We have also been led to believe that a person's blood pressure goes up with age. If at age 60, your blood pressure runs somewhere around 140/88, this is normal. This is NOT normal, it's the "average" blood pressure in people this age group, BUT it is NOT normal. Studies show that when blood pressure starts climbing above the 120/80 mark, the risk for heart attack and stroke starts climbing.
In societies where we do not see high rates of heart disease and strokes, we do not see blood pressure increase with age. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans have a blood pressure reading that is above the 120/80 mark, (new guidelines now say a "normal" blood pressure is 120/70).
However, when a person goes to the doctor and is diagnosed with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, the doctor is ready with a prescription (permission slip to continue eating to eat the Standard American Diet, SAD), to bring down the blood pressure and or cholesterol levels. But, what the doctor probably is not telling the patient is, these pills are ONLY treating the SYMPTOMS, they are not CURING anything. BUT, both of these "conditions" can be CURED with NUTRITION! But, not many physician have the TIME to explain this in detail.....and it would take some time...but, in my opinion, it's time WELL SPENT.
For instance, numerous scientific studies have shown that the following interventions can actually bring down high blood pressure and cholesterol levels:
- Weight loss
- Sodium restriction
- Increased potassium intake
- Increased fiber intake
- Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Increased physical activity
- Avoiding meat and dairy products
- Alcohol and caffeine restriction
Taking a medication to bring down these levels is nothing more than a permission slip as mentioned above. That pill the patient was prescribed does NOTHING to treat the underlying cause. Patient's that take this medication and falsely believe they are "protected" and continue to follow the same disease-causing lifestyle that led them to having this problem in the first place. If blood pressure medication was never "invented", doctors would have been forced to teach healthy nutrition to patients in order to save lives.
Unfortunately, the typical doctor is just not versed in healthy nutrition. They are forced to rush through patient appointments in order to see as many patients as possible in the course of a day. Most doctors are not following a truly healthy diet themselves because, once again, they really don't have the knowledge when it comes to nutrition. Just take a look around at the "health" of our country. We are a nation of overweight, sick people spending billions of dollars on a "health system", (really it's a disease system), that is truly broken. People are continuing to suffer from heart disease, cancers, diabetes, etc., MORE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. What we are doing IS NOT WORKING.
It doesn't have to be this way....you can absolutely take control of your health right now! A Whole Food Plant Based diet has been proven to PREVENT, STOP and many times REVERSE the diseases we have in this country. By eating an abundance of vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, and a small amount of nuts and seeds, these diseases would not exist. It sounds too good to be true, but there are so many people out there that are living proof. There are so many testimonials out there of people not only getting blood pressure and cholesterol levels to goal, but people that have reversed heart disease and cancers (that's HUGE), by following a WFPB diet.
By eating a WFPB diet, the results are nothing short of miraculous. And, of course, by following this way of eating, the "side effects" one will experience, just to name a few are weight loss and increased energy levels. Who wouldn't want those side effects?
If you are interested in learning more about transitioning to a WFPB diet, please let me know...I would love to help you take control of your health!