Jerry stared at the blood pressure machine in stunned disbelief.
Surely there must be a mistake. The last time his blood pressure had been checked his doctor said that it was in the borderline range.
Of course this was a couple of years ago...and his pot belly bulged with the extra fat that he had been accumulating.
I told Jerry to take a few deep breaths and relax for a few minutes and we took a second reading. It confirmed that we needed to lower his blood pressure instantly!
High Blood Pressure has been linked to heart attacks, stroke and memory loss. Over 50 million Americans suffer from this devestating malady and many don't even know it!
If your blood pressure reading is 140 or above for the top number (systolic pressure) or 90 or above for the lower number (diastolic pressure), you are considered to have hypertension...and you should get bussy and lower your blood pressure instantly! The quickest way to get blood pressure under control is to have your physician to write out a prescription.
Dr. David Williams, medical researcher, biochemist and chiropractor, who is one of the world's leading authorities on natural healing, says that one size does not fit all when it comes to normal blood pressure.
"As you age, your blood vessels become more rigid, and it's not uncommon for your systolic pressure (the top number) to increase.
Although a reading of 120/80 is considered textbook normal, someone over age 40 can have a 140/90 reading and it can be considered perfectly acceptable.
"NOTE:">If you're over 70, there may be more side effects (contraindications) for anti-hypertensive drugs than benefits. Discuss whether to use them with your doctor.
These simple (I didn't say easy) lifestyle changes can lower your blood pressure instantly, or at least pretty quick...and they will keep it in the normal range.
If you do have high blood pressure, there are ways that you can lower if fast, and avoid having your doctor reach for his or her prescription pad.
Although cutting back on sugar and other high glycemic carbs while increasing your intake of protein, fruits, and vegetables are excellent, they won't lower blood pressure instantly.
This just makes common sense...but, as Will Rogers said, "Common sense ain't common."
I recommend that you look at the glycemic index diet. It will give you a good guideline to stay on track. I also recommend our Food to Lower Blood Pressure page.
In his blog post, "TakeYour Cargiologist With a Grain of Salt." Dr. Al Sears tells us, "Salt itself isn't bad. We naturally crave salty foods. In fact, when your blood is at its healthiest, it's slightly salty."
"Unfortunately, the salt you find in most foods today isn't even close to what Mother Nature intended. It's bleached and refined. When they're done making it into the white stuff that goes into packaged foods and your salt shaker it's like franken-salt, with residual chemicals from the processing.
"Try to avoid the foods that have the most processed salt. Bottled salad dressing, cured meats (beef jerky, salami), processed cheese, salt-covered snack foods and pickled foods (like olives and dill pickles).
"Instead, look for sea salt. It's unrefined, and has all the minerals and co-factors nature meant salt to have, like potassium and magnesium.
"Regular salt is almost pure sodium chloride. Natural sea salt has sodium chloride, too, but also has over 50 other minerals (including magnesium) with all the co-factors and trace elements nature intended real salt to have."
Reducing Stress can lower blood pressure instantly (within 15-20 minutes, but unfortunately it is a normal part of life. Sometimes stress is unavoidable, but there are a lot of things we can do to keep it at bay,( none of which I was practicing in my pre-heart bypass life.)
When you take time out from the chaos in your day, you give yourself relief from the effects of stress. And stress is the enemy of healthy blood pressure.
Dr. Herbert Benson, the cardiologist who developed the Relaxation Response" method, and authored a book by the same name, conducted clinical studies that determined how to lower physiological signs of stress, such as heart rate, blood pressure and rate of oxygen consumption.
I have used the following system to lower my blood pressure fifteen or twenty points in just a few minutes.
Take 20 minutes, one or two times a day and follow these simple steps to lower blood pressure instantly:
Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Losing just 10 pounds can help reduce your blood pressure. In general, the more weight you lose, the lower your blood pressure.
Besides shedding pounds, you should also keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure.
The Mayo Clinic Gives us some general guidelines, but a lot depends on how much belly fat you have.
Men are at risk if their waist measurement is
greater than 40 inches.
Women are at risk if their waist measurement is
greater than 35 inches.
Most of us know that exercise is good for us but did you know that it does a remarkable job of lowering blood pressure?
A world-wide study by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that people who exercised during their leisure time were able to lower blood pressure by up to 11%
Alcohol can be both good and bad for your health. In small amounts, it can potentially lower your blood pressure by 2 to 4 mm Hg. But that protective effect is lost if you drink too much alcohol. There's more potential harm than benefit to drinking alcohol.
If you drink more than moderate amounts of it, alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. It can also reduce the effectiveness of high blood pressure medications.
This should come as no surprise. On top of all the other dangers of smoking, the nicotine in tobacco products can raise your blood pressure by 10 mm Hg or more for up to an hour after you smoke.
The role caffeine plays in blood pressure is still debatable. Drinking caffeinated beverages can temporarily cause a spike in your blood pressure, but it's unclear whether the effect is temporary or long lasting.
To see if caffeine raises your blood pressure, check your pressure within 30 minutes of drinking a cup of coffee or another caffeinated beverage you regularly drink. If your blood pressure increases by five to 10 points, you may be sensitive to the blood pressure raising effects of caffeine.
It's a good idea to take your blood pressure two or three times per day until you have a good idea how it fluctuates.
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