From 3 Drugs to None. Hypertension: Gone!
December 31, 2018 | 8 Comments | SAFM Team
I am celebrating yet another client (Jane) getting rid of her hypertension – from Three medications to None. Woohoo!
What did we do? Step-by-step, primarily 6 things…
- Decreased her sodium intake? Nope. But Jane did need more potassium. In her cells. She was eating enough potassium via fruits and vegetables, but not absorbing enough at the cellular level. Her diuretic medication was actually causing this imbalance. So we increased her magnesium dramatically which increases cellular potassium absorption.
- Increased her exercise? Nope. In fact, exercising too often and too intensely was a big part of Jane’s imbalance. We found out her cortisol levels were too high and exacerbated by too much running. High stress hormone levels are very often part of the hypertension puzzle. Jane took up yoga and is loving it. She also started a morning meditation habit (love it!).
- Decreased saturated fat in her diet? Nope. We increased it. Unbeknownst to her, Jane’s labwork revealed evidence of insulin resistance for the past four years in a row. Her doc had never mentioned it. We took grains entirely out of her diet, increased overall fat intake, and made sure she consumed a rich variety of low-glycemic carbohydrates. Despite many myths otherwise, higher natural fat intake often improves blood pressure. Her HbA1c went from 5.9% to 5.3%.
- Stopped her calcium supplements. What? Surprised? In fact, much research confirms the cardiovascular dangers of excessive calcium supplements, especially when taken without Vitamin D, magnesium, and Vitamin K2. Prior MD-recommended testing clearly showed atherosclerotic plaque, but the only guidance Jane was given was to reduce dietary fat (’nuff said on that one). Jane started taking Fish oil and Vitamin K2 supplements (MK-7 form) twice daily and increased dark leafy greens and tahini to get plenty of food-based calcium.
- Increased nitrates in her diet. Yes! Those things people are usually harping on negatively in bacon and other preserved foods. In fact, nitrates are key for producing nitric acid which is what naturally causes blood vessel dilation. Jane started having a (blended! not juiced) smoothie every morning with celery, cucumber, various greens, and a small beet or apple. She added both lemon and ylangylang essential oils to this too.