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Dr. Juan Nunez – Chiropractic & Wellness

Common Causes of High Blood Pressure

June 12th, 2011

One of the worst things about high blood pressure is that it’s possible to have it without knowing it. You may not have any early or obvious symptoms, so it is imperative for everyone, regardless of age, to make sure you get your blood pressure taken on a regular basis.  As with most health disorders, prevention is definitely the best medicine, and many common causes of high blood pressure can be controlled or avoided altogether.

Smoking and High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be caused by many things, and smoking ranks right up there as a leading and very preventable cause. And, high blood pressure is just one of the conditions that can be caused by smoking. Regular smoking hardens the arteries and creates dangerous blockages, which can cause or worsen high blood pressure. The more you smoke, the more you are at risk for both high blood pressure as well as other dangerous cardiac conditions.  The fact is, that smoking to any degree at all, and even exposure to second hand smoke, can increase your risk of hypertension. While it’s not always easy to quit smoking, it’s well worth the effort, especially if you already suffer from high blood pressure.  And, positive health changes occur in your body, starting the very first hour after quitting.

Alcohol and High Blood Pressure

If you consume too much alcohol, then you are almost certain to have at least episodes of higher blood pressure, if not chronic high blood pressure. Alcohol consumption is tricky when it comes to your health, because many experts now believe that light to moderate drinking may be good for your heart. It’s clear, however, that regularly consuming more than two drinks per day of any alcoholic beverage poses more risks than benefits to your health. For people who have trouble controlling their alcohol consumption, it’s preferable for them to stay away from it than to overindulge. Alcohol, then, may be beneficial in small doses, but heavy drinking raises your blood pressure, as well as the other risks it poses to your health.  If you are a recovering addict, or don’t normally drink, staying away from alcohol of all kinds is best.

Drugs and High Blood Pressure

There are also a variety of medications and drugs that can cause hypertension. People addicted to street drugs, especially “uppers”, meth or cocaine, are very susceptible to high blood pressure. Many prescription drugs, and even those prescribed for depression or birth control, can also cause hypertension, and can be a frequent and common side effect while taking them. Depending on the ingredients, lots of over-the-counter medications can also raise blood pressure.  Always read the labels on any medications you take, especially the list of side effects.  And, don’t be shy about bringing this up with your doctor, as well as other possible alternative medications and treatment options. Never be afraid to ask your doctor to change your medication or the dosage if you think it may be causing a problem.

Diet and High Blood Pressure

People who have high blood pressure must look at how they eat.  A wholesome and well balanced diet is crucial for good heart health.  It is imperative that you eliminate ALL trans-fats from your diet, as well as high fructose corn syrup, both of which are absolute poison to the body.  You also want to eliminate all artificial sweeteners, with the exception of stevia, and minimize your sugar intake.  The bulk of your diet should be fresh fruits and vegetables, lean organic meat and fish, and choose potatoes over rice or pasta for your starch food.  High blood pressure is something that can be controlled, as long as you are willing to take responsibility for your diet and lifestyle.

While there are additional causes of high blood pressure, these are amongst the most common, as well as the most preventable and reversible of causes.  Being proactive with regards to our health, is a much easier path to health and well-being, vs. being reactive after our poor diet and poor lifestyle habits have caused harm.  Heeding these high blood pressure prevention tips will not only help you avoid high blood pressure in the first place, but it can also help reverse it if you already have it.

(article courtesy of The Healthy Living Site)

Is Your Fruit Real?

May 26th, 2011

Is your family eating all of their fruits and vegetables?  Be honest… ok.  Lets talk fruit.  Are you eating real fruit… or fake fruit?  Check out this article below from the Esuna Health Journal …

Blueberries! They’re good for you! High in antioxidants! Delicious! Except when they’re made out of “sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and artificial food dye blue No. 2 and red No. 40,” as found in a new report.

The investigation, conducted by NaturalNewsTV, reveals the truth staring you in the face from the back of that box of “blueberry” muffins (or bagels, or bread, or scones, or many, many others). The blueberries, simply, aren’t. They’re made of wacky sounding concoctions like “blueberry bits,” which, contrary to their title, are not blueberries. Not even bits of them. Sometimes a product maintains some tenuous connection to blueberry honesty with a “dash of blueberry puree concentrate.” Sometimes there’s just zero trace of blueberries at all.

