If you have high blood pressure and you go to your doctor about it, they’ll probably hand you a prescription for medications classed as ‘calcium-channel blockers.’ Some examples of this type of medication include Cardizem and Diltiazem. Both of which are used to treat high blood pressure by soothing or relaxing the muscles of the heart and blood vessels.
Although calcium-channel blockers treat hypertension (to an extent), they do not address the root cause of the problem. Usually, high blood pressure is brought about by stress. It could be emotional stress, physical stress, nutritional stress, chemical stress or environmental stress.
Instead of tackling this issue and actually working to repair the main cause of high blood pressure, you’re handed a prescription for a drug that you know very little about to solely treat the symptoms that you’re experiencing. The real cause of the problem is still very much alive because, low and behold, the medication can’t address it.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – the mainstream medical model is broken. It’s time to take control of your health and if you’re someone who is on blood pressure meds (or you want to avoid ‘having’ to take them), keep reading to discover the shocking truth about blood pressure meds.
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How do Calcium-Channel Blockers Work?
Before you start taking whatever blood pressure medication your doctor suggests, it’s worth taking the time to learn how these calcium-channel blockers work.
So, let’s imagine that you can see your cells (maybe you have supersonic vision or something) and inside those cells is potassium. Potassium dominates the cells in your body and takes up most of the cell. But you’ve also got a lesser degree of calcium in your cells.
As blood pressure increases, potassium starts to dwindle, and calcium begins to dominate the cell. This is also called hypertension. There’s too much calcium in your cells. So, how does the broken medical model “fix” this problem?
They give people calcium-channel blockers in an attempt to reduce the calcium inside the cell by slowing down its entrance to the cell. It ‘blocks’ calcium or too much calcium from reaching the cell. On the outside, it seems logical. Less calcium in cells means lower blood pressure, right?
Well, not exactly.
You see, the truth about blood pressure meds like this is the fact that they come with a huge list of possible side effects. Some of these include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, constipation, skin rashes, congestive heart failure and acute kidney failure.
What Causes Potassium to Reduce in your Cells?
There are two components of your central nervous system: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system controls your fight or flight response. This is how you immediately react to a situation that could potentially cause you (or someone else) harm in some way or another.
Situations that could trigger your fight or flight response ranges from something as serious as a potential car accident to feeling stressed about work, for example.
If you are in constant sympathetic dominant stress and you’re constantly in that fight or flight mode, you’re going to move towards being acidic. This means you’ll gradually lose your alkaline minerals such as potassium, sodium and magnesium.
As a result, potassium in your cells begins to reduce because you’re in a constant state of stress.
The Problem with Sympathetic Dominance Stress
Not many people know that high blood pressure is linked to the gut and digestive system. The autonomic nervous system has a lot to do with the gut as it helps to regulate bodily functions such as digestion, heart rate, respiratory rate and many more.
Whilst the blood pressure meds that you are prescribed for hypertension (the calcium-channel blockers) provide a quick fix solution. They treat the symptoms, but they don’t address the actual cause of the problem.
If you aren’t doing anything to correct the root cause of the problem, which is stress, you’ll be locked in that state of stress for a very long time. As I previously mentioned, sympathetic dominance causes you to become acidic, which is where cancer can live.
The sympathetic nervous system neurology exists in your thoracic spine (mid back). The longer you remain stressed, the more potassium, magnesium and sodium you’ll lose as a result. The neurology of the mid thoracic spine controls the sympathetics.
The nerves control organs such as the lungs, heart, liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, gallbladder and your stomach. The neurology of all of these organs comes from the thoracic spine, which is the same area of the spine that controls the sympathetics.
So, when you’re under a lot of stress and you’re losing your alkaline minerals (potassium, sodium and magnesium), this means your cells aren’t functioning as they should since less potassium and more calcium is dominating the cells.
How to Restore Potassium Back into the Body
The answer is simple – the more stress you are under, the more plants you need to eat. I’m talking about things like fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans, etc.
You also need to reduce your emotional stress. Do whatever you can whether that’s through exercise, medication, a sunny vacation in Hawaii – whatever helps you to reduce your overall stress, do it.
If your blood pressure is elevated, you need to stay hydrated. Drink around 96 ounces of water per day (give or take depending on your weight, etc.) and eat potassium rich foods such as bananas, avocados, cucumbers, potatoes and so on.
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