Can High Blood Pressure Be Cured Without Medication?

Here in our office, we believe in the power of nutrition and lifestyle to cure high blood pressure. We see it every day with our patients.

Yes, that’s right. High blood pressure can be cured naturally and without medication.

High blood pressure (also known as “hypertension”) is usually the result of poor diet and lifestyle choices. Change your diet and make some different lifestyle choices and you are on your way to normalizing your blood pressure.

While diet and lifestyle changes aren’t quick fixes, you can begin to make small changes over time and start to reverse your high blood pressure.  Diet alone has one of the biggest impacts on high blood pressure!

High blood pressure is a serious disorder associated with an increased risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. It is not a disease itself but a sign of an unhealthy person.

In order to understand how high blood pressure can be cured, you must first understand what it is and how it is caused.

What Are the Different Stages of High Blood Pressure?

There are different stages of high blood pressure.

A blood pressure reading, given in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), has two numbers. The first, or upper, number measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats (systolic pressure). The second, or lower, number measures the pressure in your arteries between beats (diastolic pressure).

The Stages of High Blood Pressure:

  • Prehypertension: 120/80 to 139/89
  • STAGE 1 Mild Hypertension: 140/90 to 159/99
  • STAGE 2 Moderate Hypertension: 160/100 to 179/109
  • STAGE 3 Severe Hypertension: 180/110 or higher

Prehypertension stage can often be reversed by simple lifestyle modifications such as lower sodium diet, increased potassium and magnesium intake and more exercise.

While stages 1, 2 and 3 of hypertension are more critical, they too can still be reversed. The key with these is a strict nutritional therapy approach. We use combinations of supplements and diet and lifestyle changes targeted at lowering these numbers over time.

Keep reading for more information.

What Are Factors Influencing the Development of High Blood Pressure?

  1. 1. Diet
    • Sodium
      • High sodium intake (i.e. processed foods) is linked to high blood pressure due to its effects on the kidneys and fluid retention.
    • Potassium
      • Low potassium levels are linked to hypertension. Eat foods rich in potassium or take a potassium supplement to heal high blood pressure.
    • Magnesium
      • Magnesium deficiency is another factor linked to high blood pressure. Magnesium and potassium are key minerals for regulating blood pressure. Eat foods rich in magnesium or try supplementing.
    • Vitamin D
      • Getting adequate sunshine and vitamin D is imperative to healthy blood pressure. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to blood vessel dysfunction and hypertension. Get in the sun. Aim to get at least 20 minutes or more of uninterrupted sunshine each day.
    • Omega 3 fatty acids
      • Omega 3 fats are essential and must be obtained through the diet or supplementation. These fats are critical to maintaining healthy blood pressure and blood flow.
  1. 2. Behavior
    • Weight
      • Being overweight puts strain on the heart muscle causing it to weaken and lose normal function over time. Shed the weight and improve blood pressure.
    • Physical inactivity
      • Lack of physical activity is linked to high blood pressure. Exercise improves blood vessel function and promotes good flow.
    • High intakes of alcohol –
      • Alcohol acts like a toxin in the body. High alcoholic intakes (defined as more than 3 drinks per sitting) or repeated “binge drinking” can contribute to vascular damage and inflammation leading to hypertension.
    • Tobacco use
      • Tobacco use causes the blood vessels to narrow and constrict and reduces blood flow, posing a major risk for high blood pressure and heart attacks.
    • High level of stress
      • Stress can temporarily cause high blood pressure by causing constriction of arteries. Over time, chronic stress can also stimulate the release of inflammatory, stress hormones that can contribute to hypertension.
  1. 3. Conditions
    • Diabetes
      • Diabetes that remains out of control can contribute to blood vessel damage leading to an increased risk for high blood pressure or heart attacks.
    • Kidney disease
      • The kidneys are responsible for filtering and excreting wastes and fluids. They do so with the help of healthy blood vessels. With kidney disease, excretion of fluids can become impaired leading to fluid buildup and high blood pressure.
    • Sleep apnea
      • Sleep apnea causes sudden drops in oxygen, which results in increased blood pressure. Overtime, this chronic high blood pressure can result in strain to the cardiovascular system.
  1. 4. Other Factors
    • Age
      • As age increases, the risk for high blood pressure increases. As we age, there are structural changes in the arteries that occur and they can become stiffer and narrower.
    • Pollution or toxin exposure
      • Toxins and chemicals act as irritants to the blood vessel lining and can contribute to narrowing or constriction of arteries and high levels of inflammation. Both of these factors can cause high blood pressure.
    • Lack of sleep
      • Sleep is needed for body restoration. Lack of sleep can harm the body’s ability to regulate its production of stress hormones, which can increase risk for high blood pressure.

