Have High Blood Pressure? MUST WATCH!

Have High Blood Pressure? MUST WATCH!


Hi I’m Dr. Joe from the Southside
Health and Wellness Campus. Thanks for joining me today. We’re going to be
talking about an important topic and a very big health concern for a lot of
people which is blood pressure. I talk to a lot of my patients each and every day
who come in with you know a lot of health needs and blood pressure comes up
very frequently. So when I speak with them I try to talk in terms of very
simple description as to how the body works and then by doing that simple
things that they can do to change in their life that may assist their health
to improve and therefore assist in many good ways to lower blood pressure in
many cases. So let’s talk about this first and foremost: what is blood
pressure? We have to kind understand the basics. Blood pressure is basically the
amount of force that’s exerted by the blood inside of the blood vessels in the
body against the blood vessel walls. Okay, so you can see the outward force that would be
coming from fluid going through that tube, in this case blood vessels. So normally
people are trying to figure out what their numbers mean. They say a number like
the high number over the low number they don’t totally understand those things
very clearly. Well basically, we have what’s called a systolic number and a
diastolic number, and the systolic number is basically when the heart is
contracting, there’s a higher amount of pressure because it’s working. So it’s
squeezing blood through the thousands of miles of blood vessels in the body and
then when it’s into the relaxed phase in between beats that’s called the
diastolic number, and that’s more of the at rest number. So, the ranges can be
quite significant but in most cases you’re going to find a lot of people
that are dealing with blood pressure issues may fall between 120 and 70 over
140 over 90. Now the parameters have changed, you know, a little bit here and
there over the years and in some cases they’re recommending now that blood
pressures at 120 over 80 should at least be closely monitored or possibly
even medicated, due to some concerns for too much pressure in the system in a
person. Now why would blood pressure being high be an issue? Well, ultimately
if the pressure is too high and the numbers that, you know, can mean too high
can vary and different opinions about that, but ultimately it can put too much
stress on the organs definitely the heart and on the blood vessels and could
lead to stroke and many other injuries as a result. So to understand blood
pressure you also have to understand what is the purpose of the blood flowing
through the body. Well to simplify it, big time, basically it’s to get oxygen,
nutrients, and hormones to the different parts of the body. Okay, so as you look up
here you’re gonna see a lot of different information, but I want to try to keep it
as simple as possible. But ultimately that purpose is really what the body is
trying to do, to deliver nutrients and things to the rest of the body and
through the thousands of miles of blood vessels with each beat of the heart. So
stick with me try not to read ahead just like on a test don’t read ahead because
it’ll probably confuse you but stay along and hopefully I can simplify a lot
of these things for you. All right, so one of the things that can affect blood
pressure is the heart as a pump I always think of the heart as a pump. Every beat
is a pulse of the the pump trying to push blood through the thousands of
miles of blood vessels. So if you have a weak heart and it’s not really very
efficient at pumping, it’s not going to get a lot of ability of circulation to
all of the body and in many cases a person might be more apt to complain of
like cold hands and feet and their body just doesn’t feel right they’re low
energy different symptoms like that. Well if the heart is weak due to aging or
heart disease or different issues, then ultimately the circulation will be
decreased. Now the body has two options to deal
with this. Ultimately deal with lower circulation and a lot of the symptoms
that go along with it, or it can try to compensate for that in some of the
secondary things that I’ll talk about below which may up cause the blood
pressure to elevate or in some cases it can be very low in some people and just
getting up out of a chair or moving quickly may cause them to be dizzy which
would be on the low blood pressure side of things. Now the heart is stronger
maybe they’re they’re younger or they’re very active and they really condition
their heart in a very physical, physically fit person then the
circulation will be better then the circulation will get better through the
extremities and different things. And in that case, most times you’re going to
find a nice even healthy blood pressure, but in many cases because the heart is
working so efficiently, you’ll see a person that especially as an athlete
that they’re going to be in the lower blood pressure range and lower pulse
rate meaning the heart doesn’t have to beat as much to get a good circulation
to the rest of the body because it’s very efficient. So secondary to that
blood volume over here the one of the most significant ways that blood
pressure is affected in the body. Now how does that work?
