Thursday, September 28, 2006

Blood pressure

So you went to the Doctor to begrugingly, and you blood pressure was through the roof, do you really have high blood pressure? It is hard to say, as many people can be perfectly normal until they go to the Doctor and then the term "white coat syndrome" sets in, and it goes up, and then back to normal when you leave.

If you find out that it is high, you may want to take a look at the whole picture and see what you can change before jumping directly onto the prescription pad bandwagon. Now do not get me wrong, many people are alive and better because they have no choice other than to use the medication, but many more may be on it and may not need it, as better life changes and choices could have kept them off the drug to start with.

If you are diagnosed at a Doctors visit you need to take a look at your lifestyle. Are you overweight? Are you stressed out? Is there a history of high blood pressure in your family? Do you eat a ton of junk and fast food? Do you salt your food? Do you smoke or drink a little too much? Do you exercise at all? Do you get a good night of sleep? Are you on other medications? If you answered yes to more than a few of these questions , you might rightly have high blood pressure, but that still does not mean taking the drug is your only option. You can lose weight, exercise, drink more water, cut way back on the junk food, relax and cut out salt. Just these things can make a difference within a very short period of time.

Your Doctor may want you to try these things first, and an open minded one will want you to make changes that can make the difference, where some others may say thats it, take the drug. Many people that have these Doctors soon learn that these same Doctors will keep repeating the medications and renewing them without even seeing you or checking to see if there is still a need. How can they tell over the phone? You may be exercising now, be thinner and eating a great diet, and then there should be less need for the prescription.

Many people feel tired and run down and dizzy and soon find out that the medication was too strong, or that they did not need it anymore, so keep a watch on this, and always go in to see the Doctore before renewing the prescription. I know it is easier to keep renewing it, and saving the office co- payment, but you may not need it anymore!!!

There are also supplements you can add that will help to lower your blood pressure and increase you circulation. Cayenne pepper, garlic and hawthorn are just a few, you may also try co enzyme Q-10 and some extra B- complex to deal with stress. You could also look for the blood pressure blend products, these blends contain all of the nutrients together in one formula, and you can be assured that this way you are not missing anything. These nutrients along with the lifestyle changes can be the difference in a stroke or heart attack and a longer healthier life, once agin we are in the drivers seat, and with the risk of heart disease growing every day, we need to look where we are going..

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