Issue 19

High Blood Pressure

January 2017

HYPERTENSION

When the heart pumps the blood through the arteries, the blood presses against the walls of the blood vessels. In people who suffer from hypertension, this pressure is abnormally high. Whether blood pressure is high, low, or normal depends on several factors: the output from the heart, the resistance to blood flow of the blood vessels, the volume of blood, and blood distribution to the various organs. All of these factors in turn can be affected by the activities of the nervous system and certain hormones. If blood pressure is elevated, the heart must work harder to pump an adequate amount of blood to all the tissues of the body. Ultimately, the condition often leads to kidney failure, heart failure, and stroke. In addition, high blood pressure is often associated with coronary heart disease, arteriosclerosis, kidney disorders, obesity, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and adrenal tumors.
An estimated 50 million Americans have high blood pressure. According to the U.S. Public Health Service, hypertension affects more than half of all Americans over the are of sixty-five.
Men tend to develop hypertension more often than women, but the risk for women rises after menopause and soon approaches that of men. A woman’s risk of high blood pressure also increases if she takes oral contraceptives or is pregnant. Blood pressure is represented as a pair of numbers. The first is the systolic pressure which is the pressure exerted by the blood when the heart beats, forcing blood into the blood vessels. This reading indicates blood pressure at its highest. The second reading is the diastolic pressure, which is recorded when the heart is at rest in between beats, when the blood pressure is at its lowest. The combined blood pressure reading is then expressed as a ratio of systolic blood pressure to diastolic blood pressure.

Thus, in a person with normal blood pressure, the systolic pressure measures 120 mm and the diastolic pressure measures 80 mm. Both the systolic and diastolic readings are important; neither should be high. Normal blood pressure readings for adults vary from 110/70 to 140/90, while readings of 140/90 to 160/90 indicate borderline hypertension. Any pressure over 180/115 is severely elevated. It is impossible for your health care provider to make a correct diagnosis of high blood pressure with a single reading. The test must be repeated throughout the day or weeks to be accurate. When getting your blood pressure taken, follow these general guidelines for best results: Avoid eating, smoking, drinking coffee or soda with caffeine, avoid exercising for at least one hour prior; be aware of the white coat syndrome; Sit quietly and relax and eliminate extraneous noise. If under stress tell you doctor for this and all previously mentioned increases your pulse rate, therefore elevating your blood pressure readings.

NUTRITION
Nutrients required to normalize high blood pressure are as follows: Essentials: Calcium 1,200 to 1,500 mg, Magnesium 750 to 1,000 mg daily. Deficiencies have been linked to high blood pressure; Garlic 2 capsules 3 times daily. Effective in lowering blood pressure; L-carmitine 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach transports long fatty acid chains. Together with L-glutamic acid and L- glutamine, aids in preventing hear disease; L-glutamic acid and L-glutamine, 500 mg each daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take 50 mg Vitamin B6 and 2000 mg Vitamin C for better absorption; Selenium 200 mcg daily deficiency has been linked to heart disease. Very important: Coenzyme Q10 100 mg daily. Improves heart function and lowers blood pressure; Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, olive oil, and primrose oil are good sources).

Take before or during meals. Important for circulation and for lowering blood pressure; Vitamin C 2000 to 4000 mg daily, in divided doses. Improves adrenal function and reduces blood clotting tendencies. Important: Lecithin granules 1 tbsp 3 times daily, before meals. To emulsify fat, improving liver function and lowering blood pressure; vitamin E 400 IU daily improves heart function. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation.
Because the use of blood pressure and diuretic drugs causes increased urinary excretion of magnesium, it can cause hypomagnesaemia in elderly people. Magnesium is needed in conjunction with calcium to prevent bone deterioration , as well as to maintain a normal heart rhythm and muscular contraction. Losses of potassium due to diuretics may be dangerous, causing heart malfunction

CHIROPRACTIC
The chiropractic approach to high blood pressure is to correct spinal subluxations that interfere with the normal nerve flow to your heart muscle. That’s why it is very important to get regular chiropractic adjustments to keep your nervous system functioning, being the ultimate at 100 percent. Remember the entire body is controlled by your brain and spinal nerves. It is protected by the cranial vault and spinal column. It is well documented that nerve pressure causes muscular pain and spasm to muscle, and your heart is a smooth muscle. If at anytime you would like your blood pressure taken, please feel free to ask me and I will take it for you. Also, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all my chiropractic patients that 2007 be healthier for all of you.

The groundwork of all happiness is health!

Leigh Hunt