What do blood pressure measures tell you?

What do these pressure values mean?

Our arteries need a certain pressure,which is about 80 mmHG (millimeters of mercury)when resting, in order to get oxygen and nutrients to where they are required – in our toes as much as in our brain cells. Now this is the lower value which you know as the diastolic pressure. Otherwise our arteries would just hang lazily around like noodles. Like a hosepipe needs some constant internal pressure to make the water flow.

Our greatest device besides our brain, which is our heart, makes sure, that enough nutrients and oxygen is provided throughout our body – even against the force of gravity, isn’t this amazing? Simplistically speaking, it works like a pump, first collecting our healthiest juice, the blood, then thrusting it out into our pipe system by contracting its muscle, thereby squeezing our blood out. The pressure the heart muscle exerts at the point of contraction is the higher value, called systolic pressure, which is statistically benchmarked at around 120 mmHG.

Is our blood pressure always the same?

Depending on what we do, whether we are sleeping, running, kissing, doing streneous workout,  having to react to a change in traffic light, or to escape from a gorilla chasing us, our muscles and cells require more or less oxygen and nutrients.

Luckily, our heart has a few friends. Thus, it does not have to decide all by itself what to do. One of them is our smart brain (we will talk about the others another time), which receives information from our nervous sytem and informs our heart, what to do accordingly, whether more or less nutrients and oxygen are required. Whenever we touch a hot stove, for instance, our nervous system registers alarm, transmitts this message immediately to the heart, and the heart increases its nutrient and blood supply to make sure, we are able to contract our arm muscles as quickly as possible to withdraw our hand! The blood pressure had to rise significantly to make this happen! Smart, isn’t it? When the situation is over, the muscle of the heart starts to relax, and the pressure decreases again.

When we have to climb a staircase, also here our oxygen requirements for our legs increases, hence our blood pressure rises. When no longer needed and the exercise is over, the blood pressure goes down again.

In a nutshell, the systolic pressure, the maximum pressure of contraction, always fluctuates depending on our activities and perceptions.

It is interesting to note here,  that also images of alarming situations on TV for example (9/11) also cause a rise in the upper pressure (based on scientific research).

The lower pressure, however, remains basically naturally the same, as it is the basic pressure necessary to maintain a constant movement of blood, controlled by the filter of our body, i.e. our kidneys.

More to come! Check out the great “heart retreat day”

Smiles,

Ginger

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Luv thy heart

Your heart has been working day in, day out without any rest or holiday since you were born. It has been there for you to keep you alive, to nourish you with all the oxygen, nutrients and glucose you needed without any complaints or apparent upheavals.

It has been a good friend to you in indicating to you your emotions, your love affairs, sorrows, and grief.

We are rarely aware of the tremendous performance of our closest ally unless it is in serious trouble. Just to give you an idea:

In order to allow us to live, this delicate muscle contracts and expands about 40 – 60 times per minute rushing 7 l of our precious liquid to all of our 70 trillion cells. This translates into 7.5 tons of liquid a day or the equivalent of the weight of a 7.5 tons truck.

No engine despite all our modern technology has been built so far which gets close to the capacity of this precious organ.

Every car gets checked once a year, parts replaced, maintained and worshipped. We do care about rust, appearance and whether its engine gets the most expensive fuel to ensure its best function.

Our heart has most probably never experienced a similar treatment or even consideration.

More than a pump

Contrary to the common perception that our heart is simply a pump, it is a very smart, sensitive creation which manages to adjust to all our daily internal and external demands.

All our emotions and perceptions affect this wonderful creation mostly subconsciously. The significance of it becomes apparent in expressions such as “heart felt”, “it comes from our heart”, “it goes to your heart”, and many more. It is for a reason that the heart symbolizes one of our most powerful emotions – love!

Whenever we feel joy, our heart reacts with joy. Whenever we are in pain, our heart reacts with pain. Have you ever really felt grief over a lost one or experienced love sickness? Then you know what I am talking about. The pain really penetrates our heart.