Well basically if you increase the volume in the bloodstream you’re going
to increase blood pressure. Now one of the ways that this can often
occur is when people consume very large amounts of sodium which is why you often
see people with blood pressure problems on sodium restricted diets. Now although
that can lower blood pressure some by not consuming that, sodium is a very
important mineral and it does have to be consumed. However, there are better
versions of it like Himalayan sea salt and Celtic sea salt but not the
traditional salt that’s in a lot of processed foods. Now if you have a higher
volume you’re going to retain fluid. A lot of people complain about that and
they’ll often see that their blood pressure will elevate. Now if you
decrease the volume of the blood in the body, okay, and actually a lower amount
I’m not talking a significant amount but just a smaller amount in the blood
vessels, you’ll often see the blood pressure will start to lower. Now a
better way to deal with it than just restricting sodium is actually to
increase the very important mineral that opposes sodium which is potassium. So
we’ll talk about that in a few minutes some potassium rich foods but by
consuming potassium in large amounts you’ll often lower blood pressure versus
just taking salt out of the diet because like I said, it is very important to have
a balance of both of those in the body. Another way that the body can have a
change in the blood pressure is through the blood vessels themselves. Okay, now
there’s resistance that can occur. Now resistance is basically the amount
something is resisting you. So if I’m pushing on someone and they are pushing
back they’re resisting me. Well inside the blood vessels in the body there’s
resistance. So if blood is flowing through a very narrow blood vessel
there’s going to be more pressure on it, okay, and that would ultimately cause an
increase in blood pressure. Okay, now that can occur from a couple of
different reasons and one of them would be stress. Now when you have stress in
the body there’s certain hormones that are produced that will cause most of the
major blood vessels to restrict, and the reason for that is it’s called a
fight-or-flight mechanism. So if your body is in a situation where it has
to defend itself, like there’s a bear that comes out of the woods and I’m not
expecting it, I have to defend myself against it or run really quick faster
than I ever thought I could run to get away from it. Well basically the blood
has to flow to the extremities or the arms to run away or to fight, and that’s
a survival mechanism, and as soon as the stressor goes away the heartbeat slows
down, the blood pressure regulates, and everything’s good.
However when we live in a chronic stress state we often have this can
you´d constriction of the blood vessels which may keep the blood pressure
elevated even at times of rest which is where doctors become very concerned
about that. Additionally inflammation in the blood
vessels is also not good which in most cases that’s going to occur because of
different foods that we consume often lots of sugar or processed foods, both of
which are very inflammatory and if you can picture anything inflamed it takes
up space. Okay, so if I sprained my ankle it would be larger and it push out against
my shoe if I was wearing a shoe, but also inside that would be pressure pushing on
the interior components of the body so if a blood vessel itself is inflamed
it’s going to squeeze on the inside, therefore increasing blood pressure. So
by avoiding those foods that can be very helpful. Now if I have a more wide vessel,
okay, there’s a lot more space in it and I’m in a relaxed state, I’m just sitting
around relaxing maybe eating dinner or something like that, my body is going to
have a much more relaxed blood vessel situation if I don’t tend to carry
stress after the stressors end, my blood vessels will tend to be more relaxed,
therefore keeping blood pressure lower. Now also, there’s a flexibility that
blood vessels should have. They’re not rigid structures by nature. They should
have a little bit of a stretch each time the heart beats, the heart kind of
expands, okay, and contracts on the contraction it pushes blood through the
blood vessels. There should be a slight stretching of the blood vessels, and then
on the rest the blood vessels will actually squeeze a little bit helping to
push the blood through the vessels. Okay, so if we have flexible blood
vessels, we’re going to have lower blood pressure in most cases, and that’s what
we want, cause certain nutrition and things can help
to feed the blood vessels to be able to do that. However over time, and due to
sometimes the way that we eat or the amount of stress that we have or
different diseases and conditions, the blood vessels can become rigid, and if
that occurs instead of having this flexing stretching situation the blood
pressure and the blood vessels will increase. Okay, so the pressure is inward
and the pressure will go up and that’s a condition that we would often call
arteriosclerosis. It is a hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis, very
similarly sounding. But the second one is basically cholesterol deposits in
different deposits on the inside of the blood vessels, and what we eat in many
cases, high sugar and high processed foods contributes to those conditions
occurring in the body. Additionaly
resistance in the body can be when the blood is trying to flow through the body,
thousands of miles of blood vessels, feeding oxygen, nutrients, hormones to
every different part of the body. It also has to go through the liver
and most of its you know blood flow to try to filter out different toxins and
irritants that can exist in the body. So if the liver as a filter it starts to
get congested because over time just like a filter an air filter or an oil
filter are getting congested, anything pushing against it will cause the
pressure, the back pressure, to increase. So think of an air filter in your house.
