Can High Blood Pressure Be Cured Without Medication?
Here in our office, we believe in the power of nutrition and lifestyle to cure high blood pressure. We see it every day with our patients.
Yes, that’s right. High blood pressure can be cured naturally and without medication.
High blood pressure (also known as “hypertension”) is usually the result of poor diet and lifestyle choices. Change your diet and make some different lifestyle choices and you are on your way to normalizing your blood pressure.
While diet and lifestyle changes aren’t quick fixes, you can begin to make small changes over time and start to reverse your high blood pressure. Diet alone has one of the biggest impacts on high blood pressure!
High blood pressure is a serious disorder associated with an increased risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. It is not a disease itself but a sign of an unhealthy person.
In order to understand how high blood pressure can be cured, you must first understand what it is and how it is caused.
What Are the Different Stages of High Blood Pressure?
There are different stages of high blood pressure.
A blood pressure reading, given in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), has two numbers. The first, or upper, number measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats (systolic pressure). The second, or lower, number measures the pressure in your arteries between beats (diastolic pressure).
The Stages of High Blood Pressure:
- Prehypertension: 120/80 to 139/89
- STAGE 1 Mild Hypertension: 140/90 to 159/99
- STAGE 2 Moderate Hypertension: 160/100 to 179/109
- STAGE 3 Severe Hypertension: 180/110 or higher
Prehypertension stage can often be reversed by simple lifestyle modifications such as lower sodium diet, increased potassium and magnesium intake and more exercise.
While stages 1, 2 and 3 of hypertension are more critical, they too can still be reversed. The key with these is a strict nutritional therapy approach. We use combinations of supplements and diet and lifestyle changes targeted at lowering these numbers over time.
Keep reading for more information.
What Are Factors Influencing the Development of High Blood Pressure?
- 1. Diet
- High sodium intake (i.e. processed foods) is linked to high blood pressure due to its effects on the kidneys and fluid retention.
- Low potassium levels are linked to hypertension. Eat foods rich in potassium or take a potassium supplement to heal high blood pressure.
- Magnesium deficiency is another factor linked to high blood pressure. Magnesium and potassium are key minerals for regulating blood pressure. Eat foods rich in magnesium or try supplementing.
- Vitamin D
- Getting adequate sunshine and vitamin D is imperative to healthy blood pressure. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to blood vessel dysfunction and hypertension. Get in the sun. Aim to get at least 20 minutes or more of uninterrupted sunshine each day.
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Omega 3 fats are essential and must be obtained through the diet or supplementation. These fats are critical to maintaining healthy blood pressure and blood flow.
- 2. Behavior
- Being overweight puts strain on the heart muscle causing it to weaken and lose normal function over time. Shed the weight and improve blood pressure.
- Physical inactivity
- Lack of physical activity is linked to high blood pressure. Exercise improves blood vessel function and promotes good flow.
- High intakes of alcohol –
- Alcohol acts like a toxin in the body. High alcoholic intakes (defined as more than 3 drinks per sitting) or repeated “binge drinking” can contribute to vascular damage and inflammation leading to hypertension.
- Tobacco use
- Tobacco use causes the blood vessels to narrow and constrict and reduces blood flow, posing a major risk for high blood pressure and heart attacks.
- High level of stress
- Stress can temporarily cause high blood pressure by causing constriction of arteries. Over time, chronic stress can also stimulate the release of inflammatory, stress hormones that can contribute to hypertension.
- 3. Conditions
- Diabetes that remains out of control can contribute to blood vessel damage leading to an increased risk for high blood pressure or heart attacks.
- Kidney disease
- The kidneys are responsible for filtering and excreting wastes and fluids. They do so with the help of healthy blood vessels. With kidney disease, excretion of fluids can become impaired leading to fluid buildup and high blood pressure.
- Sleep apnea
- Sleep apnea causes sudden drops in oxygen, which results in increased blood pressure. Overtime, this chronic high blood pressure can result in strain to the cardiovascular system.
- 4. Other Factors
- As age increases, the risk for high blood pressure increases. As we age, there are structural changes in the arteries that occur and they can become stiffer and narrower.
- Pollution or toxin exposure
- Toxins and chemicals act as irritants to the blood vessel lining and can contribute to narrowing or constriction of arteries and high levels of inflammation. Both of these factors can cause high blood pressure.
- Lack of sleep
- Sleep is needed for body restoration. Lack of sleep can harm the body’s ability to regulate its production of stress hormones, which can increase risk for high blood pressure.
How Can My Blood Pressure Be Cured?
It can be cured with simple diet and lifestyle changes. It took time for you to develop high blood pressure, so it will take time to resolve it as well.
The answer to high blood pressure is not medication. Medications mask problems. They don’t cure them.
The answer is to get healthy and make changes to support your heart health.
Steps to cure high blood pressure:
- Follow an organic, Paleo diet
- Eat foods proven to reduce blood pressure
- Take evidence-based supplements that can lower blood pressure
- See a chiropractor regularly
- Get sunshine and vitamin D daily
- Get quality sleep
- Lose weight
- Move your body
- Reduce toxin exposure and detoxify your body
There are many other ways to support healthy blood pressure.
Read more about the top ways to reduce blood pressure naturally without medication.
High blood pressure can be cured. It is not a disease itself, but a sign of an unhealthy person. In order to cure high blood pressure, you must make changes to your diet and lifestyle. Monitor you blood pressure levels and implement these natural, sustainable changes to your everyday life. Your heart and body will thank you.