Luckily, these emotions pass eventually and our heart is able to recover. Yet, if we expose ourselves to prolonged and repetitive negative emotions such as sorrow, fear, greed, or anger our heart will suffer in the long-run.

Thus, we have to pay attention to what we think, how we feel about things, what we let go to our hearts. The more positive vibes our heart gets the healthier it is or becomes again.

It just knows what you need without asking. Now, who else does this in your life? What do you give to our heart in return?

As we do as humans, our heart needs attention, the best nutrition it can get, fresh air, love, and a break from its daily demands.

Now it is time to say thank you and treat it the best we can!

The “Heart retreat day” is a day, on which you will ensure that your heart gets the best care possible. It is not a training program and not geared towards reducing “high blood pressure” as this is way more complex and beyond the realms of what you can do in a day. On this day we will just provide an “All inclusive holiday” for your heart which starts already with the preparation.

Register now! It is for free!

Yours with heart

Ginger

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Heal thy arteries

There are numerous factors which influence the health of our arteries.

Here are the most important ones:

Fitness of muscles

Let us start with the obvious one. As any other muscle you can train, you can also, believe it or not, train these tiny muscles. When you walk, bicycle or swim, and relax again, the mucles of your arteries are exposed to differing moderate rises and declines of blood pressure. The muscles have to expand and contract accordingly. The more they are exercised the more they keep their elasticity.  Consistency is the key!

Another way of exercising these tiny muscles is to change climate zones! When you expose yourself to moderate warm areas and then to moderate colder areas, the muscles of your arteries have to exercise as well, as they contract and expand! Please see more in my seminar!

Our nervous system

Our nerves are our connection to the outside world. They let us know about pleasure or pain, hot or cold, sour or sweet. They also set a whole range of chemicals free in order to respond accordingly. Now, one of the more problematic issues of our nervous system is the concept of DANGER! Whenever danger or another threat to our body is perceived, millions of actions are performed within a split of a second to let us survive. One of the crucial means to do so is to raise instantly our blood pressure to enable an increased amount of oxygen and nutrient to “jumpstart” our rather lazy physical entity. This is good! Imagine you went hiking and all of the sudden some weired 20 feet creature on two legs with a club and a really ugly unwashed face would just come after you to get your cup cake or even you.

Now, in this situation you do not think! You just act! Luckily, your nervous system instantaneously activates your hormones, which in turn activate your blood pressure to rise in order to pump enough nutrients and ogygen to your legmuscles. Thus, your legs get the quickstart to drop the cupcake and RUN!

Unfortunately, our nervous system is already a few thousand years old and at this age easily fooled! Not only that it perceives any kind of problems, pain, or overload as a potential threat, but it also takes images of danger for granted. Yet, the mechanisms are always the same and have not adjusted accordingly. I am afraid to say, that any washing machine has undergone more of a technical update than our danger – response mechnism. This is no good! Especially, if our nervous system is sending out these alarm messages all the time! This translates into constant high blood pressure, which ruins the elasticity of the artery walls.

Not enough, our brain being part of our nervous system, aggrevates the problem by its own activities. How? Mostly, by worrying about things, creating negative images all by itself.

Hormones

Hormones in general are our message carriers. They flow through our body and send their information as required. Now, there are message carriers for everything. The more common ones you know are our sex hormones. However, there are plenty of other ones, such as growth hormones, thyroid hormones, stress hormones or antidiuretic hormones. Basically, all hormones have an impact in one way or another on our blood pressure!

The troublemakers in regards to hypertension are stress hormones and thyroid hormones.

Adrenalin

The action described before (the gruesome creature chasing you) is only possible by sending out a hormone called adrenalin as a message carrier via our blood stream to notify our heart about an alarming situation. This is why it is called “stress hormone”. The more adrenalin there is in our blood, the higher our blood pressure – always!! Only, when adrenalin is filtered out of the blood after the situation is over, will the blood pressure decline and our arteries relax.

In our modern society, however, we are exposed to more real or perceived alarming or “stressful” (a word about this abused term at another point) situations than we can cope with. Adrenalin is sent out, rushes through our blood, and triggers the blood pressure to rise over and over again.

