Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Herbal Cure for Hypertension
Herbs have been used for many years to help lower elevated blood pressure. According to Pizzorno, some of the most effective herbs for this task include hawthorn, garlic, onion and mistletoe. Naturopath and author of "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth," Dr. Sharol Tilgner, states that certain herbs possess hypotensive action, or the ability to reduce your blood pressure. Hypotensive herbs include cayenne, ginger, linden flower, motherwort and rauvolfia.
A Popular Herb
Hawthorn is one of the most popular -- and one of the most effective -- herbs for hypertension. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, hawthorn has been used to treat numerous types of cardiovascular system ailments, including coronary artery disease, angina, heart failure and hypertension. Hawthorn is purported to be a cardioprotective, or a substance that helps protect the health and function of your cardiovascular system structures. The berries of the hawthorn plant are used in herbal medicine.
Herbs should be taken according to the directions provided by your physician or herbal medicine specialist. Herbs, like prescription drugs, can have powerful effects on your body and should be taken with great caution. Not all herbs are suitable for every individual.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Unusual Causes of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, affects about one-third of American adults, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Blood pressure higher than 140/90 is considered hypertension. Although no precise cause is known, most cases of hypertension are related to poor diet, obesity, lack of physical activity or genetics. More rarely, though, high blood pressure may be referred to as secondary hypertension, which means that it develops as the result of another medical condition.
Several thyroid conditions may cause high blood pressure, and hypertension is often one of many symptoms of the disorders.
When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause your blood pressure to become high enough to be classified as hypertension. You also are more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke if apnea is not treated properly.
In rare cases, women may develop high blood pressure when they are pregnant; this is a condition called pregnancy-induced hypertension or pre-eclampsia. If you are pregnant, your risk of developing hypertension is greater if you are older than 35, are carrying multiple babies, have diabetes or kidney disease, are obese or you've have had the condition before, according to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
If your kidneys are not working properly, you may develop hypertension. For example, in the case of kidney cysts, the development of cysts may cause blood pressure to spike, MayoClinic.com reports. If your kidneys cannot filter waste materials efficiently, this also may cause a rise in your blood pressure, because sodium levels are increased.
Complication of Diabetes
Diabetes may also result in hypertension. As with kidney disease, diabetes can cause the kidneys to filter waste improperly, causing blood pressure to elevate.
Coarctation of the Aorta
Coarctation of the aorta is a rare birth defect in which the aorta is abnormally narrow. People who suffer from the defect often develop hypertension, because the heart must work harder than it normally would to pump blood to the rest of the body, MedlinePlus reports.
Friday, January 18, 2013
How Frequently Can I Work Out Without Overtraining?
If you want to increase the number of days you exercise each week, the number one rule is: Train smarter, not longer. If you blast your muscles too hard, too frequently, itíll be impossible for you to recover. If your body canít recover, your workouts will suffer. Your extra work will be counterproductive.
But hereís the good news: Training your muscles more frequently can help you speed fat loss, pack on muscle or attain any fitness goal. Itís the reason why many trainers and strength coaches now recommend doing fewer total sets and reps per workout ó think three total body workouts per week ó rather than performing marathon training sessions for each body part. Itís a more efficient way to challenge your body without having to fight off fatigue.
Challenging each muscle group more often requires some planning -- otherwise, you can easily run yourself into the ground.
Have a FaNtAsTiC weekend!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
How Soon Are Calories Absorbed After Eating? (Part 4 of 4)
Because men tend to have more muscles and less body fat than their female counterparts, their metabolic rate is usually higher. They are therefore able to absorb and use up calories at slightly faster rate than women of the same age.
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