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A Garlic Pill a Day Helps Keep High Blood Pressure at Bay

A Garlic Pill a Day Helps Keep High Blood Pressure at Bay

It is a common experience amongst those of us with hypertension that the medication prescribed by our doctors only manages our condition. We were expecting nothing less than a complete cure. As we live with our high blood pressure we realize that we need something to supplement our medication, to make it more effective and if possible, to wean us from the drugs we are taking. Fortunately for us, there is such a supplement. It is garlic.

The benefits of garlic

Garlic was known to the ancient Egyptians who built the Great Pyramids; it was known to the ancient Greeks; it was known to the Romans; and, it was well-known in the Middle Ages when it was used to combat the Black Death.

Garlic:

reduces hypertension

lowers cholesterol levels

boosts the immune system due to its anti-oxidant properties

is naturally anti-bacterial

is naturally anti-fungal

helps prevent cancer

helps prevent cardiovascular disease

has no harmful side effects

How does garlic lower blood pressure?

Our BP rises as our body increases production of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). Garlic contains a natural ACE inhibitor. This, combined with the high amounts of allicin found in garlic give it its ability to dilate arteries, thereby lowering our BP readings.

How effective is garlic in reducing hypertension?

In a recent trial conducted by the University of Adelaide, Australia, 50 hypertensive patients who were taking prescription drugs for their condition were given a garlic supplement in 960mg capsules. Their systolic pressure was found to be much lower after 12 weeks of taking the supplement.

Patients in the trial who had a systolic reading above 140mmHg saw it drop 10.2 lower on average than a control group on a placebo or dummy pill. This reduced the BP readings of some patients down to healthy levels. The significance of this result should not be underestimated. A 5mmHg drop in systolic pressure reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 8 and 20 per cent.

How to get the most benefit from garlic

Much of the allicin is destroyed when garlic is heated, so it is not as effective as raw garlic. To ensure a consistent dosage of the active ingredients and also to avoid “garlic breath”, many people prefer a good quality garlic supplement taken in capsules.

It would be easy to think that popping a garlic pill everyday is all that you need to do to lower your high blood pressure. The greatest benefit comes when garlic, either raw or a supplement, forms part of a healthy balanced diet designed to reduce hypertension, such as the DASH dietary guidelines. You should also take regular exercise.

If you are looking to lower your hypertension naturally, a garlic pill a day will help to keep high blood pressure at bay.…

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Do You Procrastinate on Your Own Happiness?

Do You Procrastinate on Your Own Happiness?

Procrastination is one of those things that everyone does now and again. For me, it’s an obvious outcome of a mind that is motivated by pleasure and pain; occasionally your mind is going to do whatever it can to avoid that pain (or perceived pain at least) because, to be quite frank, it can think of better things to do. Does that make sense? You think about doing that job that needs done, you can’t be bothered because its boring/painful/hard/long/dirty (delete as applicable) your mind gives you a picture of something much more interesting like doing nothing or eating chocolate. Simple choice from there on in. Pleasure wins.

It’s a simple game of comparison. Chocolate trumps cleaning the toilet… possibly a bad example but go with me.

So why then do we procrastinate on our own happiness? Why do we say things like ‘I’ll be happy when… ‘ or ‘I’m going to wait until I have a new job before I lose weight/leave the bad relationship/get the good relationship’ or whatever it is you say that delays the onset of the life you want. This type of behaviour suggests that we perceive some sort of pain with being happy, does it not? Otherwise, why would we wait? Surely if it was only pleasure involved we’d do it straight away? Like right now!?

I think about this a lot. I think the pain we associate with happiness is our fear that happiness is fragile, a delicate, precious thing that is easily cracked, smashed or stolen especially by other people. We think our lives have to be perfect because its only then we can be strong enough to hold on to it. We think we have to be bulletproof to allow ourselves to show our happiness to the world. But that’s not true, you’ve got it the wrong way round. You have to show your happiness to the world in order to become bulletproof.

