High blood pressure?

Posted on: 14 June 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Lowering blood pressure the natural way with Sarah Vrancken

Blood pressure

With around 30 million people suffering from high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels in the UK, you will most likely know at least one person who takes statins or other drugs prescribed by their GP to control these common health problems. I know at least two – my mum and dad – and as both conditions seem to run in my family, this means that I will also have an increased risk of getting hypertension, high cholesterol and ultimately, coronary heart disease. 

The fact is that I’m not alone - we all have a high chance of developing heart problems due to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, mainly because of the lifestyle choices we make every day. Talking to friends, family and clients over the years has made me aware people don’t always know how to adjust their lifestyle to improve their health. This lack of knowledge seems to make people feel powerless and – dare I say it – lazy, because ignorance can be used as an excuse to continue one’s normal routine, which often consists of little exercise and eating fatty foods. 

The problem with traditional drugs – including Statins and ARB drugs – is that they have been linked to serious side effects that can harm your health. In addition, taking pills also doesn’t address the cause of the problem, which often is leading an unhealthy lifestyle. These drugs merely take away the annoying symptoms so that the person who pops the pill doesn’t have to address the real issue – the state of their body.

Therefore, I support a more holistic approach to deal with high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Here are my tips for getting your blood pressure under control

Push yourself

No matter what age you are, there is one rule when it comes to exercise: to get results, you have to put the effort in. Although walking is a great alternative to sitting on the sofa, it won’t raise your heart rate sufficiently to improve your cardiovascular fitness levels. Instead, go for a jog and aim to improve how far you run and then the speed you run at. Even if you have never run before, it’s never too late to start. Just take it slowly and keep pushing yourself every time. To help you along the way, I recommend the book Running Made Easy’, available from www.amazon.com. 

If you suffer from knee injuries which make running impossible, try cycling instead, but make sure the focus is still on raising your heart rate.

Stay motivated

The benefits associated with exercise are endless, from losing weight and lowering cholesterol levels to keeping your joints flexible and reducing stress. You should aim to exercise for 30 minutes on five days out of seven, if not daily. It’s often a lack of motivation that holds people back, but there are some great gadgets on the market that will help keep you motivated. Try the new generation of heart rate monitors like the Suunto T3, which shows you the amount of calories you have burned during your workout and how much you are improving over time. It will keep you focused on the results and progress you are achieving

Healthy diet

A healthy diet is key to a healthy heart. It can lower cholesterol, control your weight, and contains plenty of vitamins, fibre, and other nutrients that help to prevent certain diseases. And if you maintain a low-fat, low-salt healthy diet that is high in fruit and vegetables, it can even help lower systolic blood pressure. For inspiration on what to cook, try recipes from ‘Cooking for a Healthy Heart’ which has been published in association with Heart UK.

Natural supplements

In addition to the above mentioned lifestyle changes, take a natural supplement that helps to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is perfect for people who embrace a holistic approach to their health and are looking for a natural alternative to taking chemical drugs. Try help: blood pressure and help: cholesterol from Works with Water Nutraceuticals, which are 100% natural and contain ingredients, clinically proven to deliver results in six weeks. 

Sarah Vrancken

About Sarah:

Sarah Vrancken, 29, is a qualified Fitness and Pilates Instructor from London. Having battled with bad digestion throughout her late teens, Sarah discovered the benefits of regular exercise as a way to improve her body’s internal balance, which ignited her interest in health and fitness. She is a firm believer that we should take ownership of our own health and make small lifestyle changes that will make a dramatic difference down the line.

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