If you take meds to tame fluctuating blood pressure, you probably think that that’s not only the easiest, but also the most effective method for any blood pressure spikes.
That’s seems to be true for the first few years when heart medication lowers blood pressure with ease. But the situation changes over time. Over time fluctuating blood pressure gets worse and blood pressure spikes become less manageable.
Such health decline takes people by surprise. Wasn’t the pill supposed to cure blood pressure swings?
There aren’t any pills for fluctuating blood pressure
Fluctuating blood pressure can’t be cured by prescription, because there aren’t any pills that level off highs and lows. There are meds that lower blood pressure spikes, but their effect is far from a cure.
That’s why heart patients need to take their pills every day and likely for the rest of their lives. Lack of permanency has an obvious reason. Meds don’t address the causes. And without addressing the underlying causes, there won’t be any cure.
You can cure fluctuating blood pressure yourself
You don’t need to be a cardiologist to fix your heart. You don’t need a Harvard degree to lower blood pressure spikes. But what you need is an understanding why you have blood pressure swings to begin with. Once you “get it”, you can proceed with a cure.
In 90% of cases doctors cannot tell where blood pressure spikes come from. It’s not their fault, but their schools. Medical textbooks mention nothing about stress, environment, or nutrition as a possible cause of blood pressure spikes. If they did nearly all cases of fluctuating blood pressure would be solved.
That’s why your doctor may keep on insisting that hypertension is genetic, which is a complete bunk in 98% of cases. Here are real causes for fluctuating blood pressure. To fix your blood pressure spikes, you need to know them.
What stress has to do with blood pressure spikes
Many people don’t realize, but they live in a perpetuating state of stress. That’s really bad for the heart. Stress causes spikes and palpitations. There are several methods to reduce the stress and calm down the heart at the same time. Here are a few of them:
Marry and be happy
This is not a joke. Epidemiological studies show that men that never marry have on the average higher blood pressure and much higher tendency to hypertension later in life.[i] On the average, marriage decreases BP numbers by 6 mmHg.[ii] But marrying just anyone for the sake of lowering blood pressure won’t do. Bad marriage can make blood pressure spikes worse.
Hook up to iTunes
Music is therapeutic. Music can heal the heart. Research reveals that music therapy can bring blood pressure down significantly, even if it is just one session. Ditch the supplements, because four weeks of music therapy may be better than garlic pills. On the average 25 min of music a day drops systolic by 12 mmHg and diastolic by 5 mmHg.[iii] Not too shabby.
Give and receive hugs
No laughing matter here. Our society is germ and touch-phobic. Hugs are rare nowadays. But hugs carry body and soul benefits. Hugs release neurotransmitters that calm the heart resulting in lower blood pressure, lower heart rate and lesser stress perception.[iv] They also boost the immune system.[v] If you have wild blood pressure swings, consider becoming a hugger. If you are too afraid, too timid, or too stand-offish to involve humans, buy yourself a teddy bear. Apparently it works too. If a plush toy is not an option then consider huggy blanky.
What’s wrong with pills?
You heard me saying “Health is a Skill, not a Pill” and I stand by it. Although some may think it is an odd statement it may not be that strange when you give it a second thought. There are at least three reasons to consider pills for high blood pressure as the last resort.
Pills don’t make the body any healthier and they don’t address the disease causes. All they can do is to give a temporary relief from the symptoms for a few hours. That’s why you have to take your meds daily and that’s why once you start you are stuck.
2. Side effects to the body
We are conditioned to accept that all medications have side effects. This comes from the belief that side effects are a minor price to pay for saving a life. The problem is that meds are not as good at saving lives as “they say”. Meds are neither the only nor the best way to deal with fluctuating blood pressure. Coping skills and weight loss produce far better results. Pills may look very convenient and tempting, but are the least healthy way to deal with blood pressure.
3. Side effects to the environment
Once you are on meds your pee becomes chemically-loaded. Maybe the toxins won’t stain the toilet, but they will definitely burden the environment. Bacteria, plankton, insects, fish, and birds are dying off and drug metabolites are part of the problem. Our pill-popping convenience is very inconvenient for our planet.
If you care to be environmentally friendly the best way to go about it is to get yourself truly healthy. Your health will do significantly more good to the planet, than the donation dollars you conveniently sink into a good cause slogans.
Do it right. Fix your spikes and dips permanently.
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