Did you know that high blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most important risk factors for premature death?…
It accounts for over 50% of all deaths caused by cardiovascular issues and 14% of all total deaths each year!
Globally, high blood pressure affects 27% of the population and the stats are even worse in the US, about 35% of the population!
And get this, it has been estimated that 90% of Americans are expected to develop high blood pressure by the age of 65!!!
My Personal Struggles
I’m very familiar with the stats because I have a family history of high blood pressure (my dad’s side), causing heart attacks and strokes.
With this in mind, it’s no exaggeration that I urge you to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range because it is one of the most important things you can do to help extend your lifespan and reduce cardiovascular and brain problems.
“Normal” Is Still Too High
The newest research suggests that even “normal” blood pressure (120–129 / 80–84 mmHg) increases the risk of death from cardiovascular problems by 46% on average.
For women, the risk was slightly lower. But for men, it was much higher—80%, regardless of age.1
These results are alarming in light of the fact that 33% US citizens have blood pressure in the 129–139 / 84–95 mmHg range.
What About Drugs?
Making the problem worse, studies have shown that prescription drugs for “high normal” blood pressure and even mild hypertension may not be effective.
A large review of randomized, clinical trials performed by the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration found that anti-hypertensive drugs used to treat mild hypertension (140–159 / 90–99 mm/Hg) did not reduce complications or the risk of death.2
Of course, I believe you should take medications and listen to your doctor… but AFTER you first try to fix things NATURALLY! (see below)
What Does All Of This Mean For You?…
Even mild hypertension, while still in the “normal” range, can nearly double your risk of heart problems and thus, potentially lead to a heart attack or stroke.
So we need to make sure your blood pressure is under control, preferably in the healthier “low/normal” range.
Again, the goal is to not use drugs at first because of the negative side effects.
Besides, if you don’t fix the underlying problems that are causing blood pressure problems, you’ll need to keep increasing the drugs over time, which means problems.
So that means we need to…
Improve Your Blood Pressure, Naturally
As I said earlier, because I have a family history of high blood pressure, I’ve had to figure out the BEST ways to promote healthy blood pressure naturally – so there’s hope.
Don’t worry, you can do it and it’ll be much easier than you think.
Like most other chronic health problems, high blood pressure can be caused by your
- hormonal imbalances
- and the modern diet and lifestyle.
High blood pressure affects only one percent of hunter-gatherer populations following a traditional diet.
However, its prevalence increases when those cultures adopt a western diet and lifestyle that is characterized by
- processed and refined foods
- sedentary behavior
- chronic sleep deprivation
- being overworked/stressed
- a lack of sun exposure
- and excess use of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.3
If you have elevated blood pressure, here are my top 3 suggestions for supporting healthy blood pressure within a normal range, naturally:
Remember that your genes and hormones are the primary controlling factors in how you look and feel. And, what you EAT controls your hormones and thus, dictates “gene expression”.
Eating the wrong foods, causes a change in your hormones, triggering your genes to “come alive” and for some of us who are “sensitive” to high blood pressure (like my dad and myself), it can cause unhealthy blood pressure levels.
So with that said, here’s what you should pay attention to:
- Less Sugar & Simple Carbohydrates
– When your blood sugar spikes up, typically from eating sugar (found in foods, sodas, etc.) or from processed/refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, pastries, etc.), your blood pressure goes up and blood flow decreases.4
- More Vegetables & Fruits
– These foods have higher levels of potassium, magnesium, minerals and vitamins which help promote healthy blood pressure.5,6In fact, this is why Blood Pressure Optimizer, utilizes the most potent herbal extracts from Hawthorn Berries, Grape Seeds, Celery Seeds, Pomegranate and tomatoes.
- Less Meat & More Fish
– Cold water fish has many blood pressure-lowering benefits, primarily because of the healthy fats (EPA, DHA, polyunsaturated).7 The very opposite of modern-day meats.If you don’t want to take fish oil pills, just have cold water fish 3-4x weekly. Wild-caught salmon is ideal because it has higher levels of healthy omega fats and less contamination.
There’s more, but this is a good start. Of course, drink more water and fewer “other” liquids!
There’s more you can do here, but I’ll keep it simple
- Lose Weight – Being overweight is never good, and this includes high blood pressure. I’ll talk about this in detail in a future article.
- Exercise – You don’t need much. Just get out and WALK daily, even if it’s just 3x a week for only 15-20 minutes. Later you can add in weight training, which is much better.
- Sleep – My sleep is horrible and as we get older, it seems to get worse for most of us. Try to get to bed earlier. Exercise helps. Taking specific “sleep” herbs will also help.
- Go Outside – Sunlight helps promote healthy blood pressure because of improved cortisol and Vitamin D levels. And by walking outside 3x weekly, you’ll get two benefits in one.
- Relax – We live in stressful times, so you need to take a “time-out” daily and relax, which helps lower stress hormones. You can meditate, do deep breathing, take a nap, get a massage or just go for a quick walk outside.
If you do just ONE thing, my suggestion is to get outside and take a walk daily. It pretty much does all the above all at once =)
The right supplements, similar to food, can positively affect your hormones and can help promote healthy blood pressure levels naturally, without any of the negative side effects of drugs.
Combined with a better diet and lifestyle, you’re good to go.
Here’s the list of the best supplements, that are clinically researched to work:
- Grape Seed Extract – There is a patented form called MegaNatural-BP (US patent 6,544,581), which is clinically shown to work in only 30 days.10
- English Hawthorne Berry Extract – Helps support strong contractile force in the heart and supports cardiovascular health.11,12
- Celery Seed Extract – Works similar to calcium channel blocking drugs, but without the negative drug side effects. Has many vascular benefits.13
- Pomegranate Extract – A compound found only in pomegranates called punicalagin, has been shown to support healthy pressure in a normal range and increase the speed at which heart blockages are caused by high levels of bad cholesterol.14
- Lycopene Extract – This is a substance normally found in tomato seeds. It helps support healthy blood pressure levels within a normal range, antioxidant, and arterial health.15
Well, there are other supplements too… Such as Magnesium, Potassium, L-Arginine and certain vitamins.