Cortisol

The other troublesome hormone is cortisol, a hormone which has a vital impact on many body functions. It makes us get up in the morning, makes us feel alert, and lets us strive in life. A higher level of cortisol is evident when we are under constant pressure, whether it is anger, fear, or suffer from grief. This hormone in our blood stream also triggers high blood pressure in the long run, and is more difficult to eliminate. As a result, here again, the arteries are constantly overstressed, making them hard and inelastic. High levels are also responsible for a weakened immune system and brittle bones.

Thyroid hormone

The thyroid is mainly responsible for our overall metabolism rate. If thyroid hormones are overproduced they also increase blood pressure. This has to be tested by your physician.

Female sex hormones

Any change in hormones causes a change in our blood pressure. Examples are pregnancy and equally important the stages of menopause!

Constant pressure

High blood pressure is also called “Hypertension” for a good reason. The arteries are under extreme tension most of the time. Have you ever clenched your fist because of anger? All your muscles of your arm start to cramp, the muscles of your jaw, your backmuscles. In the same way, the muscles in your arteries cramp and can not relax anymore, when your anger persists for a long time.

Acidity of our body

Have you ever encountered sore muscles from overexercising. Besides micro damages to the muscle tissue the source of the pain is a result of lactic acid. This acidity renders the muscles stiff and inelastic.

We tend to eat food which is converted into acidic composites, also known as metabolic acids. Usually, these are neutralised by minerals and disposed off by our filter system, yet, when they keep accumulating, they damage our structures, including the muscles of our arteries. This is mainly affecting the elasticity of the muscles. Alcohol, nicotine, refined sugar and white flour are the most common acid suppliers.

Toxins

Any kind of toxins from our environment, eaten or inhaled can damage the structure of our arteries as well. So called free radicals attack the delicate walls of our arteries as they attack other structures of our body. The more nourishing our food and the more protective anti-oxidants it contains the better for our arteries.

This is just an overview as to how arteries basically work and what factors influence them. Now you understand, why it is so important to influence the underlying problems. 

Stay tuned! AND

Love thy heart

Ginger

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Don´t be fooled

I am glad that there are organisations out there who deal with heart issues. No wonder, since the rate of cardiac arrests is constantly on the rise. I am happy to see, that they encourage  self-help guidelines. These entail a balanced, trans-fat free diet with lots of tasty recipes. They also encourage you to do sports, go running and walking. The third element is to avoid stress.

These are all wonderful recommendations. However, they are geared towards people who want to be healthy and prevent heart diseases.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, something in your circulatory system has already gone wrong. The official recommendations are not enough for you. They won`t help you to address the underlying causes and revert the process.

There is a whole array of nutritional aspects, emotional roots, thoughts, holistic health treatments, behavioural patterns, subconscious reactions, habits which you have to take into consideration to actually treat essential high blood pressure successfully.

If you have followed my blog so far, you have learned the following:

– Coffee drives your adrenalin and thus your blood pressure – leave it to others! Read “About a bean and high blood pressure”

– Salt is not all bad for you. Take very small amounts of complex minerals! Read “A grain of salt – a grain of truth”!

– We have learned that only the right type and the correct execution of exercises are really addressing the issue and that some can be really dangerous “10 lies and 10 truths about…”

– Enzymes, as contained in pineapple and papaya are natural cleaners of our arteries. All fresh fruits and vegetables contain enzymes to a lesser degree – “The best cleaners in the world”

– We also learned about the impact of our breathing on our blood pressure in “10 counts for freedom”.

Furthermore, we have seen, how our blood pressure is influenced by emotional factors, not only by external pressure.

I hope this has helped to gain a better understanding of the underlying causes and mechanics for hypertension. Maybe you were able to see how some of it applies to your personal journey?

In the following articles you will learn more and more about a variety of factors. However, it is one thing to learn about them, another to implement measures in your daily routine which will work on your hypertension.

Don`t be fooled, there is no easy way out of your condition!

This is why I am offering an Online Training Guide for 6 weeks, starting on July 10.

Stay tuned!

Luv thy heart

Ginger

 

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Heart retreat day!

