Naturally Reduce Blood Pressure Diet

Diets for High Blood Pressure are a major factor in getting your blood pressure down to more normal levels. Most of the causes that trigger high blood pressure stem from poor diet. Also we should give more emphasis to how our body eliminates the waste products from our body both through the kidneys and the bowels.

Fiber plays an important role in preventing high blood pressure through proper waste management. Simply by adding more fiber to our diet can we improve our health conditions including reducing our blood pressure. Our body produces a lot of waste materials, too much sodium and glucose tend to overwork the kidneys.

High-fiber diets can help the digestive system by its inherent ability to bind other food, which then allows proper digestion to take place. A standard dietary guide for people weighing about 120 pounds is at least 25 grams of dietary fiber, while a person who weighs as much as 200 pounds should have at least 35 grams of dietary fiber. Hard or Insoluble fiber is usually found in wheat bran and is also known as the ?water carrier?. As a water carrier, this fiber controls the production of stool consistently and regularly. As this fiber passes through the intestinal tract, the water it carries help to dissolve unwanted and sometimes toxic wastes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can you reduce high cholesterol naturally with diet and exercise?
    I have been having tingling fingers, somewhat numb tongue, vertigo feeling and I am concerned that it may be high cholesterol . I have been tested in the past and my numbers have been right at border line. My blood sugars are fine and my blood pressure was fine this morning. Would anyone who has high cholesterol know if your symptoms are in the danger zone? Please advise. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      High cholesterol is technically not an ailment but a condition or rather an indicator that your body has too much fat in the blood. Definitely can be lowered with a healthy diet focusing on low fat, low cholesterol food (no red meat), high fiber and regular exercise. Before your doctor put you on any anti-cholesterol medication, try to cleanse your body with natural remedy like almond, oatmeal in which the soluble fiber does a great job to remove the cholesterol to your stool and out of your body. For a list of top natural remedy for high cholesterol, check out http://www.cureshare.com/view_condition.php?cond_id=22

  2. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood pressure naturally?
    I was blessed to have high blood pressure, genetically. Both of my parents have it. I really don't want to have take drugs to lower it. Does anyone know natural remedies for lowering blood pressure. I'm not talking about the obvious things like diet, excersise, reducing stress etc. I'm looking for specific foods or vitamins or sleeping positions. Weird stuff that possibly works. I'll try it if it's not harmful! Thanks for your input!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this would qualify as weird or not. Here is a device,FDA approved, you might want to try...http://www.resperate.com/us/welcome/index.aspx

  3. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to reduce one's blood pressure?
    i am hypertensive naturally, i got it from my dad. but recently i have been trying very hard to rduce my bp by.... eating no salt, regular exercises and cut off soda entirely from my diet... does anyone else know what i cand o

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are doing just the right things! Don't worry!

  4. QUESTION:
    Question for High Blood Pressure?
    okay so i have high blood pressure, and am trying to reduce it naturally. I changed my diet and am now on a very low sodium diet. I'm also taking garlic pills, fish oil, and other heart supplements. Not to mention I'm also working out everyday running a mile in about 10 minutes or so (i was out of shape) and doing push ups and sit ups.

    I've been doing this for about 3 days or so.

    I know my bp isn't going to go down miraculously over night. But i'd like an idea of when I should start checking to see if im getting any progress in beating this thing.

    Thank you very much :]

    oh.. and my bp has ranged at about 140-149/70's

    • ANSWER:
      You should really consult your physician.

      He could give you helpful ideas for lowering your blood pressure. And, if your blood pressure is unable to be controlled naturally, he can take the next step of prescribing you appropriate medications. You need to get that blood pressure under control, as it is a risk factor in many other medical conditions.

      You shouldn't expect it to drop much faster than 10 points in 2 weeks of rigorous, fastidious diet and exercise. If you cheat and sneak some cupcakes, it could take even longer.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can high blood pressure affect mental clarity?
    Recently I went to a doctor to prescribe ADD or ADHD medication for me, as I took these meds back in college (5-6 years ago) under the supervision of my doctor then who I had seen for the same reason.

    The doctor I saw said my blood pressure was too high for his comfort level to prescribe me any standard ADD meds, so he instead prescribed me some medication (lisinopril) for high blood pressure and suggested I lose some weight to help lower my blood pressure naturally so that I might be able to ultimately discontinue the use of the high blood pressure medication.

    FYI I am 26, male, white/hispanic, am about 5'11", and weigh around 230lbs.

    The following day, Tuesday, I began both taking the medication and limiting myself to roughly 1,700 calories a day to help guarantee some gradual weight loss. I've also started walking at least half a mile a day in addition to my normal amount of walking. I've also avoided caffeine for the most part since Monday.

    It's now Friday afternoon. I've lost at least a pound or two. I'm not sure how high my blood pressure is but I'm sure it is likely lower... in addition to the drug I haven't been under any extra stress or doing anything that would heighten my blood pressure.

    The remarkable thing is that for the last couple of days, I have noticed an obvious increase in my mental clarity. All the normal problems I've had lately such as difficulty concentrating and remembering, difficulty engaging at work... the very reasons I was seeing the doctor this week in the first place... they're very much reduced and I've found myself more engaged and able to concentrate in meetings, etc...

    So... to recap, here's what I've changed since Monday evening:
    1. I'm eating less, and more healthy (no eggs with sausage and gravy every morning, etc)

    2. I'm drinking a lot more water... I didn't drink as much fluids before Monday.

    3. My blood pressure is lower due to the lisinopril

    4. I've slightly increased my exercise regimen

    I've gone on diets before in the last year or two without regaining as much mental clarity as I have this week. Is it possible that the lessened blood pressure has helped as well? Is it possible that the drug itself is directly affecting my mental faculties?

    Has anyone out there had a similar experience?

    • ANSWER:
      H20 is very important to flush all the systems of your body. High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, aneurism, etc. So, in answer to your question YES and NO. Lisinopril in itself will not lead to mental clarity. However, your awesome effort that you are putting forth is!

      Drinking more water,exercise,getting more sleep, knowing you are doing a load of positives! GOOD ON YA!

      KEPP up the amazing work!!!!!!

  6. QUESTION:
    Legal advice and medical advice?
    Why is it generally frowned upon for a non-attorney to provide legal advice, and a non-physician to provide medical advice?

    For example, if someone asks a specific question of "Can the police search your vehicle without probable cause?" And a non-attorney says "No, it would be a violation of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution." followed by citing the Amendment.

    Or if an individual asks how they can naturally reduce their blood pressure, and a non-physician tells them that they should diet correctly, exercise and even take nutritional supplements.

    • ANSWER:
      The problem lies in that many people don't even know what constitutes probable cause as per your example. Generally though, legal advice is easier because it can be specific to the situation rather than involving your body chemistry and past medical history, as medical advice might need to know to be relevant and accurate.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for increasing my energy level throughout the day?
    I'm trying to combat fatigue during the day without resorting to caffeinated beverages or prescription pills. Obviously, a healthy amount of sleep every night is necessary. Fine, but I'm mainly wondering what I can do on the dieting side.

    What should I cut or reduce from my diet to increase my energy levels during the day?

    I'm not trying to lose weight, gain weight, reduce high blood pressure, or anything else health conscious. I just care about increasing energy levels without caffeine or amphetamines.

    I heard no sugar that doesn't occur naturally like in fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Okay, so I won't consume cereals, cookie, candy, ice cream, and soda. What else? What about soy milk? Is soy itself bad? Do artificial sweeteners (i.e. diet sodas) also count?

    I also heard to avoid wheat. I don't get that one. Wrong type of carbs? What kinds of carbs should I be eating, and what types of grains are good for that? How much worse is jasmine/rose rice than brown rice? What about couscous and pasta? Are there any types of breads I can eat?

    I know to avoid dark or red meat, too, but am also not sure why. Is if fat/cholesterol content? Do I need to be watching fat intake?

    What about sodium? That seems a little unavoidable, isn't it? How much should I reduce, or do I need to worry about it at all?

    If you can answer even one of these questions, I'd be grateful. Also, please keep in mind that I'm barely making more than what I was on unemployment, so, although I'd love to keep my fridge full of fresh salmon, I need a more budget-conscious approach.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Eat small meals every 2-3 hours. Protein and carb combo. Steady blood sugar = steady energy! Try it- you'll be amazed!

  8. QUESTION:
    Lowering My Cholesterol Naturally?
    I had routine blood work done when I went to get my physical in June, here are my results.

    Triglycerides: 105 (supposed to be less than 200)
    Blood Sugar: 87 (Supposed to be between 70-110)
    HDL (good cholesterol) 58 (supposed to be greater than 34)
    LDL( BAD cholesterol) 144 (supposed to be less than 130)

    Total Cholesterol 223 (supposed to be less than 200)

    That being said, I'm in over-all excellent health except my cholesterol, I just started a running regimen, and would like to know if running and good diet reduce my cholesterol by next June when I get retested. Any suggestions for diet are also welcome.

    Additional Information

    Blood pressure: Consistantly at 120/65

    I'm a 20 year old female. For exercise I just started running/walking until I can distance run, also do sit ups. Non-smoker, I don't drink, and I don't use drugs.
    No beer, I don't drink. Sex, I already do it more than 3 times a week with my husband, and chocolate I don't eat by choice because I don't enjoy it :p sorry. I need to try the oatmeal I guess :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to lower your Cholesterol naturally just eat
      a bowl of cooked oatmeal, one bowl in the morning and
      one in the evening.
      Not the instant stuff that you make with boiling water.
      It really does work.
      I hope that this helps

  9. QUESTION:
    hi, 3 weeks ago i went to the doc. for a check up. ?
    when he took my blood pressure he said it was a bit high 138/100. he said to do a low sodium diet for 3 weeks after i did that or at least i only added a little bit salt, when i had to do a physical for a job the nurse said it was still high. i have 3 small kids and i don't really get much sleep. i did research on the internet and it said that not sleeping enough can increase blood pressure. is this true ? does a no salt menu reduces blood pressure since most foods naturally contain salt? how can i reduce it naturally without the drugs ?any ideas ? please share. thank you soo much.

    • ANSWER:
      eating more potassium like bananas help counteract the effects of sodium also start exercising daily

  10. QUESTION:
    Im 16 and weigh almost 17 stone, Please help me diet!?
    Hello, I am 16 years old and live an unhealthy lifestyle, I only exercise in the walking distance from my classes and I rarely go out other than getting drunk on occasional weekends with buddies. I am naturally broad shouldered I have big bones however this is no excuse. I am fat. I have a double chin which is beginning to get bigger and quite honestly I hate not being able to take my top of in public! I can't go to the gym because my mum has high blood pressure and cant go with me I am looking for a diet that will make me lose weight and keep it off I love water and I am definitely thinking about power dieting. My family are all big, whether it's a metabolism gene or just eating habits we are all fat it's the way we are. I really need your help on this! Thanks for reading! More info on my lifestyle that may help is: my blood pressure is: 184 over 107 and I got p 85 bearing in mind I just went up and down the stairs to get the reader and i'm nervous. Please help me! I want a method that will especially reduce my chin size it's about a centimeter or three from being ok :)

    PS: My family all have high blood pressure, no other conditions apart from a grandpa with diabetes I think

    I just took another blood pressure reading and got 172 over 100 with P 89 that should be better as I was more relaxed. I tookt his reading while sitting upright with my arm above my chest, Please help me! I prefer less food rather than more exercize as I am embarrased to go out I prefer less food and maybe 10 situps a day or 50 or whatever you like.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I know how you feel. I have been overweight (even obese) my entire life (literally, since I was 2) and all my family is the same. I'm not sure that it's a gene so much as it is habits. Any time my family gathers together, there is SO MUCH FOOD. And it isnt just one meal.... we continually stuff our faces, as there are always cakes and dips and other munchies sitting around. You grow up watching this and learning that this the way it is supposed to be.... not only that, but you learn to associate food, especially high fat, high sugar food, with being happy and comfortable (since you are around family when you eat the most), so anytime you are unhappy or uncomfortable, the first response is to eat. But, like you, I decided I had to do something about it.

      For your diet, portion control is one of the biggest things. Think of all the "naturally skinny" people you know. You probably see them eating the same things you do. The difference is that they dont eat as much. Dont cut out any one food group (this is where most people try to convince you that carbs are the devil). If you do, you wont stick with it and as soon as you eat normally again, you'll gain the weight back. You can eat a lot of the same things you already do, just try to find the lower calorie options. Examples include low fat sour cream, skinless chicken, and extra lean mince beef. Measure/weigh everything you eat to make sure you're getting the right serving. Another thing is to make things at home. I love curry. But instead of getting the huge, greasy ones from the take away, I make it at home. I also love Chinese food. I buy the Uncle Ben's sweet & sour sauce and a pack of ready made spring rolls (only eat 1 though!) and have a nice Chinese meal. I know this is a bit detailed, I just want you to understand that drastic changes and eating bland, nasty food is unnecessary. You can eat things you enjoy (including a cheat day once in a while) and still lose weight, just be smart about it.

      As far as exercise, try to make little changes whenever possible. When I first started losing weight, the only change I made in activity was to walk to the store every day instead of taking the bus. It was quite a long little walk (a mile there, a mile back) but it was completely free. Offer to go for your mom every day... it'll take one extra stress from her and will allow you to get exercise and plan your meals every day. Aside from that, make any other little changes that you can, like taking the stairs instead of the lift. If you are super motivated, get a workout DVD (I used the Biggest Loser New Year New You). It combines weights and cardio and allows you to build over time, or have a short workout if you dont have much time.

      Losing weight isnt that complicated, especially in the beginning. It's more about determination in the early stages. Just remember that it takes time and every little change will have a positive impact.

      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    Will eating bananas help with blasting sodium (salt) from my diet?
    Bananas are the best kind of fruit known for being chock-full of potassium, which i think is essential for knocking all that sodium from our American diets? As humans, we need sodium too, but the foods that Americans eat contain way too much of it. The high-sodium content of our foods may be partly responsible for our high blood-pressures and high cholesterol-levels. So i wonder...will eating more bananas help at all in this regard? What other fruits contain (a lot of) potassium? Can they also be found in some vegetables?

    I wonder if these will help in that regard also:
    http://www.webmd.com/healthy-heart-jump-start/about-promise-supershots
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    "How to make a cheeseburger:
    1) Make hamburger-bun batter (don't forget to add salt!); transfer to salted baking-pans and bake. Top it off with sesame-seeds (naturally salty).
    2) Spread mayonaise (eggs, oil, salt), ketchup (tomatoes, vinegar, salt), & mustard (mustard, salt) on buns.
    3) Cook salted beef-patties on salted, greased-up griddle-pan.
    4) Add lettuce (wash in salt-water first), tomatoes (salted, of course), and onions (awashed in salt to reduce acidity).
    5) Add cheese (milk, salt) and pickles (cucumber, vinegar, salt).
    6) Would you like fries (deep fried potatoes, salted the life out of) and Gatorade (electrolytes & salt) with that??

    • ANSWER:
      It's not just American diets that contain sodium it's any countries diet that has a high use of packaged foods as salt is used as a preservative resulting in the allowance of things to stay good longer. Sodium has no effect on cholesterol but does effect blood pressure. If you want to counter act the high sodium levels the best way to do it is to drink more water and eat more potassium as you will pee out the sodium and potassium when you drink more water. I cut and pasted a list of foods which contain higher levels of potassium below.

      * raisins
      * prunes
      * apricots
      * dates
      * strawberries
      * bananas
      * watermelon
      * cantaloupe
      * citrus fruits
      * beets
      * greens
      * spinach
      * tomatoes
      * mushrooms
      * soy products
      * veggie burgers
      * peas
      * beans
      * turkey
      * fish
      * beef
      * salmon
      * cod


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Benefits of L-Tryptophan:

  • Promotes mental clarity
  • Helps support and stabilize mood
  • May support calmness and relaxation
  • Helps support healthy levels of serotonin
  • May help support metal focus and memory
  • May support and normal sleep cycle
  • Promotes sleep

L-Tryptophan Studies: In a recent study published in the journal of psychiatry research, 15 patients with insomnia were given a tryptophan free amino acid drink. After four days lab tests showed a significant decrease in l-tryptophan levels, which indicate l-tryptophan depletion and had a negative impact of their sleep. Another recent study has shown that when l-tryptophan was used in combination with Prozac (a common antidepressant) there was a significant decrease in depression and an improvement in sleep after four weeks. Prozac has a common side effect of causing severe insomnia. There have been six other research studies of the effects of l-tryptophan on sleep support, all have shown positive results for chronic insomnia.

L-Tryptophan: An important factor of l-tryptophan is the absence of side effects. L-tryptophan doesn't have any development of tolerance with long-term use, and also does not cause difficulties when trying to wake up in the morning. Dosing when starting l-tryptophan should start with a high initial dose of 1 to 4 grams for the first week followed by a lower maintenance dose of 500mg. L-tryptophan is an attractive alternative to conventional drug therapies for the treatment of chronic insomnia. (aHow to get a good night's sleep with tryptophana Ronald Steriti NMD PhD).

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I reduce blood pressure naturally?
    I am not over weight, pretty active everyday, I don't eat a lot of salt, but my blood pressure is high, what else can I do to lower it before I go back on the meds I just wanna try some stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      evening primrose oil capsules also vitamin e but a natural one is good for you the reason being that vitamin e will rid the arteries of blockages so the blood is flowing freely and you're less likely to have a heart attack ( because that is the worst case scenario ) also cod liver oil capsules are good

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce my high blood pressure naturally?
    I am 32 and I am taking 2 medications to treat HBP. I don't feel well , what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise and diet.

  3. QUESTION:
    how can you reduce your blood pressure naturally without medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Some people have secondary causes for high blood pressure; once these issues are resolved, the high BP is too. Secondary causes account for around 5% of cases. Most people have essential hypertension where the cause is less than clear. There are contributory factors. Sometimes life style changes such as weight loss (if overweight), reduction of sodium intake and exercise helps. If not, then I'm afraid anti-hypertensive therapy is the only other option. The higher the BP, the greater the risk to health.

      Try limiting alcohol consumption and stop smoking if you smoke.

  4. QUESTION:
    What some natural ways to reduce blood pressure?
    Please don't say eliminate sodium because I been diagnosed with naturally having very low sodium levels.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had very high blood pressure for years, and decided to take matters into my own hands as I really felt my doctor wasn't being proactive for my health. So I started doing a lot of research, and I'm taking vitamins/minerals/supplements etc.

      What I take every day besides my blood pressure medication:

      Garlic
      Vitamin C
      Calcium
      Magnesium
      Vitamin E
      Omega 3's
      Multi Vitamins
      Probiotics

  5. QUESTION:
    advise me on herbs and vitamins that help reduce blood pressure (hypertension)?
    I am newly on prescribed low dosage medication and wish to reduce hypertension naturally (mild hypertension) diagnosed. Rather than the prescription path.

    • ANSWER:
      there is an egyptian drink made of flowers petal of plant called hibscus subdorifa.
      it is believed to reduce BP safetly, and its very common in egypt as a cold soft drink.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood pressure naturally?
    I was blessed to have high blood pressure, genetically. Both of my parents have it. I really don't want to have take drugs to lower it. Does anyone know natural remedies for lowering blood pressure. I'm not talking about the obvious things like diet, excersise, reducing stress etc. I'm looking for specific foods or vitamins or sleeping positions. Weird stuff that possibly works. I'll try it if it's not harmful! Thanks for your input!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this would qualify as weird or not. Here is a device,FDA approved, you might want to try...http://www.resperate.com/us/welcome/index.aspx

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some good supplements/pills for reducing blood pressure?
    Does drinking a lot of water help to reduce the salt concentration and thus blood pressure? I'm taking fish oil pills, is there any other food that can help? I'm just looking for stuff that's not medication, I was in the prehypertension range the last couple of times I went to the doctor so I'm trying to lower it naturally (besides exercise of course).

    If you have any credible resources please link them.

