What Makes Your Blood Pressure High?

 Managing your blood pressure.

There are many reasons your blood pressure can go up, or become very low. Today, we’ll talk about what makes it RISE.

Your blood pressure is regulated by your heart and blood vessels (your circulatory system) in response to a complex of normal chemical activities happening in the brain and in your hormonal system. Ultimately, the goal is to perfuse your tissues and organs so that your body can continue to function normally, yes?

Your blood pressure can rise for a moment, for an occasion, a season, or for a lifetime. If it’s for a lifetime, I’m sorry to report that it would be a miserable life since consistent high blood pressure eventually leads to a stroke, kidney problems, and heart problems, just to name a few – with prescribed medications to be taken as if it were food. Preferably, it rises only during moments – and some occasions… these times are inevitable, more realistic, and also healthy.

Long standing high blood pressure can be caused by many factors. For today, we’ll keep it simple and talk only about what is more controllable.

POSSIBLE CAUSES OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:

Consistently high salt intake can cause an increase in fluid volume in the bloodstream, which may weaken the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively.

  1. Too much salt intake
  2. Stress

    Stress causes an over-activity of your sympathetic nervous system, which raises heart rate and blood pressure, making the heart work harder to pump blood.
  3. Too much insulin in the blood

    Having too much insulin in the blood means that there is a constantly high blood sugar level in the blood. This can eventually lead to a bigger heart and an increase in resistance to the flow of blood in the bloodstream. (The heart has a harder time pushing blood through the blood vessels).

So What Can You do to ensure a normal blood pressure?

ACTIONS:

  1. Go to your doctor regularly to get vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, temperature), physical checkups, and blood-work done regularly. The amount of times you need to go to your doctor will vary depending on how healthy you currently are and if there is anything your doctor needs to monitor or follow up on.

    This is the only way for you to start getting a heads up that something is headed in the wrong direction.
  2. Keep track of how much sodium you are taking in!

    a. f your blood pressure is on the higher side, start looking at labels of the things you eat and how much salt you’re putting in your food. The 2010 dietary guidelines recommend no more than 2,300mg (milligrams) of salt per day. 
  3. Keep track of the types of sugars you are taking in! This is a whole article in and of itself. To be brief and the purpose of today’s article, as much as possible, stick to natural sweeteners:

    a. Organic maple syrup

    b. Raw honey

    c. Rapadura

    d. Stevia Powder

    e. Date Sugar

    f. Molasses

    g. Sorghum Syrup

    AVOID:

    High fructose corn syrup

    Concentrate fruit juice as sweeteners
  4. Take Care Of Your Self, as in, “Don’t Worry About it,” kinda attitude. Keep a watchful eye on high stress…

    a. Do things regularly that you enjoy

    b. Be around people you Love

    c. Think positively about unexpected/unwanted happenings

    d. As much as possible, cook at home and use the best ingredients you can