One morning, my friend took his high blood pressure medication before going to work, as usual. He went out that evening around 9 pm, had dinner and consumed alcohol. It was not long before he blacked out. When he regained consciousness, his girlfriend made sure that he got home okay.
The following day, his doctor explained that the medication remained in his intestinal tract throughout the day because he had not consumed enough fluids. This occurrence serves as a strong reminder that consuming alcohol, while taking prescription drugs can have serious consequences.
To help you get a better grasp of HYPERTENSION, I have provided you with a handout. As you can see, each of the letters in the word hypertension is employed to explain its causes, dangers posed, and the opportunities available to control and correct this condition.
H – High blood pressure is expressed as a fraction. The top number is the systolic # or the pressure in the vessels when the heart is beating and the bottom # is the diastolic # or the pressure in the vessels when the heart is at rest. A blood pressure of 140/90 and above is considered high; 120/80 optimal; and 90/60 low.
Y – Why do we develop high blood pressure? Malnutrition. We have not nourished ourselves sufficiently to meet the emotional, physical, and mental demands we are place on our bodies. When the blood does not deliver the nutrients that our blood requires, the pressure rises with the false expectation that with more blood there are more nutrients. This does not occur because the blood is not sufficiently fortified in terms of fiber, enzymes and oxygen to meet its needs.
P – Prescriptions are written by physicians to arrest this condition, while supplements such as B-complex are also recommended. High dosages of these medications are said to cause erectile dysfunction. Recently I learned of a case of kidney failure, where the patient is undergoing dialysis, as a result of taking high blood pressure medication. We must modify our lifestyles for our blood pressure to return to normal.
E – Enliven your blood cells with nutrients garnered from a holistic natural diet consisting of fruits, grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts, with the exception of celery, cayenne pepper, ginger, and salt. Salt is one of the major contributors to high blood pressure. A hypertensive person should not have more than 1500 mg. per day. Canned and process foods can put you over the top in short order. Our manual for healthier living, “PSFW: Driving Your Energy Forward” available on our website, is designed for you to make a smooth transition to healthy lifestyle, starting today. (keep your doctor(s) abreast of dietary changes, as it may have an impact on your prescription(s).)
R – Rest is important. This is the time when the body has an opportunity to regenerate. Sleep deprived people are running a greater risk for developing hypertension.
T – Take your blood pressure repeatedly to ensure you are getting an accurate reading. There are several factors that impact our blood pressure readings, like smoking, caffeinated drinks, a full bladder, and recent physical activity.
E – Energy is not only furnished in terms of healthy foods it is delivered through:
nourishing career choices
cardiovascular exercise (biking, walking, jogging)
spiritual practice (yoga, meditation)
N – Nuts, almonds in particular, are powerful when it comes to reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. Make this your snack of choice. To this you may add, brewer’s yeast, avocados, and eggplant.
S – Stress is also caused by malnutrition. We must consider when we are taking on more than we can “chew.”
S – Signs & Symptoms are headaches, dizziness, swelling of the ankles, especially during the day, excessive sweating, anxiety and/or occasional nose bleeds.
I – I LOVE MYSELF and I will not tolerate mistreatment from myself or anyone else.
O – Organs are at risk if hypertension goes untreated. complications include heart disease, kidney disease, and brain damage, due to stroke. Additionally, waste management can cause blood vessels to lose flexibility, setting the stage for an aneurysm to form.
N – No. Learn to say no to what does not support your evolution, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
In conclusion, a couple of my friends were unaware of the fact that they too were hypertensive, until they needed dental work. The dentist found that their blood pressure was elevated and would not work on them until it came down.
How would like to have peace of mind, by having your blood pressure checked in time?
Clients with unmanaged or poorly managed hypertension may have complications that have cautions for massage, including kidney disease, atherosclerosis, and a risk of heart attack. All of these are concerns for massage therapists and bodywork practitioners. Further, clients who take medications for hypertension may feel dizzy or lethargic—this means they may need more time after a massage to make the transition back to full speed.
Any client with mild or borderline hypertension, who is encouraged to exercise is a good candidate for most kinds of bodywork. Clients with more advanced cases but who manage their hypertension successfully require some caution, but if they can exercise safely, they can probably also receive massage safely: judgments about massage must be made by comparing the challenges of bodywork with activities of daily living. Bodywork has been seen to have at least a short-term affect on blood pressure, but the overall stress-reducing effects may be more useful in the long run.
African Holistic Health, by Dr. Afrika
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