High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" as some individuals are not even aware they have abnormal blood pressure. It is important to have regular doctor visits so that you can undergo proper screening and treatment. Stage I hypertension is when your blood pressure reading is greater than 130/80. The proper way to check your blood pressure is after sitting down, relaxed for 5 minutes without any recent caffeine intake, exercise, acute stress or pain.
If left untreated Hypertension can lead to heart disease, kidney impairment, heart failure and strokes. Some signs you could have untreated high blood pressure can be headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations and fatigue to name a few.
What contributes to Hypertension?
Insulin resistance/ Prediabetes
Inflammatory/Processed food diet
Stress and lack of exercise
Untreated sleep apnea
Magnesium deficiency/Omega-3 deficiency
Heavy metal toxicity
Certain medications and over the counter supplements
What can you do to improve your blood pressure?
Reduce inflammation by decreasing processed food intake
Eat a plant rich diet that is high in fiber
Increasing omega-3's in the diet ( such as wild caught salmon, herring, mackerel)
Limit carbohydrate and sugar intake to improve insulin resistance and prediabetes
Limit alcohol/caffeine intake
Limit salt intake found in processed foods
Ensure adequate sleep by following proper sleep hygiene
Stress management and incorporating meditation and other stress relieving measures
Regular exercise routine aiming for 30 minutes 5 days a week ( can decrease cardiovascular risk by 30% and lower blood pressure 4-9 points)
What are some supplements that can be beneficial?
Magnesium biglycinate or Magnesium citrate
Omega-3 fish oils
Coenzyme Q 10