Like carrying too much weight, having high blood pressure (or almost having high blood pressure) has become the norm. Most of us will to have to deal with the effects of HBP unless we do something about it.
But isn’t HBP going to occur anyway as we age, you might ask? The answer is no, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Scientists looked for a culture which ate well and exercised. The people studied lived in a remote area and did not have modern electrical or mechanical conveniences. They had to do things by hand and, because of this, movement (i.e. exercise) was part of their everyday existence.
These people rarely had high blood pressure. In fact, their blood pressure often lowered as they aged!
So, high blood pressure is not inevitable. But with our modern lifestyle of convenience most people will deal with HPB. We all know we must eat right and exercise in order to keep blood pressure normal but who has time for that?
I hope you do. Just taking a pill does not really fix the problem very well and those pills often come with side effects. The side effects are such that doctors report a great deal of noncompliance in taking the medication because having high blood pressure doesn’t make us feel as bad as the pills do. You probably already know that HBP is referred to as “The Silent Killer” because we do not often feel poorly because of high blood pressure.
I struggle with this myself. For years my blood pressure was perfect. There was never an issue. I ate well, almost all vegetables, whole grains, fruits and nuts and seeds. I exercised, much of that time I rode a recumbent bicycle many miles four or five days a week.
But then my life circumstances changed and I moved from Texas to Illinois. There are many days (months even) where I have no desire to ride my bike out in the cold weather of the North Shore of Chicago. And while I continued to eat well, my blood pressure started to rise. Now I know I must do both in order to keep the pills away and it serves as great motivation for me. There may come a day when I must take some form of HBP medication but that day will not come without a fight.
There are other things we can do to naturally lower our blood pressure. I have two books that might be of interest. The first is called, Thirty Days to Natural Blood Pressure Control. It is a very interesting and helpful book based on science. However, the authors are committed Christians and a portion of the book talks about how The Beatitudes of Jesus can be used for blood pressure control. I found this fascinating but other may not. So, I’ve also provided the Mayo Clinic’s, 5 Steps to Controlling High Blood Pressure (2nd Edition). This book has much of the same science and strategies but without the religious overtones.
If you have high blood pressure, you can almost certainly lessen or even eliminate the need for medication by doing some pretty simple things – things you know you should be doing anyway. Yes, it takes effort but the results are very satisfying. I love working with people who change habits which ultimately changes their lives. If you do not have high blood pressure then keep up the good work. One of these books might very well still be good for you to pick up and read. I’ll be rooting for you either way!
Until next time I’m…
Wishing you well,
Rev. Russell Elleven, DMin, BCC, CWP is a Board Certified Coach and Certified Wellness Practitioner. He helps individuals obtain health and wellbeing through his coaching practice The Minister of Health, LLC and through congregational work as the executive director of The Genesis 1:29 Project.
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