Hypertension is a condition of high blood pressure in the body. Unlike many other sicknesses or diseases such as a sore back or asthma or sinusitis, high blood pressures rarely show any symptoms. If the first symptom of high blood pressure like a stroke or heart attack doesn’t kill you, it can take a permanent toll on the body creating permanent damage to the kidneys, brain, and overall vitality of life. Hypertension is rightly called the “silent killer.”
Holistic approaches for high blood pressure can often be quite effective. While we never advise stopping high blood pressure medications, there are often times changes that can be made which will bring down blood pressure and allow the patient to work with their doctor to then decrease their blood pressure meds accordingly.
Normally, high BP is related to lifestyle choices, uncontrolled weight gain, nutritional deficiencies, and stressful life. If blood pressure is elevated for a long time, not only can permanent damage be done to the kidneys, the arterial walls can also become rigid and prone to damage which can lead to strokes. Additionally, hormones that are released during a stressful situation can lead to metabolic changes in the body which can damage the inner walls of the blood vessels and provoke the buildup of fatty deposits in the arterial walls where the damage has occurred. It is often not until a serious health issue such as a heart attack or stroke that a person finds out about their hypertensive state.
While Hypertension is a fairly common condition, it is NOT normal! Among numerous theories for the phenomenon, one is the high intake of salt in the food. While many doctors will tell their patients to avoid salt it’s interesting to note that salt contains minerals essential for normal body function. The excessively high intake of carbohydrates and sugars, combined with high cortisol levels from stress, lack of physical activity, and chronic dehydration seems to be the more likely cause of why salts ‘increase’ blood pressure.
Diet can bring significant changes. Reducing carbohydrates to just those found in vegetables and eliminating sugar intake can significantly reduce inflammation to the inside of the blood vessels which can help lower blood pressure. And don’t forget to keep hydrated with purified water.
There are a plethora of research studies on how diet plays a huge roll in preventing and reducing and hypertension; however, let’s not forget physical body movement. One of the most beneficial alternative therapies for reducing and controlling blood pressure in addition to a proper diet is yoga. Many scientific research studies have been done to prove the physiological changes in blood pressure reduction when yoga is practiced regularly. Among these studies, one showed the response of patients that was calculated after 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and a year. Out of those who practiced just the yoga alone (not implementing diet changes and other lifestyle changes), 53 percent of people responded to the program showing a reduction in their blood pressure.
Not every program or sequences of yoga postures or group classes are suitable for hypertensive students. Keeping the limitations in mind, the very best approach is to seek out a customized or personal program from a certified yoga teacher. For example, a yoga instructor would be able to advise against certain types of yoga-like bandhas (energy locks) and kumbakh (retention of breath) as these can cause blood vessel damage in a person who is having issues with their blood pressure. There are many types of yoga practices and a yoga instructor will be able to help you find the best one for you.
It is a common practice for those using yoga to help with blood pressure to incorporate the prolonged relaxation in Savasana (corpse pose) and Narayana (recline on the left side) help bring the balance the endocrine system and high blood pressure down. In addition, many find that it helps calm the mind as well.
A multi-pronged method is often required to control blood pressure. These changes include managing external stressors like those found with your daily activities. Try taking short and multiple relaxation breaks, yoga practice of simple postures. Change up your foods to reduce excessive carbohydrate and sugar intake. Eat at home where you can prepare fresh home-cooked foods. Make some time for some quiet meditation. Increase your physical activity. Try working with a holistic practitioner.
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Our holistic biological health coaches have a deep understanding of advanced functional testing and genetics testing, along with much experience in complex cases.
Our biological coaching team works with you to empower and teach you how to understand and interpret your lab results, what your results mean, how they are connected to your health conditions or symptoms, and most importantly, what to do with the information, how to put protocols together based on your lab results, and when to reorder your various labs to track progress.
You will become your own healing master learning how to navigate the healing process, how to modify your protocols, when and how to detoxify your organs and cells from the toxins discovered on your lab results. You will learn the importance of tracking your assessment forms and symptom sheets and how to troubleshoot your healing process.
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Get help from our functional nutrition coaches who understand that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Our nutrition coaches work hand in hand with our biological coaches so if you need any lab work done or specific protocols that would require supplement protocols, you have a team working on your behalf and your nutrition coach would make recommendations for which other team coaches would be able to help you.
Your coaches will teach and empower you to learn how to determine and navigate your diet modifications which are decided based on your extensive intake forms, history, and your lab data that your coaches may want to order for you. Based on all of this information, they will teach you what foods to eat and not eat according to various conditions and why.
Your functional nutrition coach will help you learn what substitutes you can use when there are certain foods you may need to stop eating for a period of time, how to put your meals together based on your dietary needs per your lab data, how and when to incorporate gut repair protocols, and what lifestyle modifications you want to address based on your labs and your health conditions.
Nutritional coaching can be a great tool by itself or combined with coaching from our biological coaches. You can schedule with either our biological or nutrition coaches and they can help you get started and make recommendations as needed.
Many people who have successfully mentored with our nutrition coaches have had past issues such as:
Mindset, past and present traumas, and limiting belief systems are some of the biggest barriers to healing, so much in fact that gene expression and biological ‘engines’ of the human body can change for the worse because of it.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of an impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on creating new neurological pathways to imprint new and healthy mindsets and belief systems in how they perceive themselves and the world around them is greatly improved when the psychological aspect of mindset and integration of mind, body, the spirit is addressed through repatterning of the mind and body neurology.
By removing barriers discovered from traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
Therefore we incorporate mind, body, spirit integration work into our programs and in doing so, we see exponential increases in positive outcomes with our clients. We have put together the most comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach in the world, and this is why our results are so successful.
Our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches work with you to create new neurological connections, anchor new neurology, and habits, and show you how to become aware of any conscious or unconscious belief systems that may be holding you back from healing and total health.
You are welcome to try one or two appointments to see what you think. We typically recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to make an accurate assessment of how this type of modality is working for you.
Here are some of the modalities our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches use for brain and body repatterning:
Breathwork is more than just a simple exercise of intentional breathing. Specialized breathwork techniques are used to facilitate major transformation and healing by encompassing a wide range of therapeutic practices that are extremely powerful in providing immediate relief for pulling people out of fight or flight (the amygdala hijack we teach about in Part 2 of our Mastering Trauma Masterclass).
This vagus nerve activation through breath work activates the rest/digest (parasympathetic nervous system), stimulates healing, reduces blood pressure, reduces the cortisol stress response, regulates hormone and blood glucose activity, and heart rate variability (the biological stress response). It rewires the body for self-regulation of the nervous system in a manner that optimizes the body and creates resilience in times of stress.
Yoga breath therapy allows you to disconnect from the mind chatter, mind racing, and negative self-talk and reconnect with your body your energy. From this elevated state of awareness, you are able to facilitate healing, growth, and expansion. And if you are looking for some expansion of your body/mind/spirit awareness, then this type of breathwork can be nourishing and can facilitate the next layer of peace, love, gratitude, connection, clarity, and insights.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of a damaging impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress (the fight or flight response) can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
By becoming aware of how to regulate our own nervous system, and resolve traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
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