oxygen and nutrients are carried around our circulatory system because of this force. This pressure also delivers white blood cells, hormones, and antibodies for our immunity. It also helps in picking up the toxic waste products like – carbon dioxide, produced during routine metabolism. Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood pumped by your heart and the resistance experienced to the blood flow in the arteries. The narrower the arteries, the more will be the pressure. One can have high blood pressure without experiencing any physical symptoms. Uncontrolled blood pressure can impose serious health problems like heart attacks and stroke.
High blood pressure is a condition in which the force or pressure of the blood against the walls of your artery is high, leading to heart diseases.
Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected and with the help of your medicine with few lifestyle enhancements, you can easily manage your high blood pressure.
Few people may present the following symptoms like – dull headaches, few nosebleeds or dizzy spells. These symptoms usually occur when the blood pressure has reached the life-threatening stage.You should get your blood pressure checked at least once a year starting at an age of 18 years. Ideally, blood pressure should be checked in both right and left arm to rule out any difference in reading.
Types of High Blood Pressure
• Primary Hypertension
Also known as essential hypertension, it usually develops with age and there is no identifiable cause of this type.
• Secondary Hypertension
This type of high blood pressure is caused by an underlying health condition. It usually appears suddenly. Various medical conditions like – kidney problems, adrenal gland tumors, thyroid problems, certain birth control pills, chronic alcohol use etc may lead to secondary hypertension.
Risk Factors Associated with Hypertension
Risk of having high blood pressure increases with age, it is more common in man as compared to a woman.
• Race and Family history
It is common among blacks as compared to whites. Likewise, high blood pressure tends to run in families.
• Overweight and physically inactive
Extra weight requires more blood to supply nutrients and oxygen to the tissues. Likewise, the extra volume of blood has a direct relationship with the pressure on the walls of your arteries. Similarly, inactive people have a higher heart rate. Higher heart rate makes your heart work harder increasing pressure on the arteries.
• Tobacco and Alcohol also have a damaging effect on the heart, leading to hypertension.
Integrating affirmations as a healing method for high blood pressure
Healing a particular health condition with the help of specific affirmation is a territory which is gaining acceptance over a few years. Louise Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz book “All Is Well”, is the basis of this explanation. According to them, your heart represents the center of joy and security, so your high blood pressure is often associated with long-standing emotional problems and lack of joy.
So make an effort to find joy in life, for long-term healing it is vital to change your thought patterns and behaviors. Accept the thought of seeing the good in life, open yourself to life and joy. Release your past and be at peace with life. Practice meditation and affirmation on daily basis for potential benefits.
Diet in High Blood Pressure
Your diet plays a vital role in maintaining healthy arteries. Some food prevents clogging of our arteries while others are responsible for the formation of cholesterol. Following is a list of food which will help you in regulating your high blood pressure.
Garlic contains a natural ACE inhibitor called gamma-glutamylcysteine. This chemical, along with Allicin present in garlic helps in dilating the arteries thereby regulate the blood pressure. Regular consumption of garlic reduces cholesterol levels, it is a natural blood thinner. A fresh clove of garlic which usually weighs 4 grams contains 1% of Allicin. It has been observed that regular and optimum consumption of garlic helps in reducing 11 mmHg for systolic and 5 mmHg for diastolic reading. 1 – 4 cloves of fresh garlic are sufficient to provide the required amount of Allicin. It is essential to consume raw and fresh garlic because Allicin potential in garlic decreases with age and heat.
Ginger is a natural blood thinner and has anti-inflammatory properties. Simply boil few small pieces of fresh ginger in water for 5 minutes and consume it regularly. Ginger not only improves the blood circulation but also relaxes the surrounding muscles. it is recommended not to consume more than 4 grams of ginger in a day, because more than this may develop low blood pressure.
Note: Aim of this article is introducing home remedies for high blood pressure, do not aim to consume all the natural remedies at the same time, home remedies are complementary you should always comply with your doctors’ prescribed medications.
Dr Reena Prajapat is a dentist, she post graduated in hospital management from Apollo Institute of hospital Administration, Hyderabad. Her strong belief in natural and home remedies lead her to Pursue bachelor in naturopathy.