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Posted July 27, 2014 by Ali Riaz GoodHakeem Staff
Some causes for high blood pressure symptoms include:
 
Exercise
A sedentary lifestyle can lead to hypertension. If you are interested in lowering your blood pressure and getting started on an exercise program be sure to find guidance to create a fitness plan that works for you. It is very easy for a person to over do it, thus creating more problems! A beneficial exercise plan will include a balance of cardio, strength, flexibility and integrative core movement.
 
High Blood Pressure Diet
In the old days red meats and cholesterol-containing foods were often pointed to as the culprits in hypertension. Now, we are beginning to understand that it is inflammatory foods that should be receiving most of the blame. Avoiding processed foods, sugar, poor quality grains, GMO foods and other adulterated foods is one step. Increasing wholesome anti-inflammatory foods, fresh foods high in antioxidants like dark-colored vegetables and berries, olives and olive oil, high quality meats, etc, is key! Excessive caffeine intake can increase blood pressure in some individuals. 
 
Vascular Health
The majority of people in western culture do little to prevent heart disease. Herbs and foods high in antioxidants can be taken for existing heart issues and for prevention! As you age it is crucial to retain healthy heart vessels that retain their elasticity. Considering the epidemic of heart-related diseases in our culture I almost always encourage preventive measures with people I work with, even if they have no history of heart disease. 
 
Stress
How are your stress levels? Chronic negative stress can lead to hypertension. This can sometimes be the hardest thing for you to change since living a stressful life becomes a means of identity. In a go-go-go society it can be difficult for you to consciously do less. Psychotherapy, yoga, tai chi, Qi gong, picking up a fun and enjoyable hobby and enjoying regular time in nature are important tools for reducing your negative reactions to stress. Botanical medicine such as adaptogens and relaxing nervines can also be helpful. 
 
Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome, is the precursor to diabetes. This metabolic imbalance can be a key factor in various kinds of heart diseases and would be considered a core root of the problem. 
 
Tobacco
Smoking or chewing tobacco adversely effects blood pressure. 
 
Alcohol
Excessive intake of alcohol can lead to hypertension in some individuals. 
 
Nutrient deficiency
Lack of magnesium and vitamin D3 can lead to hypertension. 
Sleep deprivation
How well do you sleep? Chronic sleep deprivation (a rampant problem in our society) can also lead to hypertension.
By evaluating the particular factors in your life that are leading to high blood pressure readings we can get to the root cause of the problem instead of using pills to mask your symptoms.
 

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