So you have high blood pressure.
Your doctor gave you the dreaded diagnosis and you took it seriously.
You gave up the salty chips and french fries. You started walking every morning.
You check every label to make sure all of your foods are low fat and you think back to the times you ate steak with teary eyed nostalgia.
At your 3 month check up, you feel confident that your blood pressure has become normal again.
You even think that the doc might even be able to lower the dose of your blood pressure medicine.
But your feeling of pride soon becomes one of despair as the doctor tells you that all of your efforts were in vain and instead of lowering your dose, he will have to raise the dose.
Maybe even put you on another blood pressure medicine.
You leave the office crushed and head to the nearest fast food restaurant to scarf down a large order of fries, extra salt.
High blood pressure or hypertension is the dreaded diagnosis that seems to affect the majority of Americans over the age of 40.
What causes it? Can anything be done to prevent it? Will I have to take medication for the rest of my life? Why isn't diet and exercise working?
These are some of the questions that you have.
And you want answers.
High blood pressure can be scary, especially if it seems that you're doing everything right with no real sense of improvement.
About 75 million Americans have high blood pressure which comes out to be around 1 in 3 adults. This "silent killer" is aptly named because of the devastating effect it has on the health of those who suffer from it.
Complications for high blood pressure include poor memory, metabolic syndrome, stroke, aneurysm, heart failure, and heart attack.
In 2014, high blood pressure was the primary or contributing cause of death for 410,000 Americans. That's 1,100 deaths a day!
Clearly, high blood pressure is a serious problem and it's even more of a problem when you can't seem to get it under control especially after doing "everything right".
While eating a whole foods diet with an adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, is ideal, it could be that your high blood pressure is not because you don't diet and exercise enough.
It could be due to magnesium deficiency.
What is magnesium deficiency?
Magnesium is one of the most common minerals in the body and it is necessary for over 300 enzymes in the human body to function