Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure is the pressure at which your heart is pumping blood through your body. Systolic is the pressure in your arteries when your heart is pumping and diastolic is the pressure in your arteries in between beats. A lot of us have had varied levels of blood pressure ranging from hyper tension or high blood pressure to hypo tension or low blood pressure. Neither is good for you but on the whole, a lower blood pressure is better than higher. Standards vary depending on which medical agency is certifying it, but in general a systolic pressure of 120 and a diastolic pressure of 80 or 120/80 is considered normal with some doctors encouraging their patients to target a 110/70. I was surprised to learn of the large number of causes for high blood pressure [other than your annoying neighbor’s party that goes on till 1 am of course].

Being over your target weight is one of the most significant factors that cause blood pressure. Therefore, a reduction in your weight will easily bring down your systolic blood pressure by anywhere from 10 to 20 points. A deficiency in ubiquinone and magnesium and  can also result in high blood pressure both of which can be addressed by taking COQ10 as a supplement and ensuring you eat foods high in magnesium. Stress can also cause high blood pressure and numerous studies have shown that even ten minutes of meditation a day including chanting OM can lead to a significant reduction in stress. Revastorol which is found in red wine, berries, grape skin, peanuts, blueberries and cranberries has also been shown to lower your blood pressure and result in overall cardio-vascular health. Inflammation of the body is an all pervasive problem that results in numerous diseases. Blood pressure is one of them. Therefore reducing the amount of sugar / carbohydrates that you consume will result in a lowering of the inflation in your body.

It is easy to get onto medication for high blood pressure and hard to stop. Of course, only a licensed medical practitioner can determine whether you need medicines or not. However, I would highly recommend that in addition to any medication that you may need, testing yourself for and following some of the other prescriptions of losing weight, monitoring your deficiencies and meditation can only have a positive impact to overall health. Over time, with your doctors advise you may even be able to get off the medication.

PS please remember to drink water before you measure your blood pressure as dehydration can also result in a high blood pressure.


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.