Happiness, whatever that is for you, is waiting for you right now. It lives within you, it is patient, it is strong and, in some ways, it is quiet (its rare to find someone who is truly happy screaming about it every second of every day). You can have it now if you choose to, I promise. The biggest thing that stops you is more than likely some bullsh!t rule that says you shouldn’t because. So, why not decide to be happy right now while you lose weight? Why not decide to be happy right now and use that as fuel to leave your crappy relationship? Why not decide to be happy right now just because you ruddy well can?

I’m not that bothered if you procrastinate about cleaning your bathroom. To be honest in the grand scheme of things it’s not going to make that much difference to your life (unless its really bogging then get your finger out ya manky so and so!!!!). However, I do care about people procrastinating on happiness when its sitting right inside them just seeking permission to come out.

The longer you wait, the less time you get to enjoy it. Do what needs to be done. Face your demons, confront your fears, start doing and stop waiting.

Be strong. Be you. Be happy. (Oooh, I think I might have just came up with a new catchphrase!!)…

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Help With Stress – A Surefire Way to Quickly Relieve Stress

Help With Stress – A Surefire Way to Quickly Relieve Stress

There are many symptoms that sufferers experience when they are dealing with stress, too many to go into detail here. Continually going over past experiences is one symptom that many sufferers share. Here in this article, I’m going to share a brand new technique of mine to bring-in some help with stress that is also useful for relieving anxiety and depression too.

Continually brooding over the past is a very harmful behaviour to perform. Sufferers will selectively recall only those occasions where things didn’t work out, went wrong, or where they made a mistake. It is imperative that you recognize how this damaging habit just creates a lose-lose outcome for sufferers.

When you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, the desire to replay past experiences and adopting an “if only” perspective can be compelling. The first sign of this behavior involves you castigating yourself over something that you did, which you’ll now believe firmly you should not have done, e.g.:

“What a bad idea it was to quit my old job. I’d have been better off back there, leaving was a huge mistake, I’m such an idiot.”

But you’ll also blame yourself for things you didn’t do that you believe you should have done, like this:

“If only I’d taken the opportunity to purchase that lovely home last year. I was so stupid to turn it down and I’m certain all of us would’ve been much more happy there.”

Can you now recognize what is going on here and that the only outcome is emotional turmoil?

It’s a lose-lose situation because in selectively replaying bad events from the past, you damn yourself if you do and you damn yourself if you don’t.

Amazingly, a lot of sufferers are able to rake over past misfortunes from way back in their lives, even going back fifteen, twenty or thirty odd years to castigate themselves for actions they did or did not perform.

Just a few weeks ago, I realized that I was raking over a number of bad experiences that happened to me about a decade ago and I created a new technique to address it that I’m sure will be of great help with stress and stressful illnesses.

At the point of realizing how I was repeatedly replaying past circumstances and that it was making me really sad, I turned to look at my face in the mirror and firmly stated:

“This cannot continue. What occurred back then is spilt milk, gone once and for all and I won’t let it hurt me again from this moment on.”

That’s a powerful statement to make as well as being completely true, but what I said next is the most important part:

“What a total bore-fest this is. I am tired of this nonsense, it has gone on long enough and it isn’t going to bore me to tears anymore. It’s now time to move on to a brand new exciting chapter.”

Should I ever feel compelled to go over situations from the past, situations that are only happening within my own mind, I now dismiss it with the contempt it deserves:

“No not that boring old rubbish. I have no time for it, it holds nothing of interest whatsoever and I’m now doing far more enjoyable things.”

This technique has been really good at preventing me from raking over past situations and I hope you put it to the test because I’m certain it will help with stress, anxiety and depression.…

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Healing My High Blood Pressure – Ancestry of Immigrants

Healing My High Blood Pressure – Ancestry of Immigrants

I’m in the depths of studying Meta Medicine at the moment and part of that study is looking at psychogenealogy, which is treating the transmissions of unconscious issues across generations in the family.