How Can My Blood Pressure Be Cured?

It can be cured with simple diet and lifestyle changes. It took time for you to develop high blood pressure, so it will take time to resolve it as well.

The answer to high blood pressure is not medication. Medications mask problems. They don’t cure them.

The answer is to get healthy and make changes to support your heart health.

Steps to cure high blood pressure:

  1. Follow an organic, Paleo diet
  2. Eat foods proven to reduce blood pressure
  3. Take evidence-based supplements that can lower blood pressure
  4. See a chiropractor regularly
  5. Get sunshine and vitamin D daily
  6. Get quality sleep
  7. Lose weight
  8. Move your body
  9. De-stress
  10. Reduce toxin exposure and detoxify your body

There are many other ways to support healthy blood pressure.

Read more about the top ways to reduce blood pressure naturally without medication.

Takeaway Message:

High blood pressure can be cured. It is not a disease itself, but a sign of an unhealthy person. In order to cure high blood pressure, you must make changes to your diet and lifestyle. Monitor you blood pressure levels and implement these natural, sustainable changes to your everyday life. Your heart and body will thank you.

What Are the 6 Best Natural Supplements for High Blood Pressure?

Over 60 million people in the United States currently have high blood pressure. It is one of the most common disorders today.

While this statistic is staggeringly high, there are many ways to reduce high blood pressure naturally.

Often diet alone is not enough and nutritional supplementation is needed.

We use several evidence-based supplements here in our office.

Talk to your integrative doctor today to find the best combination for you.

