Effects of High Blood Pressure

Effects of High Blood Pressure

If you’ve been diagnosed with Hypertension – or high blood pressure – then chances are your doctor has had a discussion with you about the effects this disease can have on your body. When left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to disability, even a fatal heart attack, but what goes on in your body before it reaches that irreparable stage?

Your Arteries

Become damaged and narrow. High blood pressure damages the cells of the inner lining within your arteries, making the artery walls thick and stiff. In people with normal blood pressure, arteries are flexible, strong, and elastic.

Your Heart

Weakens and loses efficiency. It begins to have to work harder to pump blood to all parts of the body, causing the left ventricle to become stiff. This, along with hard, narrowing arteries, limits its ability to pump blood, increasing risk of heart attack and cardiac arrest.

Your Kidneys

Slowly stop functioning. The tiny blood vessels leading to your kidneys become damaged, making it so your kidneys can’t effectively filter fluid and waste from the blood. This is called Glomerulosclerosis, and can lead to kidney failure.

Your Brain

Not receiving enough blood, can lose its cognitive abilities, slowly leading to memory loss and dementia. Your brain is also losing out on oxygen and nutrients, which causes brain cells to die and can lead to stroke.

These are all devastating things that can happen, but incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet and reducing (eventually eliminating) processed foods can help prevent these issues from occurring and get you back on the right track with your health!

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I take high blood pressure medicine is it safe for me to use a NutriBullet
NutriLiving Gigi Kwok-Hinsley on March 31, 2017
People taking high blood pressure medications can vary from person to person. I would review the medication list and diet changes with your doctor before starting anything new. In general, a diet high in fruit and vegetables can help lower blood pressure when combined with a healthy lifestyle. The DASH diet is specifically designed to help lower blood pressure using healthy foods. Here is how you can turn your NutriBlast into a DASH diet friendly recipe: https://www.nutriliving.com/articles/hypertension-and-dash-blast
Can you please guide me to the type of juices I can make at home to help with high blood pressure? What ingredients are best to lower it. Thanks in advance!
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