I have naturally low blood pressure. It could be from all my years of running / working out, or it could just be that I am lucky. Who knows. I do know, that anytime I see a new doctor for anything, and they take my blood pressure, they always look at me slightly concerned and ask, "is your blood pressure normally this low?" "Yes. Always." is my reply... I guess that makes it normal ;-)
Normal according to the text books is 120 over 80. What is blood pressure? Here is the medical run down: Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Each time the heart beats (about 60-70 times a minute at rest), it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is at its highest when the heart beats, pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When the heart is at rest, between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure. When the two measurements are written down, the systolic pressure is the first or top number, and the diastolic pressure is the second or bottom number (for example, 120/80). If your blood pressure is 120/80, you say that it is "120 over 80."
Last time mine was checked (about 2 months ago) it was 102 over 65. It's been lower, but that's where it is hovering lately.
So what should you do if you have "high" blood pressure? Well, you need to lower it. Fast. Because what happens when you have high blood pressure is that the muscles of your heart have to work harder to pump the blood through, and the heart muscles actually get bigger...and harden...as well as the arteries... this can lead to heart attacks, strokes, death etc. Not good.
Lucky for you there are lots of ways to naturally lower your blood pressure without medication! I know this works because through diet changes alone, my Mom was able to lower hers to a normal level when she had been taking medication for high BP for years!
Eating the normal SAD Diet? (Standard American Diet) The following are things you can do and changes you can make to lower your blood pressure If you already have a juicer, great! If not, I highly suggest you go out and purchase one. You can get a simple Jack Lalanne juicer for around $99 (do an online search for the best price) and in the mornings, you should be drinking veggie juice with lots of CELERY in it! Why celery? Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally.
I see you rolling your eyes and grumbling about eggs and bacon and breakfast sandwiches...and I feel your pain, really, I do. But if you want to lower your blood pressure, you'll do this. You have to make that choice because you are the only person who is responsible for your health. No one else can do it for you.
Here is a simple yummy cocktail that you should drink every morning - and it is so packed with nutrients that you will NOT feel hungry for hours after drinking this, I promise. After a few days you really won't miss your old breakfasts.
Magical Lower Your BP Juice:
1 whole bunch of celery (yes - not 2 celery sticks...use one entire bunch of celery)
*Make sure the veggies are organic if you can. If the cucumbers are not organic, peel them before you put them through the juicer. I like to add a green apple for sweetness. This should make somewhere between 16 ounces and 32 ounces of green juice.You can add a bit of ginger to it as well if you like that added heat-spice kick to your juice. If you like things extra sweet, you can always toss in a couple carrots.
Another tip for lowering blood pressure - cut out, or lessen dramatically - your intake of meat, dairy and salt.
You can do this easily if you make just one meal a day totally raw. Have a giant salad for lunch every day. Salads are more than just lettuce and tomato. Make yours full of things that you like! To make it easy...on Sunday you should prepare a salad large enough to last you through the week. That way you don't have to worry about making a salad every day. Add things like mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, olives, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, avocado, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, beets, carrots, whatever makes you happy!
For simple dressings, you could pick up Annie's All Natural Honey Mustard and mix 2 tablespoons of that with some balsamic vinegar. Voila! Honey mustard vinaigrette! It's that simple. Or use the basic organic olive oil and vinegar as a dressing. You could also do Dijon mustard mixed with the juice of one orange and a bit of olive oil. I am constantly testing out new dressings and those are my favorites.
For dinner, if you are someone who is used to eating the meat and potatoes type fare, I would suggest you switch to fish and steamed veggies instead. If you really want a starch or carb, have a baked sweet potato! They're much better for you than white potatoes (and I think they taste better personally) :-)
The steamed veggies should take up half of your plate. You can steam broccoli and add marinara sauce to it instead of butter... or if you are a butter person, switch to an organic unsalted butter.
Eating this way will not only lower your blood pressure, but because of your lack of dairy and meats, your cholesterol will come down as well.
Also, make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout your day. Are you someone who wakes up and has coffee or juice, followed by a soda at lunch and maybe a glass of wine with dinner? Guess what. You are walking around severely dehydrated and you probably don't even know it. Water. Water. Water.
Drink your water. Eat your veggies. Eat less meat...less dairy...less salt. Veggie juice in the mornings! That fabulous veggie juice will go straight into your cells and it will start working hard for you!
30 days. Just do this for 30 days and you WILL see results.
Do it! Do it for you. Do it for me! Do it for your family and friends and the people who love you. High Blood Pressure is no joke. Get healthy because we want you sticking around for a long time!