Three Ways to Reduce High Blood Pressure with Diet

Concerned about your blood pressure? If so, then here is some information you may not find in health literature about high blood pressure. While exercise, medications and restricting salt are advised as a way to reduce blood pressure, the physiological role of diet and digestion are not as well recognized by the mainstream medical press, but are equally important.  Call Digestion Relief Center in Chico, California at 530-899-8741 to reduce your blood pressure today.  And Read On!

How to Reduce Blood Pressure

First a little background…Think of your blood vessels as a balloon that expands and contracts according the amount of pressure it can hold. Healthy blood vessels work the same way. Your blood vessels are naturally elastic so that they can expand and constrict according to the needs of your body. 

When your body looses its ability to adjust to the ebb and flow of pressure however, your arterial walls (i.e. the balloon) can become inflamed and thicken. Thickened arteries loose their elasticity resulting in increased pressure which is also known as “Hardening of the Arteries”. This can happen for a variety of reasons some of which are overlooked because they are connected to digestion. For example, 

Did you know that poor fat digestion is connected to high blood pressure? 

If you are not digesting your fat, your body cannot make it own anti-inflammatory compounds, such as prostaglandins. Good fat digestion provides the right prostaglandins to reduce inflammation, regulate circulation and keep your blood vessels elastic. Fat also keeps the blood vessels supple so that they can expand and contract. 

With poor fat digestion however, you lack the right prostaglandins to reduce the inflammation, regulate circulation and prevent hardening of the arterial walls. As a result, you’re blood vessels become inflamed and less elastic causing the blood pressure to rise. 

Did you know that excess sugar and white flour foods could cause high blood pressure? Here’s how:

Too many simple carbohydrates (sugar and white flour) or decreased digestion of carbohydrates creates a potassium deficiency. Deficiency in potassium makes the heart race faster, and pump with more force, which places your body in sympathetic dominance, or “fight or flight”. This fight or flight stress response increases the pressure on our blood vessels.  Avoid Sugar and White Flour foods to reduce your blood pressure.

Did you know that another dietary and digestive cause of high blood pressure is constipation?

When you are constipated, the liver becomes overwhelmed with trying to eliminate the toxic waste.  Constipation and High Blood Pressure often go together.  When the liver gets congested, the valves going to the liver from the small intestine closedown and allowing fluid to accumulate in the abdomen and legs. The heart now has more fluid to pump throughout your body, and must raise the pressure to move the extra fluid. This overwhelms the circulatory system. 

If you are concerned about having high blood pressure, ask us how we can help. Improving diet and digestion, and promoting regular bowel movements is a better solution than diuretic medications that deplete key minerals such as potassium!


Reduce Blood Pressure with Exercise

Exercise helps to distribute blood to the periphery of your body (arms and legs) lowering the pressure in the core of your body. That’s why we recommend walking at least 15 minutes, twice a day.  Think….Exercise Tips for those with High Blood Pressure!

To see how exercise benefits you take this simple home test:

1. Take your blood pressure first thing in the morning.

2. Go for your 15 minute walk.

3. Cool down for 5-10 minutes. 

4. Take your blood pressure again.

Watch the miracle of exercise at work!

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Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center, Chico California,  specializes in effective, natural relief for IBS, food sensitivities and digestive problems. 

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