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Hypertension

Hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure, makes us more susceptible to coronary heart disease, strokes and kidney disease. People who are overweight and do not get much exercise are at much higher risk of having high blood pressure.

Blood pressure can be treated without drugs (always see your doctor first) if a person is willing to change their lifestyle and diet.  In societies where salt is limited, hypertension is rare.  Too much caffeine, alcohol and smoking when combined with high blood pressure can greatly increase the chances of suffering heart disease or stroke.

Stress is a major factor in hypertension.  Chemicals such as adrenaline and noradrenaline are released into the bloodstream, increasing heart rate, breathing and blood pressure.  This is known as the ‘fight or flight’ response and in the Stone Age when the hunter had to run quickly to get out of danger, the adrenaline gave him the energy to do this.  It also causes the blood to thicken and clot more quickly to help with any injuries he might incur.  We don’t face the same sort of dangers as Stone Age man, but our stressful lifestyles, stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and smoking cause our bodies to react in the same way, resulting in not only hypertension but a number of other degenerative diseases including coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.

High blood pressure is closely related to lifestyle and dietary factors.  Some of the dietary factors include obesity, high-sugar diet, high saturated-fat and low essential fatty acid intake, and a diet low in magnesium, calcium and vitamin C.

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References
Balch & Balch, Prescription for Nutritional Healing  Avery 1997
Murray M & Pizzorno J, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Revised 2nd Edition Prima Publising 1998

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