If you pull the cover off and it’s full of hair and dust and things like that,
the air has to push a lot harder to get through it if it can even get through it
on the other end, and that can be called a term called hepatic or portal or liver
hypertension. Okay, so if the liver is, you know, congested we definitely want to try
to increase its efficiency and we’ll talk about that in a moment as to how to
do that. Blood vessels also have a lot to do with it. Now if you have a longer
blood vessel system, okay, let’s say there’s thousands of miles in the body,
and now we gain a lot of weight, a lot of body fat, that body fat actually needs
blood supply as well. So if you try to send a lot of blood through the existing,
you know, blood vessels and then they get longer, there needs to be more pressure
through the system to try to deliver enough blood to each of the
nutrients each of the parts of the body, to give it all the nutrients that it
needs. Okay, now think of it this way. If I have a hose and it’s 50 feet long and I need
to water something that’s 75 feet away, a greater distance, there’s a couple of
things I can do. I can basically, you know, turn the pressure up in the system,
delivering the water through I have to lengthen the hose. Okay, well basically
the body will go through an adaptive process to increase circulation, increase
blood supply, grow new blood vessels to adapt to the amount of fat that’s in the
body. So obesity is definitely one of the biggest reasons that people will often
have high blood pressure. So the opposite of that, when a person has less blood
vessels and less body mass, there’s less need to deliver all of the blood supply
to a smaller body, and therefore often when people lose weight one of the first
things that you’ll often see is the person saying, ” I went to my doctor. My
blood pressure dropped significantly. Now they’re trying to lower my doses and
take me off of medications,” which the people are thrilled to see that, and
that’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to help to assist the body through
that process of reducing the need for medications. So and lastly here,
viscosity. It’s right down here at the body. Viscosity is the thickness of a
fluid. Now if I have a thicker fluid okay going through a pipe let’s say molasses
the expression is, “slow as molasses.” Molasses doesn’t flow very quickly
through anything, okay. You sit it on the table it takes time to even seep out from
its center point of pouring. Well in a similar situation the thicker the blood
would be, flowing through the blood vessel,s the slower it’s going to go
through and the more pressure it would take so therefore blood pressure would
elevate. However if the blood is thinner, which would be great, then ultimately
it’s going to have less pressure behind it. Now different things that could
contribute to this, and it’s a lot more complicated then I’ll make it, but
different toxins can build up and if the blood has a lot of coagulation and
stickiness to it, it’ll kind of flow through slower like the molasses I
described. Dehydration can have a significant effect on that because when
something’s dried out it doesn’t flow as quickly. So those are a couple of
different reasons that the thickening of the blood can
occur. Okay so what I want to do is not just educate you on what the body does,
and I know there’s a lot of information here and at some point I want you to
take a screenshot of this screen, might as well take it right now I’ll get out
of the way, so that you can see, basically, what the body is about. But also I want
you to be able to take action on it because ultimately if you do nothing
with this information except store it in your brain and say, “okay, I’m a little bit
smarter,” and don’t apply it, it really will have been of no assist for you to have
listened to or watched this video, okay. But ultimately we do some simple action
steps, and I mean one or two of these, and it would be great to do all them, but ultimately
take pick one or two by the time I’m done speaking, and if you start to
implement it and put it into a ,you know, a reminder system and your calendar,
or something to remind you to do this thing over a week or two, eventually it
becomes habit, and then it might contribute to some improvements in your health over
time. Alright, so we have the heart pump, weak circulation and strong circulation.
How do we strengthen a muscle? You exercise it. You move and you exercise. By
doing so, you can improve circulation and the second example here it’s more
efficient, the body has more energy, it’s delivering oxygen every part of the body,
and that’s exactly what we’re looking to do. So we showed that sodium is not good
in high amounts, but it’s an important nutrient, so we want to avoid as many of
the really processed foods that are overly salted, like a can of soup
there’s thousands of milligrams of sodium in it. But instead, more
importantly is to try to increase your potassium. Now if you’re able to do so,
because some people are on potassium restricted diets, and you’d have to speak
to your medical doctor about this, but eat foods like spinach, kale,
brussel sprouts and avocado and yogurt, if you’re able to do things with dairy
in it, and search out online how many other foods that have potassium rich
nutrients in it. Bananas do have a lot in it, but there’s also a lot of sugar. Even
though it’s naturally occurring, we don’t want to create inflammation in the body.
