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[Edition datE] Tuesday June 6 2017
How’s your blood pressure? There are many tell-tale signs our health isn’t what it should be. Finding out we have higher than normal blood pressure is an important one. According to Julian Marshall, owner of Marshall’s Health & Natural Therapy in New Brighton, making a few life changes can help you keep on top of it. “Our body is really amazing. It has the ability to heal itself of just about any disease if we make the effort to do the right things! Often there are signs that things are not right and this is the time to find out why. Disease doesn’t happen for no reason. Cardiovascular disease, one of the leading causes of death is generally very preventable. The secret is to make the changes before things get too bad!” Some symptoms of high blood pressure include, headaches, migraines, not noticing the cold, the feeling of pressure in the head and nose bleeds, but often the first sign that something is wrong comes in a more life threatening manner. “The kidneys don’t handle high blood pressure very well, and can become seriously damaged as a result. Or, worsecase scenario, you can suddenly have a stroke or aneurysm, or even a heart attack.” To have good cardiovascular health, the systolic reading – the blood pressure in the arteries when the heart pumps – should be 120 (or less) and the diastolic reading – which is the pressure in the arteries between beats or while the heart
is resting should be between 60 & 70. It is common when talking about blood pressure to say the systolic reading over the diastolic reading, i.e. 120/60. Blood pressure can vary considerably over a relatively short period of time. It is also best to check your blood pressure when you are relaxed at home. For this reason I recommend it is a good idea to purchase your own digital blood pressure unit and check your blood pressure regularly. They are easy to use and can give you a good indication of what may be effecting your blood pressure especially if it is high. A moderate increase in blood pressure can be caused by many things including stress & worry. Blood pressure over
140/70 is often caused by poor circulation. Poor circulation again can be caused by various factors especially plaque build-up in the blood vessels but also if the blood vessels are not supple enough or in poor condition. Calcium is an important mineral for good health. However it often builds up in the arteries as calcium plaque restricting blood flow. Researchers have found Vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 can allow this calcium to be pulled out of the arteries and absorbed into the bones and tissues where it belongs. It can therefore help prevent osteoporosis also. Montmorency tart cherry juice has been shown to significantly reduce high blood pressure at levels comparable
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to that achieved by medication but without the side effects according to new research from Northumbria University, Newcastle. Participants with the highest blood pressure saw the most benefit. Recommended dosage is 30ml, two or three times daily away from food. Not only will tart cherry juice help your B/P but its powerful antioxidants and concentrated nutrients can support good health, joint function, help clear up gout and give you a much more restful deep sleep. Drinking delicious Hibiscus tea has been shown to lower elevated blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, reduce muscle cramps as well as support the central nervous system. Try to drink at least 2-3 cups daily. The lack of magnesium can be a major contributor too, with most people having less than optimum levels. “Sure signs of being low in magnesium include having an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, migraines, muscle cramps, twitches and night time teeth grinding are just a few.” These are just a few supplements we highly recommend to help you support your good health and blood pressure. Free blood pressure checks and further more detailed information is available in store from the Natural Health Advisers at Marshall’s Health & Natural Therapy, 110 Seaview Road, New Brighton; Phone: 388-5757. Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm; & Saturday, 10am-5pm. We are Always Happy to Help!
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