I have high blood pressure...what to do? what to eat? HELP!!!

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  1. 6SpeedTA95

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    Well guys I'm not sure how much of it was due to being in a dentist office for the first time in 7 years but I have high blood pressure. The last time I went to the doctor, it was 117/78...this time it was 140/90. I've recently started using the elliptical for half an hour in the morning...I can also use it again when I get home if this will help. What kind of foods should I try to eat and what should I avoid? Suggestions or recommendations?

    BTW I'm 6ft 6 and 190lbs so I'm NOT overweight. If you need more info just ask.
     
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    Fishoil and hawthorn berries in terms of supplements.
     
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    Yeah I have had wayyy too much sodium,I've been tryin to cut back on that for about 6 months. The wife and I bought an elliptical and I've been using it daily for 25 to 30 mins for the last 6 weeks. However, I think it takes about 6 months or so to really see the affects of cardio right? I may also use it for an additional 15 mins when I get home at night.
     
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    Hawthorn berries?


    I assume cutting out the chips and salsa along with fried foods will also help me?
     
  5. getjacked

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    garlic also

    sodium is a myth
     
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    I've never heard that, but sodium reduction could have different effects depending on the underlying cause of the high blood pressure.

    As far as I can tell though more salt/sodium -> body needs more water -> more pressure on vein walls
     
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    el es dee ...through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain.

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    thats what i understood as well. i never thought it was a myth :dunno:
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    BP is also genetic so you might have to be on medication even if you aren't overweight and exercise regularly.

    I just take 1 pill a day for mine and it doesn't interact with anything else.
     
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    Thats good to hear, but oddly enough high BP doesn't run in my family...:hs: well I'm going to keep track of it the next week, then maybe quit eating so much shit like chili cheeseburgers and fries and stuff :rofl: try to eat some more salads and such.
     
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    Any websites that I can order this fish oil stuff?
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Celery Seed is also a good supplement/antioxidant that has shown to help lower BP, improve liver function, etc
     
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    My brother in law said that his bp meds also acts like a diuretic, is that true for you?
     
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    I really feel that this is probably sodium related more than anything. I used to drink tons of gatorade and eat chex mix all the time when I was working retail. It's been about 6 months since I quit that and about 6 weeks since I started working out.
     
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    Yep.
     
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    Urinal Mint bourbon afficionado

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    My doctor said otherwise :noes:

     
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    Urinal Mint bourbon afficionado

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    I'm on Lisinopril 20mg for mild hypertension and I don't notice a diuretic effect at all. Then again, though, I was drinking a gallon of water daily before and after starting that prescription.
     
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    I drink a shit load of water too, can you still drink a beer on your meds?
     
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    I've ready studies that fall both ways, but it seems like the majority of them point out that sodium doesn't effect BP. There's only one true way to find out, and you be the control in the project. It effects everyone much differently, since adding garlic to my supplementation I have dropped to 120/70 down from 135/70
     
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    Urinal Mint bourbon afficionado

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    Absolutely.

    Just like anything... moderation is key.

     
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    Urinal Mint bourbon afficionado

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    When I cut sodium in my diet, my BP went down significantly.

     
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    I would think it would...just going by bp meds being diuretic and sodium having water retaining effects.

    :noes: Of course that means....creatine gives you high blood pressure.
     
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    it's a possibility and same could be said for anabolics, but then again there are plenty of diuretics out there that can also raise BP (clen being one example)
     
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    Isn't that why hawthorn berries are usually recommended when taking anabolics?
    Even EC though raises blood pressure, despite caffeine being a diuretic as well. But clen and EC also has vasoconstricting effects as well don't they??
     
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    Good, I'm definately not a heavy drinker, I probably average about 4 beers per week. In the summer probably about 1 beer per day...generally dont drink much during the week but I have a few on saturday and sunday...

    as for sodium, I need to start looking into that more
     
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    Cutting fast food is a huge help in that area. Even deli meats from the grocery are typically bloated with sodium. Read labels and cut down on the fast food. And drink more water.

     
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