Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Sweet Way To Lower Blood Pressure

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Who would have though that anything as delicious as chocolate could also be healthy? But it's true, studies now show that eating a piece of dark chocolate everyday is good for your heart, and can actually lower your blood pressure several points.

Now, before you go gorging yourself on this delicious treat, listen up! Not all chocolate are created equal. The only chocolate from which you can get these healthy heart benefits is Dark chocolate. No milk chocolate! No white chocolate! The only thing these types of chocolate will give you is fat in your hips and thighs.

So why is Dark chocolate so different?

Dark chocolate have a higher content of flavonoids which is an antioxidant that has been shown to have several beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system; including, decreasing the accumulation of cholesterol in blood vessels, preventing the accumulation of blood platelets which contributes to the risk of blood clots that produce stroke, and heart attack, decreasing inflammation in the body, and relaxing the blood vessels.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, all you need to eat is a quarter of an ounce of dark chocolate daily to receive its blood pressure lowering effect. Also, the flavonoids are found in the cocoa so, you need to eat dark chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa content. I personally like Lindt's Excellence Extra Dark with 85% cocoa, and Ghirardelli's Twilight Delight with 72% Cocoa.

Dark chocolate is becoming very popular, and easily available so, you should not have any problem finding one that you like. Enjoying a piece of dark chocolate at the end of day when you're sitting back, and relaxing is another way to lower your blood pressure, and keep your heart safe and healthy.

To find more easy, and natural ways to lower your blood pressure, and maintain it within a healthy range, check out The Silent Killer Exposed

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure is a serious condition that if left untreated, or uncontrolled can lead to heart disease, stroke, dementia, and kidney damage so, keeping blood your pressure under control is essential.

However, the side effects of high blood pressure drugs can be mild to severe. These may include:

-Weakness / tiredness
-Cold hands and feet
-Disturbed sleep
-Slow or fast heartbeat
-Dry, constant cough
-Ankle swelling, leg cramps or aches in the joints
-Digestive complications
-Shortness of breath
- Foggy brain , and inability to concentrate
-Erectile dysfunction

While lowering your blood pressure is very important, the above symptoms should not be the price you pay. Finding the right medicine will require that you communicate with your doctor. If you experience any of the side effects from your blood pressure medication, you should let your doctor know about them right away.

There are many ways in which you can lower your blood pressure without drugs, or at least decrease the amount of drugs you're currently taking. Here are a few ways by which you can lower your blood pressure naturally. These will do the same as some of the medication you're taking.

* The amino acid L-argine will expand, and relax the walls of your blood vessels in the same way you vasodilator blood pressure pill does. Some common vasodilators are Lotrell, Aldomet, Tenex.

* You can have the same flushing effect of diuretics by simply drinking at least 64 ounces of pure water everyday. This is in addition to whatever other liquids you may consume. Contrary to prescription diuretics that deplete your body of potassium, drinking pure water will only provide you with lots of wonderful benefits.

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Many people with high blood pressure have to take several drugs and even so, their blood pressure may continue to be high. There are many great herbs, and other natural ways to lower your blood pressure, and to free yourself from the side effects of prescription pills.

The effects of high blood pressure can be devastating. If left uncontrolled, it can cause some serious damage.That is why, every little bit you do to lower it, is a huge investment in your health and wellbeing.

If you want to learn ways to lower your blood pressure, and maintain it under control, grab yourself a copy of The Silent Killer Exposed. It's packed with valuable information about how to lower your blood pressure naturally, and optimize your entire cardiovascular system.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ways To Lower Blood Pressure.

I chose to start a blog about ways to lower blood pressure because back in April 2007, my uncontrolled high blood pressure gave me the scare of my life, and this blog gives me a unique opportunity to help other people with high blood pressure discover, like I did, complementary ways to lower their blood pressure, and keep their heart healthy

A couple of months before my big scare, I had noticed that I was having a nagging chest pain. I felt it mostly at nights when lie down in bed, after walking a couple of blocks, or when doing exercise. At first, I dismissed it because I thought there was no way I could be having heart problems.

Yes, I had high blood pressure, but I took my medication every day, and I have a very healthy lifestyle. I eat as much natural, unprocessed, organic food as I possible can, I meditate, and exercise regularly. Furthermore, I'm still young, and heart disease does not exist in my family's history so, I just could not see myself having problems with my heart.

Sometimes, I'd be walking, and I would feel such a sharp pain in the middle of chest that all I wanted to do was stop, and take a deep breath, but I'd continue walking just to prove to myself that nothing was wrong. I'd be so glad when I got to a stop light just so I could I could rest, and allow the pain to subside. However, in addition to a persistent nagging twinge I was feeling right below my left breast, my ankles started swelling, and the tip of my fingers were getting numb.

Oh boy, in spite of my state of denial, somewhere inside of me, I knew that something was not right, and that is was time to face the music. I called to make an appointment to see my doctor, and was lucky to get one for the following day.

On the day of my visit, my doctor did the routine assessment with her stethoscope, and when she was finished, she sent me immediately to have a sonogram of my heart right there in her office. When she got the result from the technician, she told me bluntly that she believed I was having congestive heart failure, that my heart was beating very slowly, that it was retaining fluid, and that she needed to make sure that there was none accumulated in lungs as well. So, a chest MRI, and a consultation with a cardiologist were scheduled for the following day.

Wow! I didn't know exactly what congestive heart failure was, but it sounded ominous. As soon as I got home, I went online to research it. I was not encouraged by what I found so, I did what I know to do best; put the situation in God's hands, and hope for the best outcome.

To make this story short, after a battery of tests, it was determined that nothing was wrong with my heart, and that the culprit was the blood pressure medication combination I was taking which slowed down my heart beat, and was also responsible for the fluid retention. My doctor immediately changed them, and put me on another combination. The swelling in my ankles went away, but the new medication kept me very lethargic. I was sleepy all day long, and as the days passed, I was becoming more and more depressed ( something that was new for me as I'm a very cheerful and optimistic person). Once again, my doctor had to change the medication.

Well, after that ordeal, I decided that I was going to learn everything I could about all the ways to lower high blood pressure without drugs. I read a lot of books, visited many websites, but most of them were recommending things I was already doing. Then, I came across The Silent Killer Exposed. I was immediately encouraged by the testimonials on the website, and decided to give it a try.

Everything in The Silent Killer Exposed made a lot so sense to me. I immediately started applying all the blood pressure lowering recommendations outlined in the book. Today, just 3 months later, my blood pressure remains at a healthy 120/80 or lower. I no longer use water pills, and my doctor took me off one of the blood pressure pills, and left me on only one of them just as a precaution.

If you're unable to maintain your blood pressure at 120/80, or lower with your medication, or if you have borderline hypertension that can be controlled without medication; then like me, you may just find a life saver in The Silent Killer Exposed.