Health Restoration 101

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Carolyn Guilford, CNC
Carolyn Guilford, CNC

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. Recent estimates say that almost one third of all adults in America now have high blood pressure. Because there are no symptoms, this deadly disease is called the ‘silent killer’. More and more persons who don’t know they have high blood pressure die from the first heart attack, or stroke, with no other warning. Others, the lucky ones, live with stroke, heart failure or kidney failure. Lucky?

Getting Blood Pressure under control and keeping it with-in normal range can help ward off additional heart problems. Prevention is better than cure. So many times we want a quick fix. The quick fix: a pill or a bag of pills, surgery or other intervention, but let me tell you, there’s no such thing. What really works is a change of lifestyle behaviors, changing how we think about our lives, and changing what we eat. Only one body, one life.

A. Fad and crash diets won’t do it. They simply frustrate you and waste valuable time, by delaying a healthy program.

B. You need to get some physical activity each day. Even modest activity will help, in the beginning. Then build up.

C. Understand that packaged processed and boxed foods are not healthy, no matter what name is on the outside. Basically they lack good nutrition. But, even more dangerous are the chemicals used to keep them shelf stable. Buy fresh, eat fresh, and live. Making lifestyle changes is not always easy. (Easier though if you are sick enough and / or in enough pain, and tired of suffering.) We have learned that to manage blood pressure we need to:

1. Change the way we eat. By choosing fresh foods over canned and packaged, we are able to cook our own food, using fresh herbs and seasonings, the right kind of salt, and the good oils, in our meals.

2. If you do purchase boxed, canned, or otherwise pre-prepared foods, read the labels for information on the amount of sodium in the food. Look for sodium-free or low sodium. Realize that the substitute for salt is sugar, fat and chemicals.

3. Only purchase fresh breast of poultry, wild caught fish, kosher meats, fresh vegetables and fruits, raw nuts, and whole grains.

4. Understand that frozen dinners, pizza, canned soups, broths and salad dressings, are generally all high in sodium, sugars, chemicals, and should be avoided.

5. Grow something in your yard: herbs, greens, peas, tomatoes, onions, peppers are all so easy. Or, just one pot of something you like.

6. Find ways to manage the stress in your life. Playing cards, reading, cooking, dancing, singing, journaling, walking, sewing, seeing a movie with friends, meditating, learning a new skill, enjoying your hobby. Trust me, it works!

7. Make a conscious effort to add more activity to your daily life. An after lunch or dinner walk with a friend, or walk alone to clear your thinking and plan your day early in the morning. Make it a routine.

8. After the routine sets in, build on it. Do more, stretch yourself. Walk longer, or add another activity you enjoy. Take a step class, or ride the bike.

9. If you drink alcohol, reduce your intake to no more than one drink per day.

To get the book “Reverse The Curse- Leaving Diabetes Behind,” or to learn about the Consulting Program, please call or write: Carolyn Guilford, 912) 236-8987 or visit www.Healthrestoration101.c om


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