    Thank you =)

    • ANSWER:
      Magnesium (citrate)

      Potassium (citrate)

      Calcium (citrate)

      Antioxidants (Vitamins C and E, and CoQ10)

      L-Arginine

      Garlic

      Folate (Folic Acid - a B-vitamin)

      Vitamin D

      Below are links to a variety of scientific papers that support the role of these nutrients in treating or preventing hypertension.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17605647?ordinalpos=2&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15133406?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=2&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=pubmed

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17287847?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=2&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10727669?ordinalpos=12&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14977544?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=2&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=pubmed

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11068501?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=2&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=pubmed

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16820345?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=1&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18259007?ordinalpos=13&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9449404?ordinalpos=17&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19255005?ordinalpos=4&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

      Best wishes and good luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    elevated blood pressure?
    What can I do to reduce elevated blood pressure naturally

    • ANSWER:
      Non-medical modes of treatment of high blood pressure

      (1) Change your outlook and the life style:High blood pressure is a result of fast and competitive modern life. If you possess a tense personality, straight away implement efforts to change your mental attitude.Do not compete with the clock.

      (2) Restrict salt-intake: In fact, salt is an old habit of human beings. The salt-content of natural foods is remarkably low. It is man who adds salt to food at every step. This quantity should be cut down to a mere 2-3 grams.

      (3) Reduce your weight if you are obese: High blood pressure and obesity are intimately related. High blood pressure is extremely common in fat persons.The greater the obesity, the higher the blood pressure.

      (4) Take exercises and do yogasanas regularly: That light exercises and yogasanas reduce blood pressure is a proven fact .Exercises should not be overdone. A person should choose exercises according to his weight, age and his strength.

      (5) Cultivate correct dietary habits: A person with high blood pressure consume low-sugar, low-saturated fat, low-salt, and low-calorie diet. calcium and potassium have also been found to be useful in bringing down the blood pressure. A vitamin-like substances, choline also reduces blood pressure.

      (6) Give up alcohol:If a person continues to drink, other measures to reduce blood pressure usually fail.

      (7) Stop smoking :The incidence of high blood pressure has been found to be greater in smokers. Tobacco has two toxic elements ; nicotin and carbon monoxide.

      (8) Give Magnet therapy and Acupressure a chance.

  9. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to reduce one's blood pressure?
    i am hypertensive naturally, i got it from my dad. but recently i have been trying very hard to rduce my bp by.... eating no salt, regular exercises and cut off soda entirely from my diet... does anyone else know what i cand o

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are doing just the right things! Don't worry!

  10. QUESTION:
    What natural medicine, herbal, etc could I try for very high blood pressure? I have to come off some tablets.
    I'm currently taking Amlodipine 5 mg and Bisoprolol 2.5 mg and I'm putting on a lot of weight which is defeating the object, as the weight gain is exacerbating the blood pressure problem. These tablets are draining my energy, reducing my motivation and making me feel depressed. I'm also hungry all the time since being on them. There has to be an alternative which is safer as the side effects are frightening. The tabs gave me very severe headaches to begin with, which have gone now, and the blood pressure has reduced. Can anyone help, please? I do not want to risk having a stroke as my dad had one, so I need to get the BP under control safely and naturally. I am trying to reduce stress in my life and I'm not old, by the way!

    • ANSWER:
      Neither of these 2 tablets produces weight gain, though bisoprolol may make you tired and amlodipine can produce ' malaise'. You will not get control of your blood pressure with any herbal or natural products. Go back and see your GP. There are plenty of other medications he can try.

      If you stop these drugs and your BP inevitably rises, you will risk heart attack or stroke.

  11. QUESTION:
    How can you reduce high cholesterol naturally with diet and exercise?
    I have been having tingling fingers, somewhat numb tongue, vertigo feeling and I am concerned that it may be high cholesterol . I have been tested in the past and my numbers have been right at border line. My blood sugars are fine and my blood pressure was fine this morning. Would anyone who has high cholesterol know if your symptoms are in the danger zone? Please advise. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      High cholesterol is technically not an ailment but a condition or rather an indicator that your body has too much fat in the blood. Definitely can be lowered with a healthy diet focusing on low fat, low cholesterol food (no red meat), high fiber and regular exercise. Before your doctor put you on any anti-cholesterol medication, try to cleanse your body with natural remedy like almond, oatmeal in which the soluble fiber does a great job to remove the cholesterol to your stool and out of your body. For a list of top natural remedy for high cholesterol, check out http://www.cureshare.com/view_condition.php?cond_id=22

  12. QUESTION:
    Tachycardia and high blood pressure due to prolonged stress?
    Is this possible?

    Background:
    I am 15 years old, male, and I have an IQ of 147 (yes, this is relevant). My parents split up during the summer of 2008. At this time my blood pressure was at a healthy level and I was not experiencing tachycardia without reason (ie exercise). The last time my blood pressure was recorded as healthy was in December. Not long after, on new years day, my father suffered a stroke* (albeit a minor one). This, in conjunction with the separation, was quite hard on me. At this time my sister began living at my mother's, as I remained with my father. We would frequently have conversations about my mother, me, my sister, and real estate issues, some of which developed into arguments (don't take this the wrong way; I have a positive relationship with my father). This placed a great deal of emotional stress on me. As the end of the school year approached**, I began experiencing episodes of tachycardia at school, as well as persistent diarrhea. I visited my doctor (about 1.5 months before the end of school) because of this diarrhea, and, while waiting for my appointment, experienced a very high heart rate. I naturally brought this up to my doctor and he referred me to a pediatrician (for both this and the diarrhea). My pediatrician ran all the tests he could (I am scheduled to see a cardiologist in january and I am scheduled for a renal ultrasound this fall), being the specific professional that he is, which all came back normal. These tests included an array of blood tests, stool samples, electrocardiograms, general vital signs, and chest x-rays. Over a period of three months, my blood pressure read as high (140-150 systolic and 85-92ish diastolic) at each appointment. When I told him I was suffering from a pulse visible in my eye, he prescribed propranolol (3 10mg doses a day, 8am, 2pm, 8pm) for me. That drug didn't reduce my blood pressure effectively enough so I was placed on Lisinopril just last week. As I attempted to gradually reduce my propranolol dose I experienced tachycardia, so, after consulting an ER doctor, resumed my regular dosage. I am due to see my pediatrician this thursday.

    *I was home alone with my father when he suffered the stroke, which took place during a huge blizzard. It was rather traumatic.

    **I was stressed for exams, and I have horrible homework habits (I am a chronic procrastinator).
    I forgot to mention that my Lisinopril dosage is 10mg once a day (8am).
    Yes, my question is whether or not the stress in my life could possibly be the cause of my issues. Thanks for the non-spam response :P

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    The propranolol was to reduce the strength of my pulse, because the blood vessels in my eye were, evidently, being placed under increased stress. Propranolol is used in the treatment of tachycardia and high blood pressure, so I can't see why my pediatrician is an idiot; however, I'll leave that judgement up to you though - you're the professional.
    Oh, I also find it hard to believe that a "Registered Doctor" plays pokemon diamond (I don't recommend that you make your questions/answers public, otherwise you will appear as what you are, a sham).

    • ANSWER:
      Yes stress is a factor in your condition. I am presently on Lisinopril and have been on it since diagnosed with Aortic Dissection. My job as a Manhunter in Law enforcement meant that I was on duty 24/7 for transports and apprehensions. Stress will wear you down and cause your heart to beat harder. You need to quiet yourself and your mind - quiet time and find an outlet for your stress. Exercise, sports and even video games will help to ease the stress but make time for yourself and take your medication...my dosage is 20mgs twice a day but I'm 56 yrs old and weight in at 275lbs and have undergone two heart surgeries and an abdominal aortic aneurysm removal. Talk about stress!!!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Question for High Blood Pressure?
    okay so i have high blood pressure, and am trying to reduce it naturally. I changed my diet and am now on a very low sodium diet. I'm also taking garlic pills, fish oil, and other heart supplements. Not to mention I'm also working out everyday running a mile in about 10 minutes or so (i was out of shape) and doing push ups and sit ups.

    I've been doing this for about 3 days or so.

    I know my bp isn't going to go down miraculously over night. But i'd like an idea of when I should start checking to see if im getting any progress in beating this thing.

    Thank you very much :]

    oh.. and my bp has ranged at about 140-149/70's

    • ANSWER:
      You should really consult your physician.

      He could give you helpful ideas for lowering your blood pressure. And, if your blood pressure is unable to be controlled naturally, he can take the next step of prescribing you appropriate medications. You need to get that blood pressure under control, as it is a risk factor in many other medical conditions.

      You shouldn't expect it to drop much faster than 10 points in 2 weeks of rigorous, fastidious diet and exercise. If you cheat and sneak some cupcakes, it could take even longer.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can high blood pressure affect mental clarity?
    Recently I went to a doctor to prescribe ADD or ADHD medication for me, as I took these meds back in college (5-6 years ago) under the supervision of my doctor then who I had seen for the same reason.

    The doctor I saw said my blood pressure was too high for his comfort level to prescribe me any standard ADD meds, so he instead prescribed me some medication (lisinopril) for high blood pressure and suggested I lose some weight to help lower my blood pressure naturally so that I might be able to ultimately discontinue the use of the high blood pressure medication.

    FYI I am 26, male, white/hispanic, am about 5'11", and weigh around 230lbs.

    The following day, Tuesday, I began both taking the medication and limiting myself to roughly 1,700 calories a day to help guarantee some gradual weight loss. I've also started walking at least half a mile a day in addition to my normal amount of walking. I've also avoided caffeine for the most part since Monday.

    It's now Friday afternoon. I've lost at least a pound or two. I'm not sure how high my blood pressure is but I'm sure it is likely lower... in addition to the drug I haven't been under any extra stress or doing anything that would heighten my blood pressure.

    The remarkable thing is that for the last couple of days, I have noticed an obvious increase in my mental clarity. All the normal problems I've had lately such as difficulty concentrating and remembering, difficulty engaging at work... the very reasons I was seeing the doctor this week in the first place... they're very much reduced and I've found myself more engaged and able to concentrate in meetings, etc...

    So... to recap, here's what I've changed since Monday evening:
    1. I'm eating less, and more healthy (no eggs with sausage and gravy every morning, etc)

    2. I'm drinking a lot more water... I didn't drink as much fluids before Monday.

    3. My blood pressure is lower due to the lisinopril

    4. I've slightly increased my exercise regimen

    I've gone on diets before in the last year or two without regaining as much mental clarity as I have this week. Is it possible that the lessened blood pressure has helped as well? Is it possible that the drug itself is directly affecting my mental faculties?

    Has anyone out there had a similar experience?

    • ANSWER:
      H20 is very important to flush all the systems of your body. High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, aneurism, etc. So, in answer to your question YES and NO. Lisinopril in itself will not lead to mental clarity. However, your awesome effort that you are putting forth is!

      Drinking more water,exercise,getting more sleep, knowing you are doing a load of positives! GOOD ON YA!

      KEPP up the amazing work!!!!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    How significant is Sleep Apnea in regards to High Blood Pressure?
    I have tried a lot of things from reduced salt, to no salt to walking and working out and my blood pressure is still high - 140/xx (don't remember the bottom number). I don't want to take medication for it just yet. I want to get it down naturally.

    I also found out I have sleep apnea, but still waiting for a sleep study for confirmation. So, just how significant could Sleep Apnea be in regards to High Blood Pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Lack of certain nutrients can result in high blood pressure. It is the loss of vital minerals from your body that are essential to the natural and effective control of blood pressure. This loss of minerals can be caused by:poor diet, Nutritional deficiencies, Being overweight, alcohol and caffeine in excess, emotional and physical stress, and being diabetic

      You can read more about the cause of high blood pressure at http://www.realfoodnutrients.com/BP/Caus…

  16. QUESTION:
    Legal advice and medical advice?
    Why is it generally frowned upon for a non-attorney to provide legal advice, and a non-physician to provide medical advice?

    For example, if someone asks a specific question of "Can the police search your vehicle without probable cause?" And a non-attorney says "No, it would be a violation of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution." followed by citing the Amendment.

    Or if an individual asks how they can naturally reduce their blood pressure, and a non-physician tells them that they should diet correctly, exercise and even take nutritional supplements.

    • ANSWER:
      The problem lies in that many people don't even know what constitutes probable cause as per your example. Generally though, legal advice is easier because it can be specific to the situation rather than involving your body chemistry and past medical history, as medical advice might need to know to be relevant and accurate.

  17. QUESTION:
    hi, 3 weeks ago i went to the doc. for a check up. ?
    when he took my blood pressure he said it was a bit high 138/100. he said to do a low sodium diet for 3 weeks after i did that or at least i only added a little bit salt, when i had to do a physical for a job the nurse said it was still high. i have 3 small kids and i don't really get much sleep. i did research on the internet and it said that not sleeping enough can increase blood pressure. is this true ? does a no salt menu reduces blood pressure since most foods naturally contain salt? how can i reduce it naturally without the drugs ?any ideas ? please share. thank you soo much.

    • ANSWER:
      eating more potassium like bananas help counteract the effects of sodium also start exercising daily

  18. QUESTION:
    Is 140/80 blood pressure high for a 19 y/o male?
    I am 6'0 and 170lbs. Is this considered high for my age and what naturally can I do to reduce it.
    I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs.

    • ANSWER:
      Its a little elavated.
      Reason....look around at home Your dad or mom probably take blood press. meds.

  19. QUESTION:
    Editing help? 10 points to best helper.?
    I need this article I'm writting for work to retain all it's information, but hopefully flow better, and it also could use some rewording, so it doesn't sound as repetative. Also I haven't done an conclusion, so that would be helpful too... Thanks in advance.

    What health benefits does Craminals™ provide for my pet?

    Craminals™ harnesses the power of certified organic cranberries, an antioxidant-rich super food. Free radicals in the body are responsible for cell damage which can affect tissues, arteries and organs. The antioxidants in Cranimals™ Original helps maintain eye and organ function by preventing muscle deterioration caused by free radicals. Research also suggests that cranberries retain properties that fight cancer, boost immunity and contribute to digestive tract and urinary tract health. Cranberries have been classified as an anti-carcinogenic food, meaning they reduce the severity of cancer and or prevent it. In addition, cranberries are considered anti-angiogenic, simply put, they promote the healing of cells, keeping benign tumors from becoming malignant. Natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral assets contained within the berries boost overall immunity. Proanthocyanidins(PACs) found in cranberries also inhibits the overgrowth of Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), a naturally occurring bacteria found in the lower digestive tract, balancing the digestive system. Quinic acid obtained from cranberries, lowers the formation on calcium and magnesium phosphate crystals, which ultimately form kidney stones in the urinary tract. Anti-inflammatory properties possessed by cranberries also contribute to urinary tract health by improve the function of kidney capillaries (nephrons) which expel toxins from the blood stream.

    In addition to cranberries the Very Berry formula, contains raspberries and blueberries. Raspberries provide a unique molecule called Ellagitannins, which may destroy cancerous cells. Phenolic compounds, which can be found in blueberries, have been shown to relax blood vessels, reduce blood pressure and lower blood cholesterol. Similarly, blueberries can reverse age-related neurological defects by promoting cell restoration.

    Cranimals™ Vibe is a detoxification supplement, comprised of cranberries, dried seaweed and spirulina. Studies show that dried seaweed contains 10 to 20 times more vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids then vegetables grown on land. Seaweed also maintains heart health by clearing plaque buildup from arteries. Omega oils found in seaweed contribute to healthy skin, improve luster of the coat and decrease shedding. Spirulina is a blue-green algea commonly used for his detoxification capabilities. It has proven to be effective in aiding the production of red and white blood cells, promoting healing. Spirulina may also aid in the digestion and absorption of other vitamins and minerals, as well as lower cholesterol. Likewise, Chlorophyll, which gives seaweed and spirulina it’s green colour, is high in fibre, and aids in digestion.

    • ANSWER:
      You have done an excellent job of writing this article. Your research is obvious and there are no spelling, punctuation or grammar errors. It was a pleasure to read!

      Your question has two misspelled words though...

  20. QUESTION:
    I want to reduce my body heat. I know that sounds odd.?
    Since I was a little kid, I have always generated a lot of body heat. My five year old niece is the same way. My mom could only hold me in her lap for so long before having to put me down due to this. She is the same way with my niece. In high school, my friends would huddle around me in the winter before class to keep warm.

    I am not overweight. My doctor told me he'd kill to have my blood pressure and cholesterol level and all of those other things. I workout regularly. I am in good shape. I eat very healthy. I still generate too much heat. I don't notice it, but every person I have ever dated has had issues with it when we go to bed. We can't cuddle or spoon because they get too hot. My feet are usually ice cold. Not sure if that means anything. Is there anyway I can reduce the heat some naturally? Am I a phoenix?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same issue (well, I'm extra hot, but that's not too bad for guys - girls like warm guys). You can not prevent that, except possibly by starving yourself. It's due to a high metabolism.

      One possibility, purely theoretical in my head, is to lose muscle. Stop working out, let your muscles decay, and you should produce less heat.

  21. QUESTION:
    Psychology questions. I have them for my guess below the real answer.?
    39.
    Delta brain waves occur when you are
    A) sleeping deeply.
    B) daydreaming.
    C) meditating.
    D) concentrating.

    I think it would be A because while your dream, your brain doesnt know whats going on when your sleeping unless your having a lucid dream.

    40.
    Possible reasons we need sleep include
    A) rest and repair of the body.
    B) brain development.
    C) processing of memories.
    D) all of the above.
    I think its D
    41.
    How many hours of sleep each day does the average teen need?
    A) 15–16
    B) 12–13
    C) 9–10
    D) 6–7
    I think its C

    42.
    A sleep disorder in which a person repeatedly stops breathing and briefly wakes up throughout the night is called
    A) night terrors.
    B) narcolepsy.
    C) sleep apnea.
    D) sleepwalking.
    I think either A or C. Because i know you cant sleep walk when having night terrors ( unless im wrong)

    43.
    During hypnosis, a person is
    A) relaxed but alert.
    B) sleeping deeply.
    C) completely unconscious.
    D) focused on the outside world.
    I think its B because you dont know whats going on and i read about it, but im not sure if its called sleeping deeply.
    44.
    Outcomes of meditation include
    A) reduced blood pressure.
    B) increased stress.
    C) increased muscle tension.
    D) trouble falling asleep.
    I think its A. Because im pretty sure your asleep when its happening.
    45.
    Nicotine is an example of a
    A) narcotic drug.
    B) stimulant drug.
    C) depressant drug.
    D) hallucinogen drug.
    Either A or B im guessing.
    46.
    The most widely used psychoactive drug is
    A) heroin.
    B) caffeine.
    C) PCP.
    D) LSD.
    Pretty sure its caffeine since its in everything.
    47.
    The brain waves that predominate at any given time depend on a person’s state of consciousness.
    A) True
    B) False
    Not too sure for this one.
    48.
    Sleep occurs in a cycle that lasts about 5 minutes.
    A) True
    B) False
    Im guessing true. But i dont think im right for this one.
    49.
    Teens naturally fall asleep later and wake up later than younger children do.
    A) True
    B) False
    Im pretty sure this one is TRUE. Because i always sleep late, And most teens do.
    50.
    All people are easily hypnotized.
    A) True
    B) False
    Im thinking false.

    Could anyone help correct me?

    • ANSWER:
      39.
      Delta brain waves occur when you are
      A) sleeping deeply.

      40.
      Possible reasons we need sleep include
      A) rest and repair of the body.

      41.
      How many hours of sleep each day does the average teen need?
      C) 9–10

      42.
      A sleep disorder in which a person repeatedly stops breathing and briefly wakes up throughout the night is called
      C) sleep apnea.

      43.
      During hypnosis, a person is
      B) sleeping deeply.

      44.
      Outcomes of meditation include
      A) reduced blood pressure.

      45.
      Nicotine is an example of a
      B) stimulant drug.
      C) depressant drug.

      low dosage = stimulant
      high dosage = depressant

      46.
      The most widely used psychoactive drug is
      B) caffeine.

      47.
      The brain waves that predominate at any given time depend on a person’s state of consciousness.
      A) True
      B) False
      Not too sure for this one.

