Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Well, that's what many renowned natural health practitioners refer high blood pressure to.
What causes hypertension or high blood pressure? Some people think it's being overweight, stress, salt and a host of other factors.
Here's another idea. Your blood becomes dirty. Normally, the dirt is filtered out by the liver. But eventually your liver gets dirty too. So your blood can't flow easily through the liver, and it gets blocked. Often medical doctors put patients on blood thinners to thin it out to work it through the liver.
But the problem is, that filter still has to filter. And if it's dirty, it can't do the job. So the course of wisdom would be to detox and strengthen the liver.
Conventional allopathic medicine assures us that there is no cure for hypertension only control which must be continued for life. Often this control consists of daily medication which is in the form of strong chemical diuretics. These chemicals leach potassium out of the body at an astounding rate. The leached potassium is then replaced by the administration of inorganic caustic chemical potassium which does more harm than good. The kidneys can become overworked by the processing of these drugs.
Why not go to the cause of hypertension instead of merely treating symptoms? Naturally, we have been provided with herbs and foods that will totally provide for the proper chemical balance of potassium and sodium in the body, as well as stimulate sluggish livers.
In nature, the ratio of sodium to potassium is about 1 to 5. Man has altered this state by the ingestion of massive amounts of salt in the diet. We are able to assimilate about 20 grains (the small salt particles) a day into our human system. The average American man ingests about one teaspoon of salt a day. This comes in processed foods, such as cheese, processed meats, breads, snacks, etc., as well as additional salt from the old salt shaker.
Excess sodium can force its way into the spaces between the tissues constricting capillaries that are so small only one red blood cell may pass through them at a time. This phenomena shuts down blood and nutrient (including oxygen) supplies to various areas of the body. Unchelated sodium also has the ability to hold water in the tissues causing edema. Salt is also very hard on the small tubules in the kidneys and has an affinity for cholesterol--another substance which plugs up arterial plumbing.
Dr. John Christopher, N.D. would often recommend foods high in potassium to help in blood pressure regulation. Grape juice, potatoes, tomatoes, citrus fruits and green vegetables are only a few of such foods.
In other words, by combining lifestyle modifications with whole-food supplements designed to bring the body into homeostasis, you'll have a winning combination to balance the body's electrical construction.
Many monitor their hypertension with a sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope.
Today, that market produces easier monitoring devices.
In any case, once you are in harmony with nature's cures and the electrical construct of both the universe and your body, you will not need external instruments to measure your health, which I'm sure you'll agree is a gift.