Top 6 best supplements for high blood pressure-

  1. 1. Heart Beet Powder
    • Beets are a natural source of nitrates, which get converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is a molecule that has a vasodilatory effect that regulates healthy blood pressure and normal blood flow. Heart Beet powder contains the whole beets, the beetroot greens and the roots making it a highly nutrient dense product rich in micronutrients and antioxidants to protect the heart. Beetroot greens have a high level of potassium, which helps them to further regulate blood pressure and boost cardiovascular function. We always start with Heart Beet powder as our go-to supplement for any regimen aimed at reducing blood pressure. Often, if that is not enough then we add in a second powerful addition called Vessel Support (see #2). Together, this duo is a powerful supplement combo that can fight off high blood pressure.
    • Try it: 2 teaspoons Heart Beet Powder daily in water or juice or smoothie.
  2. 2. Vessel Support
    • This powder has amino acid precursors to nitric oxide in it, which raises nitric oxide levels naturally in the body. It is another way to increase that valuable molecule known as nitric oxide. Additionally, the grapeseed extract in this product works to prevent the breakdown of nitric oxide. This supplement works great in combination with beetroot powder to powerfully increase nitric oxide levels and decrease hypertension. If you have chronically high blood pressure, consider using heart beet powder and vessel support together to drastically reduce your high blood pressure levels. Overall, this supplement increases blood flow, relaxes blood vessels and results in normal blood pressure levels. Additionally, it can lower inflammation, which further protects vessels from being narrowed.
    • Try it: 1 tsp Vessel Support daily with the Heart Beet.
  3. 3. Magne 5
    • Magnesium is needed to help the blood vessels relax and thus is required for proper blood pressure regulation. It is a mighty mineral that is needed to support the electrical activity of the heart and to keep the heart functioning properly. Magnesium protects blood vessels from damage such as inflammation or oxidative stress, which further prevents against high blood pressure. Low levels of magnesium are linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disorders and high blood pressure. Our new cardiovascular blend of magnesium is aimed at doing just that. It is loaded with five forms of magnesium to support blood vessel dilation and normal blood pressure. These five forms of magnesium that are key to heart health include magnesium malate, magnesium citrate, magnesium taurinate, magnesium bisglycinate chelate, and magnesium orotate.
    • Try it: 2 capsules Magne 5 daily. We recommend taking at bedtime.
  4. 4. Potassium
    • Potassium aids in blood pressure regulation by reducing the effects of sodium. The more potassium you get into your body, the more sodium you can excrete. Potassium helps your kidneys work better at removing excess fluids, which helps to decrease blood pressure naturally. Additionally, potassium helps to relax blood vessel walls and allow blood to flow more freely. When it comes to high blood pressure, the Standard American Diet delivers too much sodium and too little potassium. Potassium deficiency has been linked to a higher risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
    • Try it: 1 tsp Potassium Boost daily added to water, juice or other powders.
  5. 5. Omega DHA
    • Essential omega 3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA are needed to reduce cellular inflammation, increase vasodilation and support healthy blood vessel structure. These essential fats also increase blood flow and slow the development of atherosclerotic plaque, which further helps protect the heart against high blood pressure. It has been suggested that EPA and DHA supplementation is even more important than salt restriction in preventing hypertension.
    • Try it: 1 capsule Omega DHA daily
  6. 6. Garlic
    • Garlic controls blood pressure levels through its unique sulfur compounds. Allicin, the main sulfuric compound with heart-healthy properties, helps to reduce blood pressure. Specifically, these sulfur compounds promote the regulation of nitric oxide and stimulate blood vessel relaxation along with an overall reduction in blood pressure1.
    • Try it: 1 tablet Garlic Force daily

 

References:

  1. Reid et al., 2014: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4266250/

10 Ways to Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally Without Medication

Always look for natural solutions to medical issues.

Conventional medicine wants to treat high blood pressure with prescription medications. Medications mask problems, they don’t cure them. Medications make money for Big Pharma. Natural solutions don’t.

I want you to reduce your high blood pressure by curing the cause of it. Here are 10 natural ways to make that happen.