      48.
      Sleep occurs in a cycle that lasts about 5 minutes.
      B) False

      49.
      Teens naturally fall asleep later and wake up later than younger children do.
      A) True

      50.
      All people are easily hypnotized.
      B) False

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet for increasing my energy level throughout the day?
    I'm trying to combat fatigue during the day without resorting to caffeinated beverages or prescription pills. Obviously, a healthy amount of sleep every night is necessary. Fine, but I'm mainly wondering what I can do on the dieting side.

    What should I cut or reduce from my diet to increase my energy levels during the day?

    I'm not trying to lose weight, gain weight, reduce high blood pressure, or anything else health conscious. I just care about increasing energy levels without caffeine or amphetamines.

    I heard no sugar that doesn't occur naturally like in fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Okay, so I won't consume cereals, cookie, candy, ice cream, and soda. What else? What about soy milk? Is soy itself bad? Do artificial sweeteners (i.e. diet sodas) also count?

    I also heard to avoid wheat. I don't get that one. Wrong type of carbs? What kinds of carbs should I be eating, and what types of grains are good for that? How much worse is jasmine/rose rice than brown rice? What about couscous and pasta? Are there any types of breads I can eat?

    I know to avoid dark or red meat, too, but am also not sure why. Is if fat/cholesterol content? Do I need to be watching fat intake?

    What about sodium? That seems a little unavoidable, isn't it? How much should I reduce, or do I need to worry about it at all?

    If you can answer even one of these questions, I'd be grateful. Also, please keep in mind that I'm barely making more than what I was on unemployment, so, although I'd love to keep my fridge full of fresh salmon, I need a more budget-conscious approach.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Eat small meals every 2-3 hours. Protein and carb combo. Steady blood sugar = steady energy! Try it- you'll be amazed!

  23. QUESTION:
    Lowering My Cholesterol Naturally?
    I had routine blood work done when I went to get my physical in June, here are my results.

    Triglycerides: 105 (supposed to be less than 200)
    Blood Sugar: 87 (Supposed to be between 70-110)
    HDL (good cholesterol) 58 (supposed to be greater than 34)
    LDL( BAD cholesterol) 144 (supposed to be less than 130)

    Total Cholesterol 223 (supposed to be less than 200)

    That being said, I'm in over-all excellent health except my cholesterol, I just started a running regimen, and would like to know if running and good diet reduce my cholesterol by next June when I get retested. Any suggestions for diet are also welcome.

    Additional Information

    Blood pressure: Consistantly at 120/65

    I'm a 20 year old female. For exercise I just started running/walking until I can distance run, also do sit ups. Non-smoker, I don't drink, and I don't use drugs.
    No beer, I don't drink. Sex, I already do it more than 3 times a week with my husband, and chocolate I don't eat by choice because I don't enjoy it :p sorry. I need to try the oatmeal I guess :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to lower your Cholesterol naturally just eat
      a bowl of cooked oatmeal, one bowl in the morning and
      one in the evening.
      Not the instant stuff that you make with boiling water.
      It really does work.
      I hope that this helps

  24. QUESTION:
    Should I be induced at 40w2d or 41w2d?
    I am now 39 weeks and had an appointment as well as another ultrasound today. My belly has been measuring behind by 3 cm throughout my entire pregnancy, so my doctor has kept a close eye on how my little girl is developing...right now she is a healthy 7 lbs 6 oz, give or take a pound. (That's how much the ultrasound tech she could be off by.) He also schedule my induction for next Tuesday, the 27th at 8:00 p.m. when I will be 40 weeks and 2 days. He has opted to do it then (for now) because my blood pressure was significantly higher than last week and he has concerns about me developing preeclampsia. However, I have an appointment on Wednesday to check my blood pressure again and if it's back to normal, he has suggested that we wait until 41 weeks and 2 days to induce, but he has given me the option to continue with the plans to induce 1 week earlier.

    I am so torn! Obviously my blood pressure might make the decision for me (because if it's still high then the induction date he set will stick) but if it drops back into the normal range, I can't decide between wanting to have my little girl here sooner (and not be pregnant anymore!!!!) or to give my body an extra week to do it's thing and possibly have this baby "naturally", reducing the risk of a long labor and/or c-section.

    What would you do if you were me and why?
    baby natalie - LOL Yeah, another surprise at my appointment today, apparently my due date has been the 25th this whole time! At my 19 weeks gender ultrasound, they told me it was the 22nd, but evidently they still go by the first ultrasound, which was the 25th. So I've been wrong this whole time! I know it's silly because it's only off by a few days, but I was really disappointed!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I was induced about 2 weeks before my due date! I was actually really suprised because my labor and delivery was really smooth, even though they had to keep increasing my dose of Petocin. with my first, they only had to give me a very small amount of petocin to jumpstart my labor. I actually liked having it that way because I could kinda "plan' for the day, have everything ready, and I managed to get a shower before I went to the hospital! lol. My little girl ended up being 7lbs 8oz (not too big) and labor was very quick (although this is my 2nd). Yeah, baby is pretty much just putting on weight by now, and if your blood pressure is fluxuating, it would probably be best for you and baby to get it over with, just to avoid any last minute problems. Just my opinion though!

      Good Luck! =) Been thinkin bout ya!

  25. QUESTION:
    How to lower creatinine levels?
    I have been a Diabetic for 25 years. During the last several years my creatinine level has been increasing (baseline was 1.4 in 2005, last was 2.8 12/2008). I am under the care of a nephrologist who has me on several blood pressure meds. However, I was wondering if there is anyone out here that has been able to reduce their creatinine levels naturally or with vitamins/supplements. I have heard of a supplement called Kidney Well II that is said to help. Thoughts? Thanks for your help.

    Michael

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, but the rising creatinine level is a marker for failing kidney function, so the question is really how you can make your kidney better. I should think your nephrologist is already doing his best.
      As far as Kidney Well II is concerned I think you should look at the bottom of the webpage
      http://www.goutwell.com/KidWellInfo.html

      where it says:
      *Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to
      diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

      In other words - don't waste your money.

  26. QUESTION:
    could someone help me please with health?
    This type of medicine relieves pain, and an example is acetaminophen.

    antihistamine
    analgesic
    vaccine

    hormone

    Question 2
    This type of medicine increases alertness and is often used for people who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

    hormone
    antibiotic
    stimulant
    antacid

    Question 3
    A steroid anti-inflammatory medicine such as ____________can reduce inflammation and itching of the skin.

    amoxicillin
    insulin
    acetaminophen
    cortisone cream

    Question 4
    _________________are available over-the-counter.

    Analgesics and antibiotics
    Hormones and stimulants
    Antacids and antihistamines
    Vaccines and sedatives

    Question 5
    Antacids

    work against stomach acids which can cause heartburn.
    kill bacteria.
    are used to treat heart problems.
    prevent infections.

    Question 6 Which sequence below accurately depicts the correct order in which drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

    test on animals; test on human volunteers; test on cell cultures; clinical trials
    test on cell cultures; test on animals; test on human volunteers; clinical trials
    test on animals; test on cell cultures; test on human volunteers; clinical trials
    test on cell cultures; test on animals; clinical trials; test on human volunteers

    Question 7
    When a doctor prescribes a prescription medicine for you, which of the following information is NOT included on the label?

    the dose (how much of the medicine you should take)
    when you should take the medicine and how often
    the length of time you should take the medicine
    cell cultures and animal trials that were done on this drug

    Question 8
    Which of the following statement(s) best describes the way drugs can change how neurons communicate with each other in the brain?

    Drugs can act like neurotransmitters.
    Drugs can block neurotransmitters.
    Drugs can change the amount of neurotransmitters in a synapse.
    All of the above.

    Question 9
    Which sequence below accurately depicts the correct order of the path to addiction?

    tolerance, drug use, dependence, addiction
    drug use, tolerance, dependence, addiction
    drug use, dependence, tolerance, addiction
    drug use, addiction, dependence, tolerance

    Question 10
    Alcohol is considered a drug because it

    is made from naturally occurring substances such as sugar.
    causes dehydration.
    causes a change in a person’s physical and emotional state.
    all of the above.

    Question 11
    Which statement is true about alcohol?

    Alcohol has no harmful short-term effects on the body.
    Alcohol has no long-term effects on the body.
    Alcohol has many short-term and long-term effects on the body.
    Alcohol is not a drug.

    Question 12
    Which of the following is NOT a long-term effect of alcohol use?

    brain damage
    cirrhosis, liver cancer, hepatitis
    irregular heart beat, high blood pressure and anemia
    increased risk of emphysema

    Question 13
    A person who cannot drink alcohol in moderation is called a(n)

    enterpriser.
    problem drinker.
    entrepreneur.
    entertainer.

    Question 14
    When a drinker’s body needs alcohol to function normally, this person is in the third stage of alcoholism which is called

    tolerance.
    problem drinking.
    dependence.
    alcoholism.

    Question 15
    Joey feels he needs to drink more each day to experience the same effect. He is in the second stage of alcoholism which is called tolerance.

    True
    False

    Question 16
    When a drinker has lost control of his or her drinking behavior he or she is in the second stage of alcoholism.

    True
    False

    Question 17
    If teens are caught violating zero tolerance laws, they can be arrested.

    True
    False

    Question 18
    Good refusal skills can help you resist the pressure to use alcohol.

    True
    False

    Question 19
    Tobacco products include cigarettes, pipes, snuff, chewing tobacco, and cigars.

    True
    False

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, kiddo. You'll have to do your own homework. I was going to give you some answers until i saw that you couldn't answer #19. C'mon - don't be such a slacker.

  27. QUESTION:
    Im 16 and weigh almost 17 stone, Please help me diet!?
    Hello, I am 16 years old and live an unhealthy lifestyle, I only exercise in the walking distance from my classes and I rarely go out other than getting drunk on occasional weekends with buddies. I am naturally broad shouldered I have big bones however this is no excuse. I am fat. I have a double chin which is beginning to get bigger and quite honestly I hate not being able to take my top of in public! I can't go to the gym because my mum has high blood pressure and cant go with me I am looking for a diet that will make me lose weight and keep it off I love water and I am definitely thinking about power dieting. My family are all big, whether it's a metabolism gene or just eating habits we are all fat it's the way we are. I really need your help on this! Thanks for reading! More info on my lifestyle that may help is: my blood pressure is: 184 over 107 and I got p 85 bearing in mind I just went up and down the stairs to get the reader and i'm nervous. Please help me! I want a method that will especially reduce my chin size it's about a centimeter or three from being ok :)

    PS: My family all have high blood pressure, no other conditions apart from a grandpa with diabetes I think

    I just took another blood pressure reading and got 172 over 100 with P 89 that should be better as I was more relaxed. I tookt his reading while sitting upright with my arm above my chest, Please help me! I prefer less food rather than more exercize as I am embarrased to go out I prefer less food and maybe 10 situps a day or 50 or whatever you like.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I know how you feel. I have been overweight (even obese) my entire life (literally, since I was 2) and all my family is the same. I'm not sure that it's a gene so much as it is habits. Any time my family gathers together, there is SO MUCH FOOD. And it isnt just one meal.... we continually stuff our faces, as there are always cakes and dips and other munchies sitting around. You grow up watching this and learning that this the way it is supposed to be.... not only that, but you learn to associate food, especially high fat, high sugar food, with being happy and comfortable (since you are around family when you eat the most), so anytime you are unhappy or uncomfortable, the first response is to eat. But, like you, I decided I had to do something about it.

      For your diet, portion control is one of the biggest things. Think of all the "naturally skinny" people you know. You probably see them eating the same things you do. The difference is that they dont eat as much. Dont cut out any one food group (this is where most people try to convince you that carbs are the devil). If you do, you wont stick with it and as soon as you eat normally again, you'll gain the weight back. You can eat a lot of the same things you already do, just try to find the lower calorie options. Examples include low fat sour cream, skinless chicken, and extra lean mince beef. Measure/weigh everything you eat to make sure you're getting the right serving. Another thing is to make things at home. I love curry. But instead of getting the huge, greasy ones from the take away, I make it at home. I also love Chinese food. I buy the Uncle Ben's sweet & sour sauce and a pack of ready made spring rolls (only eat 1 though!) and have a nice Chinese meal. I know this is a bit detailed, I just want you to understand that drastic changes and eating bland, nasty food is unnecessary. You can eat things you enjoy (including a cheat day once in a while) and still lose weight, just be smart about it.

      As far as exercise, try to make little changes whenever possible. When I first started losing weight, the only change I made in activity was to walk to the store every day instead of taking the bus. It was quite a long little walk (a mile there, a mile back) but it was completely free. Offer to go for your mom every day... it'll take one extra stress from her and will allow you to get exercise and plan your meals every day. Aside from that, make any other little changes that you can, like taking the stairs instead of the lift. If you are super motivated, get a workout DVD (I used the Biggest Loser New Year New You). It combines weights and cardio and allows you to build over time, or have a short workout if you dont have much time.

      Losing weight isnt that complicated, especially in the beginning. It's more about determination in the early stages. Just remember that it takes time and every little change will have a positive impact.

      Good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    What more can I do to be healthy?
    A series of health emergencies among relatives recently spurred me into motion to make myself a healthier person.
    I have drastically reduced the volume of food I take in out of an attempt to counter-act my naturally slow metabolism. I now eat one meal a day at roughly 4:30pm. Normally this consists of one serving of fruit, 2 servings of vegetables, one serving of meat, one serving of dairy, and 2 servings of breads or pastas. If I get hungry throughout the day I snack on a head of lettuce that I keep in the fridge. I also walk 2 miles a day simply to get to lectures on time.
    I'm 5'11" and weigh almost 250lbs. so I am fairly obese. I have a BMI of 34.2 and I am hoping to reduce that to approximately a 25.8.
    My heart rate is low, and my blood pressure is within healthy levels, but my family has a rather extensive history of diabetes and heart disease that I would like to avoid.
    I do not smoke, drink alcohol, or take any other form of illegal or prescription drug. I do however take in an inordinate amount of caffeine in various forms. This being the only vice I have not been able to part with yet. I am, however, attempting to shift to caffeinated teas rather than carbonated sodas.

    After almost 2 months of this, I have yet to notice any significant loss of weight, or even a feeling of well being. In contrast, I have actually been struck by a severe case of insomnia.

    Am I doing something wrong? If not, what additional steps can I take? any and all suggestions are welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. You are doing just about everything wrong. You should never only eat one meal a day. This screws up your metabolism. Moreover, larger people have generally faster metabolisms. The whole "fat people have slow metabolisms" line of thought is a myth. The more you weigh, the faster your body has to burn calories to function. Think about it: 1 step for you, takes far more energy than it would for someone who is 130 lbs. People who are overweight tend to eat too much and/or use unhealthy crash diets (like you are doing) to lose weight. You need to eat small meals throughout the day that contain 200- 400 calories adding up to a calorie range that is between 1,200 and 2,000 (if you need to lose weight you probably should stay around 1,400. Never skip breakfast. Eat lots of fruits and veggies (plain, no salt, butter or dressing), lean meats, some good fats (avocado, a few nuts, a little olive oil) light/fat free dairy and whole grains. Do not eat anything packaged, processed or high in salt or sugar. Don't eat any processed sugar. In general, you should avoid packaged food, even if it says light or diet. Also, drink plenty of water (at least 8 glasses per day, cut out juice and soda and drink tea without anything in it or just a little honey and lemon or skim milk. On top of this, the average person walks about 1-3 miles per day. This is not near sufficient exercise, but rather normal everyday movement. You should be doing at least a half an hour of cardio at your target heart rate along with weight and resistance training 4-6 days per week. Talk to your doctor, a nutritionist and/or a trainer. They should be able to help put you on a good schedule/plan.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it actually bad for pills to fight fever and inflammation in a common cold? And am I doing right?
    I´ve been wondering. Is it actually better in a common cold to try to fight it off naturally (warming yourself, not being exposed to cold temperatures too long if possible, vitamin C, lots of fluids, etc) and let the body produce its own reactions such as a fever (heating the body to kill the germs in the system) and inflammation which brings lymphocytes to defend the person?

    Because I feel pills actually FIGHT against these natural reactions of the body (i.e: bring down a fever or inflammation) leaving the body actually exposed since its not letting it do its job? Also because pills for common cold treat the SYMPTOMS not the cold itself.

    Or am I wrong? This is just some reasoning I´ve been trying to understand but I would like someone more experienced in the medical or pharmaceutical field to help clear my doubts.

    Atm I have a cold that has given me the following symptoms: lots of congestion, very mild soar throat, very mild sporadic ear pain, no fever whats so ever, tiredness. I wouldn´t say I´m too bad I´m able to do every day things, I don´t feel cold or anything. What bothers me more is the congestion and tiredness.

    The Dr, told me to take Fexofanadine ever 12hr and Ibuprofen every 8hr. However investigation I feel it is not right for me as through the websites I´ve consulted Ibuprofen is to reduce headaches and pains (I dont have any) and also can cause heart problems which I am 19 years old and with high blood pressure. And the fexofenadine is an antihestimite (sp?) which I feel is also not appropriate as my body actually NEEDS to release these things to defend itself NOT cease them. I´ve stopped taking them.

    Is my reasoning some what right or am I completley wrong?? THANKS!!
    For example if my body needs fever and inflammation why would I actually want through pills to STOP the body from doing this if it will actually do me good?

    Of course one obviously feels better taking pills, but I feel that "feeling" is actually masked. Much like taking Vodka in Russia ¨masks¨you to feel hot while you are actually going into hypothermia.

    • ANSWER:
      There is some disagreement about whether or not fever is actually advantageous to getting over an illness - in theory, it does help the immune system's function, and may impede the proliferation of bacteria (this wouldn't be relevant in the case of the common cold, which is a viral illness), but it's also unpleasant. As long as you keep adequately hydrated (fever causes you to lose fluids faster), you probably would be ok letting a fever run its course. The exception is high fevers (over 104 F or so), where you definitely want to bring the temperature down, as it can directly harm many areas of the body.
      As far as the sore throat and congestion, that won't really do anything to help fight the cold - that's more just a reaction - inflammation causes the soft tissues to swell in your throat, which is uncomfortable, and excess fluid and inflammation in the nasal passages leads to congestion. The fexofenadine (antihistamine) might help somewhat with the symptoms of the congestion, and the ibuprofen will mainly help with the sore throat and painful ears (since you say you don't have a fever). If you feel ok without taking them, then of course don't feel like you need to - but if you decide you could use some relief from your symptoms, you won't be fighting against yourself by taking them either.

