How to Lower High Blood Pressure through Fasting?
Fasting is the process in which the intake of eatables and drinkable materials becomes limited. People do it intentionally because of their different interests. People fast for weight loss. In this article, we will specifically discuss why fasting can help lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure or hypertension usually has no symptoms. You don’t know what’s going on unless you get your blood pressure tested and if you’re getting older it might be a good idea to have a blood pressure cuff around just to assess it.
Types of Hypertensions:
There are two types of hypertension; you have primary and you have secondary.
95% of all hypertension cases are primary and that’s related to lifestyle and it does not impact any known causes of hypertension. Primary hypertension causes high blood pressure but you do not know the exact cause of high blood pressure. The causes for this high blood pressure may be
- consuming too much salt
- having obesity
- Family History
- drinking alcohol
Secondary hypertension is the situation in which a patient has high blood pressure due to other medical conditions. For example, problems in the kidneys, heart, arteries and endocrine system but causes of secondary hypertension vary from age to age. Pregnancy is also one of the important causes of secondary hypertension.
Best Foods to Lower Blood Pressure
The recommendation is to consume foods that lower blood pressure. But if you dig further into what the doctors recommend a healthy diet to lower blood pressure. That’s where you get the problem because they’re recommending the best foods to lower blood pressure like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They have to stick the whole grains in there. Less than 30% of your calories are fat and of course, they recommend avoiding saturated fats. They recommend sugars less in teaspoons. 12 teaspoons a day because it’s 50 grams of sugar that’s what they’re allowing. That’s considered part of a healthy diet.
Now before going to anything else, I want to give a disclaimer I’m not recommending you come off your medication without the help of your doctor. Just giving you data to think with.
Hypertension Case Study
So, there was a hypertension case study called the sprint trial study in 2015 where they tested people over 50 years old with high blood pressure and they found that they lived a little bit longer when they took multiple medications for hypertension.
That sounds pretty good but here’s the problem with that. They found significant risks with this benefit of living longer and that risk is a significantly increased risk of kidney disease. So, if something can help you yet it comes with this other thing that can hurt you. It’s not the ideal situation from my viewpoint.
Now the other interesting thing about this hypertension case study is they didn’t use everyone that had high blood pressure. They only used a fraction of the people that had high blood pressure. The pool of people that they were using was the most severe. If you don’t have a severe high blood pressure problem then this data on it helps you. Living longer would be invalid because they didn’t test those people shifting gears.
Case study on Fasting
There was another study on 174 individuals who did fasting and yes it was medically supervised but there was a 90% success rate of lowering blood pressure into a fairly good range. When people fast, it is the most powerful way to lower insulin. When you have high insulin, you have insulin resistance. The arteries become very stiff and so one of the root causes of hypertension is blood sugar levels, is caused by insulin resistance. High levels of insulin that should normally lower the blood sugars is not working because of insulin resistance.
The point is if you have insulin resistance, you’re at risk of getting hypertension and this is why people have metabolic syndrome X one part of that is hypertension and the common thread with that condition is high levels of insulin which is called hyperinsulinemia. That’s the medical term but it’s basically just insulin resistance.
What should you do if you have high blood pressure?
- Fasting: Start fasting. Immediately start doing intermittent fasting that might just totally handle it. Then you can get with your doctor and work together to wean off your medication.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D is a very powerful natural remedy for high blood pressure.
- Potassium: Start taking more potassium. If you have a low potassium level, your arteries can get very stiff. So, high potassium makes the arteries very soft and flexible.
- Vitamin K2: Add vitamin k2 to your diet. Why? Because vitamin k has many benefits. The benefits of vitamin k are;
- helps remove excess calcium from the arteries. So, it’s going to make the arteries more pliable and elastic. Because calcium tends to make them more rigid.
- Vitamin D and k2 work together. This is why one of the remedies for hypertension is calcium channel blockers. Why are they blocking calcium? Because the calcium is making things very stiff and vitamin k2 can help counter that.
- Magnesium: Low magnesium level causes problems. Ideally, you should get your magnesium and potassium from leafy greens. The salad contains large amounts of potassium but you can also add magnesium to your diet like magnesium orotate is a really good one.
- Low-carb Diets: All the nutritional things that can help you but if you add fasting and a low-carb diet it will also help insulin resistance. I think that would be a really good plan to avoid high blood pressure.
I just want to mention this point, when doing research on this topic it’s just amazing. How much data is put out there on the front page of google? In fact, it’s not just on the first page on google, it’s on the first five pages of google.
So, when you’re doing research in the area of health problems and many other things, you have to dig through all the fluff, all the minutia, all the trivial stuff to find the gold and so I just want to let you know that I spent a lot of time focusing on this one point is just giving you the most important stuff and not the trivial.