Today one adult out of every four suffers from high blood pressure or hypertension. When the doctor diagnoses hypertension, most people dutifully take counteractive medicines all through their lives. Hypertension is generally perceived to be a lifelong disease that cannot be cured completely but only controlled through medicines and a healthy lifestyle. Yet, I personally feel many people (who have moderate blood pressure and no underlying cause, such as specific medical conditions or drugs) can easily do away with the medicines by following a healthy life style and a few simple remedial steps.
First, it is important to realize that pH imbalance is the cause for many of the ailments we face today, including high blood pressure. What is pH and what causes its imbalance? pH is a logarithmic scale that measures the acidity/alkalinity of any solution. pH value of acidic solution is lower than 7. It is important that pH value of the internal fluids that bathes all the cells in the body should be between 7.2 and 7.6 – slightly alkaline.
Environmental toxins such as pesticides and our own unhealthy food choices lead to a pile-up of acid wastes in our bodies. Excessive proteins, soft drinks, spices, artificial sweeteners, processed food and caffeine can overload the body with acidic byproducts. To counteract the circulating acidic products in the blood, the liver takes body fat and converts it to LDL cholesterol and lines the arteries to protect it from the corrosive acids. This protective deposit or plaque narrows the arteries and impedes blood flow, leading to elevated blood pressure.
Smoking, excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, mental stress, lack of exercise, sleeplessness, excess intake of salt – all these factors add to the acidic overload of the body. The body works to detoxify and neutralize these acids by leaching away alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium from bones and other vital organs.
High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age, or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure. It is estimated that one in every four American adults has high blood pressure. Once high blood pressure develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. You can prevent and control high blood pressure by taking action.
Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. It constitutes one of the critically important signs of life or vital signs which include heart beat, breathing, and temperature. Blood pressure is generated by the heart pumping blood into the arteries modified by the response of the arteries to the flow of blood.
An individual’s blood pressure is expressed as systolic/diastolic blood pressure, for example, 120/80.The systolic blood pressure (the top number) represents the pressure in the arteries as the muscle of the heart contracts and pumps blood into them. The diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) represents the pressure in the arteries as the muscle of the heart relaxes following its contraction. Blood pressure always is higher when the heart is pumping (squeezing) than when it is relaxing.