Our heart has to work day in, day out without getting a break. Even, when you are on vaccations, your heart will probably not get the rest, love and care it has been longing for for so long.

This is why I am offering you a 1 day special “Heart retreat day”. It will guide you through a heart healthy journey, where it can finally reap its harvest from all the hardship of the last decades.

Please try to take the 3 July off to pay special attention just to your heart and your arteries. You do not want to be disturbed during your holidays either, do you?

The best thing is, it is for free!

You will get a thorough outline of “heart holiday” instructions to give your most important organ a rest for 24 hrs. Your heart will start to enjoy its life again, getting rid of its “stress”, being treated with the most “heart loving” treats.

Register now and you will see, how your heart will love it!

Love thy heart

Ginger

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What pressures you?

The other day I was eating out in a restaurant. There is no secret that I am a vegetarian and thus I am always looking for great creations of God`s gifts.

Mind you, finding a good vegetarian restaurant in Germany is difficult in the first place, at least where I live. Yet, conditions are improving and I was hopeful.

On the menu was the second expensive “Brazilian veggie dish”, which I gathered in my mind to tease my tongue and let me enter veggie`s paradise.

Well, while all others got the tenth round of dead barbecued animals, I was served a starter with formerly frozen carrots and broccoli accompanied by a yellowish fat sauce. That was it. I looked at it and, being a lover of culinary highlights, tried my best to find the special side of it. Yet, I had to decide to leave it alone.

The starter was followed by some tomatoes and olives, which I am sure have seen better days. Call me picky and vane, but I know I can prepare this better at home.

When asking the waitress whether this was what they offered as the “greatest vegetarian dish” on the menu, she answered that I should not be so impatient but wait for the dessert.

About 50 minutes later the same arrived in shape of two slices of barbecued canned pineapple. I was “impressed”. Again, being the second most expensive dish on the menu and somehow noticing my taste buds rebelling, I could not help feeling my blood pressure rising. My friend was equally dissatisfied, but this is besides the point.

The point was that I noticed how my anger was starting to rise.

When I addressed the waitress again as to the quality of the dish, she told me, that I apparently had “enough” salad to justify the price. I tried to stay calm, but this attitude got my internal pressure up even further.

Then I noticed, what the situation was doing to me. It actually contributed to a very unhealthy condition of my circulatory system. When I realised this, I immediately thought whether it was worth the trouble and made a joke about it. I started to inhale slowly and relax.

I am sure the blood pressure of the waitress equally rose at that time, yet, she was totally unaware of it. I almost felt pity for her.

What I learned from this espisode is how easily one falls into the “high blood pressure trap”. We do have chronic high blood pressure for a reason which lies beyond the physiological aspects.

Have you ever thought why you have developed this dysfunction in the first place? Have you ever thought about the following questions?

– What makes my blood pressure constantly rise?

– Do I harbour emotional potential explosives?

– Am I mad about something?

– Do I have recurrent issues, which set me under pressure?

If we find out the answers to these questions, we have identified some of the sources of this disorder. We all have our individual reasons for our internal pressure. It is just a matter of being aware of them and dealing with them. We all have our individual “pressures” as we are unique human beings.

Think about it! I will tell you more in my 1 day seminar coming up on 3 July 2011 about it! Sign up now! The day is picked on purpose – you will have time for yourself and can give your heart a short holiday! It does not cost anything, it just helps you to help yourself!

Register here now and get a 1 day seminar for free:

What are your personal issues, which cause your heart to work overtime?

The end of the story: I will get a license as a restaurant tester!

Love thy heart!

Ginger

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Saying Yes to saying No

We are all busy. We keep on running after our goals, the better job, the best contract, the best promotion. We run after looking perfect, having the beautiful body, the nicest houses, the fastest cars. We keep on working and try to please everyone at the same time.

Especially us women are always there when we are needed. When the kids need us, the husband wants to be taken care of, the household being just a minor demand besides the full-time job – we act and never complain. A lot of women like pursuing a career and raising a family at the same time. There is nothing wrong with it until you feel fine with it.

