Hypertension, or high blood pressure, has been a silent killer of many Americans over the years, and its numbers are growing. It is clearly the disease of the modern age. Hypertension is a byproduct of our fast-paced lifestyle that, as a nation, is showing no sign of slowing down. As a result of excess worry and mental tension in our daily lives, we release adrenaline in our bloodstreams, causing the body’s blood pressure to rise, leading to hypertension.
Unfortunately, there are very few actual symptoms of the disease, although those with mild to moderate hypertension may feel pain in the back of the head and neck first thing in the morning. This symptom usually disappears relatively quickly on its own. Other signs and symptoms include periods of dizziness, plus aches and pains throughout the arms, shoulder region, back and legs. Heart palpitations, pain in the heart region, nervous tension and fatigue, emotional upset or crossness, tiredness and weariness, nose bleeding and frequent urination are also signs that you may have hypertension.
People who suffer from high blood pressure who do not receive treatment experience tiredness and severe bouts of fatigue, and usually cannot handle any sort of serious or physical work. They tend to be short of breath and may suffer from dyspepsia or indigestion. Untreated cases are prone to lead to heart attacks, strokes and other disabilities such as a detached retina.
People who suffer from hypertension typically live more than just a high stress lifestyle. Often they are smokers and heavy drinkers, and often have an extremely poor diet. Typically, the hypertensive patient will eat an abnormal amount of refined sugar, which further stresses the body as it attempts to stabilize insulin levels. The body starts to then fill with waste, unable to properly digest its food intake. This poisonous matter prevents the arteries from becoming slack, and will eventually lead to other conditions and diseases such as hardening of the arteries, obesity, diabetes and severe constipation. Other known causes aiding in hypertension are excessive use of painkillers, excessive salt intake, and high-fat and low-fiber diets c o n s i s t i n g of processed foods with low nutrient content. The good news is that proper diet and nutrition can help stabilize and even correct this condition. High blood pressure sufferers should be eating a diet low in protein. That means reduce your intake of meats and eggs while increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables. By eating more fruits and vegetables, you aid in all-over body hydration and assist your system to rid itself of toxins. Eating fruits and vegetables in their rawest form is best for this purpose and adds fiber, helping to keep your bowels regular. Fruits such as pineapples, oranges, apples, pears, mangos, guavas and grapes are great choices in hydrating the body and fighting hypertension, and should be consumed at two different intervals daily.
Vegetables that combat hypertension include cucumbers, carrots, onions, tomatoes, spinach, radishes and cabbage. Combine these ingredients together with a little dressing and treat yourself to one flavorful salad.
Remember that you ARE what you eat, like it or not. Everything you put in your system will either benefit or hurt it. Please choose wisely.
Andy Kress is a certified fitness trainer, yoga instructor and nutritional counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more nutritional tips or inspired exercise routines, reach him at 954-789-3930 or via email at email@example.com