Fasting High Blood Pressure Information - Wondering if you can do a fast although you have high blood pressure (hbp)? Will a fast or detox diet or for example a lemon juice cleanse help you?
My answer is yes, it will. Both fasting and detoxing really gives the body a chance to rest and heal. And the good thing about having hbp when you start a fast is that it always becomes lower during the fast.
But for people with already very low blood pressure, like me, it can sometimes be a bit dangerous because we often have the tendency to faint because of our low bp during the fast. But that doesn't prevent me from fasting. the problem can be fixed by having some licorice root extract. But if you have high bp then you don't have to worry too much, your bp will most likely just become normalized by fasting. And if you keep eating healthy after the fast, you will be fine for the long haul.
- Fasting High Blood Pressure Healthy Eating -
Blood pressure can be lowered by changing to a healthy diet coupled with a slower pace of life.
This morning I got an email that said:
"I have been on a high blood pressure medication for a few years and would like to replace it with a healthy diet, exercise or whatever it takes. Any suggestions?"
Yes, you bet I do! I love this subject.
When not fasting, you can focus on whole plant foods. And make sure you avoid white flour products and sugar.
Spinach is known to lower blood pressure naturally!
You should also have beetroot (or it's juice) every day.
And have a few walnuts every morning. They are a good source of omega-3 fats and much needed minerals.
Make sure your breathing is deep and not shallow.
If your breathing is shallow it means that the heart isn't engaged in your breath and the circulation in your body is slower than it should be and this leads to all sorts of complications, including hbp.
Doing all kinds of sport will strengthen your heart and help with your blood circulation.
But too much is not good, because like stress, too much training will deplete your body of magnesium.
And magnesium is so important!
If we don't have enough of it in our system, we are at higher risk of having a heart attack.
Something else to think about, is to be careful with your salt intake.
Processed food contains a lot of it. And that kind of food is often deficient in vital nutrients that the arteries need. Like folic acid and the B vitamins for example.
Another thing I would do, if I would be you, is not eating so many animal products. It gives your heart a break when you don't eat so much saturated fat that naturally occurs in cheese, meat etc.
Trans fats are also terrible for you, so don't buy anything where it says "partially hydrogenated oil" on the label.
Potassium (as well as magnesium) is a very important mineral for you, because it helps to regulate and lower blood pressure. You can fins potassium in bananas.
Hawthorn can be taken in a tablet or powdered form or you can buy the frozen berries if your health food store happens to have some. And it even comes as a tea.
Caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes can all make your blood pressure higher, so avoid all of that.
Fasting High Blood Pressure and Healthy Eating continued:
I would get a good Omega 3 micro algae supplement.
And possibly a good multivitamin, preferably whole food based.
Lastly I just want to say that you should tell your doctor you are doing all these changes, she can help you slowly lower your medication.
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