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From 3 Drugs to None. Hypertension: Gone!‏

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, over about six months in total…

  • 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.
  • 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 PCP 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, especially vegetables and fruits.  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.  Her prior PCP has recommended 1500mg/day of calcium supplements!  Prior PCP-recommended testing clearly showed atherosclerotic plaque too, 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, natural 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.  She added both lemon and ylangylang essential oils to this too.
  • Recommended she try a statin drug?  Nope.  But her beta blocker medication had definitely been depleting her body’s level of CoQ10 (just like statins do) and also melatonin (likely contributing to her highly interrupted sleep the past few years).  She started using 100mg CoQ10 (ubiquinol) twice daily. CoQ10 is critical for endothelial function in the lining of blood vessels.

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12 Questions for “From 3 Drugs to None. Hypertension: Gone!‏”

  1. 6
    Maddy jackson says:

    What can you do for over active adrenal that cause high blood pressure elevation problem that comes and goes.

  2. 5
    Tasha says:

    Is there a particular brand of EO that you recommend especially when we start recommending for ingesting?

    • 5.1
      SAFM Team says:

      There are many excellent quality essential oils; professionally, I have most often used Doterra.

  3. 4
    Theresa Lohman says:

    When you say “added lemon and ylang ylang”. In what fashion?
    II am an aromatherapist and it is not clear if you just had her inhale these oils or used them internally (not recommended by the folks who wrote the book on essential oil safety).

  4. 3
    Lisa Jackson says:

    When is it best to take curcumin, coQ10 and amino acids? with or without meals?

    • 3.1
      SAFM Team says:

      Thanks for your question! Curcumin and CoQ10 are best taken with meals. Amino acids, however, can compete for absorption, so it is best to take them on an empty stomach in between meals.

  5. 2
    Debka Janak says:

    Hi Tracy,

    Are there any good, low glycemic “grain choices”? Quinoa and Amaranth are seeds I think, would that be ok to eat if there’s evidence of insulin resistance?

    • 2.1
      SAFM Team says:

      Alas, it really depends on the individual. In my Reversing Diabetes guidelines, I limit clients to 1/2 cup whole grain daily, and certainly quinoa and amaranth are good choices relatively speaking. Just some people need a much more aggressive restriction for a few months in order to “shock” the cells back into accepting more insulin. Again, my goal is doing this is not to “manage” the insulin resistance or just keep it from getting worse but rather to reverse it. Certainly over time, once they are healed of this dysfunction, most of my clients are able to go back and have some whole grain in their diet. Again, the amount just depends on the unique person. There is no substitute for Experimenting and Checking progress!

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    Kim Brown says:

    Do you often recommend having Nitrates for most of you clients who have BP issues or just those you are looking to reduce the arterial plaque? Also, you mentioned the Ylang Ylang…you had her use it internally vs. aromaticly as the study talks about. Why Ylang Ylang? There are so many other EO’s that reduse stress, which reduce BP. Correct? Do you suggest using EO’ s with most of your clients that have HBP? This is the first time I’ve seen/heard you suggest it.

    Thank you for your feedback!

    • 1.1
      SAFM Team says:

      Hi Kim – thanks for your questions! I have to say that I don’t use a “standard protocol” for any ailment for my clients. Obviously, each situation is unique, and clients are willing and able to do various things. Some hypertension is stress-mediated and other cases are not. I find most often that elevated blood sugar and chronic toxicity or low-grade infection are the most common causes. I do tend to recommend that combination of essential oils because they’ve been shown in clinical study to be particularly effective for hypertension; I believe they works along numerous lines, not just general systemic inflammation reduction. My experience is that clients are much more likely to consistently ingest an oil vs. use them aromatically (requires a diffuser or more time, etc.). However, some clients aren’t interested in the oils at all. For clients who won’t consume the higher-nitrate vegetables, there are plenty of other agents which can increase nitric oxide e.g. a combination of citruline and arginine amino acids (not appropriate for someone with persistent herpes outbreak though or other chronic viral activation). Again, it’s all a matter of what an individual is willing and able to do – Consistently! That’s the catch. Some clients are very sensitive to ingesting things and are sensitive to unusual tastes or flavors (e.g. essential oils or a non-sweet fresh juice). Other clients really dislike taking capsules.

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