How To: Normalize Your High Blood Pressure
We know that high blood pressure is preventable. A recent study found that people of any age can reduce their risk of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, by maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular moderate exercise, following a diet low in fat and sodium yet rich in fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and limiting alcohol. The researcher looked at nearly thirteen hundred men and women in the study who were between the ages of fifty-five and sixty-five at the start of the analysis. Overall, the researcher found the chances that these middle-aged Americans would develop stage one hypertension (or high blood pressure) was ninety percent during their lifetimes.[1. JAMA February 27, 2002;287:1003-1010]
Although hypertension medication is very popular, there are far better and safer ways to handle this condition. Methods and lifestyles that get to the root cause of the problem and don’t just treat the condition.
The first step is to eliminate sugar and grains from your diet, particularly foods that contain fructose. Eating sugars and grains, including any type of bread, pasta, corn, potatoes, or rice, will cause your insulin levels, and your blood pressure, to remain elevated. A study published earlier this year discovered that those who consumed 74 grams or more per day of fructose (the equivalent of about 2.5 sugary drinks) had a seventy-seven percent greater risk of having blood pressure levels of 160/100 mmHg.[2. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2010 Sep; 21(9):1416-8] This is significant because the average American now consumes seventy grams of fructose every day! Three other ways to naturally deal with high blood pressure include the simple and easy steps that we teach you every day in our Maximized Living offices:
1. Normalize Your Omega 6:3 Ratio: Both omega-3 and omega-6 fats are essential for your health. Most Americans, however, have a 20:1 ratio, but should have a 4:1 ratio. Consuming the correct omega 6:3 ratio is one of the best ways to re-sensitize your insulin receptors if you suffer from insulin resistance. The proper ratios are typically found in flaxseed oil, walnut oil and fish, with fish being by far the best source. Maximized Living Perfect Ratio Omega product is an excellent source of Omega 6 and Omega 3.
2. Incorporate Regular Exercise Into Your Daily Routine: Exercise not only works to increase the size of blood vessels to allow for better flow of blood to tissues of the body, but it is also a great stress reliever. Stress and the inability to deal with it properly is another main cause of high blood pressure. Burst or interval type exercises have actually been shown to be better than traditional aerobic long duration workouts at decreasing the risk of hypertension and dying from heart disease. Max T3 is Maximized Living’s innovative fitness program using these burst workouts with maximized results from beginners to Olympic athletes. Log on to www.maxt3.com to learn more.
3. Get Regular Adjustments: Research shows that an atlas adjustment can lower blood pressure better than two prescriptions. “This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” study leader George Bakris, MD states.[3. Journal of Human Hypertension 2007 (May); 21 (5): 347–352] Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure (the atlas adjustment), twenty-five patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than twenty-five similar patients who weren’t adjusted.
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