Whole textbooks and websites have been written devoted to the causes of high blood pressure and it's certainly not my intention to ramble on at great length here about it. But there are some real key issues that we all should be aware of as we strive to get our readings lower and to reduce our risk of stroke or heart attack.
I'm not going to write about kidney function or about the physiology of sodium and potassium. I'm not going to explore the role of the adrenal glands or of enzymes like ACE or ACE II. This is not the place for that.
I am going to lay it on the line however, about the causes of high blood pressure that all of us can modify and alter - starting from now, from today !
Firstly, body weight, exercise, alcohol intake and salt levels in the diet can all make a huge difference to your blood pressure. Taking ten pounds off your weight, doubling your current exercise level, halving your weekly alcohol units and reducing salt will reduce your BP by at least ten points on the scale - and probably a lot more.
Secondly, adding a herbal supplement - this site is full of details and suggestions - will shave a further decent amount off your readings.
Thirdly - being diet conscience and aiming for low fat and fewer calories will also improve things in a big way.
All of that could add up to moving your blood pressure from say 160/100 to a very nice 140/80 without needing any medications from your doctor. Nowadays it's easy to follow your progress using an automatic blood pressure monitor device.
Please think about this.
It could be crucial to your future health !