Hypertension or Blood pressure is the result of modern day fast paced lifestyle and stressful physical and mental state. It is a silent disease and strikes without any obvious symptoms that is why it is also known as silent killer and if timely check and precautions is not taken it increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, vision problems and kidney disease.
Naturopathy believes in the philosophy that mind has a direct impact on the body and treats not just the disease but the root cause of the disease. Naturopathy shows resorting to drugs is not the only way out and will not work in isolation.Calming the mind and body through yoga and meditation is more important than mere medication.
Naturopathy Treatments address simple causes to check the disease, like a change in diet and lifestyle to help contain the blood pressure within prescribed limits. One of the key factors that triggers Hypertension is the fast and stressful lifestyle. Excessive intake of intoxicants, smoking, rampant consumption of tea/coffee , fast food and processed food are all high in calories and rich in sodium salt. These fat rich food leads to obesity which raises the cholesterol level resulting in narrowing of blood vessels causing extra pressure on the heart to pump blood through the blood vessels.
Naturopathy addresses some key factors in our lifestyle through yoga and well monitored diet that can bring the blood pressure to normal level.
Obesity a gift of modern lifestyle -Sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity leads to weight gain leading to a gamut of health hazards which are risk factors for heart attack and stroke. It is advisable to keep obesity at bay by increased physical activity.
Naturopathy first targets to build a healthy body weight through yoga and regulate the breathing through Pranayam to ease out stress.
Yoga Asans and Pranayam practice has a very calmimg effect on the mind and body. It regulates the blood circulation to all parts of the body and oxygenates the blood; Conscious breathing through Pranayam helps lower blood pressure and stabilizes the nervous system.
Yoga when performed mindfully pacifies the nervous system also helps resolve problems like shallow breathing and increased heart rate.
Stress and a surge in blood pressure is inversely proportion. People experience an increase in blood pressure when they feel stressed. Relaxation techniques and stress management can help.
Naturopathy addresses the mind and helps manage stress trough meditation and many other relaxation techniques that has a placebo effect on the mind and eventually on the body.
A very important element of Naturopathic treatment is a well regulated and monitored diet. Dietary risk factors for high blood pressure include being obese and having a diet with a high sodium-to-potassium ratio or one that is low in fibre and high in sugar and saturated fats.
Reduce the salt and sodium intake–Excess salt in our everyday meal causes the body to retain water which raises the blood pressure. We also need to check the intake of sodium through processed foods like chips cheese, sauce and soups and bread and cake. Even a small reduction in sodium intake can reduce blood pressure.
Alcohol consumption can raise the blood pressure to unhealthy levels– While alcohol contains high amount of calories leading to obesity and raised cholesterol level.
Quit tobacco– Smoking has potential health hazards and damaging effect on the cardiovascular health. In addition to raising blood pressure, tobacco raises the risk of heart attack and stroke in many ways.
Increase fruits and vegetables— Fruits and vegetables are high in potassium and fiber, both of which lower blood pressure. Raw intake of fruits and vegetables are at the lowest risk of high blood pressure,
Decrease sugar and flour— Refined flour or high glycemic foods such as sugar and flour can increase blood pressure, in addition to raising cholesterol, weight and inflammation. All of these are risks for heart attack and stroke. Those who have high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL (good) cholesterol or are overweight are especially likely to benefit from this. Added sugars such as dessert, soda and maple syrup should be eliminated and all grains should be whole grains and consumption limited to once daily.
Treating Blood Pressure Naturopathic way
In Naturopathy mud therapy is an essential component of the treatment along with several eliminative process.Patients of Hypertension must always take a well-balanced diet, get regular exercise and take sufficient rest.
Contact JKYNH, one of the leading naturopathy hospitals in India for lifestyle consultaion.