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by Carly Neubert, BA, NC February 26, 2020
Blood pressure, both high and low, can cause problems for other parts of your body. So what can you do to help prevent either of these extreme conditions?
There are many daily habits, diet choices, and other activities you can do to help minimize your risk of developing these conditions and to help control them if you already have them. Another strategy for regulating your blood pressure is to take Carditone, produced by Ayush Herbs.
By using a blend of herbs, Carditone strengthens both heart function and regulates blood pressure. Several of the herbs also promote balanced stress hormone levels.
Convolvulus pluricaulis is the main herb in Carditone. The common name for convolvulus pluricaulis is Shankhapushpi. It has a long history in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The herb looks a lot like morning glory with its trailing vine and brilliant purple flowers. Traditionally it has been used for thousands of years for memory support, anxiety, depression, and sedation.
In lower doses, it helps to lower blood pressure by acting on the nervous system. Convolvulus pluricaulis regulates your body’s production of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. An excess of these hormones is involved with high blood pressure.
Rauwolfia serpentina has a long history of research and use in lowering elevated blood pressure. The root of rauwolfia serpentina is used in herbal remedies. As with many other medicinal herbs, eastern cultures used this particular herb for centuries before modern and western medicine picked up the remedy. Interestingly, however, serpentina is not used for the same things that eastern cultures have historically utilized it. In Ayurvedic medicine, rauwolfia serpentina is also known as sarpagandha and chandrika. It is an evergreen shrub that is native to tropical regions all over the world from Europe to Australia. It has been used in India for insect bites, malaria, digestive problems, and as a cure for insanity.
As early as the 1940s, doctors were using and studying rauwolfia serpentina for high blood pressure. From 1939 to 1949 Dr. Rustom Jal Vakil collected data on his patients who were using rauwolfia serpentina to treat high blood pressure. The results were remarkable and caused eastern physicians to adopt rauwolfia serpentina as the primary treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure).
More recently rauwolfia serpentina has been studied for the treatment of brain and mental disorders including bipolar, depression, and anxiety. It is used at lower doses for managing high blood pressure and in higher doses for mental and brain disorders.
Perhaps you have been told you have high blood pressure. We’ve all heard of high blood pressure, but what exactly is the pressure range that is considered normal? There are actually five different categories of blood pressure ranges, as the American Heart Association tells us, and those are Normal, Elevated, Hypertension Stages 1 and 2, and finally, Hypertensive Crisis. The maximum you want your heart range to be is in the “Normal”, at less than 120/80mm Hg. The “Elevated” range of 120-129/80 mm Hg, is usually cause for a trip to the doctor or an examination of your stress levels. Any range greater than 130/81 mm Hg has long term implications and is a reason for lifestyle and diet changes.
Over your lifespan, the greater your blood pressure or the more extreme your blood pressure range is, the more wear and tear your heart will endure, and the shorter amount of time your heart will beat.
The first number, in this case, 120 from the Normal blood pressure range refers to your Systolic blood pressure, which indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls as your heartbeats. The second number, for Normal range, 80, is your Diastolic blood pressure, which indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats.
Systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements are different than pulse or heart rate values.
Now, why do we refer to the pressure as mm Hg, do you ask? The mm Hg is actually an abbreviation for millimeters of mercury, which is a heavy metal that was used in thermometers and pressure gauges. To keep everything consistent, modern medicine has kept this measuring system to avoid confusion.
Before you commit to taking a blood pressure medicine you may want to consider the possible side effects of these medications. Common side effects include diarrhea, dizziness, erection problems, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, and kidney disease. Ayush Carditone carries none of those side effects. You may also benefit from looking at your diet and lifestyle as a source of your hypertension.
A high sugar, high carbohydrate diet contributes to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and high triglycerides. This trifecta of “highs” is referred to as metabolic syndrome. Risk factors for metabolic syndrome include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, sitting more than 7 hours per day, alcohol, smoking, and stress.
In our modern, fast-paced world, we often live on adrenaline and cortisol surges. We let the mental and emotional stress in our lives cause physical issues such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and other serious diseases. Controlling blood pressure isn’t as easy as popping a pill. It needs to be a diet and lifestyle change. A low carbohydrate diet coupled with Ayush Carditone is a great and proven starting point.
If you would like expert guidance to manage your blood pressure please schedule a consult with Carly Neubert BA, NC.
Carly Neubert BA, NC
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