Eight months ago, I discovered I had high blood pressure, about 190/120. I was shocked. I knew that I’d not done more than one or two Master Cleanses in the last several years due to a pressing schedule, but even so….
Well, I decided to handle it naturally and spent the next 8 months discovering what could be done naturally to handle it, but before I give you what worked for me, I have to warn you.
I can’t be responsible for your health, neither can your doctor, wife or husband. Only you can be responsible for your health. Only licensed health care professionals are legally allowed to diagnose, treat or cure your personal illnesses. (Of course, legally being allowed to diagnose, treat or cure isn’t a guarantee that they will cure you.) So, take what I say and evaluate it for yourself against your own body. Everybody’s body is different. Penicillin will cure most people’s infection, but it does kill those who are allergic!
I’ll give you the short version here and save the long version for a book. Some of these are well known. One or two might be surprises.
- Exercise – After a few months of trying various kinds in a haphazard manner, I discovered that I needed to walk at least 30 minutes five days every week. Which five days didn’t seem to matter much. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really like to exercise. So, I was pleasantly surprised to discover interval walking: 3 minutes fast, 3 minutes slow. Having to time it gives me something to do and breaks it into short 3 minute intervals. When I went more than 2 days without walking, I would see my blood pressure begin to rise until I started walking again.
- Master Cleansing every 3 or 4 months – It’s been proven that fasting will lower blood pressure and the Master Cleanse is a modified juice fast. Not only does it lower it quickly within a few days, but after the fast there is a residual effect to keep it down. So, I started my regimen with a 29 day Master Cleanse. You don’t need to be that extreme. You can just do the usual 10 days.
- L-Arginine – This is an amino acid that has been shown in a few studies to reduce blood pressureby increasing the amount of nitrous oxide (NO) gas in the arteries. The 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine was given to for pioneering research on NO in human physiology. It is also involved in memory function! I take 750 mg per day.
- Vitamin C – Linus Pauling, the only scientist to ever win two unshared Nobel Prizes, said that vitamin C would cure heart disease and cancer. Established medicine laughed at him. Now 10 years after his death (in his 90′s) studies are beginning to find he was right. I take 2000 to 12000 mgs per day in divided doses.
- Calcium-Magnesium supplement – Daily magnesium supplementation can be useful in lowering blood pressure. So, I drink an instant calcium-magnesium drink every night. Both calcium and magnesium have to be taken in a roughly 2 to 1 proportion to stay in balance. What’s nice is I just put a teaspoon in a mug and add boiling water and it’s ready. No sugar added.
- Finally and most surprising to me was sleep! – That’s right. When I was still working out ways to lower my blood pressure, I woke up one morning when I was still tired and took my blood pressure. It was around 160/88. Feeling too tired to want to work, I went back to bed and got up more than 2 hours later only to discover my blood pressure was now below 130! Sure enough, on days I don’t get enough sleep my blood pressure is up. The Mayo Clinic agrees. So, be sure to get enough sleep to feel rested.
There you have it. Six things to lower your blood pressure naturally.