Additionally, okay, deep breathing. We said that the purpose of blood is to deliver
oxygen to the body, so if you do deep breathing you will actually increase the
oxygen carrying capacity of the blood so your body will be more efficient and
able to, you know, to feed the nutrients and the tissues better into the
the system. Okay, so how do we do that well, basically deep breathing exercises
is great okay or when you’re just even in life and you feel like you’re feeling
stressed, okay. If you want to decrease stress but one of the fastest ways to do
it is to do a few deep breaths, in deep breaths out, and that will help your body
to lower blood pressure often instantly. I don’t mean it’s going to stay that way
forever because you have to improve different systems, but that’ll make a big
difference right away. And you obviously want to try to find ways to de-stress as
much as possible. Avoid the sugar, avoid the processed food obviously that speaks
for itself. If the liver is congested, you want to
consider a body cleanse. Now, people don’t understand these real well. They hear
the word detox and they’re really confused. There’s a lot of natural ways
to do this and it’s not just detoxing the liver. It’s to detoxify
the kidneys, the the lymphatic system, the colon. All of those are part of the
whole elimination channels in our body, and if we can slowly do that over
time by the way we eat, not re-toxifying it by more sugar and processed foods,
then ultimately that will help deliver to, to clean out. Sometimes there’s really
healthy ways to do that and I’ve seen people do natural detoxes and believe it
or not, they lose 10, 20, 30 pounds in two or three weeks in a really healthy way
and we see a lot of their their health profile improved in very short fashion.
So obviously we talked about losing weight. There’s a lot of different ways
to lose weight. Some people get very stressed and frustrated with this, but
seek out help with this. That is one of the things that people will give up on
the fastest. They feel like they’ve tried everything but they haven’t. There’s a
lot of different options out there, you know, as of today there’s the the keto
diet there’s the Paleo diet there’s the whole 30 way of eating, you know, we
love Weston Price okay and the foundation that’s done, and dietary
management and nutritional education for decades. Okay, so search these things out,
but definitely look for a coach or somebody that can help you with that, and
if you need assistance, you know, give us a call, you know, look us up, you know, we’d
love to do so if you live here locally. And finally we’re talking about the
thickness of the blood. The first and foremost thing is hydrate. Okay, the most
important thing is not to just drink coffee and soda and tea and all these
things with caffeine in it, it’s to drink water. Water has a cleansing ability, it
also has a thinning ability to for the for the blood, and it’s just a really
good thing. It’s not like people think if you drink water you will retain water.
It’s not that. It is that mineral balance we talked about with sodium and potassium,
so if you consume a lot of live and rich foods, the green leafy vegetables and
salads and things like that on daily basis, you will get water from that, but definitely try to consume large quantities of good water. Maybe even put a pinch of
sea salt or some lemon or some apple cider vinegar in the water and that will
help to hydrate you as well. Additionally if you’re able to do so, and
then your doctors wouldn’t disagree if you’re on medications, fish oil and/or
flaxseed oil or omega 3 fatty acids, very helpful to keep the blood thin and can
make a really big difference in a person’s health overall. It also helps to
reduce inflammation, so as we spoke of earlier that will help the blood
pressure to reduce in many ways. I know I said a lot about this, okay, in a very
short period of time hopefully not keeping you too long, but ultimately try
to understand the simple elements of the body and then walk through the process
of the things that you can do to make a difference, okay. But don’t get overloaded
by all this information and think you have to change overnight. One degree of
change can lead to tremendous improvements over the course of weeks
and months, so that’s that’s all our goal is here today and I hope that this will
be of assistance to you. Please share this information with other people. I know so
many people, upwards of half of the American population, has blood pressure
issues. So basically if you know people that are dealing with you know this
improperly or not having good success with it, give them this information, let
them go through the process themselves, and then hopefully you can take some
credit for making a difference in that person’s life. So thank you for your time
today. I hope that this was helpful, and please stay tuned for additional videos
that we are producing to try to make health as easily understood as possible
and simple. Thanks again.