  30. QUESTION:
    someone please please help me...?
    1. Jamie has the flu. She is uncomfortable and reaches out for flu medication, which is supposed to make her more comfortable. But her sister who is taking a course in Anatomy and Physiology informs her that having a fever might actually be beneficial. Pick the statement that is incorrect regarding the benefits of fever: (immunity)
    (a)Fever can retard (slow down) the multiplication of certain pathogens
    (b)Fever increases the metabolic rate of the body thereby encouraging immune reactions
    (c)Fever slows down the action of interferons
    (d)Fever can help promote tissue repair by retarding the physical activities of the host

    2. Little Joseph is bitten by a stray dog and he is rushed to the ER. The attending physician gives him an antiserum with anti-rabies antibodies. Joseph is provided with _________ type of immunity: (immunity)
    (a)naturally acquired active immunity
    (b)naturally acquired passive immunity
    (c)artificially acquired active immunity
    (d)artificially acquired passive immunity

    3. Oneka’s village has been struck by famine and like many other children of her village, she too shows signs of starvation (her arms and legs are really frail and her abdomen is swollen). All of the following statements correctly describe the physiological basis of her condition EXCEPT: (blood)
    (a)Hypoproteinemia has caused water to leave her blood vessels by osmosis
    (b)Lowered levels of albumin in her plasma have contributed greatly to lower than normal blood osmolarity.
    (c)Lowered levels of fibrinogen in her plasma have contributed greatly to lower than normal blood osmolarity.
    (d)Low protein intake has led to reduced synthesis of albumin resulting in lowered blood osmolarity

    4. If the oxygen level in the blood is 100 mmHg and the oxygen level in the alveoli is 140 mmHg: (Respiration)
    (a)oxygen moves by simple diffusion from the alveoli into the blood
    (b)oxygen moves by simple diffusion from the blood into the alveoli
    (c)oxygen moves by active transport from the alveoli into the blood
    (d)oxygen moves by active transport from the blood into the alveoli
    5. A recent news item reported a nurse who was suspected of killing his patients using an overdose of vecuronium, which is a skeletal muscle relaxant normally used in limited quantities during surgery. The victims stopped breathing and died quietly in their sleep because vecuronium causes: (Respiration)
    (a)massive vasodilation, leading to circulatory shock
    (b)relaxation of the heart muscle, leading to death
    (c)relaxation of the diaphragm, which makes inhalation impossible
    (d)constriction of the bronchioles thereby cutting off air supply to the lungs

    6. Susan is an obese patient who has recently had a partial gastrectomy. She must be given Vitamin B12 injections in order to prevent pernicious anemia because: (Digestive system)
    1.vitamin B12 is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin
    2.intrinsic factor produced by the stomach is necessary for the absorption of Vitamin B12
    3.an oral administration of Vitamin B12 might be ineffective in this case
    4.The stomach is stimulated to produce above normal levels of intrinsic factor

    7. Mr. Ray has been diagnosed with atherosclerosis (the formation of plaque and subsequent hardening of the arteries) of the carotid artery. His cardiologist suggests stenting of the carotid artery. The advantage of stenting directly impacts the relationship between: (blood vessels)
    (a) blood flow and blood pressure
    (b) blood flow and vessel length
    (c) blood flow and viscosity
    (d) blood flow and vessel radius

    8. Jacqui finally quit smoking, but the damage done over the years has resulted in her having to go to the hospital for sever pneumonia on a recurring basis. The pneumonia is bad enough because it makes it harder to breathe, but sometimes it gets so bad that it actually causes her blood pH to shift. Then she has: (Acid base balance)

    (a)metabolic alkalosis
    (b)metabolic acidosis
    (c)respiratory acidosis
    (d)respiratory alkalosis

    9. Michael has severe pernicious anemia. He frequently resists taking his vitamin B12 shots and ends up in the hospital complaining of shortness of breath. In order to compensate for the lack of RBCs (and therefore O2 carrying capacity) he ends up breathing more deeply and rapidly. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to a change in his plasma pH. If so, he has: (Acid base balance)
    (a)metabolic alkalosis
    (b)respiratory acidosis
    (c)metabolic acidosis
    (d)respiratory alkalosis
    10. Baby Carrie is born with an opening called Foramen ovale in the septum or wall between the ventricles. Which of the following is a likely consequence? (Heart)
    (a)pumping of blood through the body will be more efficient because pressure from both ventricles will be added together
    (b)deoxygenated blood will be sent to the body
    (c)hemorrhage due to loss of blood from the hole in the heart
    (d)this is normal, there would be no significant consequence

    • ANSWER:
      Rofl,

      Agree with thisbrit.
      Quick google search reveals some answers pretty quick.

      Thats pretty lazy guy, But hey Props for trying.

      Give google/Yahoo/Msn live a shot you'll get your answers pretty quick.

  31. QUESTION:
    Will eating bananas help with blasting sodium (salt) from my diet?
    Bananas are the best kind of fruit known for being chock-full of potassium, which i think is essential for knocking all that sodium from our American diets? As humans, we need sodium too, but the foods that Americans eat contain way too much of it. The high-sodium content of our foods may be partly responsible for our high blood-pressures and high cholesterol-levels. So i wonder...will eating more bananas help at all in this regard? What other fruits contain (a lot of) potassium? Can they also be found in some vegetables?

    I wonder if these will help in that regard also:
    http://www.webmd.com/healthy-heart-jump-start/about-promise-supershots
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    "How to make a cheeseburger:
    1) Make hamburger-bun batter (don't forget to add salt!); transfer to salted baking-pans and bake. Top it off with sesame-seeds (naturally salty).
    2) Spread mayonaise (eggs, oil, salt), ketchup (tomatoes, vinegar, salt), & mustard (mustard, salt) on buns.
    3) Cook salted beef-patties on salted, greased-up griddle-pan.
    4) Add lettuce (wash in salt-water first), tomatoes (salted, of course), and onions (awashed in salt to reduce acidity).
    5) Add cheese (milk, salt) and pickles (cucumber, vinegar, salt).
    6) Would you like fries (deep fried potatoes, salted the life out of) and Gatorade (electrolytes & salt) with that??

    • ANSWER:
      It's not just American diets that contain sodium it's any countries diet that has a high use of packaged foods as salt is used as a preservative resulting in the allowance of things to stay good longer. Sodium has no effect on cholesterol but does effect blood pressure. If you want to counter act the high sodium levels the best way to do it is to drink more water and eat more potassium as you will pee out the sodium and potassium when you drink more water. I cut and pasted a list of foods which contain higher levels of potassium below.

      * raisins
      * prunes
      * apricots
      * dates
      * strawberries
      * bananas
      * watermelon
      * cantaloupe
      * citrus fruits
      * beets
      * greens
      * spinach
      * tomatoes
      * mushrooms
      * soy products
      * veggie burgers
      * peas
      * beans
      * turkey
      * fish
      * beef
      * salmon
      * cod


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  1. QUESTION:
    Can i get some tips on naturally lowering High blood pressure?
    IM IN MY EARLY TENTIES AND IM TRYIN TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL EARLY..........

    • ANSWER:
      My mother & step-father have HBP. They are both taking Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements. They have only taken it for a few weeks & said that their bp has significantly lowered.

      Also things like caffeinated & alcholic drinks will raise bp. Take in moderation.

      An old wives tale that I am not too sure about is vinegar. Take a teaspoon of vinegar a day. Yuck, but lots of people say that it works.

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  2. QUESTION:
    Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally?
    First off, I'm not fat, I don't drink, smoke or eat junk food. I follow an organic vegetarian diet and don't use any salt on my food. I exercise daily when I take my dogs out for a walk, and do yoga, tai chi and jog 3 times a week.

    Still, with all of that, my blood pressure sometimes gets to 187/112, although it generally falls between 138/ 98 to 152/90. I feel really sick when it gets high, and I don't want to have a heart attack or stroke.

    My doctor gave me a prescription, but after reading up on the side effects, I don't want to take it. I would rather take something natural to deal with this.

    Many thanks ahead of time for your suggestions
    Also, my carotid arteries are fine, and I don't have high cholesterol. there is nothing 'structurally' wrong with me that could be causing this. All my tests (including an MRI) came back normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Sea salt - the real stuff, not the processed white stuff they sell in many stores. Label should have 80+ minerals and trace minerals.

  3. QUESTION:
    Lowering blood pressure naturally?
    So long story short, my meds are gone for 2 days up to 2 weeks, I'm not sure which yet.

    So how do I go about lowering this without meds, b/c even WITH meds it gets high..

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some natural cure for high blood pressure:

      1. Smoking and coffee raises your blood pressure temporarily, so if you are having your blood pressure taken, avoid drinking coffee or smoking at least 30 minutes before the reading. If you are a smoker, you should know this puts you at greater risk for developing high blood pressure than a non-smoker.

      2. When you constantly check your blood pressure and it gives a high reading every time, that is when you need to be alarmed. Sometimes other medications you are taking may influence your blood pressure.

      3. Changes lifestyle and diet that you can make to lower your risk of developing and even preventing high blood pressure.
      - Limit alcohol to two drinks per day or even less
      - Lower your fat intake to less than 30%
      - Limit added salt and be mindful of sodium content in prepared foods
      - Exercise regularly at a moderate level of intensity several times a week
      - Maintain a healthy weight and lose weight if needed
      - Stop smoking

      4. Be sure you get at least 1000 mg (milligrams) of calcium every day. Good sources are dairy products, broccoli, canned salmon, figs, tofu and kale

      5. You also need 2500-3000 mg of potassium daily. Get that from fresh veggies and fruit, nuts and dairy 6roducts. Look for low fat brands of dairy products.

      6. Get 350-400 mg of magnesium daily. You’ll find it in dark green veggies, whole grains, seafood, legumes, nuts, and soybeans.

      7. Get a good night’s sleep. Inadequate sleep can actually raise your blood pressure even higher if you already have hypertension.

      8. Relax more. Reduce the stress in your life, particularly if you have risk factors for high blood pressure. Consider taking up yoga or meditation to learn how to relax.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood pressure naturally?
    I was blessed to have high blood pressure, genetically. Both of my parents have it. I really don't want to have take drugs to lower it. Does anyone know natural remedies for lowering blood pressure. I'm not talking about the obvious things like diet, excersise, reducing stress etc. I'm looking for specific foods or vitamins or sleeping positions. Weird stuff that possibly works. I'll try it if it's not harmful! Thanks for your input!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this would qualify as weird or not. Here is a device,FDA approved, you might want to try...http://www.resperate.com/us/welcome/index.aspx

  5. QUESTION:
    What's the best method to lower high blood pressure naturally ?
    Aside from the obvious methods of eating right, exercises and lowering salt intake. Are there any natural herbs or remedies that can lower really high blood pressure quickly ? I'm talking really high as in 180 over 110.. Heart attack stroke kinda blood pressure. Thanks for your replies.. God bless you !

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids lower blood pressure better than anything I've ever seen or heard about.

      Salmon oil capsules have the most amount of fatty acids per gram of all fish.{WARNING- Watch the amounts of total daily Vitamin A levels from all supplements and don't exceed 25,000 IUs per day. IUs are international units and is a measure of volume and Mgs are a measure of wight.} I would alternate with Flax Seed Oil,Evening Primrose Oil,Borage Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Garlic can lower pressure as well,but keep in mind it thins blood so don't take with blood thinners.

  6. QUESTION:
    Should i be worried about my health?? I have high blood pressure.?
    Heres the situation...I am 20 years old, 5' 10", 243 lbs. I am over weight, but NOT obese. I am a college baseball player and have a lot more muscle than fat. I believe that my father has high blood pressure, my mom has diabetes, my grandpa had diabetes when he was alive, I have asthma, i'm currently taking xopenex and albuterol. I just got my physical today for baseball and i believe i have a healthy heart. Blood pressure was 145/80, pulse was 63, the other day it was 59. No signs of any disease (kidney, heart, diabetes, whatever else they test with the urine sample). Everything was great except for the blood pressure. So my questions...
    #1. Should i be worried?
    #2. What can i take that naturally lowers blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep track of it. My boyfriend, who was normally very healthy had a bad, jarring fall many years ago on ice and we think it knocked his heart out of whack....ended up in E.R. overnite 2 times. He took coumadin for a year, weaned himself off, and didn't go to a dr. or monitor his pressure. About a yr or so ago, he wasn't feeling good, running out of breath, and finally had his pressure checked. Was waaaaaay up there and his pulse was over 210. Ended up in cardiac ICU for 6 days, and now on 7 meds. Part of the reason is the pressure caused his heart walls to thicken.......Here's more info:
      http://www.ezinearticles.com/?Lower-Blood-Pressure-Naturally&id=703274

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to lower you blood pressure naturally?
    I have High blood pressure and would like to find some natural ways of lowering it without taking so many damn pills.

    • ANSWER:
      No salt. None.

      Drink lots of water.

      Exercise.

      Lose weight.

      De-stress. (Yeah, I know.)

  8. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure during pregnancy?
    I have had high blood pressure since the beginning of my pregnancy, my highest blood pressure was 158/80, that started at 10 weeks. Since then it's lowered to 112/80. My question is, what have your doctors done for high blood pressure. My doctor discusses risks of having high blood pressure, and told me if it remained high she would prescribe me blood pressure medication. I've done some reading and from what I've read some doctors go over better eating habits/exercises to do to try to lower the blood pressure naturally, I guess my overall question is... What did your doctor do for your high blood pressure? Is it normal my doctor didn't discuss natural ways to lower blood pressure? Also I'm curious to know what my blood pressure should be at during pregnancy? And will I stay high risk if my blood pressure continues to go down?
    My doctor did discuss pre eclampsia with me. I did a 24hr protein test, that came back normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Your first reading 158/80 is slightly high, at least the top number is, however, the second reading is perfect.I don't understand why your doctor is telling you that you have HBP, you don't! Get a second opinion and you will see that if your readings are 112/80 on average then they are perfectly fine.
      There's a a cause for concern if you BP is 140+/90+
      At 5 months I developed HBP during my first pregnancy and my reading were high 140/90, sometimes higher. I was placed on meds and the doctor reassured me that there was nothing I could do to lower my BP besides relaxing and not stressing.
      If your pressure goes down you should not be considered high risk.

  9. QUESTION:
    why would I still have high blood pressure on these doses of medications?
    For starters, I realize what causes high blood pressure and how it can be naturally lowered through diet, exercise, etc. and the importance of doing this. My question really relates more to why there would be no change despite significant changes in the dosages of my medications and to my diet, etc.

    The background info is that I was started on high blood pressure medications a couple of years ago--but not for high blood pressure. I was prescribed Verapamil ER, 120 mg once per day to prevent headaches, a common off-label use of this medication. Over the last few years though, I have started seeing a neurologist/pain management doctor who specializes in hard to treat chronic daily headaches. In the time since I started seeing this doctor, she has significantly (though slowly and cautiously) raised my dosage of the Verapamil ER to my current dose of 120 mg three times per day. She also (again slowly/cautiously) added Inderal...starting at 40mgs per day to my current (cont...)
    Inderal dosage of 80 mgs 4 times per day. I work in a medical setting and know that most people on this much of these two medications would likely have significant side effects on these dosages. Commonly people would be very tired, lethargic, etc. due to low blood pressure given the amount of blood pressure lowering agents taken each day....but not only is that not the case for me, but I actually have not seen any drop in my blood pressure throughout the last couple of years---not even the few times the dose was raised by large amounts. In fact, although I did not have high blood pressure at the time these medications were started, I will now often have boderline-high blood pressure (140/90) when it is checked despite the amount of these meds. I do take several other medications...but none of which are known to cause hypertension (though some are known to lower BP) because my doctor is very cautious and expresses concern that it is still so high (see more add. details....)
    despite the doses of the meds I am already on. When I first started seeing this doctor, it would have made sense if I had high blood pressure because I was eating very poorly, not exercising at all, and almost constantly in pain. Since that time, she has been able to get my headaches under control to a greater extent than before and was able to determine that much of the pain is actually due to a sleep disorder that does not allow the muscles to really rest properly at night...though through treatment I have seen great improvements in all of the symptoms (though not 100% by any means) and I have been eating a more balanced, lower sodium diet because this has also helped with the pain management...but again, I did not have high blood pressure before but now---despite all the BP lowering meds, and despite a better diet and losing 80 pounds, I continue to have boderline-high BP numbers on a regular basis.

    Any thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas why this is the case?

    Thanks for any info.
    Sorry...just saw a response RE: age info/health background

    I am a 25 y/o female with a diagnosis of migraines that seem to be more closely linked to a sleep disorder that causes muscular pain and significantly lowers my pain tolerance threshold when I go through bad periods. I have no other really significant health problems except for several bouts of kidney stones--one was pretty big (5.6 mm) and the rest have all been pretty small.

    I have spoken to my primary care doctor about the problem (which was the specialist's suggestion) and he did not seem very concerned based on the fact that it is not always that high...though since I have been keeping track, it rarely goes below 125/87 and usually averages approx. 133/88--and in truth, I very rarely ever see my primary care doc.

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      1st, if the avg is 133/88, it is not bad...yet. Kudos for wanting to keep it healthy. 2nd, I wonder, have you had a sleep study? Undiagnosed sleep apnea (wether central or obstructive) can cause hypertension. 3rd, and probably less likely, would be something less common like a renal artery stenosis. As another response stated, thoses meds are not the best for blood pressure.

      Side note: See your primary doc more often and find out why he isn't concerned about your blood pressure. He might be able to help you figure something out or be able to say which specialist to see.

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    Have you lowered your blood pressure WITHOUT prescription meds??
    Since I have a family history of high blood pressure, I'd like to know ahead of time what I might do to lower it. If I follow in my mother's footsteps, it will start to rise as I enter menopause. I do exercise, have a good weight, and am healthy...but if it does go up (which I AM starting to see!!), I'd rather not use prescription meds and would like to lower it naturally. A friend lowered her blood pressure using sea salt mixed in water. Do you have NATURAL, SUCCESSFUL ways to lower it??

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      your diet is most impotant, try and keep your colesterol down this will keep your BP lower

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    Tips for lowering my blood pressure?
    Okay, so here goes. I've always had high blood pressure... But it's gotten worse lately. I attribute it added stress at work... And the addition of a new baby who has had some health problems that has added to my stress. My son is good now, so hopefully that stress is in the past.

    I've cut out caffeine and alcohol entirely. I'm also increasing fruits and vegetables... And cutting down on red meat and processed foods that typically are high in sodium. I'm also running about 2 miles a day. I can drop about 20 pounds to get to my ideal weight. I want to control it naturally before I have my doctor put me on prescription meds.

    Is there any other advice I can get? Maybe specific foods or vitamins that will help...

    I appreciate your time.

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      seems like you're on the right track!!! continue to discipline yourself and you will reach your goal before you know it!

      Good Luck!

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    Blood pressure question?
    I would like an answer from people who actually have high blood pressure please.I refuse to take meds, Im watching my sodium and it has gone down but the bottom number is 105-115.How do I get that one to get lowered naturally not by scary drugs that the sight effects are worse then the actual problem?If I go into trucking as a career I need to pass a Dot physical and otherwise I have always been healthy.
    Also can altitude have any effect on BP? I live in the mountains and for some reason when Im down the hill it is lower.Still not good ,but lower
    Also can altitude have any effect on BP? I live in the mountains and for some reason when Im down the hill it is lower.Still not good ,but lower

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    Possible causes for memory loss of about 4.5 hours? One time occurrence.?
    Very close friend of mine experienced memory loss. Some facts: has been battling very bad cold much of week, hardly ate yesterday prior to loss of memory (granola bar & bowl of soup), lack of sleep, on blood pressure medication, has recently lost weight due to healthy dieting.

    No trauma to the head. No emotional triggers. Was able to answer questions about self - name, address, phone number. Remembers events of day up to a point when nothing is recalled. Remembers events after that block of time.

    Seemed unlike self during that time. Actions, conversation, and tone of voice were off - this coming from someone who knows this person very well, very closely.

    My theory: weight loss has naturally lowered the blood pressure, resulting in taking a dosage of medication that is too high. This, coupled with the body's fighting off a nasty cold and a lack of nourishment caused a drop in blood pressure that affected the brain's ability to function properly.

    Is this possible?

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      It can be a black out caused by excessive drinking.

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    i get heart palapatations?
    ok, i just found out a week ago that my blood pressure is about 148/80... so i have been eating EXTREMLY healthy in order to start lowering it....well i have been really stressed and depressed about having high blood pressure and i have been getting heart flutters or palipatations.... i was told that the palapatations are caused by anxiety and anemia, and i have BOTH... is that why i am noticing these flutters? i wanna do all i can to NATURALLY lower my blood pressure, and then i want to treat my anxiety when i get my insurance thru work in october... has anyone else gotten these from stress???
    also, can i buy a BP checker, like online?

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      Yes, you can buy a home BP monitor. And I suggest you do. As far as the palpitations, look for other causes as well. Cut out caffeine and anything that has ephedrine (cold medicines are a big culprit!). Look for sodas and teas that have caffeine and cuts those out of your diet. Good luck and make sure that as soon as you are able, get a regular doctor to have them check you and keep up with your issues. It's so important!
      Good Luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Lisinopril - Slight tingling, light-headedness and dizziness.?
    Info: I'm 15 years old and male. I am currently on propranolol 10mg 3 times a day (for months) and lisinopril 20mg once a day (for more than a month). I have high blood pressure caused by an increase in renin production. I have had blood tests, an mri, ECGs, kidney function tests, and stool samples. After having an appointment with a pediatric nephrologist, I was told that it was likely related to a growth-spurt, or another puberty-related change. That being said, I am hopefully going to be weaned off the medication after a year or two, depending on my improvement.

