Updated: Feb 14
Whether you are 9 or 90 with prehypertension or refractory hypertension, a holistic approach to doing all you can to getting and keeping blood pressures at or below 120/80 requires far more than medications for most of us. Medications alone do not cut it and can have unintended consequences. Many of us have to employ a comprehensive armamentarium of nutrients, exercise, and mind/body applications alongside medications in order to achieve and maintain optimum pressures.
The aim of a holistic approach to a healthy cardiovascular system is to optimize oxygenation to every inch of your tissues, from head to toe
to the deepest depth.
Hypertension is the basis of morbidity for heart disease, the number one cause of death outside of COVID. The challenge is UNDEROXYGENATION. At the core of this challenge is inflammation of one of the body's main transportation systems that is responsible for getting oxygen, nutrients, and all things necessary for our vitality to all the trillions of cells that make up our body while removing waste moment by moment, day to day for as long as we live and breath. It is a central function and there are things we can do in the care of ourselves to make sure that function gets well handled in spite of genetic predisposition, stressful conditions, and constraints.
If you want to keep your dependency on medications to control high blood pressure to a minimum. Commit to the following:
Pressure Down Juicing 4-16 oz/day
Eat foods to chase away inflammation & keep arteries open, blood flowing unencumbered. That means less than 100 mg of sodium/serving!
Supplement nutrients that repair arteries, decrease inflammation & maximize a biochemical balance
Engage in some form of physical activity that will enhance oxygenation and circulation
Build routines & rituals that allow experiencing calm, mastery, nurturing, and support as often as possible.
During the month of February, Black History & Heart Health Month join us in upping our self-care to achieve better oxygenation & blood pressure control. Stay with us to learn more tools for higher levels of health & well being
Jifunza Wright M.D., M.P.H. is a family physician who has been using food as medicine for decades and supporting her patients in preventing disease and improving quality of life through self-care. She is the daughter of 2 hypertensive, diabetic parents who did not want to take medications to control their refractory hypertension. She will be sharing with you years of experience with hundreds of patients who practice self-care.