In the cardiovascular system, the heart’s main job is to make sure that blood is pumping throughout the entire body. What this does is that the blood cells are carrying all the nutrients and oxygen to all the organs and muscle tissues so that way everything is working properly. When there are stressful situations that are constantly rising a person’s blood pressure, it can cause chronic issues that can cause the body pain. Since everyone in the world deals with stressful situations and if they are not careful in lowering these stressors, it can raise their blood pressure to chronic levels. In this 2 part series, we will be looking at revolutionary concept treatments to treat hypertension from rising into the body. Part 1 was taking a look at how hypertension is being a marker for vascular dysfunction and how the interaction of microvascular disease and vascular remodeling affects the body. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers who specialized in cardiovascular services. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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Hypertension As A Marker For Vascular Dysfunction
In part 1, it talked about hypertension as the leading factor for cardiovascular disease and how it is originated from a combination of factors that can affect the body. When this happens, it can cause elevated blood pressure to be one of the many responses to endothelial dysfunction and vascular dysfunction. If it is not treated right away, the body can develop future cardiovascular risk factor events and target organ damage. All is not hopeless, due to treatments that can help reverse cardiovascular risk factors and treat hypertension through therapeutic treatments.
*Stem cells are another term for human cellular tissue products or HCTP that international and nationally affiliated clinics and distribution organizations used to help boost the body’s natural healing process. Even though in the U.S. HCTP therapy is used for bone marrow transplants, international affiliated clinics use HCTP therapy as regenerative medicine to help repair and regenerate damaged cells, tissues, and organs that have been affected by chronic illnesses.
Treatments For Hypertension
Surprisingly there are many ways to help lower hypertension in the body. Some individuals can take up meditation to calm the anxious mind and through rhythmic breathing can lower their blood pressure significantly. Other ways that can help lower blood pressure include:
- DASH diet
- Hydrogen Sulfide
- Sodium Restriction
Exercise & Hypertension
Since hypertension has been known to affect about 25% of the world’s population, studies found that exercise training can reduce blood pressure in the body. Regular aerobic exercise helps lower blood pressure significantly and reduces chronic heart disease risk. Individuals that want to lower their blood pressure and feel good about themselves need a combination of aerobic and resistance training in order to achieve optimal fitness by doing it 60 minutes 4 times per week to reduce chronic heart disease and blood pressure. Not only that but the benefits of exercising regularly can:
- Increase eNOS and NO
- Improves ED
- Increase IL-10 and reduce inflammation
- Muscle VEGF protein increased 67%.(J of Hypertens 2010;28:1176)
- Marked improvement in angiogenesis.
The Dash Diet is known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and it is designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure through healthy eating. For DASH-HF, it helps lower blood pressure as DASH but reduced TG and VLDL, increasing LDL size more without a change in LDL. Research studies show that long-term adherence to the DASH diet and having food substitutions within the diet help lower the risk for heart failure. By limiting CHO despite increased SFA can improve the lipid profile with DASH –HF can provide more MUFA and PUFA also improving lipids. Other studies also found that the DASH diet can be used to not only effectively reduce blood pressure but the food and nutrients from the diet can prevent and treat hypertension in the body.
Hydrogen Sulfide or H2S is from sulfate-reducing bacteria, dietary sulfur-containing amino acids, and from the enzymatic breakdown of homocysteine and cysteine that can help lower blood pressure in the body. Studies have found hydrogen sulfide is recognized as a gasotransmitter with protective effects for the cardiovascular system and when there are higher blood levels of sulfate and thiosulfate and polysulfides correlate with reductions in CVD and hypertension by inducing vasodilation and ROS scavenging.
Since H2S reacts with NO and nitrosothiols forming thionitrous acid, nitroso-persulfide, and nitroxyl which vasodilates, it also activates K channels, inhibits SNS, activates PKG1 alpha, and inhibits PDE 5. Studies also found that hydrogen sulfide is a blood pressure regulator and scavenger of reactive oxygen species while also reducing organ damage like stem cells*.
A great way to lower hypertension in the body is to restrict sodium from any diet. Studies have found that the effects of dietary sodium restriction on diabetic individuals are remarkable as sodium restrictions significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the body. Other studies also found that not only sodium restriction can decrease blood pressure and the incidences of hypertension in the body, but it can reduce morbidity and mortality in cardiovascular diseases. Some of the other functions that sodium restriction can do includes:
- Improve HBP control in pharmacologically treated patients
- Reduce CVD, CHD, CHF, CVA in all subjects, especially the obese
- Reduce LVH, diastolic dysfunction, and vascular hypertrophy
- Reduce renal disease and proteinuria
- Improved effect with high K+, Mg++, and Ca++ intake (especially Na+ sensitive) (DASHI and II) (Montreal)
- Improved effect with restriction of refined carbohydrates
- Reduction in TOD is also independent of BP Reduction
Nutraceuticals can actually help lower hypertension levels in the body. Research studies have found that different supplements and nutraceuticals contain antioxidant properties that lower blood pressure. Some of the nutraceuticals and supplements that can help lower hypertension include:
- Vitamin C
- Cocoa flavonoids
- Beetroot juice
- Coenzyme Q10
All in all, finding ways to lower blood pressure from the body is beneficial for anyone that wants to change their lifestyle. By making small changes to their lifestyle slowly can provide amazing results in their wellness journey. When providing the right kind of foods, therapy, or exercise to their lifestyle, a person can being to change how the way they look and if they have any ailments that hinder their way of life, can notice that their body is healing itself and they can get their life back together.
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