  1. 1. Eat an organic, Paleo diet
    • This is one of the first steps towards health. Eating only organic foods eliminates the pesticides associated with conventionally grown food and protects health. These chemicals are toxins to the body (see #10) that can wreak havoc everywhere including within your blood vessels. They act as irritants to the lining of the blood vessels and this can result in high levels of inflammation and oxidative stress, which ultimately narrows the arteries and results in decreased blood flow and high blood pressure.
    • The Paleo diet is our favorite way to make a sustainable lifestyle change and reduce blood pressure naturally. The Paleo Pyramid is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, grass-fed meats and wild-caught seafood, all of which contain the key nutrients to support optimal cardiovascular function and normal blood pressure.
  2. 2. Shed the weight
    • Being overweight or obese puts immense strain on the heart muscle and its blood vessels. This contributes to high blood pressure over time. Increased body weight (along with other factors that arise with Metabolic Syndrome) requires increased amounts of blood and oxygen to be pumped throughout the body. This results in an increased amount of blood being pumped through the circulatory system and an increased amount of pressure on the artery walls. Additionally, higher weight can increase the heart rate, which can decrease the amount of blood the body can pump through its blood vessels. Often, heart rate and blood pressure can rise together as they are closely tied to one another. Lose the weight then lose the pressure.
    • Read more about the health effects of Metabolic Syndrome and obesity and how to reverse them.
  3. 3. Take a fish oil supplement
  4. 4. Make a blood pressure lowering beverage every morning
    • If you have chronic, high blood pressure then you likely need some extreme nutritional therapy to get it under control and back to normal. Many of our patients make a daily drink aimed at naturally boosting nitric oxide, improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure. This drink contains two essential blood pressure supplements that increase nitric oxide and dilate blood vessels called Heart Beet powder and Vessel Support powder. Mix the two together for a powerful, anti-hypertensive combo. Talk to your natural doctor today about adding these into your blood pressure lowering regimen.
  5. 5. Load up on magnesium
    • Magnesium is the heart’s mighty mineral. Without enough magnesium, cardiovascular function begins to deteriorate. It is one of the main minerals we test for when we are trying to heal the heart. Magnesium deficiency is linked to increased risk for heart problems. Magnesium can improve blood flow, which helps to keep blood pressure normal. It also helps the blood vessels relax and helps the nerves and muscles function properly. Additionally, it is needed for the transport of potassium, which further aids in improving blood pressure.
    • Check out our recently launched Magne 5, a comprehensive cardiovascular magnesium supplement loaded with the five forms of magnesium scientifically proven to the help the heart out.
  6. 6. Eat potassium rich foods
    • Potassium is a key mineral involved in blood pressure regulation. Potassium is needed for muscle function and to help the blood vessels relax. It also helps to prevent irregular heart beets and keep the blood flowing normally. Additionally, potassium helps to balance the effects of sodium. High blood pressure can often result from sodium levels that are too high and potassium levels that are too low. This type of imbalance often results from the processed food intake associated with the American diet. Sodium causes the kidneys to hold onto fluid (and not excrete it) and this can cause fluid to build up and pressure within blood vessels to increase. Skip the salt and load up on foods rich in potassium. Your heart and health will thank you.
    • Check out our list of the top 10 Paleo foods rich in potassium.
  7. 7. Consume foods proven to reduce blood pressure naturally
    • There are certain foods that have been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure due to their effects on blood vessel structure and dilation. Additionally, diet is one of the main things you can alter to improve blood pressure for the better. Focus on fresh foods (rich in potassium) and eliminate processed foods (high in sodium) to restore the balance of key minerals in your body.
    • Check out our list of the top 8 foods proven to reduce blood pressure.
  8. 8. See a chiropractor
    • Chiropractic care is one of the best things you can do for high blood pressure. It helps to control the autonomic nervous system, which is the electrical system of nerves that controls blood pressure regulation. We have seen many of our patients blood pressure readings return to normal simply by going to see a doctor of chiropractic. Regular adjustments can help to realign the spine and allow for normal relaxation and contraction of muscles and blood vessels. They also can decrease inflammation, further protecting against hypertension.
    • Learn more about the preventative effects of chiropractic care against cardiovascular disease.
  9. 9. Get sunshine
    • Sunshine causes the endothelial layer of your blood vessels to widen and relax, which results in vasodilation (or lower blood pressure).
    • Additionally, it converts excess cholesterol in your skin to the heart-healthy nutrient vitamin D. This helps to decrease buildup of cholesterol and prevents atherosclerotic plaques from forming, thus preventing high blood pressure. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to endothelial dysfunction, increased thickness of arteries and increased risk for high blood pressure1. Get at least 20 minutes of full body sunshine daily to prevent high blood pressure naturally.
  10. 10. Eliminate toxin exposures
    • Toxins are chemicals that can cause damage to just about anything in the body. These toxins are harmful to blood vessels and can cause increased amounts of inflammation and oxidative stress within them. Over time, high inflammation and oxidative stress narrows the arteries and raises blood pressure.
    • Eliminate chemicals used in household products and your home as these can irritate blood vessels and cause them to constrict. Get rid of tobacco or high levels of alcohol consumption, both of which are considered toxins. Decrease stress, as this acts like a toxin to the body.
    • Read more about the natural (toxin-free) products we use every day.

 

References:

  1. Ozlem et al., 2016: http://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/medical/issues/sag-16-46-1/sag-46-1-13-1403-114.pdf