Decrease Blood Pressure & Increase Heart Health With This One Supplement
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately 75 million American adults, or about 29% of us, have high blood pressure. To look at it another way, that’s about 1 in every 3 people.
Surely, you can’t be serious!
Yes, I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley. (Airplane humor)
Fortunately though, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re someone who regularly suffers from high blood pressure, and don’t want to take, or are tired of taking medications, then I’ve got great news for you. I’ve got a simple, inexpensive, and super effective method for both lowering your blood pressure and increasing your heart health naturally, without taking any nasty medications.
Care to find out what that is? Great! Go grab yourself a blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope and let’s get to it.
What Is Ideal Blood Pressure?
There are a lot of factors that influence your blood pressure. As a matter of fact your blood pressure fluctuates constantly throughout the day depending on your circumstances.
Are you stressed? Did you just get done exercising? Did you add an extra shot of espresso to your coffee this morning? All these things will affect your blood pressure to some degree.
However, although your blood pressure can and does fluctuate constantly throughout the day, a resting blood pressure of 120/80 or below is considered ideal. Anything up to 140/90 is also considered normal although this often gets slapped with the label of pre-hypertension.
Move above 140/90 and you are now considered to have high blood pressure. This is most often treated with various medications to help bring your pressure back down to ‘healthy’ levels.
The Problem With Medications
I’m not going to go into a giant rant about medications here but just know there are two big problems when it comes to medications in general.
First of all, all medications come with side-effects. All of them.
Oftentimes, these side-effects are brushed off as minor nuances that are then treated with other medications that also have side-effects. This often creates an endless cycle of taking more and more pills for something that could have been treated naturally.
Secondly, medications in general do nothing to actually address the underlying problem. Think about it. If you have high blood pressure, did you develop it because you were deficient in blood pressure medications? Obviously not.
Your blood pressure is always appropriate for your environment. If you’re constantly stressed, your blood pressure will reflect that. If you eat poorly, your blood pressure will eventually reflect that as well. Taking a medication to artificially lower your blood pressure down to a “healthier” level does nothing to address any of that. It just makes your body less able to adapt.
This means even if the medication is successful at bringing your blood pressure down, the underlying problem, or the reason your blood pressure was high in the first place, is left unaddressed.
Obviously, I believe it’s better, and more important, to find the underlying reason you have high blood pressure in the first place.
Common Causes Of High Blood Pressure
As mentioned above, there are many things that can and will influence your blood pressure. Some of the more commonly accepted risk factors include:
• Being overweight/obese
• Lack of physical activity
• Poor diet
• Poor sleep habits
• Certain diseases and disorders
Many people will fall back on the, “It runs in my family” excuse. Try not to fall into this trap as it basically takes away all accountability and leaves you with no choices and no hope. More often than not, it’s poor lifestyle choices that run in families that lead to poor health.
In addition to everything else above, there is another very common cause of high blood pressure, and poor heart health in general, that is very often overlooked.
Magnesium: The ‘Invisible Deficiency’
Magnesium is a super important mineral that’s involved in everything from energy production to blood pressure regulation to even controlling muscle and nerve function. In fact, every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys, needs magnesium to function properly. Heck, even the health of your teeth and bones relies heavily on having adequate levels of magnesium. In other words, it’s extremely important.
Unfortunately, magnesium deficiencies are rising at an alarming rate with some estimates claiming that up to 80% of us aren’t taking in enough magnesium each day to keep us healthy. Yikes!
The thing about magnesium, however, is that you can be deficient in it and not even know it. Even medical experts find accurately diagnosing magnesium deficiencies to be a challenge. This is why it’s often referred to as the ‘invisible deficiency’. However, this doesn’t make it any less dangerous or concerning.
Because magnesium plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies, the signs and symptoms of a magnesium deficiency can vary. However, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, heart palpitations, and irregular heart beats are all very common symptoms of a magnesium deficiency.
Other symptoms can include:
• tics (such as uncontrollable eye twitching)
• muscle spasms and cramps
• low energy levels
• migraine headaches
• worsened PMS symptoms
• behavioral disorders and mood swings
• irritability and anxiety
• insomnia (trouble sleeping)
• recurrent bacterial or fungal infections
• tooth cavities
• muscle weakness and cramps
• decreased insulin sensitivity (type 2 diabetes)
Yeah, crazy right?
Because they are so hard to identify and diagnose, magnesium deficiencies are best avoided using a proactive approach. This means regularly eating foods high in magnesium such as dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, whole grains, avocados, yogurt, bananas, dried fruit, and even dark chocolate.
Additionally, taking magnesium supplements can also help to supply your body with adequate levels of magnesium. The things about magnesium supplements, however, is that there are many different kinds to choose from. This is because magnesium, by itself, is unstable and so needs to be bound to something else in order to enter your body.
I wrote an entire post on the different forms of magnesium available to choose from and what they are each best used for a while back. If interested, you can check that article here.
However, magnesium taurate is often considered the best magnesium supplement for overall heart and cardiovascular health. Many actually find that taking magnesium taurate on a regular basis helps to lower blood pressure, normalize heart rhythms, and eliminate heart palpitations. Seriously, if you don’t believe me check out these actual reviews on Amazon from real life users. They’re absolutely inspiring and amazing.
This is where the information starts to get a little fuzzy. The RDA for magnesium ranges from between 310 to 420 mg per day. However, many people feel this is too low to achieve optimal health since the RDA’s were set primarily to prevent disease, and not to help people achieve optimal health.
Dr. Carolyn Dean for example, author of The Magnesium Miracle, states that many researchers believe that 600 to 900 mg per day may be required for optimal health and well being.
The good news for you, however, is that there is plenty of room for error when attempting to figure out what your ideal magnesium intake is. As a supplement, magnesium is very safe and is quite hard to ‘overdose’ on. This is because your body simply eliminates any excess magnesium in the form of loose stools.
In other words, when you find yourself running to the bathroom to avoid an embarrassing accident, you know you’ve reached your cutoff point.
The only exception to this is those with known renal failure as excessive magnesium intake could lead to adverse health affects.
My Personal Success Story
About ten years I started suffering from regular heart palpitations after radically changing my diet for what I thought was the better. Some days were better than others. And other days were worse. Much worse.
It was so bad sometimes that I literally thought I was going to die. I’m not even kidding. My heart literally felt like it was going to burst out of my chest or just stop working all together. If you’ve ever had heart palpitations you probably know what I’m talking about.
This was hard for me since I’ve been an athlete all my life. I did crew in college and was always used to pushing myself to the limits. The heart palpitations literally took this all away from me.
Fortunately, when doing research for my epsom salt article, which you can see here, I came across all the signs and symptoms of a magnesium deficiency. And as you may have read above, one of them is heart palpitations.
As soon as I read this I started supplementing with about a 1,000 mg per day of magnesium. (I upped my dosage some as I also read that it’s very common for diabetics, which I’m a type 1, to be deficient in it.)
Long story short, after just two weeks of supplementing with magnesium, my heart palpitations were gone. I’ve now been supplementing with magnesium for 2 months and can count on one hand the number of heart palpitations I’ve had. This is huge for me as before they were happening daily.
Again, I highly recommend you check out the reviews here on Amazon from other people with similar success stories.
Do you have any personal success stories from supplementing with magnesium? Please share with us below!
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