High blood pressure does not hurt, but it gradually damages the eyes, heart and blood vessels. High blood pressure also causes damage to the kidneys, so it is not to be taken lightly. If you also have high blood pressure, then lower it – also in a natural way.
Macular Degeneration patients in the clinic
Most eye patients with a diagnosis of Macular Degeneration AMD or glaucoma take blood pressure medication. Although this brings the blood pressure into the normal range, it leads to the body looking for other solutions. The result is eventually a lack of blood supply – including to the retina, the vessels and the macula.
The eye, which is incidentally the organ with the highest blood flow in the body, the deficiency of blood flow leads to the fact that end products of the metabolism are no longer properly transported away. Some of them are deposited in the surrounding tissue such as the retina – this is an essential aspect of the development of Macular Degeneration AMD.
High blood pressure can be lowered naturally
High blood pressure now affects one in three adults in industrialised countries (but also many children). Many of those affected are not even aware of it, as high blood pressure often does not cause any noticeable symptoms at the beginning. And if it does, no serious cause is usually suspected.
Headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, shortness of breath and general listlessness are now quickly attributed to the usual consequences of stress. However, the actual causes are not searched for. But that is exactly what you should do, because only when your doctor has made a concrete diagnosis can you take purposeful action.
Holistic measures to reduce hypertension (high blood pressure) in Macular Degeneration (AMD)
If hypertension (high blood pressure) is indeed the cause of your complaints, you can naturally lower your high blood pressure with holistic measures.
The special thing about the holistic approach is that you not only show your blood pressure where its place is (namely at about 120 to 80), but at the same time you improve your possibly elevated cholesterol level as well as any unfavourable blood sugar values.
The unfortunate trio of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels
The trio “high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar” often occurs together, often accompanied by a more or less pronounced overweight. When all four complaints occur together, we speak of a “metabolic syndrome”. Smoking also plays a role here.
However, regardless of whether you have high blood pressure as part of the metabolic syndrome or on its own, the naturopathic measures against high blood pressure remain the same.
Change your life for your eyes
Another visit to the ophthalmologist brings it to light: your blood pressure has risen further – in the meantime to 150/95 mmHg. Already from 140/90 mmHg one speaks of high blood pressure.
As long as your blood pressure is still below 180/110, you can – in cooperation with your doctor, of course – possibly still tackle the matter without treatment with medication. However, this means that your life will have to change fundamentally from now on.
Healthy or unhealthy food – the choice is yours
You will realise that while unhealthy food may taste good, healthy food can taste even better. You will realise that being lazy may be nice from time to time, but that exercise will make you feel very different – alive and attractive.
In short, you will realise that a healthy life is much more fun than the previous one – simply because you will be really fit again and feel extremely good in your skin.
Reduce high blood pressure with a healthy diet
A healthy alkaline diet not only relieves the organism and provides it with a variety of valuable nutrients and vital substances. It also counteracts hyperacidity and supports the rapid elimination of various waste products.
Foods that are said to have a specific blood pressure-lowering effect include:
In addition, a diet rich in bases is also rich in potassium, a mineral which, as the counterpart of the “bad” sodium, has a particularly favourable influence on blood pressure.
Beware of excess potassium in the diet for Macular Degeneration (AMD)
In excess, however, potassium is again unfavourable. However, an excess of potassium cannot be achieved with diet alone, but only with medication. The diet should therefore clearly be rich in potassium. For those who eat a low-potassium diet – and the usual diet is very low in potassium – have an increased risk of the disease high blood pressure and strokes.
The daily requirement is at least 3.5 grams of potassium per day, an amount that many people do not reach, which is not surprising, because the foods richest in potassium are often eaten reluctantly:
- Legumes such as soy, beans, lentils, peas
- Vegetables such as parsnips, fennel, potatoes, celery, cabbage, parsley
- Fruit, e.g. bananas, papayas, dates
- Dried fruit, e.g. dried apricots, dates, figs, raisinsNuts, e.g. walnuts Chestnuts
Freshly squeezed juices against high blood pressure and Macular Degeneration (AMD)
The high nitrate content in beetroot, as well as that of some other vegetables such as white cabbage, spinach and fennel, makes them effective blood pressure reducers. While nitrate in food used to be considered fundamentally harmful, it is now known that it is broken down into nitric oxide (NO) in the body by means of special enzymes. And it is precisely this property that is currently being used for therapeutic purposes.
