Q&A with Holly: Tips for High Blood Pressure

Answering-in-Question-AnsAre you looking for alternatives to managing your chronic illness? Do you have questions about which natural foods are best for preventing or treating specific illnesses? I’m here to help! You can now submit a question online to my “Ask Holly” Q&A column like the question below.

Dear Holly,

I have high blood pressure, and I hate taking blood pressure medication, since I know they’re not good for me. I feel terrible on them. I’m tired, dizzy, I have trouble sleeping. I don’t know what’s worse, the high blood pressure, or the medications. What are some things that I can do to get off of them?

    -Terry

Hi Terry,

Well, that is an admirable goal, and well worth your time and effort. All of the high blood pressure medications have harmful side effects, and many people discontinue taking them because of this. There are many natural options that will help to lower your blood pressure.

Upon additional enquiry of Terry’s daily habits, the following was noted.

  1. Positive sign: Terry didn’t smoke. This is quite lucky, since smoking is a major contributor to high blood pressure.
  2. Negative sign: Terry did have a stressful job, drank a lot of coffee, and added a lot of salt to her food.
  3. Terry did not exercise regularly.

Here are some powerful and simple natural options:

  1. Start cutting down on caffeine intake. I know this is hard for a lot of people, but caffeine is a massive contributor to high blood pressure. Take a look at all the food items in your diet that have caffeine, and try to reduce them. Try to move from coffee to green tea to an herbal tea such as Dragon Herbs Longevity Tea. I have a cup of herbal Longevity Tea daily and it provides a powerful boost of solid, calm energy, no jitters. Coffee is acidic, so your body takes calcium off of your bones to try to normalize blood pH – this contributes to osteoporosis.
  2. Stop adding salt to food, and remove processed foods from the diet.
  3. The “big guns” in the food-healing world that is used for lowering blood pressure is CELERY! Chinese Medicine has used it for thousands of years. Eat 6-7 stalks a day, or munch on it all day long. The phytochemicals called pthalides in celery actually relax the muscles around arteries to lower blood pressure. Celery also has a calming effect and provides natural, organic sodium that is healthy for our bodies.
  4. To help with stress, a quick and easy method is to first notice when you are feeling anxious or stressed. Then, stop what you are doing and take ten deep breaths. Breathe all the way down to below your belly button. Imagine the air you are breathing in to have a blue, purple, or green color – whichever feels calmer to you. On the exhale, imagine that all the stress flows out of you and gets absorbed into the ground. You can picture it as a dark color and let Mother Earth take your burden from you.
  5. Movement is one of the keys to life. It massages organs, moves and clears lymph fluids, lubricates joints, aids digestion, calms the spirit, and so much more. We must move every day. Walking for a half hour, and practicing Qigong or Tai Chi are excellent choices.
  6. Of course, Acupuncture and herbs are also excellent for lowering blood pressure.

These are just a few techniques to get you started on reducing and eventually eliminating your need for blood pressure medications. Good luck, Terry.

And remember having her question selected for this Q&A “Ask Holly” column, Terry is entitled to a free ½ wellness consultation. So submit your questions today!

With love,
Holly

3 thoughts on “Q&A with Holly: Tips for High Blood Pressure

    • No, I do not recommend taking L-arginine supplements to lower blood pressure.

      L-arginine is a semi-essential amino acid that can be manufactured in the body. Most people make enough arginine for their bodies to function. It aids the pituitary gland and can be converted into glucose and glycogen that is used for energy in the body. It also assists in removal of ammonia. Signs of arginine deficiency include skin rash, insufficient wound healing, hair loss, and kidney malfunction.

      While, blood flow to the heart has been improved with arginine injections and supplements, this would not be my choice to attempt to lower blood pressure. The biggest culprit in most high blood pressure situations is the excessive amounts of inorganic sodium that most people consume, their daily level of caffeine intake, and consumption of sugar, wheat, and other processed grains in the diet.

      I recommend working to reduce or eliminate these items from the diet first. This would be a far more effective action to take than an L-arginine supplement. Then, I would add lots of celery and raw vegetables to the diet.

      If an individual was found not to produce enough L-arginine for their body’s needs, I would still not recommend a supplement. Rather, I would recommend eating more of the foods with a high L-arginine content, such as: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, kidney beans, French beans, garlic, salmon, eggs, sunflower seeds, and onions. This is, of course, not an all-inclusive list.

      I don’t recommend wasting money on a supplement, when a simple dietary modification will satisfy our nutritional requirements. I hope this helps.

      Holly Reese, MSOM, L.Ac.

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