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  • #16
    my average has been about 140/87 but i get spiked readings of 160/100 everyday....no matter what i eat, what supplements i take i cant break the cycle of spikes, i also get very healthy readings of 120/75 everyday also.........no matter the stress or relaxation that i'm experiencing it seems like for no apparent reason my bp takes off......i eat no processed foods at all so salt doesn't seem to be an issue..........walking /exercising always brings it down pretty well....its very confusing/frustrating to me because i can't get to root cause any ideas?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Grok View Post
      Unfortunately I am struggling with my blood pressure. Before going on the primal blueprint my blood pressure was 209/110. I took a blood pressure measurement every single day for the first few months of being on the primal blueprint and I managed to get it below 120/80 for two or three days.

      Unfortunately I'm back up again. Although not nearly as bad. My last measurement was 140/90. I believe that I might be hyper-sensitive to sodium. I'm really struggling with it, but I'm not taking any medication. I have given up measuring it every day because it is so frustrating not being able to get it down.
      Sodium-Sensitivity is a bit of a CW myth and very rare but it is a quick test at the doc so have it done next time you go in for blood work/physical. And excuse me getting on my soap-box but as a chiropractor I consistently see patients with HBP on multiple drugs and without fail their blood pressure drops and they give me there meds for my testimonial wall! I will def be preaching the PB lifestyle to my patients and how it will work hand in hand with my adjustments to get them well and keep them well. If your interested I can probably find you a good doc no matter where you are.

      Here is a link to the article on the study on webmd...
      http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-hi...blood-pressure

      Here is a link with all of the mutliple studies...
      http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRA...Pressure.shtml

      and a link to the video from the GMA exclusive the did a while back (sorry about the olive garden commercial! lol)
      http://www.metacafe.com/watch/118939...lood_pressure/
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      • #18
        Originally posted by john b View Post
        my average has been about 140/87 but i get spiked readings of 160/100 everyday....no matter what i eat, what supplements i take i cant break the cycle of spikes, i also get very healthy readings of 120/75 everyday also.........no matter the stress or relaxation that i'm experiencing it seems like for no apparent reason my bp takes off......i eat no processed foods at all so salt doesn't seem to be an issue..........walking /exercising always brings it down pretty well....its very confusing/frustrating to me because i can't get to root cause any ideas?
        This sounds like me. Higher activity got my diastolic down under 80 a couple of times, but it is hard to keep the activity up. I'm thinking of trying some passion flower.

        http://www.herbal-supplement-resourc...on-flower.html

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        • #19
          Blood pressure tends to respond to the sodium potassium balance. Most people try to control sodium (which is good), but additionally adding potassium rich foods will be even better, especially if you eliminated some potassium items in switching to primal, good sources: tomatoes, avocados, summer squash, brussels sprouts, romaine lettuce.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Egoldstein View Post
            Blood pressure tends to respond to the sodium potassium balance. Most people try to control sodium (which is good), but additionally adding potassium rich foods will be even better, especially if you eliminated some potassium items in switching to primal, good sources: tomatoes, avocados, summer squash, brussels sprouts, romaine lettuce.
            +982345

            Also, the magnesium/calcium balance. Magnesium is something almost everyone needs to supplement - we get enough - and often far too much Calcium. Up the magnesium.

            Magnesium threads:
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...d=1#post186902
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...031#post150031

            See my sig line links for potassium information - as well as krispin.com/potassium



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            • #21
              i've always had low blood pressure as well. mine is either lower or the same. last time i took it was 96/53 HR 60
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              • #22
                Wow. Well, I'm only 16 and I had mine checked out a week ago at my physical. I was at about 120 something over 50 something ...

                Is that normal for my age? Also, how is blood pressure lowered?
                feel free to take a look at my journal!

                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...primal-journal!

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                • #23
                  100/65 - checked today. every which way I look this way of eating blows me away.

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                  • #24
                    Took my BP yesterday. 190/100 or there about. I hate looking at it.

                    Starting taking magnesium pills.

                    I need help.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Grok View Post
                      Took my BP yesterday. 190/100 or there about. I hate looking at it.

                      Starting taking magnesium pills.

                      I need help.

                      That is way too high. You are destroying your kidneys and over-stressing your cardiovascular system. You are placing yourself at very high risk for a stroke. You need to get in to see a doctor who will most likely put you on BP meds (and you should insist on an ARB type med).
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Primal Chiro View Post
                        Sodium-Sensitivity is a bit of a CW myth and very rare but it is a quick test at the doc so have it done next time you go in for blood work/physical.
                        What kind of test will test for this? Do I just ask for a "sodium sensitivity" test?

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                        • #27
                          I don't think you need a sodium sensitivity test, just assume you are sensitive. Processed, pre-seasoned foods are the enemy. All of them, bacon sausage, prepared, pre-seasoned meats, canned goods, tomato sauce, etc... Also, get plenty of potassium rich foods. The Doc will likely recommend the DASH diet, which is going to be low fat and have grains; if you want to pre-empt that, you need to take the steps yourself.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Grok View Post
                            I do tend to snack a lot however. I will always go for food which I don't have to cook because I'm lazy, I hate cooking, I'm no good at cooking, and I don't know how to cook, and the food I cook tastes bad. I like snacking on Lara Bars and Greek yogurt. Had some olives last week, until I noticed that 1 single olive has tons of sodium. I eat out at least once a week, but I try to be as primal as possible. I will also buy a cooked chicken or pre-seasoned meat at the store because I don't know how to do it myself. I've also stopped with the grain fed meat because it's way too expensive. And I never eat organic fruits/vegetables. Also way too expensive.
                            BP meds & increased doctor visits are a lot more expensive over the long haul, not to mention the permanent damage you could do.

                            If salt is an issue, it's the processed kind that is pure sodium chloride (table salt or fake table salt). I didn't know how to cook ANYthing when I got married 13 years ago, but have taught myself - and if I had known then what I know now about what to eat, it would have taken a lot less time! You can learn just a few things that are so delicious and so easy you won't be able to stand not cooking then. And then maybe consider going grassfed/organic, but those are other health issues for addressing down the road.

                            Pay the grocer now, or the doctor later, the saying goes.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Grok View Post
                              Took my BP yesterday. 190/100 or there about. I hate looking at it.

                              Starting taking magnesium pills.

                              I need help.
                              check ur pm's

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by MamaGrok View Post
                                Would you like one simple & really hearty comfort food recipe?
                                Took another reading today. My first number was over 200. I had a portabella mushroom with sweet sausage prepared by the butcher last night. I must by hyper-sensitive to sodium. No more bacon for me. Looking into a portable BP monitor so I can take multiple readings throughout the day.

                                Sure, I'd like a recipe. However I know so little about cooking I've never roasted or broiled a steak in my life. I don't even know what it means to broil something or how to do it. I usually just put my steaks on a frying pan and heat until brown.

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