Join Date: Jan 2002
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Is he on any medication now? The dr may just prescribe a mild diuretic to begin with. It's important he get it under control. I have high BP (runs in my family, too) and have seen the results of it over time first hand. My dad had surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) 6 yrs ago and has never recovered. His AAA was probably caused in part by years of high BP (although it was treated). He also had a stroke which can also be caused by high BP.
Anyway, the diuretic I take (HCTZ — hydrochlorathiazide) certainly hasn't made me miserable. I don't notice any effects from it at all (no increased need to pee, even) except for lower blood pressure. I am also now on a very low dose of an ACE inhibitor (lisinopril) and have noticed no effects from it except perhaps a decrease in anxiety and lower BP. I'm all about trying natural methods, but don't let it stay high if they don't work. Allopathic meds don't have to make him miserable and they're certainly better than a stroke!
I haven't heard that about kombucha although I do drink it occasionally. I haven't noticed any effect on my BP when I've had it, but haven't looked for it either. Other things that can help are:
• reducing salt — I don't think sea salt is any better for high BP than regular salt (I like to use balsamic vinegar to give an edge to dishes instead of salt, but it's not quite the same. Commercial chicken broth usu has a lot of sodium in it, too.)
• google the DASH diet which is a diet low in salt high in fruit/veggies and low fat dairy developed by Harvard's School of Public Health
• beets (I did notice an effect with this)
• a small amount of alcohol (like 1 beer a day)
• exercise (good for him on already doing this)
• losing weight if you're overweight (I'm not, either)
• controlled deep breathing. This is why yoga can be helpful I think. There's a product called a "resperator" or something like that which is supposed to help with this. I've never tried it.
• untreated or undertreated hypo(low)thyroidism. Can also cause high cholesterol.
• I think garlic maybe? It helps everything, anyway!
That's all I can think of off the top of my head, but there are other herbs, etc, that are said to help. For me, I had to go on meds. I am hypothyroid as well and adjusting my thyroid meds and adding the very low dose ACE inhibitor has really helped mine. It's great now (102/73 vs 170/100 before).
Mama to two girl beans, Feb 2001 and Nov 2003 . DH , and two crazy . Running on biodiesel since 2004! "All you fascists are bound to lose" — Woody Guthrie