Blood Pressure

When I started my journey towards improving my health, my blood pressure was recorded as 140/100. The nurse taking my blood pressure hoed and hummed when she says the measure. She asked me to step out of the room, drink some water and come back again so that she could repeat the procedure. As someone who had never had his blood pressure taken in perhaps years, I could not see what the fuss was. It was only much later when my ignorance was removed as my knowledge caught up, that I realized why she was frowning. A blood pressure reading of 140/100 marks you down as someone who has Stage 2 Hypertension. If I had not tested myself, there would almost be no visible symptom or indication that my blood pressure was so elevated. Naturally, I would also be unaware that I was at grave risk.

Left untreated, high blood pressure can result in significant damage to your circulatory system and result in strokes, heart attacks or other threats. However, all of this happens in the background with nary a sign, the reason this is called a silent killer. If this is not enough experts, have just redefined what high blood pressure means and reduce the danger level to 130. This means that if your systolic pressure is above 130, you are at grave risk. Many people who are faced with the risk and consequences of elevated blood pressure are prescribed medication.

Medication is perhaps the best solution given the gravity of the problem and its related risks. Fortunately, in my case, my discovery of my blood pressure coincided with my practice of natural ways to heal my body. As my weight dissipated, and my eating habits improved, magically my blood pressure fell. I was not the only one. My mother who had been on medication was similarly asked to stop her medication as her blood pressure decreased to normal. You might want to try it too.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.