Fake blueberry-ness is okay in, say, Skittles, or a popsicle. But not muffins in a box adorned with giant photos of blueberries. Next time you hit the grocery aisle, read the back of the package. Or, just buy actual blueberries—if you squeeze them and they don’t burst into a puddle of partially hydrogenated soybean oil and dye, odds are you’re safe.

Click here to check out a video on these “blueberries” brought to you by naturalnews.tv

So, have you been eating real or fake blueberries?? Let us know in the comments.

RDA vs. ODA

May 26th, 2011

Many so-called experts will tell you not to worry about taking vitamins if you are eating a balanced diet.  Unfortunately, dieting alone can’t provide enough essential vitamins and minerals to promote enough  optimal health.  For instance, you would need to consume 5,000 calories per day (mostly fat) in order to get the  recommended minimum (400 IU) of vitamin E, and 12,000 calories per day to get the minimum amount of chromium.  Most of our foods are processed and therefore, the nutrients have been leeched out of them.  Could this be one of the reasons pre-senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have increased so dramatically over the last few decades?

Thousands of studies validate the benefits of taking a multivitamin/mineral formula on a daily basis.  These studies have been reported in medical journals, popular newspapers and magazines.  A good multivitmain/mineral formula offers a broad range of health benefits.  Taking a daily multivitamin/mineral formula reduces the incidence of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, glaucoma, depression, macular degeneration, diabetes, senile dementia and various cancers.

Almost as unacceptable as not recommending vitamin and mineral supplements is the recommendation of them based on the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).  The RDA is the measured amount or dosage of nutrient per vitamin and minerals recommended.  The U.S. Federal government sets these levels based on the “average adult.”

The “average person plan” assumes that you are an adult under 60 years of age who is in good health, has normal digestion, isn’t overweight, leads a relatively stress-free life, has no medical problems, doesn’t take any medication, eats a balanced diet, and consumes 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Needless to day, most adult women don’t meet the RDA for zinc, vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E.  Likewise, most adult men don’t meet the RDA for zinc and magnesium.  Fewer that 29% of people eat 5 fresh fruit and vegetables a day.  Furthermore, 20% of the U.S. Population doesn’t eat ANY fruits or vegetables at all!

The recommended daily allowance is some fifty years out of date.  It was never intended to advance health, only to prevent malnutrition diseases like scurvy or rickets.  Taking the minimum amount of a nutrient to prevent gross deficiency diseases doesn’t help those people who want to be truly healthy and not just be free of symptoms.

The RDA is inadequate if your goal is for prevention and or treatment of heart disease, cancer, cataracts, depression, senility, diabetes, arthritis, and other age related disorders.  For optimal health and well being, many health practitioners are recommending many times higher that the RDA on certain nutrients.

Did You Know (3)

May 26th, 2011

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

We actually do not see with our eyes – we see with our brains. The eyes basically are the cameras of the brain.

Our eyes can detect sound.

Women blink twice as often as men.

The average person’s skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate. .. . .they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate!

Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren’t.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.

Did You Know (2)

May 26th, 2011

If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you’ll feel thirsty.

It is impossible to sneeze and keep one’s eyes open at the same time.

55% of people yawn within 5 minutes of seeing someone else yawn.

A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.

You’ll drink about 75,000 litres (20,000 gallons) of water in your lifetime.

After a certain period of growth, hair becomes dormant. That means that it is attached to the hair follicle until replaced by new hair.

Hair on the head grows for between two and six years before being replaced.  In the case of baldness, the dormant hair was not replaced with new hair.

Men loose about 40 hairs a day. Women loose about 70 hairs a day.

Did You Know (1)

May 26th, 2011

About 13% of people are left-handed. Up from 11% in the past.
In 1900, a person could expect to live to be 47. Today, the average life expectancy for men and women in developed countries is longer than 70 years.

A newborn baby’s head accounts for one-quarter of its weight.

King Henry I, who ruled in the England in the 12th century, standardized the yard as the distance from the thumb of his outstretched arm to his nose.

The bones in your body are not white – they range in color from beige to light brown. The bones you see in museums are white because they have been boiled and cleaned.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth.

Every person has a unique tongue print.

If your DNA is stretched out, it would reach to the moon 6,000 times.

Approximately two-thirds of a person’s body weight is water. Blood is 92% water. The brain is 75% water and muscles are 75% water.