I’ve been told that my blood pressure issues are genetic, and so can’t be sorted fully via diet and exercise etc, so I have to just accept I have this genetic condition. My father being diagnosed with it at age 40. As I’m 51 the doctor told me that women are often 10 years older when diagnosed than the men in their families.

I felt quite unsettled at the thought that I was going to have to take this medication for the rest of my life, as it doesn’t make me feel great.

I asked myself if this is genetically handed down to me from my father’s side of the family, then where on his side of the family tree do I feel drawn to? I noticed his father, who had died when I was a toddler, and his mother had passed away before I was born. I realised that my grandfather’s father had also died young in a fire, and his mother died young too.

I took this dynamic to Heike McCahon who does family constellations work, and we set up a scenario using little figurines as representatives of my lineage of fathers.

I was first drawn to my great grandfather who died in a house fire, I felt I was carrying some part of his experience in me. It literally felt as if my blood was boiling, realising that I like my father and probably his father before him, were quick to temper.

Then I could feel the long line up of abandonment of sons through death and family discord.

Heike introduced my great great grandparents. I intuitively felt that they were anchorless and felt lost. At that time I couldn’t remember if they were the generation who had settled in New Zealand and were immigrants.

She brought in representatives of my ancestors from Great Britain, and for the land and rivers. I felt this strength and solidness embody me. I was reconnected again and had arrived home. My ancestors were welcoming me and my father and grandfathers back home.

The first part of the session I felt as if the heat was rising to the top of my body, the second part of my session I was way more grounded and in the lower part of my body.

When I came home I looked up my family tree and found that my fathers came from Walthamstow in Essex, England. The meaning of Walthamstow is *A Place of Welcome*.

This was my blood line.

A lot of the time, people emigrated because they weren’t the eldest sons of the family, inheriting the family land. So they travelled to new lands to establish their own foundations.

I remember when I was a child, my mother’s father used to recite Robbie Burns and talk about Scotland in a longing way. But in fact he was born in New Zealand, as were his parents. It was his grandparents that came from Scotland.

Heike’s observations are that often times the descendants of immigrants still carry this disconnection from homeland in their psyches. A feeling of restlessness and uprootedness still lingers. There’s often a longing for “home” in our souls, but these are the unhealed memories of our ancestors, which reside in our dna, in our blood.

150 odd years in a new country is nothing compared to thousands of years of lineage in the motherland.

Do you have a sense of disconnection that could be explained by the decisions of your ancestors to leave their homeland?…

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Natural High Blood Pressure Cures That Work

Natural High Blood Pressure Cures That Work

Uncontrolled high blood pressure or hypertension damages the arteries and organs like the brain, heart and kidneys. About 90 to 95 percent of people suffering from hypertension have no known causes. Experts know that there are many factors involved including lifestyle, stress, smoking and diet.

Below are five top natural supplements that can treat hypertension recommended by experts in natural cures.

#1 – Hawthorn

This is one of the well known herbs that is used to treat hypertension. Studies show that hawthorn causes blood vessels to relax and this in turn will treat hypertension.

#2 – Calcium and Magnesium

These two minerals are known to help keep the bones healthy and strong. But studies also show that calcium and magnesium can bring hypertension under control as these two minerals are involved in muscle contractions.

As an added benefit, it will also keep your bones strong. To ensure proper absorption of calcium, take vitamin D as well.

#3 – Potassium

Potassium lowers high blood pressure but you will need a dose around 2,000 mg daily. Several studies show that it works well. However, keep in mind that this is a high dose and you will want this therapy to be supervised by your healthcare professional.

#4 – Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

There is a lot of interest in using coenzyme Q10 to treat cardiovascular diseases. It is a vitamin-like substance that seems to strengthen the heart and treat hypertension. Some hospitals are giving patients who suffered heart attacks Co Q10 supplements along with conventional prescription medications.

