High Blood Pressure
Think of high blood pressure like this. You're holding a garden hose in
your hand and there are two ways to increase the pressure coming out of
the end of the hose.
1) Turn up the faucet and increase the amount of water flow. This will
2) Crimp or or put your thumb over the end. This restricts flow and
If you want to lower the pressure, then reverse the process. It works the
same way in the blood vessels in your body.
Here is the problem, the high blood pressure medications deal with
number 1, the amount of fluid and not number 2, the crimping caused by
inflammation. Number 2 is the main problem. Most blood pressure
medications are dual role medications. They are beta blockers, ACE
inhibitors, or calcium channel blockers. They are also water pills. The
water pills remove water or reduce fluid volume. They lower fluid volume,
but you can only lower it so much before you start to have side effects of
electrolyte imbalance. The way the water pills remove water is by
removing electrolytes. Electrolytes are charged minerals such as:
calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Electrolytes how the water
and maintain fluid balance.The medications work at first, but then you'll
require more to do the same job and will suffer the side effects of
The solution in most but not all cases is to deal with number 1, the
crimping of the blood vessels caused by inflamation. Restricted flow due
to inflammation is most likely the cause of high blood pressure. There are
other causes, but in any case this will only help. This can be done with a
change of diet and life style. I don't mean cutting out salt or lowering
sodium intake. That helps in some cases. You can cut out all salt and
sodium but if you don't deal with the inflammation that is restricting flow
due to compression of the vessels, the pressure won't come down.
There are a few things that you need to change in your diet to bring the
1) Uncontrolled sugar levels as in Type II Diabetes. High blood sugar is
the most inflamatory thing that can happen to your blood vessels. High
sugar levels cause vessel swelling. The vessels swell outwardly but also
inwardly causing compression and restricted blood flow. That is why
diabetics who allow the sugar levels to stay elevated go blind or have
amputations. The blood vessels swell shut. This cuts off blood supply to
which ever organ is at the end of the vessel. See my page on lowering
blood sugar naturally under type II diabetes.
High triglycerides are a storage form of excess blood sugar and are very
inflamatory just as in type II diabetes, but you don't have to be a diabetic
to have high triglycerides.
2) High Fructose Corn Syrup is a chemically modified sugar that is turned
into triglycerides and are inflammatory for the same reasons above.
3) Processed oils or chemically modified fats and oils like hydrogenated
vegetable oils or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil as well as many
others. Eat only natural unprocessed fat and oil.
4) Cigarette smoking
5) Monosodium glutamate
Start here with eliminating these 5 things. Even if your pressure doesn't
come down, you'll be better off anyway. If you want something different
you must do something different. I have lots of patient who want to lower
their blood pressure and keep smoking.