Saturday, December 17, 2011
Lower Blood Pressure - Naturally and Medically
Many sources are in disagreement about how to lower blood pressure. Some sources will tell you that you should engage in methods to lower blood pressure naturally, and others (and definitely doctors) will tell you that you need to lower your blood pressure with medication. We conducted a study that shows that both can work together to lower blood pressure.
In a one month study, we engaged in the following methods to lower a 40 year old male's blood pressure. This person's blood pressure had been about 150 / 100 for at least 5 years. His doctor did not put him on medication right away and suggested exercise, diet and lifestyle changes to reduce stress in order to lower blood pressure naturally. No specific dietary items were mentioned, nor were any pamphlets etc. given to the patient.
When the patient's blood pressure continued to register 150 / 100 at doctor visits, at the age of 40 the patient was prescribed 10 mg of Lisinopril to attempt to medically control his high blood pressure. Lisinopril is the most popular blood pressure medication prescribed in the USA currently, and varies in dosage from 5 mg up to 80 mg per day. The patient started taking the Lisinopril and noticed that his blood pressure dropped to around 105 / 71 and he was feeling dizzy during the day. At night his blood pressure would return to a higher level of around 130 / 92, perhaps when the Lisinopril was wearing off. And after a few weeks of taking Lisinopril, the patient's blood pressure would stay at a fairly constant 140 / 92 as if the patient's body was not being affected by the medication as much.
There is no information available about the length of the effects of Lisinopril during a given 24 hour period except that it was noted in some medical studies that tests showed high blood pressure in patients just before their next daily dosage of Lisinopril was to be taken. In our study, we concluded that a person must take a daily dosage of Lisinopril on a consistent basis for as long as 3 months before positive results manifest, OR the patient's blood pressure went down due to the introduction of a non-medical treatment for high blood pressure at the same time. This is the method that was used to lower blood pressure naturally in this article.
The patient, after taking Lisinopril for 2 months, noticed a slight drop in blood pressure, but it remained around 127 / 93 (bottom number remained high throughout) during the 2 months with only medical treatment. Then, during the 3rd month (where we started the study), the patient began adding non-medical treatment along with taking 10 mg of Lisinopril each day. The following things were added to the patient's medical treatment:
Step 1. A daily glass of "mean green", which is the juice made famous by the movie "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". The recipe for mean green from the movie is simple; in a good quality juicer (our patient used the Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer available at any WalMart - do NOT put in dish washer) and juice in the following ingredients:
4 leaves of Kale (all of these ingredients can be found at WalMart)
4 Stalks of Celery
2 Green Apples
1/2 of a Cucumber
1/2 of a Lemon
1 inch of fresh raw Ginger
Step 2. Now, here is where we gave this recipe a twist to help lower blood pressure. While drinking this glass of mean green juice, EAT ONE CLOVE OF RAW GARLIC. Just take little bites of the garlic clove, then IMMEDIATELY put some juice in your mouth as you chew the garlic clove entirely until it is pulp, then swallow. The garlic clove should be fresh and should feel similar to eating a raw Jalapeno pepper if it is fresh, thus you will need to keep some mean green juice going in your mouth while you chew the bites of garlic.
Please note: both the mean green juice and the garlic clove must be prepared and eaten within 1 hour. Do not mix up a batch of mean green juice and put it in your refrigerator for later, you must make the juice just before you plan to drink it, and you must only peel the garlic clove just before you plan to eat it. Vegetables and juices lose nutrients every minute that they are exposed to air and thus become "dead food", and garlic cloves lose almost all nutritional value after just 45 minutes of being peeled.
Step 3. Finally, what we all dread, the patient began to do at least 20-30 minutes of cardio exercise each day. This is the hardest part for most people, but it has to be done.
After combining the three steps:
1. Take Lisinopril 10 mg each day at the same time
2. Drink one glass of mean green juice and eat a raw garlic clove
3. Put in 20-30 minutes of cardio exercise daily
Our patient lowered his blood pressure to a nice 118 / 75 - we took measurements all throughout the day, and they remained constant. Great results! Please note that Kansas City News is not a medical source, nor are we doctors or medical professionals. This was just an experiment that happened to work to lower blood pressure naturally AND medically at the same time with positive results so we though it was worth sharing.
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