A Matter of Heart~Blood Pressure
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is known as "The Silent Killer". Reason being, many people are not aware they have high blood pressure, and then suddenly, a massive heart attack results. Average, healthy blood pressure is 120/80 or less.
There are two numbers involved in a blood pressure reading:
* Systolic -The top number, measures blood pushing out of the heart, causing pressure on arterial walls.
* Diastolic- The bottom number, measures blood flowing toward the heart, in a more relaxed state.
➡AT RISK (for heart attack or stroke):140/90 and higher is known as Hypertension.
WHAT CAUSES BLOOD PRESSURE TO RUN HIGH?
IMPROPER WAYS OF CARING FOR YOUR OVERALL WELL BEING:
Stress & Anxiety.
Alcohol use: no more than 8 oz./1 cup a day.
Tobacco use: cigarettes, pipe, cigars, chew, snuff.
Deep-fried food intake: fast food, pastries, clams, fries, hot wings, onion rings, chicken fingers, doughboys, donuts.
High cholesterol foods: red meat, pork (ham, bacon, sausage), bologna, butter, hot dogs, dairy, fast food, deep-fried foods, bakery goods/sweets.
High sodium foods & MSG: deli meats, Chinese/take-out food, ham, bacon, sausage, chips, pickled foods, many packaged and canned goods.
Nitrites & Nitrates: found in many deli and cured types of meat.
Not enough water: dehydration causes blood vessels to constrict. Drink at least 6 cups a day.
Not enough sleep: 6-8 hours a night is healthy.
Calcium Magnesium: a deficiency in diet.
HOW CAN YOU HELP LOWER & SUPPORT BLOOD PRESSURE?
Release anxiety & relax: Sleep, take a bath, pray, meditate, journal, go for nature walks, have a plan for things such as finances & family responsibilities.
Drink calming tea: Skullcap, hops, lobelia, valerian, lavender, chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm.
Exercise & weight loss: Move your body daily, to get your rate up. Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body!
Eat high potassium foods: Bananas, avocados, apricots, prunes, oranges, sweet potatoes, spinach, fennel, tomato, broccoli, squash.
Drink water: 6 cups or more a day.
Eat high magnesium foods: Bran cereals, brown rice, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, dark cocoa, organic milk.
Eat more fruits & vegetables: At least 5 servings a day.
Eat or supplement with garlic.
Consume a healthy, high fiber breakfast, such as oatmeal with flaxseed.
Eat more fish and less red meat.
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Topical Essential Oils Application: Apply these pure oils safely and slightly diluted with a carrier oil to the chest area (over your heart/cardiovascular system). Essential oils of Jasmine, Lavender, Ylang-ylang are calming. Cypress helps support circulation. You can also diffuse the oils for aromatherapy properties.
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SPIRITUAL ROOT: Chronic Fear, Stress, Worry & Anxiety
MEDITATION & AFFIRMATION: I breathe in peace. I exhale strife. I breathe in trust. I exhale worry. I breathe in faith. I exhale fear.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)