I have experienced the horrible effects of hypertension in both my pregnancies. My extremely high blood pressure could not be lowered with any medications, so this resulted in the premature births of my daughters.
Although my hypertension was pregnancy induced and not related to obesity or high cholesterol levels, these emotionally and physically painful experiences have motivated me to pay much more attention to my health and to my overall wellbeing.
What can we do to lower our blood pressure and cholesterol levels?
Having a modern, busy and highly stressful lifestyle, which is mostly accompanied by a sedentary job, lack of physical activity and an unbalanced diet, has resulted in an alarmingly big number of people who suffer from cardiovascular diseases.
High blood pressure is one of the key risk factors for having heart attacks and strokes since it constricts the blood vessels and limits the blood flow and oxygen supply to our vital organs. Having high cholesterol levels is the second key factor for developing these diseases.
We can do a lot to help prevent these problems.
First of all, we need to make sure that our diet is well-balanced and full of essential nutrients. This diet includes a multitude of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish, lean types of meat, nuts, seeds, and lots of water to flush out toxins from our body.
We should try to exclude processed food that is high in sugars, sodium, and saturated fats. This diet, accompanied with at least 150 minutes of physical activity, will help us obtain and keep healthy weight.Apart from the things we can do to help ourselves, we should always seek doctor’s help and start taking medications.
I firmly believe that Nature can offer us relief from a multitude of health problems and it can help us achieve inner peace and balance in our lives if we just turn to it more often.
For example, numerous published studies have confirmed that fresh garlic and its extracts can significantly lower blood pressure and reduce plaque formation in the arteries. One of them is a study at Brown University School of Medicine, and the other is a clinical trial from the University of California in Los Angeles, conducted by Dr. M. Budoff.
The results of 11 studies were published in a recent Australian review, confirming that garlic is as powerful in lowering blood pressure as some medications.
Apart from its ability to lower blood pressure, I believe that you are acquainted with some of the numerous health benefits that garlic offers.
To name a few, garlic is full of vitamins C, B, manganese; it is powerful aid in the fight against common cold and bacterial infections; it contains a lot of antioxidants that help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and chronic diseases; it detoxifies our body from heavy metals; it is beneficial for bone health.
Ginger, on the other hand, is also a powerful aid in the reduction of cholesterol levels.
According to the results of Israeli researchers published in the Journal of Nutrition in May 2000, ginger extract has the ability to significantly reduce cholesterol levels, prevent atherosclerosis, and prevent the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL).
It also has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, analgesic, and antioxidant properties.
Ginger also reduces nausea and vomiting, it stimulated blood circulation, and reduces gas and spasms in the gastrointestinal tract.
Amish people are known for living in harmony with Nature. As a result, they are very healthy and have a long life expectancy.
I would like to share with you an old Amish recipe for treating high blood pressure and cholesterol that contains both powerful ingredients.
You will need the following ingredients to make it:
- 1 clove of grated garlic
- 1 thumb of grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
How to prepare it:
- Mix all ingredients in a blender and blend on a low speed.
- Put in a jar and refrigerate for few days.
- Drink small amounts during the day.
- This drink is quite strong, so you may need to water it down a little.