Why wait till it’s too late to make the change for Better Health?
☆Are you feeling your best?
☆ Is your energy level where you want it to be?
☆ Are you looking your best?
☆Are folks surprised when you tell them your age?
☆ Do you look and feel younger than your biological age?It is said that 1 out of every 3 persons in the US and perhaps in many parts of the world have a diagnosis of Hypertension.
A couple of years ago during a discussion with my sister the conversation came up about heart diseases and high blood pressure. She was unaware that high blood pressure IS a disease of the heart. Yes, Hypertension/high blood pressure IS a disease of the heart. The essential meaning of disease is impaired function of an organ. The heart’s function can be impaired as a result of hypertension, hence, hypertension is a malfunctioning of the heart.
Now, there are numerous causes of high blood pressure hypertension, and I will not be able to go into all of the causes in this article. I’m pretty sure that no one knows all of which leads to this health condition. Some known causes are:
▪︎ Excess stress
▪︎Poor sleep quality
▪︎Anxiety & Depression
▪︎Overweight & Obesity
▪︎Lack of or insufficient exercises & activity
▪︎Poor eating habits
,▪︎Inadequate water intake
▪︎Lack of sunlight & fresh air
And so much more!My friend is a 60+ years old man who is physically active but not consistent.
He eats fairly well but likes junk food occasionally. A couple of beers here and there. He is highly stressed and flies off the handle rather easily. Sleep is never a priority for my buddy. Going to bed as late as 2 am, while he vegetates in front of his TV, watching his favorite shows at night. Water..what’s that? Sipping on a cup of black coffee for hours is his thing to do. Let’s call my friend Joe. Joe finds walking to be boring and he doesn’t enjoy plain water.
Recently, I noticed that my friend looked rather pale. He just didn’t seem like himself. I offered to check his blood pressure for him which he declined. I felt his forehead…he felt hot, but promptly declined a temperature check. I was worried. Did he have COVID, was my thought?
Joe knew that something was wrong. He was just not a man to complain or talk about how he felt, but I kept pushing & probing. Eventually, I was told that he was experiencing headaches…which he never has. A bit of Nausea. Low energy & fatigue. Uncomfortable pain in his thigh and shin kept him awake at night. His eyes looked sick and on more than one occasion, I noticed that he stumbled while trying to walk. But, he adamantly refused my offer to take him to see a doctor. Stubborn!
After 3 weeks of one thing or the other, Joe finally agreed to have his temperature checked…it was 100.1F
A could tell that he was a bit afraid. The man who refused to wear a mask to help to prevent covid became vigilant about staying away from others and wearing a mask even when he wasn’t close to anyone. But, he still refused a blood pressure check.
A few days later, he finally agreed to allow me to check his blood pressure. It was 172/90 and his pulse was 107.
Still refusing to see a medical doctor, Joe decided to take things into his own hands, to do what he said that he knew to do, in order to reverse whatever was causing these symptoms.
By the way, Joe was also experiencing significant shortness of breath even at rest along with a dry cough.
Immediately he started a regimen of:
Warm water with apple cider vinegar, lemon slices with skin & lots of Cayenne pepper powder. This he did twice daily.
He also chewed on 6 cloves of garlic on the first day and 2 cloves daily thereafter.
Walking twice daily for 2 to 3 miles became his hobby. The anxious, easily agitated man was observed with eyes closed as he sat under his oak tree in his backyard meditating. No more beers, he said. He also declared no more cheese, pizza, potato chips. I have to take care of myself, he said. My mother & father both died of heart disease. I must take better care of myself. I agreed to help him.
As Joe implemented his changes, the color of his eyes became more alive. His skin regained its pink tone. Shoulders were no longer slumped. Away went the joint pains, headaches, and nausea as the blood pressure regulated. Adopting a healthy sleep habit, he diligently retires to bed at 9.30 pm each night and wakes up at 6 am. A warm mug of warm water with lemon or lime, an ample amount of Cayenne pepper, plus apple-cider vinegar has replaced his coffee. Green juice & fruit smoothies or oatmeal are his healthy breakfast choices. Fruits or a handful of nuts are his go-to snacks. Dinner is by 3 pm and includes raw salad, small portions of carbs, beans, and peas with an occasional piece of salmon or beef. The night eater has eliminated that unhealthy habit, resulting in a significant, well-needed weight loss.
Well, need I tell you that Joe is a new and well-improved man, feeling great and grateful for a new lease on his life.
Healthy Lifestyle Works.
Take the best care of yourself.
It’s always better to prevent than to cure.
(This is a true story. The name has been changed to protect the identity of my dear friend)
Marva Riley, Registered Nurse and Author of EAT SLEEP MEDITATE A NURSE’S GUIDE TO HEALTH