    Symptoms: I have been waking up due to feelings of dizziness/lightness. I experience tingling in my legs often as well. Also, I occasionally "gray out" slightly when I get up quickly from a lying position (and sometimes a sitting one). My blood pressure and pulse are being well-controlled. However, I have not had my blood-pressure checked in days, so I am thinking that my blood pressure is either naturally returning to normal and is being lowered further than it should be.

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  16. QUESTION:
    Should my heart pulse be at 111 when I'm walking about shopping?
    After I came back from work today, I decided to check my blood pressure - because I've been experiencing periods of light headiness the entire day. When I used the machine at Shoppers Drug Mart, everything came out on the normal/optimal range, except for the pulse. I wanted to speak to the pharmacist, but he seemed rather busy. Can someone shed some light on this? I'm naturally anxious when having to step outside of my house, which I think might be contributing to this, and I am taking Spironolactone - but, because it should be lowering the pulse I can't see it contributing to my pulse being high.
    I'd also like to add that I am a 23 year old male.

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      pulse rate of 111 is high. however, you are taking spironolactone, which is potassium sparing diuretics, meaning it is going to help you get rid of fluid out of your body by peeing out, but keeping the potassium in the body. with that being said, spironolactone does not work to lower your pulse directly; on the contrary, if you were getting rid of more fluid than you should, then you could get hypovolemic, meaning you have low total body fluid, including your blood. if you don't have enough blood volume, then your heart compensates that by beating fast to deliver the same amount of nutrients and oxygen to your body as you would with normal amount of blood volume. on top of that, if you are out of shape, it is not uncommon for a person's pulse rate to go up higher than normal, like 111 in this case while walking around shopping. light headedness is not normal, however, if you have low blood volume as i stated earlier, then that could be cause of that too. hard to say without knowing your blood pressure values, but i would get your spironolactone dose and frequency re-evaluated by your primary care physician, and also request a complete blood count (CBC) which tells us your blood volume, indirectly. keep track of your fluid intake also and bring it with you to your doctor.

  17. QUESTION:
    Editing help? 10 points to best helper.?
    I need this article I'm writting for work to retain all it's information, but hopefully flow better, and it also could use some rewording, so it doesn't sound as repetative. Also I haven't done an conclusion, so that would be helpful too... Thanks in advance.

    What health benefits does Craminals™ provide for my pet?

    Craminals™ harnesses the power of certified organic cranberries, an antioxidant-rich super food. Free radicals in the body are responsible for cell damage which can affect tissues, arteries and organs. The antioxidants in Cranimals™ Original helps maintain eye and organ function by preventing muscle deterioration caused by free radicals. Research also suggests that cranberries retain properties that fight cancer, boost immunity and contribute to digestive tract and urinary tract health. Cranberries have been classified as an anti-carcinogenic food, meaning they reduce the severity of cancer and or prevent it. In addition, cranberries are considered anti-angiogenic, simply put, they promote the healing of cells, keeping benign tumors from becoming malignant. Natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral assets contained within the berries boost overall immunity. Proanthocyanidins(PACs) found in cranberries also inhibits the overgrowth of Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), a naturally occurring bacteria found in the lower digestive tract, balancing the digestive system. Quinic acid obtained from cranberries, lowers the formation on calcium and magnesium phosphate crystals, which ultimately form kidney stones in the urinary tract. Anti-inflammatory properties possessed by cranberries also contribute to urinary tract health by improve the function of kidney capillaries (nephrons) which expel toxins from the blood stream.

    In addition to cranberries the Very Berry formula, contains raspberries and blueberries. Raspberries provide a unique molecule called Ellagitannins, which may destroy cancerous cells. Phenolic compounds, which can be found in blueberries, have been shown to relax blood vessels, reduce blood pressure and lower blood cholesterol. Similarly, blueberries can reverse age-related neurological defects by promoting cell restoration.

    Cranimals™ Vibe is a detoxification supplement, comprised of cranberries, dried seaweed and spirulina. Studies show that dried seaweed contains 10 to 20 times more vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids then vegetables grown on land. Seaweed also maintains heart health by clearing plaque buildup from arteries. Omega oils found in seaweed contribute to healthy skin, improve luster of the coat and decrease shedding. Spirulina is a blue-green algea commonly used for his detoxification capabilities. It has proven to be effective in aiding the production of red and white blood cells, promoting healing. Spirulina may also aid in the digestion and absorption of other vitamins and minerals, as well as lower cholesterol. Likewise, Chlorophyll, which gives seaweed and spirulina it’s green colour, is high in fibre, and aids in digestion.

    • ANSWER:
      You have done an excellent job of writing this article. Your research is obvious and there are no spelling, punctuation or grammar errors. It was a pleasure to read!

      Your question has two misspelled words though...

  18. QUESTION:
    Is this a good essay?
    Dear Senator Barbara Boxer,

    I am a student at Standley Middle School concerned with health, diseases caused by various meats, and animal cruelty. Animals are being slaughtered at 7 billion per year, and a 1.6 billion percentage is used for human consumption. The animals we eat today are abused and kept in factory farms or slaughterhouses, and bred in small places where they must live a horrifying life without their parents. By eating meat, we participate and encourage these horrible acts. It is finally time to take a stand and protect the environment and our animals by saying no.

    Although it is said that meat is especially healthy and valuable, as you can see it is not entirely necessary for your body. Meat carries many nutrients, as well as diseases and problems such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and general cancer. Fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains are all you really need to maintain a healthy organism. Vegetables and fruits are the main sources of nutrients and contain many vitamins and minerals which protect against the harmful diseases that meat provides and does not encourage animal cruelty. It may seem easy to be omnivorous and consume meat, while still protecting against it’s diseases. However, lack of complete vegetable intake is now believed to cause tumor diseases, cardiovascular disease, and degenerative diseases. By not eating meat, you’ll be eating fewer chemicals that are stuffed into the many meats we know today. Fortunately, vegetables contain vitamin A and C, which decreases your chances of cancer or any of the above listed diseases by 46%.

    Our body needs a lot of calcium, protein, fibers, carbohydrates and fats. Generally, fats are obtained from eating meats. However, meat only contains saturated fats, which come from animal sources, while plants and minerals contain healthy unsaturated fats which can easily substitute for fatty foods in order to maintain a healthy organism. Although a fiber-based diet lowers bad cholesterol, it also helps with digestion and comes from fresh fruits and whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice.

    If someone were to treat dogs and cats as other animals are treated in factory farms, they would be convicted for crime and put in jail, but what makes those other animals any less important? Today, the majority of these animals are kept in such cramped places that they can barely move, they are denied any veterinary care, abused and tortured while still conscious, and finally slaughtered. Today, farm animals do not have any legal rights the way household pets do. They are fed drugs to fatten or “spoil” them, which genetically alters them to grow at a much faster pace. Many of these animals are not slaughtered at all, but die within their own weight instead- gained from these various harmful, aging drugs. Centers for disease control state that “70-90% of chickens are infected before they are shipped to markets for sell.” Vegetarianism a healthier lifestyle that does not encourage the cruelty of these defenseless creatures.

    Although each animal suffers a great deal of pain, they each do this differently. Cows, for example, are drugged to give a larger amount of milk than naturally given, often never see their babies again, and are hung and left to die when they are too old to produce rich milk. I believe that many vegetarians believe the fair treatment of all living creatures should be legalized to prevent this cruelty. Take a stand against this treatment and say no. Thank you for your help in this matter. Remember, every life counts.

    Sincerely,
    _________________________
    Thanks! I guess I'm kind of arguing that because of how the animals are treated, they're not healthy for us.

    • ANSWER:
      Good subject. This is a fine essay for your age!

      A couple of points. Your first sentences might start too strong and alienate some in your audience immediately. Maybe words like "slaughter" and "disease" could be softened in the opening paragraph.

      Although it would require quite a bit or rewrite, you might consider also offering grass fed beef and shopping locally as an alternate to going totally vegetarian. If you arguing the treatment of animals is cruel, would it still be cruel to eat animals if they had enjoyable lives while they lived? Realistically, the audience might need a path to becoming vegetarian. The path might include LESS meat, and more ethical treatment of animals.

      Perhaps instead of of making people feel like criminals who treat animals cruelty, or support that by buying meat, you could take a different tact by reminding them that animals feel pain and fear just like our pets and ourselves.

      I might recommend dropping the last two sentences. You want the reader to reach this conclusion by your essay contents... I like the end at "say no".

      Good work and good luck!

      P.S. Sorry, I just noticed you addressed this specifically to a senator. This might change a few of my comments slightly... sorry. For example, I thought you were trying to address change to a wide audience, not affecting a politician to make change.


Naturally Lowering Blood Pressure While Pregnant

In the United States it is estimated by the American Heart Association that 30% of all adults suffer from high blood pressure. Because there can be no symptoms in the initial stages almost one-third are not even aware that they have it.

People can have high blood pressure for years and not know it. Nearly 30% of adults in the United States have high blood pressure and of those over one-third are unaware that they have this condition. These numbers come from the American Heart Association.

When your doctor takes a blood pressure reading it is reported as two numbers. The first, or the upper number, being systolic and the second or lower number being called the diastolic number. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute have issued the following guidelines for interpreting these numbers.

* Normal Blood Pressure is below 120/80 mmHg

* When systolic pressure is 120 to 129 and diastolic pressure is 80 to 89 this is defined as prehypertension.

* Stage 1 hypertension is systolic 140 to 159 and diastolic between 90 and 99.

* Stage 2 hypertension is when systolic is higher than 160 and diastolic is over 100.

Symptoms of high blood pressure may include dizzy spells, headache or nosebleeds. In the initial stages it is very common to experience no symptoms at all.

While in most cases there is no identifiable cause of high blood pressure we do know that certain factors such as smoking, being overweight, high sodium intake, age and heredity can contribute to the risk of developing it.

WHAT ARE SOME NATURAL REMEDIES FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure it is important that you work with your doctor. He or she may want you to take medication to control it. If left untreated it can cause complications such as heart attack, stroke and damage to you organs. Lifestyle changes and natural remedies should also be explored and dicussed with your physician.

COENZYME Q10 (CoQ10)

There have been studies that have concluded that a supplement called CoQ10 may help to reduce blood pressure.

One 12 week study showed that 84 people with systolic hypertension reduced their systolic blood pressure by an average of 17.8 mm Hg. This was a double blind placebo based study. These people were given a 60 mg dose of a CoQ10 supplement twice a day.

Another study done at the University of Western Australia it was concluded that systolic pressure was reduced by an average of 6.1mm Hg and diastolic pressure by 2.9 mm Hg. This was viewed as a significant reduction.

GARLIC

Garlic supplements have shown the ability to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. In patients with mild cases of high blood pressure theses supplement have shown success. These supplements should only be taken under the supervision of a qualified health professional. Similar to aspirin these supplements have the ability to thin one's blood and reduce clotting. They can also interact with other prescription drugs, vitamin E and gingko. It is suggested that these supplements be discontinued in the weeks before and after any type of surgery.

HAWTHORN

Hawthorn is often used by herbal practitioners to lower high blood pressure. Studies have shown that it can significantly lower diastolic blood pressure without herb-drug interactions.

FISH OIL

There have been preliminary studies that show fish oil can have a moderate effect on blood pressure. It contains an acid called DHA which is thought to be the ingredient that affects blood pressure. Further research is needed.

FOLIC ACID

Folate is a B vitamin that we all need for the formation of red blood cells. There have been limited studies done that shows it can reduce blood pressure in some people.

DIET

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure changing your diet is an important part of controlling it. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health promote the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. The DASH diet includes fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, beans and nuts. Studies have shown that the DASH diet can reduce blood pressure in as little as two weeks. If you would like to learn more about this diet I would recommend visiting either or both of their websites.

In conclusion, high blood pressure can lead to very serious diseases. It is important to work with your doctor to control it. These are some of the natural remedies that have been shown to help people. Other natural remedies would include biofeedback, yoga, aerobic exercise and Ayurvedic Medicine. Some of these can be an important form of stress reduction which can also be very beneficial.


Naturally Lowering Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

High blood pressure especially during the period of pregnancy is not good. Try to take actions to lessen this if you want to deliver a healthy baby. Hypertension or high blood pressure is most common to pregnant women since the veins and strength of a woman is weakened once she carries a heavy baby in her womb.

00004000 This can be considered a passing health issue if the pregnant woman experiences this for the first time. Otherwise, the pregnant woman must get a regular check up with the doctor so as to not to affect the child during delivery as well as not to damage the vital organs of the body.

In this state of pregnancy, women must be well informed of her health conditions because it can determine the delivery method later on. In most cases, once the condition becomes severe, a caesarian operation is mostly preferred.

These are the proper ways to prevent high blood pressure and maintain healthy blood pressure during pregnancy. The following tips can be of great help to maintain healthy blood pressure.

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Naturally Lowering Blood Pressure Diet

Here's an overview of the current research on the natural foods and herbs that show the most promise...

1) Garlic. A few smaller studies seem to suggest that garlic might help lower your blood pressure. Larger, more clinically sound studies are needed to establish a definite connection.

2) Cocoa. Cocoa is packed with antioxidants known as polyphenols. Some studies have shown people who eat chocolate have median blood pressure reductions of 4.7 points systolic and 2.8 points diastolic. Results like this are in line with what you might expect from some common blood pressure medications. There are some catches though...
1) Chocolate also contains oxalate, which binds to calcium and inhibits its absorption into our bodies.
2) Further complicating the picture, sugar might be linked with blocking calcium too.
3) Chocolate is also very high in saturated fat.

Maybe you might want to consider some other foods that are rich in polyphenols like: apples, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, grapes, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, celery, onions and parsley.

3) Blond psyllium. The research is inconclusive, but 12 grams of soluble fiber per day might help reduce your blood pressure. A good source of soluble fiber is blond psyllium husk.

Other top sources of fiber are beans (pinto, lima, kidney, etc.), peas (black-eyed, etc.) and lentils.

4) Calcium. Diets low in calcium have been linked to an increased incidence of high blood pressure. But... taking calcium supplements has not been associated with preventing high blood pressure.

Excellent natural sources of calcium include: Milk; yogurt; cheese; sunflower seeds; sesame seeds; dark green leafy veggies; fortified tofu; and fish with small edible bones (like sardines and salmon).

5) Vitamin D. Recent research shows some promise that Vitamin D might help protect against high blood pressure by helping maintain healthy levels of calcium and phosphorous in the blood.

Excellent food sources include: cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, milk, egg yolks, beef liver, cheese and dairy, and tuna or sardines canned in oil. Plus, ten minutes a day of sunshine helps your body make its own natural Vitamin D.

6) DHA and EPA. These are Omega-3 fatty acids, most often associated with fish and fish oil capsules. Some research shows a small reduction in blood pressure with these fish-derived Omega-3 fatty acids. There are some risks associated with the higher doses that might be needed to get any benefit though, including internal bleeding.

7) Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Alpha-linolenic acid is the veggie-derived precursor to Omega-3. One study suggested that flaxseed (high in ALA) might reduce blood pressure, but right now the evidence is less compelling than that with fish-derived Omegas.

Excellent sources include: flaxseed oil, linseed oil, soybean oil, olive oil, canola oil and walnut oil.

8) Coenzyme Q-10. This vitamin-like coenzyme with antioxidant properties is a key part of cellular energy production. Low levels have been linked with high blood pressure, but it's not clear if this is a cause or effect. More studies are needed before a conclusive connection can be made.

9) Anti-ACE peptides. This all-natural supplement is derived from the 'bonito' fish. Three clinical studies have shown that two thirds of people with high blood pressure respond significantly to it. Better yet, not a single person in safety studies has reported any negative side effects.

*Now, which common candy can make your blood pressure go up? Licorice. It contains glycyrrhetinic acid (say that three times fast) which is linked to sodium and water retention - and therefore increased blood pressure. Of course in today's world of artificial flavorings, you might be hard pressed to find real licorice. Good news - the fake stuff isn't linked to blood press 00004000 ure issues.

As yet another interesting side note: DGL - which is licorice which has had that (glycyrrhetinic) acid removed, is clinically proven for treating peptic ulcers and reflux disease. In double-blind tests, it beats Zantac and Tagamet.

So, getting back to the main question of what herbs and supplements might lower your blood pressure... Does this mean that you can eat things like a sesame seed encrusted piece of salmon, drizzled in garlic infused olive oil, served on a bed of leafy greens with a side of lentil soup and your blood pressure will go down? YES... and it's been clinically proven through studies such as the DASH diet.

Your needs are unique. Overdoing one thing can create unforeseen issues elsewhere, especially with drug interactions. Vitamins and supplements are dangerous in high doses. The best place to start is to meet with your doctor and see what dietary changes make the most sense for your whole health picture. Drugs listed are the trademarks of their respective manufacturers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally?
    First off, I'm not fat, I don't drink, smoke or eat junk food. I follow an organic vegetarian diet and don't use any salt on my food. I exercise daily when I take my dogs out for a walk, and do yoga, tai chi and jog 3 times a week.

    Still, with all of that, my blood pressure sometimes gets to 187/112, although it generally falls between 138/ 98 to 152/90. I feel really sick when it gets high, and I don't want to have a heart attack or stroke.

    My doctor gave me a prescription, but after reading up on the side effects, I don't want to take it. I would rather take something natural to deal with this.

    Many thanks ahead of time for your suggestions
    Also, my carotid arteries are fine, and I don't have high cholesterol. there is nothing 'structurally' wrong with me that could be causing this. All my tests (including an MRI) came back normal.

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      Sea salt - the real stuff, not the processed white stuff they sell in many stores. Label should have 80+ minerals and trace minerals.

  2. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood pressure naturally?
    I was blessed to have high blood pressure, genetically. Both of my parents have it. I really don't want to have take drugs to lower it. Does anyone know natural remedies for lowering blood pressure. I'm not talking about the obvious things like diet, excersise, reducing stress etc. I'm looking for specific foods or vitamins or sleeping positions. Weird stuff that possibly works. I'll try it if it's not harmful! Thanks for your input!

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      I don't know if this would qualify as weird or not. Here is a device,FDA approved, you might want to try...http://www.resperate.com/us/welcome/index.aspx

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    why would I still have high blood pressure on these doses of medications?
    For starters, I realize what causes high blood pressure and how it can be naturally lowered through diet, exercise, etc. and the importance of doing this. My question really relates more to why there would be no change despite significant changes in the dosages of my medications and to my diet, etc.

    The background info is that I was started on high blood pressure medications a couple of years ago--but not for high blood pressure. I was prescribed Verapamil ER, 120 mg once per day to prevent headaches, a common off-label use of this medication. Over the last few years though, I have started seeing a neurologist/pain management doctor who specializes in hard to treat chronic daily headaches. In the time since I started seeing this doctor, she has significantly (though slowly and cautiously) raised my dosage of the Verapamil ER to my current dose of 120 mg three times per day. She also (again slowly/cautiously) added Inderal...starting at 40mgs per day to my current (cont...)
    Inderal dosage of 80 mgs 4 times per day. I work in a medical setting and know that most people on this much of these two medications would likely have significant side effects on these dosages. Commonly people would be very tired, lethargic, etc. due to low blood pressure given the amount of blood pressure lowering agents taken each day....but not only is that not the case for me, but I actually have not seen any drop in my blood pressure throughout the last couple of years---not even the few times the dose was raised by large amounts. In fact, although I did not have high blood pressure at the time these medications were started, I will now often have boderline-high blood pressure (140/90) when it is checked despite the amount of these meds. I do take several other medications...but none of which are known to cause hypertension (though some are known to lower BP) because my doctor is very cautious and expresses concern that it is still so high (see more add. details....)
    despite the doses of the meds I am already on. When I first started seeing this doctor, it would have made sense if I had high blood pressure because I was eating very poorly, not exercising at all, and almost constantly in pain. Since that time, she has been able to get my headaches under control to a greater extent than before and was able to determine that much of the pain is actually due to a sleep disorder that does not allow the muscles to really rest properly at night...though through treatment I have seen great improvements in all of the symptoms (though not 100% by any means) and I have been eating a more balanced, lower sodium diet because this has also helped with the pain management...but again, I did not have high blood pressure before but now---despite all the BP lowering meds, and despite a better diet and losing 80 pounds, I continue to have boderline-high BP numbers on a regular basis.

