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3 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

high blood pressure treatment in ArlingtonAlternative methods for high blood pressure treatment in Arlington do exist. For the millions of American adults who are afflicted with this problem, finding an alternative treatment is at the top of their “to do” list. The good news is that there are natural treatments that work, which several detailed here.

Facts about Blood Pressure

Before looking for ways to reduce blood pressure naturally, it is important to understand what normal readings for blood pressure look like. Normal blood pressure is a reading of 120/80 mmHg or under. Pre-hypertension is classified with readings between 120/80 and 139/89; stage one hypertension is classified with readings between 140/90 and 159/99; and stage two hypertension is any blood pressure reading that is 160/100 or higher.

Three natural remedies for high blood pressure you should consider are found here.

Number 1: Garlic

Studies have suggested that garlic may be an effective way to lower systolic blood pressure. The active constituent in garlic that are said to lead to this are the sulfur-containing compounds which include allicin, which can act on the nitric oxide system helping to lower the systolic blood pressure.

Number 2: Omega-3 Fatty Acids or Fish Oil

The Omega-3 fatty acids are types of fatty acids found in fish and some types of plant foods. The reduction in blood pressure has been small; however, a higher dosage of this may be more effective; however it may increase the risk of bleeding for those taking certain medications or that have some type of bleeding disorder.

Number 3: Cocoa Extract or Chocolate

A number of studies have shown that consuming dark chocolate or products enriched with flavonols can slightly lower high blood pressure. Consuming a total of 50 grams of cocoa each day is associated with a two to three mmHg reduction in a person’s blood pressure.

While it is important to always consult with a physician prior to trying any type of alternative high blood pressure treatment, the methods listed here may offer new options to consider.

For more information regarding reducing your high blood pressure naturally, through high blood pressure treatment in Arlington contact McQuinn Naturopathic today at (425)905-2487.

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Peripheral Neuropathy Natural Treatments

Naturopathic Doctor in EverettPeripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of your body. People generally describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems exposure to toxins, & diabetes. Toxicity from medications, alcohol, heavy metals, organic solvents, pesticides and herbicides play a role in many of the root causes of peripheral neuropathy. The liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, and digestive tract are all exit routes for toxins. Here are some ideas how you can support these organs and reduce the toxic burden in your body:

Try a castor oil pack treatment. (see image on next page). Also, taking 100 deep belly-moving breaths per day helps too.

Drink a lot of water. The general rule is to calculate half your body’s weight and drink that many ounces of water a day. For example, a 120-lb. woman should drink 60 ounces.

Stay active. Move your body every day, even if it’s a simple activity such as going for a walk. Make healthy choices. Eat a diet rich in organic food. CoQ10 can be effective in managing the symptoms of PN. It is also good for heart and brain.

N-Acetyl Cysteine. This supplement helps your body produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps detoxify the body.

In addition to reducing toxicity in the body, it’s essential to address other root causes of peripheral neuropathy such as inflammation, viruses, and oxidation. The following natural treatments are helpful:

If you are diabetic alpha lipoic acid. You can find this powerful antioxidant at your local health food store. Studies show that 600 mg per day can be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of PN. (Remember to always monitor your blood sugars if you are diabetic. Sometimes these natural medicines can drop your blood glucose levels.)

Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish and flaxseed are “food” for the nervous system. When our nerve cells are well nourished, they are more capable of transmitting healthy nerve signals. In addition, Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in all tissues of the body.

St. John’s wort is an herb which is good for nerve injuries, especially to the fingers and toes. It can reduce burning or shooting pain. It has also been shown to be effective for mild depression. (Do not use if you are taking antidepressant medication.) Big bonus: it is anti-viral.

Passionflower is an herb which can be useful for restlessness, agitation, and muscle twitching, and spasms. It helps with nervousness as well. It is not appropriate for pregnant women.

Oat seed has been beneficial for some people with numbness and weakness of their limbs. It is a mineral-rich herb and very safe.

Nettle is a nourishing herb that is rich in minerals. It is particularly good for PN with a “stinging” sensation. Be patient. It takes a couple weeks to work. It is also anti-inflammatory and effective in reducing for hayfever and allergies.

Ginkgo biloba is useful for PN symptoms due to poor circulation. Use caution with medications which increase bleeding like aspirin, ibuprofen, or White Willow bark. Never take ginkgo with the drug Coumadin (warfarin.)

For more information regarding Peripheral Neuropathy Natural Treatments, or to speak to a Naturopathic Doctor in Everett, contact McQuinn Naturopathic today at (425)905-2487.

Consider the Alternatives

2 Seattle Health Mag spring-summer 2014Seattle Health Magazine – People are increasingly incorporating natural medicine into traditional medicine treatment, and Seattle is one of the best placed to explore the variety of options from Naturopathy to Acupuncture.  Doctor Andrew Simon offers insight and benefits on Naturopathic medicine in this Seattle Health Magazine edition.

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