As of lately, the issue of high blood pressure in America has really been hitting home for me. My father, normally healthy and active, was experiencing high levels of blood pressure to the point of dizziness. I knew medication can have awful side effects, so I wanted to know natural options.
Thanks to the wonderful Tina Nunziato; a certified holistic nutritionist with the company, Dr. Liz Cruz Partners in Digestive Health, I was able to ask all the questions I wanted about naturally lowering blood pressure. Give their website above a look as well!
According to the CDC, 70 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure and it does not discriminate by age. This is clearly a problem for a lot of people and many accept it because it is the natural course of getting older or it is hereditary. This thought is completely false according to Nunziato. High blood pressure itself is when the blood flow is too high and the tissue in the heart and arteries stretches and that is the real damage.
So what is the solution to this? There are quite a few things but they boil down to a lifestyle change. Taking care of your body needs to be as much of a priority as working, or whatever is vitally important to you. This means taking out what is bad, such as processed foods and table salt and giving it more of what it needs: water, good kinds of salts and eating real, fresh foods. Nunziato says, “When we don’t give our body what it needs to be well, it gets sick.”
In the office of, Dr. Liz Cruz Partners in Digestive Health, they try to teach their patients a few things about changing things in their bodies. The most wonderful thing to remember is that any age, any body type and any person can make a change in their body. Every 90 days the body creates new cells and it is constantly repairing itself and it will thank you for the extra nutritional help, not the medicinal. (Though it is necessary in some cases.)
Salt According to Nunziato most people are under the impression that all salt needs to be cut out of the diet. She wanted to make it clear that salt is good for you, but white table salt is very bad for your body. She suggests finding alternatives such as Himalayan. Dr. Liz Cruz Partners in Digestive Health offers their own salt product called Super Salts, to healthily replenish electrolytes.
Water Drinking too little water causes the body to retain what little water it has and salt as well. This causes unnecessary strain on the heart. Nunziato stresses that you must stay hydrated to be healthy.
Foods Whole foods are an absolute must for a healthy body and to lower high blood pressure. These include: fresh vegetables, whole grains, switching from white potatoes to sweet potatoes, increasing plant based protein/lowering animal based protein, incorporating fish and eliminating dairy.
There is a way to lower high blood pressure permanently. Medication can be a much-needed temporary fix but detoxing the body, changing lifestyles and having a healthy diet are the way to cure it. Tina Nunziato knows what she is talking about, and it is all vital information for living a healthy life.