High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Patients with high blood pressure who are able to completely discontinue use of medications after adopting a low-sodium, low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian diet: 58%
- J. McDougall, M.D, "The McDougall Plan," (1983): p. 222-223
- Eat a high fiber diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. This whole food fiber will scrub arterial plaque off the walls of your arteries and blood vessels.
- The following "live" (just squeezed) juices are healthful; beet, carrot, celery, currant, cranberry, citrus fruits, parsley, spinach and watermelon. These easily absorbable juices have highly concentrated nutrients that are essential for healthy blood vessels. These juices (especially carrot, spinach, and parsley) are also very high in calcium (see below) which is very important for preventing high blood pressure.
- Drink 8 glasses of distilled water per day. This will help flush out the plaque and toxins that have accumulated.
- Calcium deficiencies have been linked to high blood pressure. In short, the digestion of animal foods and excess protein (40 grams or more per day for an adult male- according to the World Health Organization) causes large quantities of acids to be produced in the intestines. Sometimes, these acids are in such excess that they seep into the bloodstream and up into the esophagus causing heartburn. This makes the blood dangerously acidic and the body must use alkaline minerals to restore the pH balance immediately. The body leeches calcium from the bones and other alkaline minerals in order to restore the proper ph balance. This can eventually lead to osteoporosis and kidney stones. In addition to lowering your protein intake, supplementation has been shown to significantly reduce high blood pressure. Get your calcium from whole food sources as: dandelion greens, broccoli, most dark green leafy vegetables, hazelnuts, kale, kelp, oats, sea vegetables, tahini, tofu, and sesame seeds. We also suggest a high quality whole food supplement, like VITAFORCE™ that is complete and made from whole foods. American Journal of Hypertension, 6(12), December 1993, p. 996-1002
- Take two tablespoons of flaxseed oil per day. The flaxseed oil is important for proper blood circulation and lowering cholesterol.
- Eat 3-6 cloves a day of raw garlic, as it has been repeatedly shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. There are simply too many studies on this subject, but we will reference a few here; all of these studies confirm garlic's ability to significantly lower serum total cholesterol levels and the accumulation of plaque associated with artherosclerosis and high blood pressure (one study exhibited this effect within 5-14 hours). Parmacotherapy, 13(4), July-August 1993, p. 406-407 AND American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 34(10), October 1981, p. 2100-2103 AND Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, 37(3), July 1991, p. 128-131 AND American Journal of Medicine, 94(6), June 1993, p. 632-635
- Get regular, light to moderate exercise, but do not overexert yourself.
Things to Avoid:
- All Animal Foods: dairy foods (milk, cheese, butter, cream, ice cream), fish, meat, chicken, turkey, eggs, fried and greasy foods, margarine, and all other processed foods and animal derived products from your diet. These foods are laced with chemicals, pesticides, and toxins as well as high levels of saturated fats which have a very damaging a draining effect on the body.
- Salt, tobacco, caffeine, sodas, coffee, sugar, and refined white flour (breads, pastas, cereals- replace with whole wheat pastas, breads, and cereals). These products are extraordinarily destructive to the body.
- Medications containing Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin)
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11) J. McDougall, M.D, "The McDougall Plan," (1983): p. 222-223
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