Try doing the deep breathing at several point throughout your day (say first thing, lunch, after dinner, before bed). Also a yoga class might help. It is not just about stretching into weird positions. The breathing is an essential component of it.
Also, what jumped out at me from your OP. It's only been 6 weeks. Chill and give it some time. It took a lot longer than six weeks to get the high BP.
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Blood pressure is not a static thing... It will, and it is intended to, fluctuate. If your BP is around 140/100, it is NOT catastrophically high... High, yes, but should you freak out, no. The "healthy" bp range has been lowered over the years so that at the moment (in Australia) the "optimal" standard sits at 120/80, but there is talk about dropping that. I personally believe a lot of this has to do with the desire to get every living soul on BP medications, but before you succumb to the lure of the big pharma, make sure that...
- You measure your BP from both arms (one is often different from the other)
- You measure BP at the same time of day (much like weight)
- You are relaxed when you do it
- You are sitting down (posture affects BP)
- You are not hung-over, uberstressed, just finished 10k run, etc...
Just be aware that bp is dynamic and it is NOT intended to stay the same throughout the day. Different people simply have different baseline BPs, and yours, while high-ish, maybe your baseline. Having said that, I would attempt to lower it by dropping added salt alltogether.
Deep breathing is all good, but using it to momentarily drop your BP to a lower range doesn't do much, as the effect is passing.
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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.
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 at 02:29 PM.
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.
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.....