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Friday, October 23, 2009

Keeping healthy the natural way#1

    People are bound to fall ill every so often and under these situations we usually follow one of two paths. If we categorize the illness as minor then we usually try some kind of home remedy at first to see if we can cure the illness before seeking medical help from a doctor. The other path is seeking medical help immediately we are able to recognize the seriousness of the problem at the time of the incident.
    There are many lifestyle diseases which affect almost every person. Some of these can be cured while others can be controlled to some extent. Some of these lifestyle diseases which come to my mind at this point are: High blood pressure, Obesity and numerous tummy related problems.

    One of the most common diseases is affecting a lot of people these is high blood pressure which is also known as the silent killer. It is often misdiagnosed by the affected people until it is too late as there are no particular symptoms which are directly connected only to blood pressure problems. This can often leads to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure in the long term.

    The only way to tell if a person has high blood pressure is to have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis by a doctor. A normal and healthy person’s heart beats about 60 to 80 times a minute under relaxed conditions. The blood pressure should be as near as possible to 120/80 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury) for an adult. Blood pressure that stays between 120–139/80–89 is considered pre-hypertension and above this level (140/90 mm Hg or higher) is considered high (hypertension). Your doctor may take several readings with a stethoscope over a period of time before deciding whether the person’s blood pressure is high or normal.

    It can be controlled though not fully cured by either taking the blood pressure medication prescribed by the doctor and by making some lifestyle changes. The sedentary lifestyle and incorrect eating habits are the main causes of high BP and modifying our lifestyles. One way to correct this problem is to become more active through incorporating some form of exercise and meditation and eating healthier fat free foods leads to a lowering of high blood pressure to some extent.
    Some ways to correct the BP problem is to reduce the salt intake, adding garlic to your diet, Hawthorne, Rauwolfia serpentine, taking supplements of potassium/magnesium and fish oil as these things have been shown beneficial for patients with high blood pressure.

    Fish oil contains DHA (docohexaenoic acid), which lowers high blood pressure in most cases. Even though it is quiet safe to use it in ones diet, some points must be kept in mind. It has been show that people who have the following symptoms: Bleeding problems, allergy to fish oil, lung/breathing problems, pregnant, or breast feeding should avoid taking it as it leads to complications.

    Garlic is a very efficient high blood pressure preventative natural alternative. It is very effective because of its cholesterol-lowering properties and has blood thinning capability thereby reducing the blood pressure by about 5 to 10%. Over a period of time it has gained a reputation for being an anti-social food due to its offending smell, but with all of the health benefits that garlic provides, bad breath should be the least of your worries.

    Hawthorne berries are used in some parts of the world to treat cardiovascular disease. It helps to protect arterial walls, lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and strengthen the heart's pumping ability. Studies have shown that the full effect usually takes several weeks to months to develop and has far fewer side effects than the over the counter medication.

    Rauwolfia Serpentine is also known as the Indian Snakeroot is also a popular alternative here prescribed by some doctors who follow the alternative medicine. One of its main beneficial points is to significantly lower blood pressure with only a small dose. It takes a few days after the initial administration for the full effects of the medication to take place and it has shown to have a cumulative effect. One must keep in mind that Rauwolfia does have side effects when taking this medication. The most common side effect are: nasal congestion, dizziness, nausea and dry mouth.