Can High Blood Pressure be Treated Naturally?

Comic_InteractionWhat can be done to control high blood pressure naturally?  As I investigated this topic, I was surprised that adding certain nutrients to the diet (along with lifestyle changes) could help control blood pressure. With the side affects and cost of pharmaceuticals, having a less costly, natural approach is very appealing.

If you are interested in learning more, Dr. J Wright,MD discusses this topic in depth, in a 16 minute video and suggesting nutrients and other natural approaches for  treating high blood pressure naturally. Click here

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Food For Thought- Your Health

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Your health is your most important asset.  If you gain good things in life but are too sick to enjoy them, what good are they to you?  Take care of your body & it will take care of you.

How do you care for your most important asset.  Please share

Advice From An Expert (Dr. Fung)- Keto & Intermittent Fasting For Weight Loss

Many people struggle with their weight trying different diets to accomplish their goal.  The one thing  I have learnt on my journey is that what works for one person may not work for another.  One size does not fit all.

In many cases, after the diet ends, the pounds lost returns and sometimes brings friends. I have heard it said that no amount of exercise can compensate for incorrect nutrition when trying to lose and maintain a healthy weight.  Therefore, getting the nutrition/eating portion correct is very important.

What if you have tried all the plans and still you struggle?  You struggled because what you tried in the past was not something that could be sustained long term and become a lifestyle.  Making changes that become a permanent part of your life, is another important element for achieving and maintaining healthy weight.  

Could the combination of a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting be the combination  for you, to help you lose weight, keep it off? Watch & decide

Journaling & Meditation

the moment  Journaling and meditation are a dynamic duo in my opinion, for reducing stress and changing your life.

Meditation is one of the best ways to reduce stress and reprogram your subconscious mind for success. In this relaxed state, your conscious mind is bypassed, and your subconscious mind is more receptive to new positive thoughts.  Regular meditation may help improve your health by boosting the immune system, improving concentration, and lowering your blood pressure by reducing stress.  A few minuets a day, of meditation, can have a profound affect on your life.

Add journaling to your meditation and you have a powerful combination for a successful life.  Journaling on a regular basis, can help you process your emotions and remove mental blocks.  Journaling also provides a place to keep information on inspired ideas until completed and makes it possible for you to reference when answers came,  and how long it took to implement an idea .

Journaling and meditation a great combination for creating a healthier lifestyle.

Fasting to Help You Lose Weight

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As this year ends and another is about to begin, this is the time we make our resolution to lose weight and get healthy. Could fasting be a tool to aid us in achieving this goal & sustaining it long term?

Fasting has been used in many societies for various reasons for centuries.  Our modern society unfortunately, tends to view fasting as only a form of punishment instead of something that can benefit us.

With obesity on the rise along with related diseases, could fasting be the tool needed to help turn things around and get us back on track to better health?

Watch this video  with Dr. Jason Fung and decide if fasting could help you achieve your weight loss goal.

Golden Chi Milk

Golden Milk, is a beverage which has been thought to aid in reducing inflammation in the body.  Golden Milk Chi Latte is my version of this drink.  The ingredient which gives the milk its golden color  is turmeric; which has been reported to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory spice ( note: my version may not be as yellow because of the other spices).  It is widely believed in the medical community, that inflammation is the root of most, if not, all diseases.  Therefore, reducing inflammation in the body is very beneficial.

Other ingredients like ginger ( an anti-oxidant) and cinnamon (helps regulate blood sugar) are also beneficial to the body.  The black pepper and coconut oil  aids the body in utilizing the curcumin found in turmeric.  Curcumin is thought to destroy cancer cells and helps cells function in a healthy manner.

I find this to be a soothing beverage to have before going to bed.

This recipe is for one cup-using dried spices. (double amount if using fresh)

1/4 tsp Turmeric (will color items yellow so proceed with caution)

1/4 tsp Ginger

1/8 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 -1 Packet Stevie (depending on how sweet you like it)or  1/2 Tbsp raw honey  or your favorite sweetener to taste

1 C Coconut Milk or milk of your choice

1/2 tsp Extra virgin coconut oil

1/8 tsp Vanilla

Pinch of Black Pepper (to aid absorption)

Pinch to 1/8 tsp each of ground clove, nutmeg, & allspice (These spices give it the chi flavor. They can be omitted along with the vanilla to make the basic golden milk)

1-2 Tbsp Water

Combine all the dry spices in a sauce pan with the water  and stir till dissolved.  Place on a low to medium flame and stir constantly till water is gone  and a paste is formed.  Add milk and simmer for 15 minutes continuing to stir constantly dissolving the paste.  After 15 minutes add vanilla & coconut oil, remove from the fire, strain and Enjoy!  To froth, place strained mixture in blender and blend a few seconds (note: the turmeric may stain your blender ).

 

Motivational Moment!

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Sometimes on the journey to improving our health, there are setbacks & slow or no positive results.  It is at these times, our instinct is to quit & give up.  Don’t!!!  Continue your journey.  Examine your plan, make any needed changes, but keep pursuing your goals, because you are worth it.  Although it may seem nothing is happening, things build on each other.  Every healthy life style change you make is getting you closer to your goal even if it does not seem so.  When life seems to be going nowhere fast, it is really going somewhere slowly.