Addressing High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High blood pressure is very common, nearly half of adults in America will be diagnosed with it at some point in their life. Common does not mean normal though. High blood pressure occurs when there is increased resistance in the arteries due to narrowing. Long term this is problematic for many systems like the brain, eyes, heart, and kidneys and will put you at higher risk for heart disease.
Typically high blood pressure is something that occurs over time. If left untreated it can lead to stroke and heart attack.
High blood pressure can be a complex condition to manage. It can be caused by cardiovascular reasons as well as mental and emotional components as well. High blood pressure can also be greatly impacted by lifestyle.
Symptoms of High Blood Pressure:
- Shortness of Breath
- Fatigue or confusion
- Chest Pain
- Visual Changes
- Blood in urine
Understanding Blood Pressure Readings:
- Healthy: Less than 120 over less than 80 mm Hg
- Elevated: This is when the systolic number (top number) is between 120-129 and the diastolic number (bottom number) is less than 80 mm Hg.
- Stage 1 hypertension: 130-139 over 80-90
- Stage 2 hypertension: 140 or higher over 90 or higher
- Hypertensive Crisis (Seek Emergency Care) : Higher than 180 and/or Higher than 120
- If you have high blood pressure it is advisable to order an at home blood pressure reader to check your blood pressure on a regular basis.
Reduce the Following Foods:
- Package and highly processed foods
- Deli meats, foods with excess sodium
- Added sugars / sugary foods like cakes/cookies/sweet tea
Increase the Following Foods:
- Fruits including berries, melons and bananas
- Leafy greens
- Lean Fish
- Nuts and Seeds
High blood pressure can be treated with prescription medications such as Beta-Blockers, Diuretics, ACE inhibitors, Angiotensin II receptor blockers, Calcium channel blockers and Alpha-2 agonists. It can also be treated with diet and lifestyle modification such as increases exercise, eliminated certain foods and increases other foods. Additionally, supplements, Chinese herbals, and acupuncture can be supportive in reducing blood pressure as well. Sometimes a combination of the above is used.
Healing with Us:
At Balanced Healing of Jacksonville we can work together to help you come up with a plan to support healthy blood pressure levels. This may include working with your PCP for prescription support if needed while we are addressing other underlining imbalances together. We don’t simply slap a band aid (high blood pressure medication) on you and send you out the door, we work on supporting your entire system (with or without medication) to allow for optimal wellness.