Yet, some women do not simply know when to say “No”. They take on whatever duty is asked of them. Of course, we take on charity work, sing in a choir, and join the golf club, though we might not even be a golf enthusiast.. On top of it, we would always be willing to take care of an elderly person, maybe the parents of the husband, without even thinking about it – we are so brave, aren`t we?

What we do not realize is that nobody asks how we really feel about this, whether it might be simply “too much” for us to handle or not. Instead, we keep on going, ignoring the little voice inside us warning us that this might be drastic “overload”. For years, we keep on playing the good role to please others, while our own demands are completely neglected. Until, one day, we wake up and wonder why in the world we suddenly develop rheumatic diseases, depression, auto-immune sicknesses, or particularly chronic hypertension.

It is for a reason, I believe, that women today are more prone to develop heart disease than men. Interestingly enough, most of the women with high blood pressure I have met do not fall into the stereotype. They are neither overweight, nor do they eat junk food, nor are they couch potatoes. Rather the opposite, they are mostly perfectionists, career women, multitasker, the women of the new millennium.

How come then, that more and more women suffer from hypertension?

One reason is that we have never learned listening to our own wishes and needs. In terms of material wealth and independence from male domination we have come a long way. The price, however, has been high. We pay with chronic diseases, psychological problems, burn-out, and heart disease derived from constant internal pressure. Even exercise courses and Yoga courses, which I have recently visited, radiate such a competitive atmosphere which is further aggravating the problem. In reality we only think we are independent. The fact is, that we are still living in our centuries old patterns, only in a modern way.

When have you last said “egotistically”, that you are not able to do the extra presentation for the weekend, because you enrolled in a painting course? When have you last thought about your priorities? Are you able to tell a “friend” who repetitively calls you and asks you for favours over and over again without anything in return, that you have no time at the moment? When was the last time you ever really thought about what you needed, what makes you feel good besides the happiness of others, what your spirit, your body, your heart requires, not other people or your wallet?

High blood pressure is the peak of an accumulation of many behavioural factors unnoticed or ignored over years.

Unfortunately, we are still conditioned by our upbringing. Our entire society raises us to be “helpful”, being a  ” good girl”,  we are the natural care takers and nurturers,  conditioned to smile and say “Yes, of course!”.  These are great traits in themselves but only to the point where they do not harm us. Yet, we would not dare to do otherwise, refusing to play the “good girl”, refusing to do the extra portion of work, which no other male colleague would do anyhow. We are scared to be rejected, not loved anymore, not appreciated. What kind of independence is this? Do you really think you are worth less, because you have other plans and goals? Believe me, it is rather the opposite!

Stop ignoring yourself and start treating yourself the way you would treat your kids, your beloved ones , your dog – with love! It is prime time to prioritize yourself because chances are nobody else will.

Think about what you need, make a list and prioritize your weekly activities, identify what drains your energy, where you start feeling exhausted! Once, you have done this, start practicing the word “No”. Believe me, the world won`t crumble and fall. It  might only be slightly surprised.

How to say “No”?

As with any exercise, constant practice is required. Saying “No” does not mean to let someone down, neither does it mean to be impolite or sorry. Simply state in an energetic way, without making excuses or changing your mind, that a certain demand can not met by you right now, may be later, PERIOD! As a side effect, people might first look at you in a strange way, but in the end, what you gain is respect, and a healthier life.

Take more time for things which are important to you:

– enjoy the sunshine

– have a relaxing bath

– start painting

– join your true girl friends

I guess you get the idea. Taking breaks in between the demands of the whole world around you recharges your batteries, takes off the pressure, allows you to heal from within.

Learning to saying “No” might prevent you from heart failures by reducing your slowly rising blood pressure.

Obviously, there are also men which fall into the “Yes” trap. I apologize to my male readers for not having addressed them as this seems to be a typical ladies´issue. Of course, you are encouraged to reflect on this topic as well!

I love to read your comments. My Online Training Seminar which teaches how to beat essential high blood pressure holistically, will come up soon. It provides specific training units pertaining to this and related issues among others. Register now!

Where have you started to say “No” and what was your experience?

Love thy heart!

Ginger

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