One in three adults suffers high blood pressure and it really is something we need to address. When our blood is not moving as freely as it should, the pressure builds and the eventual release may not be pretty. In fact, we are much more likely to succumb to a stroke or other issues if we ignore this problem. The response of the modern medical machine is to treat the symptom. There is no cure and the pharmaceutical "solution" continues as long as you do. This is poor medicine, because there are several common causes for elevated blood pressure and all of them can be addressed.
We have reached a point in societal evolution where it has become necessary to reclaim responsibility for our own health. In this case, you can simply purchase a blood pressure monitor to deduce which of the key potential causes is pushing your pressure. Then you are equipped to begin pushing it back and reclaiming your arterial integrity. There are four most likely causes of high blood pressure. In Part One of this two-part article we will look at two of these causes.
1) Manage Your Magnesium
Magnesium is the world's largest mineral deficiency and it is also the most common root cause of high blood pressure. Magnesium relaxes vessels in the vascular system, promoting optimum delivery of life-sustaining blood. Constriction of our pipework is the outcome of a lack of magnesium, and high blood pressure, migraines and asthma are the common consequences.
Cereal grains, soft drinks and stress are amongst the most significant players in magnesium deficiency. Phytic acid in grains ties up this mineral, as does phosphoric acid in soft drinks, and every physiological aspect of stress sucks our magnesium reserves.
Most of us would benefit from supplementation of 600 mg of magnesium each day, but for those of us suffering long term deficiency, this may not solve our problems. The gut lining struggles to absorb magnesium in cases of chronic deficiency. The solution is to bypass problems with the digestive tract and deliver the much-needed mineral directly into the blood, via our skin.
Transdermal magnesium delivery has become an exciting new strategy in integrative health management. In fact, it is suggested that this may be up to ten times more effective than oral supplementation. The NTS product MagSorb™ is an example of this super-efficient supplementation through the skin. MagSorb™ is sprayed on the body, and included in foot baths and regular baths, to deliver a pure, high-magnesium liquid, directly into the blood where it can be rapidly distributed to sites where it is needed. MagSorb™ became our highest-selling health supplement worldwide within months of its release. This popularity is based on performance. I personally would never attempt my intense global travel schedule without my trusty bottle of spray-on MagSorb™. It stops headaches, joint aches and cramping that sometimes follow long, confined flights, and I also find it energising when jet lagged.
2) Balance Sodium and Potassium and Tone Up Your Kidneys
One in every four people who die in intensive care, do so due to kidney failure. The recent news that the world's most widely used farm chemical, glyphosate, is a carcinogen was preceded by the revelation that this ubiquitous substance is also a kidney killer. In fact, two countries have recently banned glyphosate because of a well-researched link to kidney failure.
Healthy kidneys pump and balance sodium and potassium. People suffering hypertension are required to drop sodium and embrace extra potassium because their kidneys are often no longer performing to par. A potassium broth is created by simply boiling potatoes and greens and then discarding the solids and drinking the broth. The broth features the potassium that has been stripped from these vegetables during cooking (potassium is the most leachable of minerals, and potatoes should never be boiled unless you are intending to drink the potato water). Processed, canned and takeaway foods are also off the menu for hypertensives, as they are usually heavily fortified with industrial table salt. The salt exclusion, however, is limited to the bastardised table variety. Mountain salts, like Nutri-Salt™ from NTS, are still allowable in cases of high blood pressure because their rich mineral lode buffers the unbalanced sodium and potassium found in standard table salt.
Nutri-Salt™ is a unique condiment. It is sourced from a sacred mountain in India that provides the salt used in many ayurvedic therapies. It is also the best salt you have ever eaten, or we refund your money. We have never needed to refund a single customer because this is a truly delightful salt that offers a flavoursome boost. It is a big favourite with both professional chefs and home cook foodies alike.
The other solution to high blood pressure, which has been induced by a poor balance of sodium and potassium, is to address the root cause of the problem – the kidneys. Several years ago, a renowned German naturopath in her nineties attended one of my courses. When I was discussing the treatment of high blood pressure, she offered an invaluable insight. She suggested that, during sixty years of practice, a little less than half of her blood pressure patients had countered the problem with the simplest of solutions. Parsley, the most popular of garden herbs, is also the most powerful known kidney tonic. She suggested that a few sprigs of parsley, chopped and added to a cup of boiling water and steeped for ten minutes, can produce a parsley tea that can tone and repair ailing kidneys. She claimed that this parsley tea could be consumed three times a day for three weeks and that the subsequent kidney repair will be obvious when checking your blood pressure meter. I have shared this tip around the world and there have been many reports of its benefit.
In next week's instalment we will look at the role of homocysteine and taurine as potential causes of high blood pressure and we will also look at several natural solutions that you might find preferable to the pharmaceutical alternative.