Health Restoration 101

Getting Blood Pressure In Check

Carolyn Guilford, CNC
Carolyn Guilford, CNC

The only way to know you have high blood pressure, is to have it checked. high blood pressure is called the silent killer because it can go un-detected for years. Too many times the first symptom is a massive heart attack that proves fatal. No warning! No time for aspirin, CPR, ambulance, hospital, drugs, healing, nor change.

Recent estimates say that almost one third of all adults in America now have high blood pressure. Because there are no symptoms, persons go along thinking everything is alright, and therefore, no need to change.

Getting blood pressure under control and keeping it under control- will help ward off additional heart problems, such as congestive heart failure, hardening of the arteries, narrowing of arteries, chest pain, and also kidney failure, poor circulation and stroke, just to name a few.

Prevention is surely better than any cure. So many times we want a quick fix, but let me tell you, there’s no such thing. What works is a change of lifestyle behaviors, changing how we eat, and changing how we think about our lives. The value we place on life and health. Only one body, one life. A. Fad and crash diets don’t do it. They simply frustrate you and waste valuable time, by delaying a program that will work, a healthy program. B. Exercise each day. Even modest activity will help, in the beginning, then build. C. Understand that packaged, processed and boxed foods are not healthy. Basically they lack vital 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.) Here are some ideas for your consideration: 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, for our meals. 2. Purchase and eat only purchase fresh breast of poultry, fish and lean meats, and fresh vegetables and fruits. 3. Understand that frozen dinners, pizza, canned soups, broths and salad dressings, are generally all high in sodium, learn to make your own. 4. Grow something in your yard, herbs, greens, peas, tomatoes, onions, peppers are all so easy. Or, just one pot of something you like. 5. Find ways to manage the stress in your life. Playing cards, reading, cooking, dancing, singing, journaling, walking, sewing, seeing movies with friends, meditating, learning a new skill, enjoying your hobby. 6. Make a conscious effort to add more activity to your lifestyle. An after lunch or dinner walk with a friend, or walk alone to clear your thinking and plan your day. Make it a habit. 7. After the routine sets in, build on it. Do more. Stretch yourself. Walk longer, or add another activity you enjoy. Take a step class, ride your bike. Take the bus. 8. Skip the alcohol. Yes you can get the antioxidants from fresh fruits and veggies.

This is a recipe for long term health. Once these habits are established, the one thing most health care professionals advise first – to lose weight- will start to happen naturally and easily.

Remember, Health is a Choice!, your choice. Follow the Blog at Restoration-blog.html Making Better Choices, for a Better Life. Call Carolyn Guilford at 912) 236-8987

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