Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure is often referred as the silent killer disease because it shows no symptoms apart from headaches or dizziness. High blood pressure is of great concern because it is a sign of underlying process affecting the arteries (atherosclerosis) and is associated with higher risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Along with the heart, it also affects the kidney.
Basics of Hypertension
Blood pressure is recorded as two distinct numbers. The first one is called as the systolic blood pressure which represents the pressure of the blood in the blood vessels when the heart is contracting while the second one is called as the diastolic blood pressure which represents the pressure of the blood in the blood vessels when the heart is relaxing. A normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg without medication and one is said to have high blood pressure if the reading is equal to or greater than 140/90 mmHg.
Root cause of high blood pressure
The real question is what causes high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar at the first place. It is certainly not a medication deficiency! Increased intake of modern western diet which is rich in fats, sugar, cholesterol and animal protein makes your cardiovascular system sick which leads to poor micro-circulation. Because of this, the flow of the blood is restricted and thus it becomes very hard for the heart to pump the blood to the tissues and at cellular level. Because of the food we eat, the innermost lining of our arteries which is the endothelial cells gets damaged and leads to formation of plaques. Thus the wall of the arteries loses its elasticity and becomes stiff due to high cholesterol, high sugar and high bad fats. All this causes your blood pressure to increase leading to hypertension.
3 important things which you should know if you are on medications
If one is taking hypertension pills, he/she is only suppressing the high blood pressure numbers and not addressing the root cause of hypertension - which is the food we eat.
If all people with high blood pressure are taking medications, why is High Blood Pressure still one of the leading cause of death in India? Because they only took medicines and never corrected the cause of high blood pressure.
A Plant Based Nutrition rich diet is a powerful tool to not only lower high blood pressure but also treat the root cause and therefore eliminate all the other complications.
Hypertension is reversible and preventable
If we consume Plant Based Nutrition Dense diet that is high in fiber and micronutrients, your blood pressure will reduces to a great extent. A diet rich in potassium, magnesium, omega -3 fatty acids and nitrates is very crucial for the reversal of high blood pressure. This kind of diet is available only from plant based source.
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