#5 – Fish Oil

Fish oil not only protects the heart and blood vessels, it is commonly used in patients suffering from hypertension. No experts will disagree that fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is a must-take supplement for anyone with any type of cardiovascular disease.

Find out many more natural high blood pressure cures at our website.

Treating high blood pressure should start with natural and home remedies first before going for non-prescription or prescription options.

Get answers from clinical pharmacists on hypertension cures. Visit the link below NOW to discover many home and more natural remedies for treating high blood pressure. Recommended dose to use and useful tips are included.…

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6 Natural Ways to Reduce High Blood Pressure

6 Natural Ways to Reduce High Blood Pressure

Simple lifestyle changes can be the best way to cure hypertension. These small lifestyle changes can lead to big life saving benefits. About 19 times out of 20 there may be no explainable reason why your blood pressure is high. If your hypertension is left untreated it can result to stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure. In this article you will learn 7 very important lifestyle changes you can make to help cure your hypertension.

1. Lose extra pounds to lower your blood pressure. Usually people who lose around 10 pounds can get it back to normal. The easiest way I gradually lost the extra pounds is by avoiding foods high in fat and sugar, and eating only when I was hungry.

2. Potassium can lower your sodium and it also affects blood volume which helps cure hypertension. You should eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables high in potassium everyday.

3. Calcium is important in keeping a healthy blood pressure, especially in women and in pregnant women. Around 2,000 milligrams a day of calcium will help cure hypertension.

4. Stop smoking tobacco and minimize drinking alcohol. Tobacco can make your hypertension worse and can increase your risk for stroke. Alcohol also raises blood pressure, so its best to save drinking for special occasions. You should limit yourself to two glasses of wine or beer a day. Or if you don’t drink you shouldn’t start.

5. Lay off on the salt. Do not eat more than one teaspoon of salt a day. And limit salty foods like chips just for every once in a while.

6. Exercise is very important. Any exercises that you use your muscles with or that raise your heart rate can help cure your hypertension.…

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Can Minerals Help You Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Can Minerals Help You Lower Your Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is difficult to detect. In the beginning there are no symptoms. But if nothing is done the risk of serious health problems later on the life increases dramatically. Hypertension is an equal-opportunity disease, it can strike anyone, often without warning.

There are a lot of myths about hypertension, its causes and possible remedies. Although medical science does not know why most cases of hypertension occur, a number of risk factors have been identified. The most common are overweight, inactivity, poor diet, stress and alcohol.

A lot of remedies have been tested, only a few have proven to be efficient. Sometimes, minerals are mentioned as a way of curing or at least controlling blood pressure. Especially potassium, calcium and magnesium are often said to be helpful while sodium must be avoided.

Research has shown low levels of magnesium to be associated with higher blood pressure. But studies have not been able to confirm that magnesium will prevent hypertension. On the other hand, magnesium has many other health benefits and is considered to be important for overall good health. Green vegetables, nuts and seeds are good sources of magnesium.

Studies suggest that calcium can lower blood pressure but only to a limited extent. Like magnesium, calcium has many other health benefits and is considered important for overall good health. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are good sources of calcium.

Research indicates that potassium can, to some extent, help to prevent and control hypertension. Potassium seems to be more efficient than magnesium and calcium. Good sources of potassium are fruits (especially bananas, figs and raisins), orange juice, vegetables (especially potatoes and garlic) and whole grains. Note that taking too much potassium may have some risks so consult your doctor before you start taking supplements containing potassium.

Cutting down on sodium is considered as one of the best ways of lowering your blood pressure. Sodium is one of the chemicals in salt. One unit of sodium is equal to two-and-a-half units of salt. Most of the salt we eat is not what we add to cooking or at the table. More than 75% of the salt we consume is in prepared foods. Check food labels to see how much salt the food contains. Some labels may not say how much salt the food contains, but they may say how much sodium it contains.

While minerals can help you combat hypertension, for most people additional steps are needed to get good results. This generally means more physical activity, better diet and reducing stress.…