    Any thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas why this is the case?

    Thanks for any info.
    Sorry...just saw a response RE: age info/health background

    I am a 25 y/o female with a diagnosis of migraines that seem to be more closely linked to a sleep disorder that causes muscular pain and significantly lowers my pain tolerance threshold when I go through bad periods. I have no other really significant health problems except for several bouts of kidney stones--one was pretty big (5.6 mm) and the rest have all been pretty small.

    I have spoken to my primary care doctor about the problem (which was the specialist's suggestion) and he did not seem very concerned based on the fact that it is not always that high...though since I have been keeping track, it rarely goes below 125/87 and usually averages approx. 133/88--and in truth, I very rarely ever see my primary care doc.

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      1st, if the avg is 133/88, it is not bad...yet. Kudos for wanting to keep it healthy. 2nd, I wonder, have you had a sleep study? Undiagnosed sleep apnea (wether central or obstructive) can cause hypertension. 3rd, and probably less likely, would be something less common like a renal artery stenosis. As another response stated, thoses meds are not the best for blood pressure.

      Side note: See your primary doc more often and find out why he isn't concerned about your blood pressure. He might be able to help you figure something out or be able to say which specialist to see.

  4. QUESTION:
    Weight, blood pressure and pulse?
    My weight was 322lbs(23 stone) i'm just under 6 foot and a 37 year old male, my blood pressure was 150/100 and my pulse at rest was 100.
    I have now stopped drinking alcohol (2 weeks) and started training at the gym 5 times a week for 35 mins a day.
    My weight is now 315lbs and pulse at rest 80. I took my BP yesterday with an electronic machine (which the doctor checked along side his) and at 10.50 am was 132/92 this morning (5.20am) it is 150/78 why the big change in readings and will it ever steady out to read roughly the same each day? Plus any tips on lowering it naturally. I eat very healthy with lots of fruit and veg included in my diet(always have) and drink lots of water daily (4-7 pints per day). I'm partial to coffee, strong filtered sometimes drinking 10 cups a day. I use very little salt(virtually none) in my diet but use butter on my bread not marge. Thanks Paul

    • ANSWER:
      Caffine is a stimulant and will raise your blood pressure. Being overweight will increase you BP. Best way to lower BP is diet and exercise. If you have done and doesn't lower it enough, doc can start anti-hypertensive meds. Diuretics are first line but any hardly uses them first line. More likey start a beta-blocker, ACE inhibitor or ARB. Keep up with the diet and exercise, that is the most important part. Congrats on the weight loss, keep up the hard work.

  5. QUESTION:
    Lowering My Cholesterol Naturally?
    I had routine blood work done when I went to get my physical in June, here are my results.

    Triglycerides: 105 (supposed to be less than 200)
    Blood Sugar: 87 (Supposed to be between 70-110)
    HDL (good cholesterol) 58 (supposed to be greater than 34)
    LDL( BAD cholesterol) 144 (supposed to be less than 130)

    Total Cholesterol 223 (supposed to be less than 200)

    That being said, I'm in over-all excellent health except my cholesterol, I just started a running regimen, and would like to know if running and good diet reduce my cholesterol by next June when I get retested. Any suggestions for diet are also welcome.

    Additional Information

    Blood pressure: Consistantly at 120/65

    I'm a 20 year old female. For exercise I just started running/walking until I can distance run, also do sit ups. Non-smoker, I don't drink, and I don't use drugs.
    No beer, I don't drink. Sex, I already do it more than 3 times a week with my husband, and chocolate I don't eat by choice because I don't enjoy it :p sorry. I need to try the oatmeal I guess :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to lower your Cholesterol naturally just eat
      a bowl of cooked oatmeal, one bowl in the morning and
      one in the evening.
      Not the instant stuff that you make with boiling water.
      It really does work.
      I hope that this helps

  6. QUESTION:
    Possible causes for memory loss of about 4.5 hours? One time occurrence.?
    Very close friend of mine experienced memory loss. Some facts: has been battling very bad cold much of week, hardly ate yesterday prior to loss of memory (granola bar & bowl of soup), lack of sleep, on blood pressure medication, has recently lost weight due to healthy dieting.

    No trauma to the head. No emotional triggers. Was able to answer questions about self - name, address, phone number. Remembers events of day up to a point when nothing is recalled. Remembers events after that block of time.

    Seemed unlike self during that time. Actions, conversation, and tone of voice were off - this coming from someone who knows this person very well, very closely.

    My theory: weight loss has naturally lowered the blood pressure, resulting in taking a dosage of medication that is too high. This, coupled with the body's fighting off a nasty cold and a lack of nourishment caused a drop in blood pressure that affected the brain's ability to function properly.

    Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      It can be a black out caused by excessive drinking.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is this a good essay?
    Dear Senator Barbara Boxer,

    I am a student at Standley Middle School concerned with health, diseases caused by various meats, and animal cruelty. Animals are being slaughtered at 7 billion per year, and a 1.6 billion percentage is used for human consumption. The animals we eat today are abused and kept in factory farms or slaughterhouses, and bred in small places where they must live a horrifying life without their parents. By eating meat, we participate and encourage these horrible acts. It is finally time to take a stand and protect the environment and our animals by saying no.

    Although it is said that meat is especially healthy and valuable, as you can see it is not entirely necessary for your body. Meat carries many nutrients, as well as diseases and problems such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and general cancer. Fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains are all you really need to maintain a healthy organism. Vegetables and fruits are the main sources of nutrients and contain many vitamins and minerals which protect against the harmful diseases that meat provides and does not encourage animal cruelty. It may seem easy to be omnivorous and consume meat, while still protecting against it’s diseases. However, lack of complete vegetable intake is now believed to cause tumor diseases, cardiovascular disease, and degenerative diseases. By not eating meat, you’ll be eating fewer chemicals that are stuffed into the many meats we know today. Fortunately, vegetables contain vitamin A and C, which decreases your chances of cancer or any of the above listed diseases by 46%.

    Our body needs a lot of calcium, protein, fibers, carbohydrates and fats. Generally, fats are obtained from eating meats. However, meat only contains saturated fats, which come from animal sources, while plants and minerals contain healthy unsaturated fats which can easily substitute for fatty foods in order to maintain a healthy organism. Although a fiber-based diet lowers bad cholesterol, it also helps with digestion and comes from fresh fruits and whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice.

    If someone were to treat dogs and cats as other animals are treated in factory farms, they would be convicted for crime and put in jail, but what makes those other animals any less important? Today, the majority of these animals are kept in such cramped places that they can barely move, they are denied any veterinary care, abused and tortured while still conscious, and finally slaughtered. Today, farm animals do not have any legal rights the way household pets do. They are fed drugs to fatten or “spoil” them, which genetically alters them to grow at a much faster pace. Many of these animals are not slaughtered at all, but die within their own weight instead- gained from these various harmful, aging drugs. Centers for disease control state that “70-90% of chickens are infected before they are shipped to markets for sell.” Vegetarianism a healthier lifestyle that does not encourage the cruelty of these defenseless creatures.

    Although each animal suffers a great deal of pain, they each do this differently. Cows, for example, are drugged to give a larger amount of milk than naturally given, often never see their babies again, and are hung and left to die when they are too old to produce rich milk. I believe that many vegetarians believe the fair treatment of all living creatures should be legalized to prevent this cruelty. Take a stand against this treatment and say no. Thank you for your help in this matter. Remember, every life counts.

    Sincerely,
    _________________________
    Thanks! I guess I'm kind of arguing that because of how the animals are treated, they're not healthy for us.

    • ANSWER:
      Good subject. This is a fine essay for your age!

      A couple of points. Your first sentences might start too strong and alienate some in your audience immediately. Maybe words like "slaughter" and "disease" could be softened in the opening paragraph.

      Although it would require quite a bit or rewrite, you might consider also offering grass fed beef and shopping locally as an alternate to going totally vegetarian. If you arguing the treatment of animals is cruel, would it still be cruel to eat animals if they had enjoyable lives while they lived? Realistically, the audience might need a path to becoming vegetarian. The path might include LESS meat, and more ethical treatment of animals.

      Perhaps instead of of making people feel like criminals who treat animals cruelty, or support that by buying meat, you could take a different tact by reminding them that animals feel pain and fear just like our pets and ourselves.

      I might recommend dropping the last two sentences. You want the reader to reach this conclusion by your essay contents... I like the end at "say no".

      Good work and good luck!

      P.S. Sorry, I just noticed you addressed this specifically to a senator. This might change a few of my comments slightly... sorry. For example, I thought you were trying to address change to a wide audience, not affecting a politician to make change.


Naturally Lowering Blood Pressure Quickly

High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition that can affect about one in three people, this percentage rises among certain groups i.e. people who are overweight, heavy drinkers or people over forty. With more and more people becoming overweight and the stresses of a modern lifestyle it is no wonder that hypertension is becoming more common. However it is not all doom and gloom as there are ways of lowering blood pressure naturally.

High blood pressure can be treated with the proper medication and it is always advisable to seek professional medical advice, and get your blood pressure checked if you think that you may have a problem with hypertension. However lowering blood pressure naturally can easily be achieved by most people. A few simple changes in lifestyle can help reduce high blood pressure. These include a programme of moderate exercise and even a diet that contains foods that lower blood pressure.

So what are these natural remedies for high blood pressure?

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What's the best method to lower high blood pressure naturally ?
    Aside from the obvious methods of eating right, exercises and lowering salt intake. Are there any natural herbs or remedies that can lower really high blood pressure quickly ? I'm talking really high as in 180 over 110.. Heart attack stroke kinda blood pressure. Thanks for your replies.. God bless you !

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids lower blood pressure better than anything I've ever seen or heard about.

      Salmon oil capsules have the most amount of fatty acids per gram of all fish.{WARNING- Watch the amounts of total daily Vitamin A levels from all supplements and don't exceed 25,000 IUs per day. IUs are international units and is a measure of volume and Mgs are a measure of wight.} I would alternate with Flax Seed Oil,Evening Primrose Oil,Borage Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Garlic can lower pressure as well,but keep in mind it thins blood so don't take with blood thinners.

  2. QUESTION:
    Lisinopril - Slight tingling, light-headedness and dizziness.?
    Info: I'm 15 years old and male. I am currently on propranolol 10mg 3 times a day (for months) and lisinopril 20mg once a day (for more than a month). I have high blood pressure caused by an increase in renin production. I have had blood tests, an mri, ECGs, kidney function tests, and stool samples. After having an appointment with a pediatric nephrologist, I was told that it was likely related to a growth-spurt, or another puberty-related change. That being said, I am hopefully going to be weaned off the medication after a year or two, depending on my improvement.

    Symptoms: I have been waking up due to feelings of dizziness/lightness. I experience tingling in my legs often as well. Also, I occasionally "gray out" slightly when I get up quickly from a lying position (and sometimes a sitting one). My blood pressure and pulse are being well-controlled. However, I have not had my blood-pressure checked in days, so I am thinking that my blood pressure is either naturally returning to normal and is being lowered further than it should be.

    • ANSWER:


Naturally Lowering Blood Pressure

What is Blood Pressure?

When do we say that a person(s) is suffering with Blood Pressure?

Blood Pressure also called as Hypertension has become a very common among us these days. Blood Pressure in short called as B.P. is one's systolic pressure and diastolic pressure measurements. If we consult a doctor he wraps a band around our biceps and records the measurement for example:- 120/80. Here 120 is the systolic pressure and 80 is the diastolic pressure. One may be enigmatic over what are these systolic and diastolic pressures are? Let me explain you....

Systolic pressure is the force exerted by the heart on the blood vessels when it pumps blood whereas Diastolic pressure is the lowest pressure exerted by the blood on the walls of blood vessels when heart is relaxed. Both these measurements are important to make a note.

A person suffering from high values of these pressures is said to be having high B.P.

Well, with this understanding lets go deep and know the affects of B.P. But before that lets know the causes

Causes for B.P.?

Over Anxiety, Enormous Exercises, Nervousness are some of the causes to have high reading of the measurements(systolic and diastolic pressures).Before knowing the affect of each of the above causes lets know what happens if we neglect this?Neglecting this may hampers one's health. We may face premature strokes and also heart attacks. It is advised to consult a Physician when the you feel uncomfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Have you had any success lowering blood pressure naturally?
    I'm pretty sure I now I have stage I hypertension - I've cut out all salt and have been excercising 120 mins a day. I dont want to take medication - I'm young, 28 - and want to lose weight - over weight by about 60 pounds. Anyway, would love to hear your experiences.

    • ANSWER:
      I am only 23 and suffer from hypertension. Feel luck! lol. Thinks like niacin and fish oil have helped me, granted I still need to be on a low dose of metoprolol. The niacin works wonders for lower blood pressure in MOST people. However, you might want to talk to you doc about it first. Another thing with the niacin, get the NON FLUSHING or your end up sweating and itching. Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    Which herbs,in your experience, are the best for naturally lowering blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) :-

      Head remedy; with nervousness (during pregnancy use with care) Rauwolfia S.Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly

      With depression; suicidal tendency; cardiac symptoms Aurum Met 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      With arteriosclerosis and senile paresis Aurum Iod 30X, 6 hourly

      With senility and senile behavioural changes Baryta Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Systolic pressure high and diastolic pressure very low Baryta Mur 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      With constriction in heart region and anginal pain Cactus G.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X, 3 hourly

      For fat and flabby patient; sweat on head, palms and soles, craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      In old age;old bachelors and old maids Conium Mac 200X or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Palpitations in slight exertion; dyspnoea, insomnia and gastric complaints Crataegus Ox.Q(Mother Tincture) or 30X 4 hourly

      Due to shock (broken love affair etc) emotional disturbances Ignatia 200X or 1M 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to congestion in brain; severe headache, lassitude and dizziness Glonoine 3X or 6X, 1/2 hourly

      Due to syphilitic origin; lancinating pain in head and bones Kali Iod.30X or 200X 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Due to gastric origin; flatulence; craving for sweets and warm food; worse 4 - 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Due to shock or grief; hyperthyroidism, goitre, addision's disease, diabetes ,etc. Desire for salt preparations Natrum Mur 200X or 1M 10 min (3 Doses)

      In syphilitic cases; angina pectoris; vertigo, dyspnoea and endocarditis Natrum Iod.30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      In tall, intelligent, hypertensive people; craves for icy cold things; fear of dark and stroms, etc. Phosphorus 30X or 200X 10 min (3 Doses)

      With sclerotic degeneration specially of spinal cord Plumbum Iod 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Due to grief; apprehension, dullness, loss of thirst etc. Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

      During menopausal stage; worse after sleep; great loquacity Lachesis 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Bursting pain in head; better by cold application, pressure, vertigo; palpitation of heart; worse when alone; sleeplessness with heaviness in head; oedematous swelling on face and legs Boerhaavia Diffusa Q (Mother Tincture) or 6X , 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless !

  3. QUESTION:
    Can i get some tips on naturally lowering High blood pressure?
    IM IN MY EARLY TENTIES AND IM TRYIN TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL EARLY..........

    • ANSWER:
      My mother & step-father have HBP. They are both taking Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements. They have only taken it for a few weeks & said that their bp has significantly lowered.

      Also things like caffeinated & alcholic drinks will raise bp. Take in moderation.

      An old wives tale that I am not too sure about is vinegar. Take a teaspoon of vinegar a day. Yuck, but lots of people say that it works.

      Peace.

      :)

  4. QUESTION:
    LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE NATURALLY?
    I am looking for free and solid information on how to lower my blood pressure naturally.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    What foos are best in lowering your blood pressure naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Foods that are rich in Omega 3 i.e. essential fat, found mostly in fish which are 'fatty' Best is salmon and cod. If you are adverse to taking lots of fish, then take Salmon Omega-3 capsules.

      Take lots of fruits and vegetables too.

  6. QUESTION:
    Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally?
    First off, I'm not fat, I don't drink, smoke or eat junk food. I follow an organic vegetarian diet and don't use any salt on my food. I exercise daily when I take my dogs out for a walk, and do yoga, tai chi and jog 3 times a week.

    Still, with all of that, my blood pressure sometimes gets to 187/112, although it generally falls between 138/ 98 to 152/90. I feel really sick when it gets high, and I don't want to have a heart attack or stroke.

    My doctor gave me a prescription, but after reading up on the side effects, I don't want to take it. I would rather take something natural to deal with this.

    Many thanks ahead of time for your suggestions
    Also, my carotid arteries are fine, and I don't have high cholesterol. there is nothing 'structurally' wrong with me that could be causing this. All my tests (including an MRI) came back normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Sea salt - the real stuff, not the processed white stuff they sell in many stores. Label should have 80+ minerals and trace minerals.

  7. QUESTION:
    Lowering blood pressure naturally?
    So long story short, my meds are gone for 2 days up to 2 weeks, I'm not sure which yet.

    So how do I go about lowering this without meds, b/c even WITH meds it gets high..

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some natural cure for high blood pressure:

      1. Smoking and coffee raises your blood pressure temporarily, so if you are having your blood pressure taken, avoid drinking coffee or smoking at least 30 minutes before the reading. If you are a smoker, you should know this puts you at greater risk for developing high blood pressure than a non-smoker.

      2. When you constantly check your blood pressure and it gives a high reading every time, that is when you need to be alarmed. Sometimes other medications you are taking may influence your blood pressure.

      3. Changes lifestyle and diet that you can make to lower your risk of developing and even preventing high blood pressure.
      - Limit alcohol to two drinks per day or even less
      - Lower your fat intake to less than 30%
      - Limit added salt and be mindful of sodium content in prepared foods
      - Exercise regularly at a moderate level of intensity several times a week
      - Maintain a healthy weight and lose weight if needed
      - Stop smoking

      4. Be sure you get at least 1000 mg (milligrams) of calcium every day. Good sources are dairy products, broccoli, canned salmon, figs, tofu and kale

      5. You also need 2500-3000 mg of potassium daily. Get that from fresh veggies and fruit, nuts and dairy 6roducts. Look for low fat brands of dairy products.

      6. Get 350-400 mg of magnesium daily. You’ll find it in dark green veggies, whole grains, seafood, legumes, nuts, and soybeans.

      7. Get a good night’s sleep. Inadequate sleep can actually raise your blood pressure even higher if you already have hypertension.

      8. Relax more. Reduce the stress in your life, particularly if you have risk factors for high blood pressure. Consider taking up yoga or meditation to learn how to relax.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to lower blood pressure naturally?
    I was blessed to have high blood pressure, genetically. Both of my parents have it. I really don't want to have take drugs to lower it. Does anyone know natural remedies for lowering blood pressure. I'm not talking about the obvious things like diet, excersise, reducing stress etc. I'm looking for specific foods or vitamins or sleeping positions. Weird stuff that possibly works. I'll try it if it's not harmful! Thanks for your input!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this would qualify as weird or not. Here is a device,FDA approved, you might want to try...http://www.resperate.com/us/welcome/index.aspx

  9. QUESTION:
    what is a good way to lower blood pressure?
    I want help lowering blood pressure naturally I would like to go off of my meds if possible. I would like to know the right types of foods and drinks and self care I can do Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The most important issue is to lower the salt food content and to excercise. American diet is filled in salt and even if you never touch a salt shaker, you probably get too much of it in your diet. A rule of thumb is not to eat processed foods (nothing canned, no processed meats such cold cuts or hot dogs, no fast food or even restaurant food unless it is prepared fresh). Also when shopping for food in supermarket, never buy anything with more than 250 mg of sodium per serving. This with an adequate excercise program has been shown to help with lowering the blood pressure. Such lifestyle modifications are not easy, but are the surest way to success. Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    Can blood pressure be lowered naturally, or pills are eventually unavoidable?

