High Blood Pressure vs High Temperatures: Exploring Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure.
Does it seem like more and more people are being diagnosed with High Blood Pressure? These days, it's a dime a dozen. It is linked to serious consequences such as heart disease, loss of eyesight, kidney disease, blood vessel disease, and strokes.
From the shiny golden arches on fast food restaurants to the beautiful neon packaging on alcohol bottles, it's no wonder people are saying â€˜yes' to prescription drugs and â€˜maybe-next-year' to natural preventative methods.
It's true, natural solutions take much more work on a human level!
According to Vikas Siani MD, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, 40% of adults in the world are diagnosed with mild High Blood Pressure and of this 40%, over half are on medication. That's 20% of adults in the world being on unnecessary medication, feeding the pharmaceutical monster day by day.
A regular BP is 120/80 but anywhere between there to 140/90 is considered mild, or Stage 1.
At this point, your doctor will likely test you multiple times, suggest lifestyle changes, and consider medication if your genetics put you at high risk for heart disease.
Although medication may feel like a quick & secure fit, most doctors agree that studies have not proven that medication prevents high-risk diseases caused by High Blood Pressure in mild cases.
For 40% of adults with mild High Blood Pressure, it is likely more effective for people to undergo lifestyle changes. Natural remedies, although more difficult, prevent even higher levels as well as a lifetime of medication.
The most well-known of these remedies include:
1. Eating less salt
Salt is directly linked to high blood pressure & an increased risk in cardiovascular disease, and yet - research has found most people with HBP don't decrease their salt intake until after they have a serious medical issue like a heart attack or stroke.
Please, don't wait to have a life-threatening injury before you take the first step.
Aerobic exercises are best as they get that heart pumpin'! Doctors suggest 150 minutes of cardio a week can be beneficial in lowering BP levels. That said, if you are sitting in a desk all week and just can't manage to squeeze in exercise, don't be a Weekend Warrior and cram it all in on Saturday + Sunday.
Doing one or two high-intensity workouts a week can temporarily spike your blood pressure too much, too quickly and result in an injury like loss of eyesight.
3. Drinking less alcohol
A 55-year study in South Korea showed that men with high blood pressure who drink up to six drinks in one sitting double their chances of heart attack or stroke. At 12 drinks, this number goes up to five times more likely! Alcohol increases HBP by hardening arteries and making us more susceptible to plaque build-up.
4. Losing excess weight
Your BP & your bodyweight go arm in arm. One goes up, the other does too, and visa Versa. For people who are already overweight and get diagnosed with High Blood Pressure, the best thing to lower levels is to lose weight.
5. Quitting smoking
Smoking causes a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels. Every single time you smoke, your BP rises temporarily! Be careful, friends, second-hand smoke has the same effect!
As a collective, we need to take these natural preventative methods seriously.
While some countries like Australia are moving towards prevention-focused efforts for lower-risk patients, the issue of over-prescription remains. Siani claims that there is a high inaccuracy rate on in-hospital readings. Doing multiple at-home Blood Pressure tests is much more accurate.
Considering the side effects of prescription drugs, and the guessing game it might be for a doctor to prescribe the right medication for you: it's important that you take your health into your own hands.
Doctors can't be held responsible for enormous lifestyle changes. These changes cannot be mandated in a 10-minute appointment in an office. The fight against the high blood pressure epidemic has to begin with an individual making empowered & informed decisions.
Managing stress, caring about our overall health (not just the way we look), living a balanced life and getting moderate exercise are all essential to maintaining healthy blood pressure.
We know. It's way easier said than done! It's also much easier to take a pill than to change big aspects of our lives. This is exaggerated by the fact that many people with high blood pressure are over the age of 65, in which case getting exercise or losing weight might be difficult.
The natural preventative methods are numerous but not all are easily accessible to older patients. Clearlight offers a natural preventative that requires little-to-no effort and appeals to everyone: Infrared Sauna Therapy!
Saunas have healing properties that decrease stress which is directly correlated to high blood pressure. The American Institute of Stress estimates that up to 90% of hospital visits are stress-related symptoms.
Clearlight Infrared Saunas are proven to decrease stress by lowering Cortisol levels. Regular usage of infrared sauna therapy not only relaxes muscle tension in the body but also provides a sense of safety & solitude from our otherwise busy lives. Lowering our stress levels alone can lower High Blood Pressure, however, the effects of infrared saunas don't stop there.
For those unable to exercise due to physical injuries or old age, saunas provide a luxurious alternative. Studies have shown sitting in an infrared sauna for just 20 minutes can cause the same positive effects of moderate exercise. This encompasses weight loss, sweating out of toxins, stimulating exercise and decreasing stress!
Are the natural preventatives beginning to sound more appealing? Less about discipline, more about self-care?
A study in Finland of 1,600 middle-age men showed that those who sat in a sauna 4-7 times per week cut their risk of high blood pressure in half compared to men who used a sauna only once a week!
The infrared heat therapy produced in a Clearlight Sauna opens and relaxes blood vessels. Over time, this improves the function of the inside layers of blood vessels.
The research done at the University of Eastern Finland averaged 22 years. These follow-ups showed the men who used a sauna 4-7 times per week were 46% lower than men who used it only once! The subjects who used it 2-3 times per week were 24% lower!
These studies were published in the American Journal of Hypertension.
Clearlight Infrared Saunas offers a natural, but simple and fun way to lower your blood pressure.
Anyone with a history of HBP in their families, or currently suffering mild-severe hypertension should consider a Clearlight Infrared sauna to lower levels or pair with medication.
Clearlight believes each individual should speak to a doctor they trust to guide them. Add a Clearlight Sauna to any medical suggestions, and watch as your blood pressure falls.