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How Diet Affects Blood Pressure

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How Diet Affects Blood Pressure

Itís important to understand that uncontrolled high blood pressure is a very serious health concern that can lead to heart disease and increases your risk of having a stroke.

The good news though is that following a healthy nutrition plan, along with exercising and implementing effective stress reduction techniques will normalize blood pressure in most people.

So please review the guidelines below, and look through the related article links at the end to learn more if you or someone you know is affected by high blood pressure. It’s actually an easily treated condition, but one that can cause serious damage to your health if it’s ignored.

Your Diet Will Raise or Lower Your Blood Pressure

Are you on a high grain, low fat regimen? If so, I have bad news for you, because this nutritional combination is a prescription for hypertension and can absolutely devastate your health.

Groundbreaking research published in 1998 in the journal Diabetes reported that nearly two-thirds of the test subjects who were insulin resistant (IR) also had high blood pressure, and insulin resistance is directly attributable to a high sugar, high grain diet along with insufficient amounts of exercise.

So, chances are that if you have hypertension, you also have poorly controlled blood sugar levels because these two problems often go hand in hand. As your insulin level elevates, so does your blood pres≠sure.

As explained by Dr. Rosedale, insulin stores magnesium, but if your insulin receptors are blunted and your cells grow resistant to insulin, you canít store magnesium so it passes out of your body through urination. Magnesium stored in your cells relaxes muscles.

If your magnesium level is too low, your blood vessels will constrict rather than relax, which will raise your blood pressure and decrease your energy level.

Insulin also affects your blood pressure by causing your body to retain sodium. Sodium retention causes fluid retention. Fluid retention in turn causes high blood pressure, and can ultimately lead to congestive heart failure.

If your hypertension is the direct result of an out-of-control blood sugar level, then normalizing your blood sugar levels will also bring your blood pressure readings into the healthy range.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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4:02AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Thank you for info.,

6:23PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Thank you

4:00AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

An in-depth study into high blood pressure. Thanks for this piece as it would guide me in so many ways - diet, lifestyle, outlook..

9:05PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Good info...thanks!

10:23PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

An informative piece!

9:06PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Very interesting and something to be investigated.

3:35PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Very interesting, tks

12:17PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

A GOOD READ.

11:04AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Informative. Thanks for posting.

8:34AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

great article

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