NO is a substance produced naturally in the body, including in the blood vessel walls. On the one hand, NO has an anti-inflammatory effect and on the other hand, it relaxes the vascular muscles, including those of the blood vessel walls, so that they dilate. NO thus contributes to lowering blood pressure.
A study on this subject was conducted at Queen Mary University in London. 15 test persons who were not on medication despite systolic blood pressure values of 140 to 159 mmHg took part in the study. The result was impressive: The therapy: Drinking a quarter of a litre of beetroot juice every day alone reduced the systolic blood pressure by 12 mmHg and the diastolic value was also significantly reduced.
This effect was greatest three to six hours after drinking the juice and lasted for more than 24 hours. Other juices have also been shown to be effective. For example, half a litre of freshly squeezed carrot juice a day could also lower blood pressure and help the eyes.
In the same way, pomegranate juice is an excellent remedy for high blood pressure: Pomegranate juice lowers blood pressure.
Your personal program for natural blood pressure reduction and eye support
So how do you go about using all this information to naturally lower and support your blood pressure and your eyes? Of course, you cannot implement all the measures at the same time.
It also depends very much on how high your blood pressure is, how old you are and how you are feeling apart from high blood pressure: Are there other diseases? What therapy or treatment have you already tried? Is your constitution rather strong or rather weak? What risk factors are present?
Therefore, please consider the following programme suggestion only as a suggestion that you can use to put together your own individually tailored anti-hypertension programme – gladly together with your holistically oriented therapist. And for the benefit of the macula:
- Have your doctor check your kidney and uric acid levels – which he or she will certainly do anyway.
- Also have your homocysteine levels checked and supplement with folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 if necessary.
- Change your diet to an alkaline-surplus diet. If you want to snack, choose dark chocolate (cocoa content preferably 80 percent).
- Eat nine walnuts a day and use 1 teaspoon of walnut oil (or more – preferably in combination with hemp oil or olive oil) for your salad.
- Prepare most of your meals yourself, avoid convenience food and eat out less often.
- Reduce your salt consumption and fill your salt shaker with herbal salt, a herbal blend or salt for hypertension patients.
- Avoid sugar, alcohol and nicotine and reduce your caffeine intake.
- Drink juices daily (preferably freshly squeezed), e.g. ¼ litre beetroot juice, ¼ litre carrot juice and ¼ litre pomegranate juice. Dilute the juices with water.
- Drink approx. 1.5 litres of water (mineral water or filtered tap water) and ¼ litre of nettle tea daily. The amount of water given already includes the amount with which you dilute your juices.
- Make sure you exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes each time, preferably every day.
- These measures alone will help you to reduce any excess weight.
- Practice a relaxation method.
- If you are a woman who has been taking the pill, stop taking it on a trial basis to see if the pill is involved in the development of your high blood pressure.
- Optimise your magnesium supply and take a high-quality magnesium supplement (at least 300 – 400 mg per day).
- Increase your antioxidant intake, e.g. with astaxanthin, saffron, OPC, aronia juice, etc.
- Take vitamin D3 (3,000 IU) daily – best combined with vitamin K2 and calcium (Sango sea coral).
- Take krill oil, vegan omega-3 capsules or the DHA algae oil daily.
So there are numerous possibilities and therapies to significantly reduce high blood pressure in a natural way. You only need to become active – and you can already be curious about what else will change in your health situation through the implementation of holistic measures. Because holistic measures never have an effect on one aspect alone (high blood pressure), but always on the entire body.
Perhaps interesting in this context: cholesterol-lowering drugs can significantly increase the risk of cataracts.