Lowering Blood Pressure
- 09-27-2009, 10:04 PM
Lowering Blood Pressure
27 year old male
had long list of labs done you can see them here:
I had two consecutive readings of 140/90 followed by a reading of 120/80 and then another which was 146/90 (or something close to that). The doctor said we will check in a month and a half. I really don't want to go on bp meds here is my plan:
-30 minutes cardio 5 days a week (before I did 3 times a week and lifted 3 times a week)
-fish oil cap after every meal (used to take one cap a day)
-1/2 cup oatmeal breakfast everyday
-supplement with metamucil
-10,000ius a day vitamin d (tested low normal and have sedentary job)
-celery seed extract (Not sure yet on dose. Suggestions?)
-Hawthorne berry extract maybe. Thoughts?
-Lose at least 8 pounds in a month and a half (fell off of diet, gonna get back on)
-Cut out red meat (it has been about a week already)
-I would say lower sodium, but I think it is not that much of an issue if you see my blood work it is within range
Also gonna buy a bp monitor for at home. I think I may have white coat hypertension, but I don't know. We'll see.
I am going to keep a journal type thing to show doc bp levels. Suggestions on when to take readings?
- 09-28-2009, 01:48 PM
I had bp issues in the past. I went on the dash diet for a few months (basically a clean diet with more fruits and veggies), and lost a few lbs. After this my bp dropped to normal readings. The main thing, is just dropping the lbs. Cardio will help as well, but diet is key.
09-28-2009, 01:59 PM
09-28-2009, 02:10 PM
i would agree, drop some weight and lower sodium. hawthorne berry is good for a lot of people. 2 grams a day is a good number but it does take two weeks to kick in. on the bright side. its only $3.50 a bottle at nutraplanet. celery seed extract is also a strong herb for BP at 150mg/day. anything u take i would break up into a morning and night time dose.
CELTIC LABS REP
09-28-2009, 02:16 PM
09-28-2009, 03:53 PM
Dropping some pounds along with hawthorne berry and celery seed extract should help. I wish you the very best bro.
09-28-2009, 07:14 PM
09-28-2009, 08:23 PM
celery seed extract, Natural Factors, has high 3nB, at 75mg ea so one in am one in pm gives the recommended 150mg/day.
09-28-2009, 08:28 PM
I agree with the weight loss. I was 320 about 2 years ago, my bp was something like 180/120. Doc thought I might stroke out. Anywho. went on a diet(though not too extreme)I ended up losing almost 100 pounds in like a year and a half and no longer need bp meds.
09-29-2009, 12:08 AM
Thanks for the replies guys. Yeah the weight is the main issue. I plan on losing at least eight pounds before next visit in about a month.
I am going to start monitoring my blood pressure and keeping track to make sure it isn't caused by health anxiety I have. I think it gets worse when i go to the doc. Any suggestions on when I should check bp? I was thinking morning, before cardio, after cardio and before bed. Suggestions?
Weight is the main culprit right? My sodium is within range, however I am making an effort to lower it. No red meat. I don't want to have to take bp meds.
09-29-2009, 12:20 AM
09-29-2009, 12:28 AM
"I had two consecutive readings of 140/90 followed by a reading of 120/80 and then another which was 146/90 (or something close to that)."
when were these numbers taken? like how far apart?
i think the best course of action is to start with some hawthorn and celery seed while u try to lose weight. i would honestly just keep trying to lose weight till you get around 20% bf. that should be in the average range. after you've lost a significant amount you can drop the celery seed to save money and then stay with hawthorn and cut back from there until you are comfortable with your BP.
personally, from what ive figured out, the best way to shed some fat is to jog a mile every morning when i wake up on an empty stomach. as well to cut carbs at 6pm so when i hit the sack, i only have protein and fats in my system. good luck, man
CELTIC LABS REP
09-29-2009, 08:53 AM
Blood pressure is a difficult read from a single measurement. There are many "other" factors which can contribute to a measurement. During a visit to the doctors office some people get nervous, this can increase the reading. A stressful day at work or bumper to bumper traffic for hours can also effect the reading. I would suggest having it taken at the same time of day during a non stressful time (upon waking in am or before sleep in pm). Understand that BP will fluctuate during the day. The average of multiple measurements is going to tell the whole story.
09-29-2009, 09:19 AM
Also I would up your goal of how much weight to lose in a month. At 300lbs, you could get away with 15-20lbs a month. You have to remember your health is more important than keeping a few extra pounds of muscle. Get down to 200-220 and then put back on some lean muscle much easier. Get some cardio going. Don't starve yourself but be disciplined. You should be able to drop 40 in 2-3 months before you start to hit a wall. Just get some proper eating habits down and a consistent workout regimen and you will be good to go.
09-30-2009, 12:27 AM
Resting heart rate of 90?
Avoid fat-burners 'cause they could cause a jump in bp. Look at cholesterol as well, oats are a good way to reduce this. It was rumoured that milk thistle did this too... not sure.
I'd do a full blood check - partic. to watch for cholesterol.
Ask for propanolol if things get worse.
Low test.. switch to mono-fats try Divanil based test-boosters, DTHC ... hmm..... what you need is a strong appetite suppressant but like ... can't do it here. ... no you can't do it 'cause however you try and 'get in there' you risk triggering a norephinephrine response.
Anyway I'd look at a complete health approach. Look at how some of the guys here use diet to build muscle and look at the diet they use. You'll also find this gives you the drive to do high intensity cardio.
09-30-2009, 07:30 PM
10-01-2009, 04:06 AM
Is your vitamin D prescribed? Your doctor say to use 10,000? That is really high...... Recommendations for leaders or guys in the know are 2,000-4,000ius a day.
It won't kill you to do that high short term and is usually what physicians do to get numbers up quick. For fun fact it takes a few months of IV vitamin D at 100,000 before it becomes really dangerous.
Agreed with all the above. Losing weight and excerising consistently will do more than anything with some supps mentioned giving extra kick.
10-01-2009, 04:10 AM
Also if you eat lean red meat is not a health concern. Don't get sucked into what is said about it. Once or twice a week of lean beef is ok IMO.
Lastly sodium in blood work (prob done fasting) is not an indicator of salt in your diet unless extremely high. Increasing potassium via DASH diet which emphasizes vegetables and fruits is top notch.
10-01-2009, 05:41 PM
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