    Thanks you for taking the time to respond.
    Thank you for taking the time to respond.

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise, a healthy diet with care to avoid sodium and meditation to learn to quiet and calm your body and mind are all excellent tools to lowering blood pressure. If they prove to not be enough then medicine is necessary, but the above should be continued as a very healthy way to take care of yourself.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to lowered HI blood pressure naturally? (no pills)?

    • ANSWER:
      DASH diet...look it up. Of course weight loss and exercise help. But some people will still have high blood pressure and will need pills anyway.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to lower you blood pressure naturally?
    I have High blood pressure and would like to find some natural ways of lowering it without taking so many damn pills.

    • ANSWER:
      No salt. None.

      Drink lots of water.

      Exercise.

      Lose weight.

      De-stress. (Yeah, I know.)

  13. QUESTION:
    What's the best method to lower high blood pressure naturally ?
    Aside from the obvious methods of eating right, exercises and lowering salt intake. Are there any natural herbs or remedies that can lower really high blood pressure quickly ? I'm talking really high as in 180 over 110.. Heart attack stroke kinda blood pressure. Thanks for your replies.. God bless you !

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids lower blood pressure better than anything I've ever seen or heard about.

      Salmon oil capsules have the most amount of fatty acids per gram of all fish.{WARNING- Watch the amounts of total daily Vitamin A levels from all supplements and don't exceed 25,000 IUs per day. IUs are international units and is a measure of volume and Mgs are a measure of wight.} I would alternate with Flax Seed Oil,Evening Primrose Oil,Borage Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Garlic can lower pressure as well,but keep in mind it thins blood so don't take with blood thinners.

  14. QUESTION:
    Should i be worried about my health?? I have high blood pressure.?
    Heres the situation...I am 20 years old, 5' 10", 243 lbs. I am over weight, but NOT obese. I am a college baseball player and have a lot more muscle than fat. I believe that my father has high blood pressure, my mom has diabetes, my grandpa had diabetes when he was alive, I have asthma, i'm currently taking xopenex and albuterol. I just got my physical today for baseball and i believe i have a healthy heart. Blood pressure was 145/80, pulse was 63, the other day it was 59. No signs of any disease (kidney, heart, diabetes, whatever else they test with the urine sample). Everything was great except for the blood pressure. So my questions...
    #1. Should i be worried?
    #2. What can i take that naturally lowers blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep track of it. My boyfriend, who was normally very healthy had a bad, jarring fall many years ago on ice and we think it knocked his heart out of whack....ended up in E.R. overnite 2 times. He took coumadin for a year, weaned himself off, and didn't go to a dr. or monitor his pressure. About a yr or so ago, he wasn't feeling good, running out of breath, and finally had his pressure checked. Was waaaaaay up there and his pulse was over 210. Ended up in cardiac ICU for 6 days, and now on 7 meds. Part of the reason is the pressure caused his heart walls to thicken.......Here's more info:
      http://www.ezinearticles.com/?Lower-Blood-Pressure-Naturally&id=703274

  15. QUESTION:
    Have you lowered your blood pressure WITHOUT prescription meds??
    Since I have a family history of high blood pressure, I'd like to know ahead of time what I might do to lower it. If I follow in my mother's footsteps, it will start to rise as I enter menopause. I do exercise, have a good weight, and am healthy...but if it does go up (which I AM starting to see!!), I'd rather not use prescription meds and would like to lower it naturally. A friend lowered her blood pressure using sea salt mixed in water. Do you have NATURAL, SUCCESSFUL ways to lower it??

    • ANSWER:
      your diet is most impotant, try and keep your colesterol down this will keep your BP lower

  16. QUESTION:
    Tips for lowering my blood pressure?
    Okay, so here goes. I've always had high blood pressure... But it's gotten worse lately. I attribute it added stress at work... And the addition of a new baby who has had some health problems that has added to my stress. My son is good now, so hopefully that stress is in the past.

    I've cut out caffeine and alcohol entirely. I'm also increasing fruits and vegetables... And cutting down on red meat and processed foods that typically are high in sodium. I'm also running about 2 miles a day. I can drop about 20 pounds to get to my ideal weight. I want to control it naturally before I have my doctor put me on prescription meds.

    Is there any other advice I can get? Maybe specific foods or vitamins that will help...

    I appreciate your time.

    • ANSWER:
      seems like you're on the right track!!! continue to discipline yourself and you will reach your goal before you know it!

      Good Luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    What is Unmodified Whey Protein?
    I am reading that Modified Whey Protein is good for naturally lowering blood pressure and that UNmodified Whey Protein does nothing. So, what IS Unmodified Whey?

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there naturally occurring sodium in celery?
    I have been told that celery is good for lowering blood pressure, but someone else said that there is naturally occurring sodium in celery. If there is, how much, and will it cause an adverse effect to a person's blood pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      Very little. Sodium does not affect BP nearly as much as weight does.

  19. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure during pregnancy?
    I have had high blood pressure since the beginning of my pregnancy, my highest blood pressure was 158/80, that started at 10 weeks. Since then it's lowered to 112/80. My question is, what have your doctors done for high blood pressure. My doctor discusses risks of having high blood pressure, and told me if it remained high she would prescribe me blood pressure medication. I've done some reading and from what I've read some doctors go over better eating habits/exercises to do to try to lower the blood pressure naturally, I guess my overall question is... What did your doctor do for your high blood pressure? Is it normal my doctor didn't discuss natural ways to lower blood pressure? Also I'm curious to know what my blood pressure should be at during pregnancy? And will I stay high risk if my blood pressure continues to go down?
    My doctor did discuss pre eclampsia with me. I did a 24hr protein test, that came back normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Your first reading 158/80 is slightly high, at least the top number is, however, the second reading is perfect.I don't understand why your doctor is telling you that you have HBP, you don't! Get a second opinion and you will see that if your readings are 112/80 on average then they are perfectly fine.
      There's a a cause for concern if you BP is 140+/90+
      At 5 months I developed HBP during my first pregnancy and my reading were high 140/90, sometimes higher. I was placed on meds and the doctor reassured me that there was nothing I could do to lower my BP besides relaxing and not stressing.
      If your pressure goes down you should not be considered high risk.

  20. QUESTION:
    why would I still have high blood pressure on these doses of medications?
    For starters, I realize what causes high blood pressure and how it can be naturally lowered through diet, exercise, etc. and the importance of doing this. My question really relates more to why there would be no change despite significant changes in the dosages of my medications and to my diet, etc.

    The background info is that I was started on high blood pressure medications a couple of years ago--but not for high blood pressure. I was prescribed Verapamil ER, 120 mg once per day to prevent headaches, a common off-label use of this medication. Over the last few years though, I have started seeing a neurologist/pain management doctor who specializes in hard to treat chronic daily headaches. In the time since I started seeing this doctor, she has significantly (though slowly and cautiously) raised my dosage of the Verapamil ER to my current dose of 120 mg three times per day. She also (again slowly/cautiously) added Inderal...starting at 40mgs per day to my current (cont...)
    Inderal dosage of 80 mgs 4 times per day. I work in a medical setting and know that most people on this much of these two medications would likely have significant side effects on these dosages. Commonly people would be very tired, lethargic, etc. due to low blood pressure given the amount of blood pressure lowering agents taken each day....but not only is that not the case for me, but I actually have not seen any drop in my blood pressure throughout the last couple of years---not even the few times the dose was raised by large amounts. In fact, although I did not have high blood pressure at the time these medications were started, I will now often have boderline-high blood pressure (140/90) when it is checked despite the amount of these meds. I do take several other medications...but none of which are known to cause hypertension (though some are known to lower BP) because my doctor is very cautious and expresses concern that it is still so high (see more add. details....)
    despite the doses of the meds I am already on. When I first started seeing this doctor, it would have made sense if I had high blood pressure because I was eating very poorly, not exercising at all, and almost constantly in pain. Since that time, she has been able to get my headaches under control to a greater extent than before and was able to determine that much of the pain is actually due to a sleep disorder that does not allow the muscles to really rest properly at night...though through treatment I have seen great improvements in all of the symptoms (though not 100% by any means) and I have been eating a more balanced, lower sodium diet because this has also helped with the pain management...but again, I did not have high blood pressure before but now---despite all the BP lowering meds, and despite a better diet and losing 80 pounds, I continue to have boderline-high BP numbers on a regular basis.

    Any thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas why this is the case?

    Thanks for any info.
    Sorry...just saw a response RE: age info/health background

    I am a 25 y/o female with a diagnosis of migraines that seem to be more closely linked to a sleep disorder that causes muscular pain and significantly lowers my pain tolerance threshold when I go through bad periods. I have no other really significant health problems except for several bouts of kidney stones--one was pretty big (5.6 mm) and the rest have all been pretty small.

    I have spoken to my primary care doctor about the problem (which was the specialist's suggestion) and he did not seem very concerned based on the fact that it is not always that high...though since I have been keeping track, it rarely goes below 125/87 and usually averages approx. 133/88--and in truth, I very rarely ever see my primary care doc.

    • ANSWER:
      1st, if the avg is 133/88, it is not bad...yet. Kudos for wanting to keep it healthy. 2nd, I wonder, have you had a sleep study? Undiagnosed sleep apnea (wether central or obstructive) can cause hypertension. 3rd, and probably less likely, would be something less common like a renal artery stenosis. As another response stated, thoses meds are not the best for blood pressure.

      Side note: See your primary doc more often and find out why he isn't concerned about your blood pressure. He might be able to help you figure something out or be able to say which specialist to see.

  21. QUESTION:
    naturally lowering HBP?
    I'm 23 and have been on blood pressure medication for about a year and a half. It runs in my family and my father was young when he started taking medication. However, i would love to try and keep it stable on my own eventually getting off the medication. Any advice? My doctor keeps telling me the typical, excercise, low salt/sodium, no smoking things. I am very active, don't add salt to anything and eat very little to begin with, as well as a non smoker. Anyone been in a similar situation???

    • ANSWER:
      Not adding salt to anything is not enough. You have to watch your sodium intake. Salt and sodium are not exactly the same thing. A lot of foods we commonly eat are very high in sodium--fast food, processed meats, salad dressings, sauces, canned soups, and even canned veggies. Always read labels, and choose raw foods over prepackaged as much as possible. You will be suprised how much sodium is in everything. As a general rule, I stay away from anything that has more than 15% RDA of sodium. But your total sodium intake per day should be 2400 mg less. Some docs will suggest 1400 mg per day if your BP is really high.

      Have you been to a specialist? HBP is not always about sodium sensitivity--there can be other triggers.

      Good luck :o )

  22. QUESTION:
    Weight, blood pressure and pulse?
    My weight was 322lbs(23 stone) i'm just under 6 foot and a 37 year old male, my blood pressure was 150/100 and my pulse at rest was 100.
    I have now stopped drinking alcohol (2 weeks) and started training at the gym 5 times a week for 35 mins a day.
    My weight is now 315lbs and pulse at rest 80. I took my BP yesterday with an electronic machine (which the doctor checked along side his) and at 10.50 am was 132/92 this morning (5.20am) it is 150/78 why the big change in readings and will it ever steady out to read roughly the same each day? Plus any tips on lowering it naturally. I eat very healthy with lots of fruit and veg included in my diet(always have) and drink lots of water daily (4-7 pints per day). I'm partial to coffee, strong filtered sometimes drinking 10 cups a day. I use very little salt(virtually none) in my diet but use butter on my bread not marge. Thanks Paul

    • ANSWER:
      Caffine is a stimulant and will raise your blood pressure. Being overweight will increase you BP. Best way to lower BP is diet and exercise. If you have done and doesn't lower it enough, doc can start anti-hypertensive meds. Diuretics are first line but any hardly uses them first line. More likey start a beta-blocker, ACE inhibitor or ARB. Keep up with the diet and exercise, that is the most important part. Congrats on the weight loss, keep up the hard work.

  23. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure question?
    I would like an answer from people who actually have high blood pressure please.I refuse to take meds, Im watching my sodium and it has gone down but the bottom number is 105-115.How do I get that one to get lowered naturally not by scary drugs that the sight effects are worse then the actual problem?If I go into trucking as a career I need to pass a Dot physical and otherwise I have always been healthy.
    Also can altitude have any effect on BP? I live in the mountains and for some reason when Im down the hill it is lower.Still not good ,but lower
    Also can altitude have any effect on BP? I live in the mountains and for some reason when Im down the hill it is lower.Still not good ,but lower

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  24. QUESTION:
    Possible causes for memory loss of about 4.5 hours? One time occurrence.?
    Very close friend of mine experienced memory loss. Some facts: has been battling very bad cold much of week, hardly ate yesterday prior to loss of memory (granola bar & bowl of soup), lack of sleep, on blood pressure medication, has recently lost weight due to healthy dieting.

    No trauma to the head. No emotional triggers. Was able to answer questions about self - name, address, phone number. Remembers events of day up to a point when nothing is recalled. Remembers events after that block of time.

    Seemed unlike self during that time. Actions, conversation, and tone of voice were off - this coming from someone who knows this person very well, very closely.

    My theory: weight loss has naturally lowered the blood pressure, resulting in taking a dosage of medication that is too high. This, coupled with the body's fighting off a nasty cold and a lack of nourishment caused a drop in blood pressure that affected the brain's ability to function properly.

    Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      It can be a black out caused by excessive drinking.

  25. QUESTION:
    Lowering My Cholesterol Naturally?
    I had routine blood work done when I went to get my physical in June, here are my results.

    Triglycerides: 105 (supposed to be less than 200)
    Blood Sugar: 87 (Supposed to be between 70-110)
    HDL (good cholesterol) 58 (supposed to be greater than 34)
    LDL( BAD cholesterol) 144 (supposed to be less than 130)

    Total Cholesterol 223 (supposed to be less than 200)

    That being said, I'm in over-all excellent health except my cholesterol, I just started a running regimen, and would like to know if running and good diet reduce my cholesterol by next June when I get retested. Any suggestions for diet are also welcome.

    Additional Information

    Blood pressure: Consistantly at 120/65

    I'm a 20 year old female. For exercise I just started running/walking until I can distance run, also do sit ups. Non-smoker, I don't drink, and I don't use drugs.
    No beer, I don't drink. Sex, I already do it more than 3 times a week with my husband, and chocolate I don't eat by choice because I don't enjoy it :p sorry. I need to try the oatmeal I guess :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to lower your Cholesterol naturally just eat
      a bowl of cooked oatmeal, one bowl in the morning and
      one in the evening.
      Not the instant stuff that you make with boiling water.
      It really does work.
      I hope that this helps

  26. QUESTION:
    Presentation assignment...too short?
    I wrote my presentation and the 'speech' to go along with it...(below)...can someone read over it and tell me if it can be stretched to 7/8 minutes? Numbers in square brackets denote slide number, my presentation is about Minoru Shirota's work on the Shirota strain and have to present 'in his shoes'. Thanks!

    [1]
    Good afternoon. I, Minoru Shirota, am here to present you my life’s work on microorganism.

    [2]
    Probiotics is a dietary supplement of live bacteria or yeast that is considered to be healthy for the host organism.
    They are inteded to assist the body’s gut flora, a naturally occurring ecology of microbes, to re-establish themselves.
    There are claims that probiotics strengthen the immune system against allergies, excess alcohol intake, stress, exposure to toxic substances and some diseases. Depending on the strain, there are benefits such as prevention of colon cancer, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and many others.

    [3]
    I have 3 ideal that sums up to ‘Shirota-ism’.
    Firstly, instead of treating a patient over and over again, one should try to prevent it from happening again.
    Secondly, improving the health of people. The intestinal tract is crucial for absorbing nutrient. A healthy intestinal tract leads to a healthy and long life.
    Thirdly, it is important that good health is delivered to as many people as possible, binging them good health for the price of a post card

    [4]
    Combining the three ideals, it is clear that a preventive medicine is needed. After years of research, I have finally succeeded in isolating a stronger strain of lactic acid bacteria that will destroy other harmful bacteria in the gut, leaving a healthy gut. I call this strain the lactobacillus casei Shirota, in short, the Shirota strain.
    To fulfill the third ideal of Shirota-ism, the strain shall be incorporated into an everyday consumable that is affordable for everyone.

    [5]
    I present to you Yakult.
    A probiotic drink consisting of skimmed milk fermented with the Shirota strain.
    The Shirota strain is transient, which means that it will only stay in the body for a limited period of the time, so one small (65ml) bottle of Yakult a day is suffiecient to top up those removed after their time is over.
    Moreover, Yakult is suitable for everyone.

    [6]
    A daily intake of Yakult will help improve gut health and maintains gut function, as well as supporting the body’s immune system.

    [7]
    Behind Yakult, there have been over 200 studies with over 75 human studies and numerous trials. The research is based around the survival of the Shirota strain in the gut, the maintenance of gut health and function, and the support of the body’s immune system. There are even several papers published by research groups about the Shirota strain.

    [8]
    Here are the sources and a few of the papers.
    My assignment is a 10 minute presentation, counts for 3 lab reports (a rather heavy weighing coursework).

    • ANSWER:
      You can easily stretch that to 7 minutes.

      Just say the points then elaborate/ramble for a bit after them all. The less you look like you're 'reading', the better.

  27. QUESTION:
    i get heart palapatations?
    ok, i just found out a week ago that my blood pressure is about 148/80... so i have been eating EXTREMLY healthy in order to start lowering it....well i have been really stressed and depressed about having high blood pressure and i have been getting heart flutters or palipatations.... i was told that the palapatations are caused by anxiety and anemia, and i have BOTH... is that why i am noticing these flutters? i wanna do all i can to NATURALLY lower my blood pressure, and then i want to treat my anxiety when i get my insurance thru work in october... has anyone else gotten these from stress???
    also, can i buy a BP checker, like online?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can buy a home BP monitor. And I suggest you do. As far as the palpitations, look for other causes as well. Cut out caffeine and anything that has ephedrine (cold medicines are a big culprit!). Look for sodas and teas that have caffeine and cuts those out of your diet. Good luck and make sure that as soon as you are able, get a regular doctor to have them check you and keep up with your issues. It's so important!
      Good Luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    Aneurysm - At What Size Does it become "Dangerous"?
    I've been seeing a lot more of the heart surgeon lately, and they've taken many many blood samples. I just got done this morning doing a "sleep study" because I guess they also think I have sleep apnea, and a lowering of my blood pressure and respiration while asleep. All of these things combined do not make me feel very comfortable with this condition, but naturally the doctor is telling me "not to worry". Meanwhile they have me on "anti-anxiety" and "anti-depressant" meds..... more than likely to abate my worrying. The aneurysm has grown over 1.1 cm in about a year's time it is now 4.1 cm. Any input would be helpful. I've read a bunch on Web MD, and it kind of conflicts with my doctor telling me "not to worry".

