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Hi there friends!
So today I am continuing on the quest to improve our health in a natural and holistic way. I had a gal ask me about oils and her high blood pressure. Today I will focus on high blood pressure and all the things that you can do to try to help beyond taking medication.
First, what is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure is sometimes diagnosed as Hypertension. High blood pressure is a a condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease (1).
What can cause high blood pressure?
There are two types of high blood pressure. Primary is usually developed over a long time and does not have a defined cause.
Secondary usually comes on faster and quicker than Primary. There are various causes for Secondary including some of the following (2):
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Kidney problems
- Adrenal gland tumors
- Thyroid problems
- Certain defects in blood vessels you’re born with (congenital)
- Certain medications, such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
- Illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines
- Alcohol abuse or chronic alcohol use
Chronic stress can also be a factor for high blood pressure.
What damage can happen to my body because of high blood pressure?
Imagine a fire hose pumping at full pressure. Now if you were to crank up that pressure to two times what it should be, it is going to start tearing away at the strength and structure of the hose. Eventually either tearing a hole in the hose or causing so much back pressure that it kills the pump. High blood pressure is kind of like that. If left untreated it can lead to any one of the following problems (3):
- Heart attack or stroke
- Heart failure
- Weakened and narrowed blood vessels in your kidneys
- Thickened, narrowed or torn blood vessels in the eyes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Trouble with memory or understanding
Now none of that sounds very good. Let’s see what we can do to help your body take the control back.
How can a healthy lifestyle support healthy blood pressure levels?
1. The main dietary recommendation for people with high blood pressure is the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet. The dash diet encourages plenty of fruits and veggies while limiting extra sugar, salt and saturated fats.
2. Potassium can play a key part in regulating blood pressure levels. This post from Harvard explains that potassium can relax the walls of the blood vessels and therefor lower blood pressure and protect the muscle from cramping. Potassium also helps the body increase sodium excretion. Sodium has also been known to increase blood pressure (4). Please note: Potassium also carries a caveat. For people with kidney problems, loading up on the mineral may actually do harm.
3. Garlic has also been shown to help bring down blood pressure in patients that had “uncontrolled” hypertension. In the study patients were given aged garlic extract in a capsule supplement form (5).
4. It seems like most medical issues always come with the same recommendation, limit caffeine and alcohol. Too much caffeine can increase blood pressure. Alcohol narrows the arteries and that will also increase the pressure in the veins.
5. Since stress can have an effect on your blood pressure, then it is also a good practice (for everyone who has ever lived) to limit their stress. Practicing good self care by doing something that you enjoy (spending time with friends, journaling, meditating) can help your body relax and function better.
6. Having sufficient sleep will help your body relax as well. With a relaxed mind and body comes relaxed muscles which can also have a minor effect on lowering your blood pressure.
What ways can I use doTERRA products to maximize my healthy choices?
There are many oils that can have a beneficial effect on high blood pressure some physically effect the body, others help to reduce stress which may also help.
Linalool is a component that has been known to help relax the blood vessels.* If the blood vessels are relaxed there is less constriction and therefor blood pressure may be reduced. The following oils are high in Linalool: Basil, Cilantro, Clary Sage & Lavender.
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For dropping by. I love to do these little research projects and share all the great stuff I learn with you. Please feel free to send me a message or leave a comment if there is something that you are curious about and I will get right on it! If you have any family members who might be interested in seeing what good some natural changes might make in their high blood pressure, please use the share button below to send it their way. 🙂
You all have a great weekend!
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