How To Prevent Hypertension

Hypertension is typically a symptom of insulin and leptin resistance. It is possible to prevent hypertension, but if you already suffer from it, the vast majority of those who have hypertension can normalize their blood pressure without resorting to drugs.

One of the primary underlying causes of high blood pressure is related to your body producing too much insulin and leptin in response to a high-carbohydrate and processed food diet.

As your insulin and leptin levels rise, it causes your blood pressure to increase. Research published in 1998 in the journal Diabetes reported that nearly two-thirds of the test subjects who were insulin resistant also had high blood pressure, so the link is significant.

Elevated uric acid levels are also significantly associated with hypertension, so any program adapted to address high blood pressure needs to help normalize both your insulin sensitivity and uric acid level.

As it turns out, by eliminating excess sugar/fructose from your diet, you can address all three issues in one fell swoop. Other treatment strategies that I’ll discuss below also tend to have this effect. But first, let’s review some of the basics of what high blood pressure is, how to assess obesity-related hypertension risk, and why drugs aren’t an ideal solution.

The best treatment strategy for high blood pressure is to evaluate your lifestyle and make the necessary adjustments, with particular emphasis on normalizing your insulin and leptin levels. We’ve covered a lot of ground in this report, so here’s a summary of key points to remember:

  • In addition to checking your blood pressure, check your fasting insulin level. A healthy level to strive for is about 2 or 3 microU per mL
  • Avoid processed foods, as most are loaded with sugar/fructose, processed salt, and harmful fats like trans fat and damaged omega-6-rich vegetable oils. Instead, focus on intermittent fasting to boost results which will help normalize your insulin/leptin sensitivity. This is crucial for normalizing your blood pressure. Also consider whole food, ideally organic diet. Meats should ideally be grass-fed and pasture finished. Also keep an eye on your sodium-to-potassium and omega-3/omega-6 fat ratios. This is more or less automatically done if you swap processed foods for whole foods
  • Optimize your vitamin D level, ideally through regular sun exposure
  • Exercise regularly, ideally barefoot, outdoors during the middle of the day
  • Learn how to effectively address day-to-day stress. One effective tool is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). You can also tap specifically for high blood pressure

To read the full, very informative article by Dr. Mercola, please click here.  

Story at-a-glance

About one in three American adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), which increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, end-stage kidney disease, and more

Elevated insulin and leptin levels are typically the cause of hypertension, so implementing strategies to normalize these levels are the first step to resolving hypertension

Consider intermittent fasting if you are overweight and have high blood pressure as this is a profoundly effective way to normalize blood pressure
Avoid processed foods, as most are loaded with sugar/fructose, processed salt, and harmful fats like trans fat and damaged omega-6-rich vegetable oils

If you’re deficient in vitamin D, your arteries are likely stiffer than they should be, and your blood pressure may run high as a result. This holds true even if you’re considered generally “healthy”

article source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/09/hypertension-prevention-treatment.aspx
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