If you are reading this blog post, chances are you have high blood pressure or know someone who does.
You probably also know that certain things can cause your blood pressure to spike. Eating certain foods, having a fight with someone… these are common triggers for blood pressure to become elevated.
But you may take your blood pressure at some point and find you have an abnormally high reading and have no idea what caused it. It’s important to know some common yet surprising triggers of a blood pressure spike:
Most people drink coffee for the caffeine boost it offers. Caffeine is a stimulant so it can give us that morning jolt and help us wake up. But, because it is a stimulant, it can also give your blood pressure a boost as well.
What is also important to mention is that caffeine levels can vary widely based on the different kinds of beans and roasting processes. While a large dark roast from Starbucks may contain 193 milligrams of caffeine, a large blonde roast can contain as much as 270 mg of caffeine.
Any kind of pain or discomfort will raise your blood pressure. This goes for something serious like you’ve just broken your leg, or something less serious like you have a bad headache, your arthritis is flaring up or you’ve been holding your bladder.
So, before you take your reading, make sure you’ve emptied your bladder and are feeling fine otherwise so you can get an accurate reading.
- Acute Stress
Did you know just going to see your doctor to get your blood pressure checked can RAISE your blood pressure? It’s a stressful event for many people. It can even cause older people’s blood pressure to spike by as much as 30 to 40 points!
If your blood pressure seems elevated at the beginning of your appointment, your doctor may check it again at the end. If it’s still elevated, he or she may ask you to take your blood pressure at home to get a more accurate reading.
In order to manage your blood pressure properly, you’ve got to be able to take accurate readings. If your reading seems unusually high, see if it could be one of these 3 uncommon triggers.
The Dangers of Blood Pressure Medications
Living with high blood pressure isn’t fun. Not only do you have to constantly take your readings, you also have to take medications, some of which come with some pretty nasty side effects.
Just how dangerous are some of the most common hypertension medications? Well, let me list just SOME of the dangerous side effects:
- fluid retention
- leg cramps
- skin rashes
- extreme fatigue
- frequent urination
That’s quite a list. And it’s not even a full list!
What’s really concerning, is that many blood pressure medications aren’t very effective. So you may be placed on a second and even third one to get your numbers down. These additional medications will also come with their own side effects.
You’re getting increasingly sicker with each pill you are put on. How is this good healthcare?
A nationally known health researcher, Christian Goodman; Author of Natural Health Alternatives states, “It’s a well-known fact that hypertension medications cause serious side effects. Even the medical companies have to admit to that. But to defend themselves, they say: “No efficacy without side effects”.
Goodman goes on to alert people to a startling fact: that is that hypertension medications neither cure hypertension nor protect you from sudden fatal cardiovascular events – such as heart attack, stroke, embolism, kidney failure and other conditions that are directly caused by high blood pressure.
I’ll give you a moment to scratch your head and become as angry as I am.
Here’s the bottom line:
Much of medicine today does little in the way of preventing or treating chronic illness. Doctors are taught to match up the disease to the right pill. If that first pill doesn’t work, then try a second and a third and on and on.
Natural Solutions for High Blood Pressure
Knowing what you now know about most blood pressure medication, you’re probably wondering if there are safer alternatives. Yes, there are natural ways you can lower your blood pressure.
- Exercise regularly
- Cut out processed foods
- Eat more foods with potassium
- Deal with the stress in your life in healthy ways
- Quit smoking and excessive drinking
- Lose weight
There is another way to naturally bring down your blood pressure and that is by eating royal jelly. Royal jelly is a substance made by bees that has been shown in scientific studies published in by the National Institutes of Health to relax the smooth muscle cells in your veins and arteries, thereby lowering blood pressure.
While more research is needed to fully understand these results, the results are promising.
Our Golden Royal Honey contains royal jelly. In addition, our honey contains ginseng, which not only increase circulation but also helps people who are dealing with stress and anxiety feel calmer.
If you have high blood pressure and don’t like the idea of taking medicine that can do more harm than good, consider making some lifestyle changes and dealing with your hypertension in a natural way. And consider adding Golden Royal Honey to your daily diet. It can help you get your numbers down.
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* Never quit your hypertension medication suddenly, or without speaking with your physician.