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery may be preferred if aorta becomes:
      * Larger (about 2 inches)
      * Growing more quickly (a little less than 1/4 inch over the last 6 to 12 months)

  29. QUESTION:
    someone please please help me...?
    1. Jamie has the flu. She is uncomfortable and reaches out for flu medication, which is supposed to make her more comfortable. But her sister who is taking a course in Anatomy and Physiology informs her that having a fever might actually be beneficial. Pick the statement that is incorrect regarding the benefits of fever: (immunity)
    (a)Fever can retard (slow down) the multiplication of certain pathogens
    (b)Fever increases the metabolic rate of the body thereby encouraging immune reactions
    (c)Fever slows down the action of interferons
    (d)Fever can help promote tissue repair by retarding the physical activities of the host

    2. Little Joseph is bitten by a stray dog and he is rushed to the ER. The attending physician gives him an antiserum with anti-rabies antibodies. Joseph is provided with _________ type of immunity: (immunity)
    (a)naturally acquired active immunity
    (b)naturally acquired passive immunity
    (c)artificially acquired active immunity
    (d)artificially acquired passive immunity

    3. Oneka’s village has been struck by famine and like many other children of her village, she too shows signs of starvation (her arms and legs are really frail and her abdomen is swollen). All of the following statements correctly describe the physiological basis of her condition EXCEPT: (blood)
    (a)Hypoproteinemia has caused water to leave her blood vessels by osmosis
    (b)Lowered levels of albumin in her plasma have contributed greatly to lower than normal blood osmolarity.
    (c)Lowered levels of fibrinogen in her plasma have contributed greatly to lower than normal blood osmolarity.
    (d)Low protein intake has led to reduced synthesis of albumin resulting in lowered blood osmolarity

    4. If the oxygen level in the blood is 100 mmHg and the oxygen level in the alveoli is 140 mmHg: (Respiration)
    (a)oxygen moves by simple diffusion from the alveoli into the blood
    (b)oxygen moves by simple diffusion from the blood into the alveoli
    (c)oxygen moves by active transport from the alveoli into the blood
    (d)oxygen moves by active transport from the blood into the alveoli
    5. A recent news item reported a nurse who was suspected of killing his patients using an overdose of vecuronium, which is a skeletal muscle relaxant normally used in limited quantities during surgery. The victims stopped breathing and died quietly in their sleep because vecuronium causes: (Respiration)
    (a)massive vasodilation, leading to circulatory shock
    (b)relaxation of the heart muscle, leading to death
    (c)relaxation of the diaphragm, which makes inhalation impossible
    (d)constriction of the bronchioles thereby cutting off air supply to the lungs

    6. Susan is an obese patient who has recently had a partial gastrectomy. She must be given Vitamin B12 injections in order to prevent pernicious anemia because: (Digestive system)
    1.vitamin B12 is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin
    2.intrinsic factor produced by the stomach is necessary for the absorption of Vitamin B12
    3.an oral administration of Vitamin B12 might be ineffective in this case
    4.The stomach is stimulated to produce above normal levels of intrinsic factor

    7. Mr. Ray has been diagnosed with atherosclerosis (the formation of plaque and subsequent hardening of the arteries) of the carotid artery. His cardiologist suggests stenting of the carotid artery. The advantage of stenting directly impacts the relationship between: (blood vessels)
    (a) blood flow and blood pressure
    (b) blood flow and vessel length
    (c) blood flow and viscosity
    (d) blood flow and vessel radius

    8. Jacqui finally quit smoking, but the damage done over the years has resulted in her having to go to the hospital for sever pneumonia on a recurring basis. The pneumonia is bad enough because it makes it harder to breathe, but sometimes it gets so bad that it actually causes her blood pH to shift. Then she has: (Acid base balance)

    (a)metabolic alkalosis
    (b)metabolic acidosis
    (c)respiratory acidosis
    (d)respiratory alkalosis

    9. Michael has severe pernicious anemia. He frequently resists taking his vitamin B12 shots and ends up in the hospital complaining of shortness of breath. In order to compensate for the lack of RBCs (and therefore O2 carrying capacity) he ends up breathing more deeply and rapidly. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to a change in his plasma pH. If so, he has: (Acid base balance)
    (a)metabolic alkalosis
    (b)respiratory acidosis
    (c)metabolic acidosis
    (d)respiratory alkalosis
    10. Baby Carrie is born with an opening called Foramen ovale in the septum or wall between the ventricles. Which of the following is a likely consequence? (Heart)
    (a)pumping of blood through the body will be more efficient because pressure from both ventricles will be added together
    (b)deoxygenated blood will be sent to the body
    (c)hemorrhage due to loss of blood from the hole in the heart
    (d)this is normal, there would be no significant consequence

    • ANSWER:
      Rofl,

      Agree with thisbrit.
      Quick google search reveals some answers pretty quick.

      Thats pretty lazy guy, But hey Props for trying.

      Give google/Yahoo/Msn live a shot you'll get your answers pretty quick.

  30. QUESTION:
    Lisinopril - Slight tingling, light-headedness and dizziness.?
    Info: I'm 15 years old and male. I am currently on propranolol 10mg 3 times a day (for months) and lisinopril 20mg once a day (for more than a month). I have high blood pressure caused by an increase in renin production. I have had blood tests, an mri, ECGs, kidney function tests, and stool samples. After having an appointment with a pediatric nephrologist, I was told that it was likely related to a growth-spurt, or another puberty-related change. That being said, I am hopefully going to be weaned off the medication after a year or two, depending on my improvement.

    Symptoms: I have been waking up due to feelings of dizziness/lightness. I experience tingling in my legs often as well. Also, I occasionally "gray out" slightly when I get up quickly from a lying position (and sometimes a sitting one). My blood pressure and pulse are being well-controlled. However, I have not had my blood-pressure checked in days, so I am thinking that my blood pressure is either naturally returning to normal and is being lowered further than it should be.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Should my heart pulse be at 111 when I'm walking about shopping?
    After I came back from work today, I decided to check my blood pressure - because I've been experiencing periods of light headiness the entire day. When I used the machine at Shoppers Drug Mart, everything came out on the normal/optimal range, except for the pulse. I wanted to speak to the pharmacist, but he seemed rather busy. Can someone shed some light on this? I'm naturally anxious when having to step outside of my house, which I think might be contributing to this, and I am taking Spironolactone - but, because it should be lowering the pulse I can't see it contributing to my pulse being high.
    I'd also like to add that I am a 23 year old male.

    • ANSWER:
      pulse rate of 111 is high. however, you are taking spironolactone, which is potassium sparing diuretics, meaning it is going to help you get rid of fluid out of your body by peeing out, but keeping the potassium in the body. with that being said, spironolactone does not work to lower your pulse directly; on the contrary, if you were getting rid of more fluid than you should, then you could get hypovolemic, meaning you have low total body fluid, including your blood. if you don't have enough blood volume, then your heart compensates that by beating fast to deliver the same amount of nutrients and oxygen to your body as you would with normal amount of blood volume. on top of that, if you are out of shape, it is not uncommon for a person's pulse rate to go up higher than normal, like 111 in this case while walking around shopping. light headedness is not normal, however, if you have low blood volume as i stated earlier, then that could be cause of that too. hard to say without knowing your blood pressure values, but i would get your spironolactone dose and frequency re-evaluated by your primary care physician, and also request a complete blood count (CBC) which tells us your blood volume, indirectly. keep track of your fluid intake also and bring it with you to your doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    Has anybody else almost died from Seroquel?
    Because I have bipolar, I have gone without sleeping as long as 90 days. Seroquel seemed to be the answer. However, when I first started taking it, I'd get racing pulse and hallucinations for several hours, but once they wore off, I'd be able to sleep. But I had dizziness each morning. My dose was lowered, to where I was only taking 25 mg. a day, but I kept getting sicker and sicker. I was so nauseous, I lost 50 lbs. My pulse went down to 49....not to mention my blood pressure. Then, I couldn't feel my legs at times, got double vision, I got a lump on the side of my face, then woke up one morning to find another lump on my back. Then I began having profuse sweating, as though I had a fever, and having pain everywhere, including my teeth. I eventually got so sick I could not get out of bed, even to call the doctor. So I went off the medication for two days, finally felt well enough to call the doctor. Within 5 days of quitting this medicine, all the symptoms, except the lumps, went away, including my pulse going back to 69. A friend who farms told me about Melatonin, which we used to get naturally in food. I started taking that, and now I'm sleeping normal hours, with no side effects. Melatonin is also a powerful anti-oxidant. The doctors are running tons of tests, but I didn't have the symptoms before Seroquel, and I don't have them now. But when I got well enough to research Seroquel, I found out it works by blocking nerve transmissions in the brain, which is the ONLY medicine I have ever found that works this way...other meds work by inhibiting Serotonin other less readical methods. I was also sleeping about 20 hours a day, only able to sit up for a half hour a day. I also read that sales of it last year were 0 billion dollars, and 10,000 people have died of it. I got so sick that I felt if I took ONE more dose of it, I'd die. The last dose I took, my feet were tightening, to the point of my toes sticking together, and my doctor told me muscle stiffness is one of the rare but fatal side effects. Your heart is a muscle, so stiffness of muscles would account for my pulse getting down to 49. I'm on a crusade now to let people know how dangerous this drug is. I am sleeping better on Melatonin than I have ever slept on any psychiatric medicine, and it is available at health food stores at about .95 a bottle for a month. II am taking 2 3mg tablets a night. As long as I sleep, I don't get symptoms of bipolar. St. John's Wort contains a little Melatonin, but not enough to help me sleep regularly. I am now feeling the best I have felt since I was a child, sleeping regularly, not groggy in the morning, finally able to focus and feeling relaxed enough to quit smoking. I hope this helps someone else, because they've tried many, many medicines on me over the years, and I know people who've taken 10 hits of acid at once, but tried Seroquel (400mg) and felt like they were going to die trying a single dose.
    My doctor's office just called me because my brain CAT scan has something alarming on it, and now I have to see a neurosurgeon. I've been on the medicine for 3 years, and if there's anything messed up with my brain physically, I'm sure it's from the Seroqel.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, that is so scary. I'm surprised they still prescribe that stuff if so many have died from it. Thank God you stopped taking it!! Im glad you're able to be on something natural and sleep great!

  33. QUESTION:
    Editing help? 10 points to best helper.?
    I need this article I'm writting for work to retain all it's information, but hopefully flow better, and it also could use some rewording, so it doesn't sound as repetative. Also I haven't done an conclusion, so that would be helpful too... Thanks in advance.

    What health benefits does Craminals™ provide for my pet?

    Craminals™ harnesses the power of certified organic cranberries, an antioxidant-rich super food. Free radicals in the body are responsible for cell damage which can affect tissues, arteries and organs. The antioxidants in Cranimals™ Original helps maintain eye and organ function by preventing muscle deterioration caused by free radicals. Research also suggests that cranberries retain properties that fight cancer, boost immunity and contribute to digestive tract and urinary tract health. Cranberries have been classified as an anti-carcinogenic food, meaning they reduce the severity of cancer and or prevent it. In addition, cranberries are considered anti-angiogenic, simply put, they promote the healing of cells, keeping benign tumors from becoming malignant. Natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral assets contained within the berries boost overall immunity. Proanthocyanidins(PACs) found in cranberries also inhibits the overgrowth of Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), a naturally occurring bacteria found in the lower digestive tract, balancing the digestive system. Quinic acid obtained from cranberries, lowers the formation on calcium and magnesium phosphate crystals, which ultimately form kidney stones in the urinary tract. Anti-inflammatory properties possessed by cranberries also contribute to urinary tract health by improve the function of kidney capillaries (nephrons) which expel toxins from the blood stream.

    In addition to cranberries the Very Berry formula, contains raspberries and blueberries. Raspberries provide a unique molecule called Ellagitannins, which may destroy cancerous cells. Phenolic compounds, which can be found in blueberries, have been shown to relax blood vessels, reduce blood pressure and lower blood cholesterol. Similarly, blueberries can reverse age-related neurological defects by promoting cell restoration.

    Cranimals™ Vibe is a detoxification supplement, comprised of cranberries, dried seaweed and spirulina. Studies show that dried seaweed contains 10 to 20 times more vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids then vegetables grown on land. Seaweed also maintains heart health by clearing plaque buildup from arteries. Omega oils found in seaweed contribute to healthy skin, improve luster of the coat and decrease shedding. Spirulina is a blue-green algea commonly used for his detoxification capabilities. It has proven to be effective in aiding the production of red and white blood cells, promoting healing. Spirulina may also aid in the digestion and absorption of other vitamins and minerals, as well as lower cholesterol. Likewise, Chlorophyll, which gives seaweed and spirulina it’s green colour, is high in fibre, and aids in digestion.

    • ANSWER:
      You have done an excellent job of writing this article. Your research is obvious and there are no spelling, punctuation or grammar errors. It was a pleasure to read!

      Your question has two misspelled words though...

  34. QUESTION:
    any one know what i should do for this paper?
    So you might be wondering on how was he why he got his noble prize . He got it for n the mechanism of action of hormones, particularly epinephrine. Sutherland influenced by Carl Cori. Who worked on the pathways of glycogen breakdown and glucose synthesis in mammalian liver cells. Sutherland is responsible for discovering how the hormone epinephrine regulates glycogen synthesis Along the way, Sutherland discovered the second messenger cyclic AMP which was Monday's Molecule #39.
    So what does this exactly mean? it means its known for its as adrenalin, epinephrine is a naturally occurring hormone. During the fight-or-flight response, the adrenal gland releases epinephrine into the blood stream, along with other hormones like cortisol, signaling the heart to pump harder, increasing blood pressure, opening airways in the lungs, narrowing blood vessels in the skin and intestine to increase blood flow to major muscle groups, and performing other functions to enable the body to fight or run when encountering a perceived threat.
    What excaly is a perceived threat? A perceived threat makes an important distinction as in the case of chronic stress, the body's stress response is repeatedly triggered on a daily basis in response to actual physical and psychological threats as well as perceived psychological threats. As a result, the body can become exhausted, and the overabundance of epinephrine and cortisol, as well as other aspects of the body's stress response can become maladaptive, resulting in lowered immunity and other health problems.
    Another important thing to remember about epinephrine and the body's stress response is that it can be triggered in response to negative stress as well as excitement or eustress. While eustress, or 'positive stress' can help maintain vitality, it's still important to maintain balance in how much your stress response is triggered, and to avoid too much total stress.

    • ANSWER:
      your pretty much screwed because you didnt get that extention you asked him for

  35. QUESTION:
    Is this a good essay?
    Dear Senator Barbara Boxer,

    I am a student at Standley Middle School concerned with health, diseases caused by various meats, and animal cruelty. Animals are being slaughtered at 7 billion per year, and a 1.6 billion percentage is used for human consumption. The animals we eat today are abused and kept in factory farms or slaughterhouses, and bred in small places where they must live a horrifying life without their parents. By eating meat, we participate and encourage these horrible acts. It is finally time to take a stand and protect the environment and our animals by saying no.

    Although it is said that meat is especially healthy and valuable, as you can see it is not entirely necessary for your body. Meat carries many nutrients, as well as diseases and problems such as diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, and general cancer. Fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains are all you really need to maintain a healthy organism. Vegetables and fruits are the main sources of nutrients and contain many vitamins and minerals which protect against the harmful diseases that meat provides and does not encourage animal cruelty. It may seem easy to be omnivorous and consume meat, while still protecting against it’s diseases. However, lack of complete vegetable intake is now believed to cause tumor diseases, cardiovascular disease, and degenerative diseases. By not eating meat, you’ll be eating fewer chemicals that are stuffed into the many meats we know today. Fortunately, vegetables contain vitamin A and C, which decreases your chances of cancer or any of the above listed diseases by 46%.

    Our body needs a lot of calcium, protein, fibers, carbohydrates and fats. Generally, fats are obtained from eating meats. However, meat only contains saturated fats, which come from animal sources, while plants and minerals contain healthy unsaturated fats which can easily substitute for fatty foods in order to maintain a healthy organism. Although a fiber-based diet lowers bad cholesterol, it also helps with digestion and comes from fresh fruits and whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread and brown rice.

    If someone were to treat dogs and cats as other animals are treated in factory farms, they would be convicted for crime and put in jail, but what makes those other animals any less important? Today, the majority of these animals are kept in such cramped places that they can barely move, they are denied any veterinary care, abused and tortured while still conscious, and finally slaughtered. Today, farm animals do not have any legal rights the way household pets do. They are fed drugs to fatten or “spoil” them, which genetically alters them to grow at a much faster pace. Many of these animals are not slaughtered at all, but die within their own weight instead- gained from these various harmful, aging drugs. Centers for disease control state that “70-90% of chickens are infected before they are shipped to markets for sell.” Vegetarianism a healthier lifestyle that does not encourage the cruelty of these defenseless creatures.

    Although each animal suffers a great deal of pain, they each do this differently. Cows, for example, are drugged to give a larger amount of milk than naturally given, often never see their babies again, and are hung and left to die when they are too old to produce rich milk. I believe that many vegetarians believe the fair treatment of all living creatures should be legalized to prevent this cruelty. Take a stand against this treatment and say no. Thank you for your help in this matter. Remember, every life counts.

    Sincerely,
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    Thanks! I guess I'm kind of arguing that because of how the animals are treated, they're not healthy for us.

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      Good subject. This is a fine essay for your age!

      A couple of points. Your first sentences might start too strong and alienate some in your audience immediately. Maybe words like "slaughter" and "disease" could be softened in the opening paragraph.

      Although it would require quite a bit or rewrite, you might consider also offering grass fed beef and shopping locally as an alternate to going totally vegetarian. If you arguing the treatment of animals is cruel, would it still be cruel to eat animals if they had enjoyable lives while they lived? Realistically, the audience might need a path to becoming vegetarian. The path might include LESS meat, and more ethical treatment of animals.

      Perhaps instead of of making people feel like criminals who treat animals cruelty, or support that by buying meat, you could take a different tact by reminding them that animals feel pain and fear just like our pets and ourselves.

      I might recommend dropping the last two sentences. You want the reader to reach this conclusion by your essay contents... I like the end at "say no".

      Good work and good luck!

      P.S. Sorry, I just noticed you addressed this specifically to a senator. This might change a few of my comments slightly... sorry. For example, I thought you were trying to address change to a wide audience, not affecting a politician to make change.


Naturally Lowering Blood Pressure Breathing

High blood pressure may seem like a minor inconvenience, but we shouldn't downplay its dangers. It is directly or indirectly responsible for about 35,000 deaths in North America every year. About four million Canadians suffer from high blood pressure at varying degrees. The problem with high blood pressure, or hypertension, is that major warning signs may not appear until the disorder is advanced.

Physicians use a device called a sphygmomanometer to determine whether the blood pressure is high, low or normal. Two numbers are superimposed with the highest on top-120/80. The larger number gives the pressure when the heart beats, the systolic pressure; the smaller number gives the pressure when the heart is at rest, the diastolic pressure. The average blood pressure range is about 120/80 for men and is slightly lower for women.

Early visible signs of hypertension include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, insomnia and nervousness. Frequent temporary increases in blood pressure may also be an indicator. Later symptoms can include myocardial infarction, senility, brain haemorrhage and paralysis. If none of these visible signs is present, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it monitored regularly.

An increase in the thickness of blood is one of the many reasons for high blood pressure. It is also caused by:

An increase in peripheral resistance-the blood vessels are narrower.

A decrease in blood vessel elasticity-they're not as flexible as they should be.

A vasoconstriction (narrowing of the arteries) generally caused by plaque on the artery wall.

Genetic predisposition/heredity.

Many of these factors are controllable with supplementation and lifestyle. It's best to take preventative steps right now.

Treating High Blood Pressure

Drink one and a half to two litres of pure water daily, more if you can. Increased hydration will help thin the blood. It's fascinating that conventional physicians still recommend diuretics for patients with hypertension, a measure which will reduce the amount of water in the body and make the blood even thicker!

Adopt a diet that is high in plant-based foods. Legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains will supply abundant amounts of roughage and protective phytonutrients, many of which are involved in controlling cholesterol or dilating arteries. Should animal-based foods be consumed, these should be low in fat and organically/humanely raised whenever possible. Eggs are also a good source of both proteins and lecithin's.

It is important to consume one or two tablespoons of cold-pressed vegetable oils daily. Ideally, these should give you both the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as oleic acid. Flax seed oil is an excellent choice and there are now oil blends that provide a combination of these good fats. Of course, avoid fried, saturated and hydrogenated fats as much as possible.

If you want to spread something on your food, blend one part butter with one part cold-pressed oil, such as olive or flax seed oil. This mixture will stay soft, even in the fridge. Do not heat this butter/oil blend and keep it refrigerated.

Certain substances can also have a negative effect on blood pressure. These include refined sugar, alcohol, caffeine and refined salt (regular table salt). Use Celtic salt or coarse sea salt instead. Finally incorporating Alistrol into your diet will significantly lower your hypertension and also provide health benefits to your heart and arteries. For more information, please visit www.ALISTROL.com today!!!

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