What is your lifestyle? How would you describe your normal day-to-day activities, thoughts, feelings, and goals? Health is directly impacted by one’s lifestyle. A person’s health is shaped by their daily habits, routines, and rituals. Lifestyle diseases are diseases that are borne and fostered by everyday ways of living. And your lifestyle is known to impact your health.
The Number One Lifestyle Disease
High blood pressure (Hypertension) is considered a lifestyle disease by many health practitioners. If let untreated, it can negatively impact a person’s health and daily activities. Some of the major causes of high blood pressure (hypertension) are the over consumption of alcohol, drugs, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise.
What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?
Our body is made up of blood vessels that carry blood to the heart. Blood is responsible for carrying essential nutrients and a wealth of oxygen to the body’s vital organs and tissues. Blood vessels are also responsible for removing toxins from the vital organs such as the heart and tissues. High blood pressure (hypertension) occurs when the blood flows through the blood vessel systems at a dangerous speed. The pressure of the flowing blood against the walls of the blood vessels weakens their functioning and processes.
Signs of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High blood pressure (hypertension) is considered a silent killer. It may show no apparent signs or symptoms initially (or at all for some individuals). Always get routine high blood pressure (hypertension) check-ups from a certified medical practitioner and monitor your own using a specialized high blood pressure (hypertension) device gauge. The normal blood pressure range is between 120/80 and 139/89.
Health Risks Associated with High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Brain: Very high pressure can cause a break in a weakened blood vessel, which then bleeds into the brain. This can result in a stroke. If a blood clot blocks one of the narrowed arteries, it can also cause a stroke.
Eyes: High blood pressure can eventually cause blood vessels in the eye to burst or bleed. Vision may become blurred or otherwise impaired, or be lost entirely.
Kidneys: The kidneys act as filters to get rid of the wastes from the body. Over time, high blood pressure can narrow and thicken the blood vessels of the kidneys. The kidneys eventually, filter less fluid, and waste builds up in the blood. The result is that the kidneys may fail to function at all. When this happens, medical treatment (dialysis) or a kidney transplant may be needed.
Arteries: As people get older, arteries throughout the body “harden,” especially those in the heart, brain, and kidneys. High blood pressure is associated with these stiffer arteries (atherosclerosis). This, in turn, strains the heart and kidneys.
Heart: High blood pressure is a major risk factor for a heart attack. The arteries bring oxygen-carrying blood to the heart muscle. If the heart cannot get enough oxygen, chest pain, also known as “angina,” can occur. If the flow of blood is blocked, a heart attack results. High blood pressure is also the number one risk factor for congestive heart failure.
Source: Mississippi State Department of Health.
Day-to-day prevention of high blood pressure (hypertension)
Ayurveda means the science of life. By practicing good diet and eating habits one can lessen the chances of high blood pressure (hypertension). Ayurvedic medicine is divided into 3 doshas — pitta, kapha, and vata. A specific diet plan can be created for your dosha type. All of us are unique individuals. Our bodies grow, change, and react in accordance to our lifestyle and experiences. However,ayurvedic medicines have found that we also share similar traits. The 3 doshas are there to help us better understand our mind and body functions. Each particular dosha thrives from a set of specific oils, fruits, herbs, spices, and vegetables to keep you in optimum health. A certified ayurvedic medical practitioner can help you determine which is your assigned doshas. However, there are foods you should reduce from your diet regardless of your dosha type to prevent high blood pressure.
Soda (Carbonated soft drinks)
Soy food products
Zena is a blogger and health enthusiastic learner. She researches and writes on the topics of new age health, ayurvedic practices, holistic living, and mental health.