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  • #16
    Originally posted by Butch C View Post
    So I've been doing the primal thing for about six weeks...I've dropped 13 lbs (from 188 to 175, and I'm a 5'10" male) and I feel good. But my damned BP is still high - typically 130-140 over 90-100 range during the day. I cannot seem to push it down. It does drop down into the 120-130 over 80-90 range after a couple glasses of wine in the evening.

    One one of the big reasons I am pursuing the primal diet is to get my BP down, but I have seen no improvement at all, even though I am eating zero processed food and going plenty light on the salt.

    Ideas?
    If it's any consolation, Butch, I once read that FDR's blood pressure was 300/160. I'm pursuing the primal for the same reason as you plus to get my waist down a few inches, since I'm satisfied with my upper torso and legs already, and I want to prevent looking like Kool-Aid in the next few years. Keep up the good fight.
    "After all we did for Britain, selling all that corduroy and making it swing, and all we got was a bit of tin on a piece of leather, an MBE." --George Harrison

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    • #17
      Butch,

      Just curious if you'd had any success with lowering your BP w/o meds. Been facing the same issue and have been eating paleo for almost 2 years all the while being on BP meds which keeps it around 120-130/80-90. Have tried a couple of times to go off them only to watch my BP go up. Pretty sure I got dealt a bad genetic hand. Haven't tried magnesium supplementation though so that may be next.

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      • #18
        I know this is an old thread, but...

        There are lots of things that can cause high or low blood pressure, and not all of them are in our control.

        For example, my husband was told by a doctor that he has an 'extra half liter' of blood, meaning that he has more blood than he needs, which results in him having a BP that's on the higher end of normal. It's also possible to have a little less blood than you should, which can cause chronic lower BP.

        Alcohol is a vasodilator, which is why it causes BP to drop. If your high BP is due to vasorestriction, then you'd probably want to focus on removing factors that cause vasorestriction, or increase things that cause vasodilation. In the past, my husband has supplemented with L-Arginine to increase blood vessel elasticity and vasodilation, which did result in lowering his BP.

        Increasing vasodilation is big in the bodybuilding world, which is where you'll find a lot of info on the L-Arginine and other supplements/strategies if you google it.

        From my research and personal experience, salt is rarely responsible for high BP problems. It seems to be a red herring.

        Chronic stress is another common cause of high BP; how are your stress levels?
        Last edited by BestBetter; 11-03-2012, 02:29 PM.

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        • #19
          Personally I wouldn't let bp go that high and would get meds until my diet controlled it. Think of your blood vessels like pipes. If the pressure of the fluid (blood) going through those pipes is consistently high, there's more of chance that the "pipe" will burst.

          Anyway, jmo. High bp is a fear of mine and when mine started to rise I did everything I could to lower it (exercise, diet, supplements) w/out medical intervention. Only alcohol worked. Since alcohol interferes with life, I opted for the doctor. I never did try COQ though.

          Good luck.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
            Personally I wouldn't let bp go that high and would get meds until my diet controlled it. Think of your blood vessels like pipes. If the pressure of the fluid (blood) going through those pipes is consistently high, there's more of chance that the "pipe" will burst.

            Anyway, jmo. High bp is a fear of mine and when mine started to rise I did everything I could to lower it (exercise, diet, supplements) w/out medical intervention. Only alcohol worked. Since alcohol interferes with life, I opted for the doctor. I never did try COQ though.

            Good luck.
            First off: sit for 10-15 minutes. Don't wear anything, even a tshirt, under the bp cuff. Have your arm at heart level, not hanging down. Now, take your bp.

            The majority of people aren't salt sensitive for bp. Only if you have fluid retention issues----so eat salt, and lots of calcium and magnesium and potassium too. 6 weeks isn't really enough time for you to see a whole lot of difference. Add 45+ min of low level exercise to your day, and cut back/out on caffeine.

            BP in the 130-40's over 90 isn't going to give you a hemorrhagic stroke, or fry your kidneys. Relax. It's not too high to give non medical intervention a chance to work. Move, eat well, limit stress.....

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