I have a special guest post for you today by my good friend and natural health researcher/writer, Christian Goodman. If you (or anyone you know) has high blood pressure, be sure to pay close attention to the following:
High blood pressure is a mysterious condition.
If you were to ask a traditional doctor what causes high blood pressure, he/she could come up with many different types of answers.
He/she will most likely claim it’s because of plaque buildup or hardening of the arteries. Genetic reasons will no doubt be mentioned.
If pushed even further, you’ll hear reasons like:
- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of physical activity
- Too much salt in the diet
- Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
- Older age
- Family history of high blood pressure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders
However, the most honest answer would be, “I don’t know.”
This is because all the above reasons have never been proven in studies to be anything more than small or medium contributing factors.
The real cause of high blood pressure lies in an organ that is hardly ever mentioned in connection to high blood pressure.
In today’s article, I’m going to reveal this organ and how to manage it in a simple way to drop your blood pressure on the spot… permanently!
First of all, let me qualify that I’m not claiming you’re crazy. This article has nothing to do with mental illnesses or insanity.
Remember that I had high blood pressure myself and I consider myself quite sane.
The reason I say this is that doctors tend to brush off clients they can’t treat by saying something like “it’s all in your head” or “this is just your imagination.”
Fibromyalgia, for example, was and still is, ignored by the vast majority of the medical profession as “all in your head.” However, now they can better diagnose it and are finding out it’s actually a real disease with real physical causes. Something natural health researchers have known for a long time.
Fortunately, high blood pressure is easily measured so no doctor would say it’s your imagination. And it’s also easy to imagine how high blood pressure can build up with hardening of the arteries and plaque build up.
But wait. Maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to say “fortunately.” Maybe it is all in your head. Just in a slightly different way than this phrase is most often used.
You see, what most traditional medical professionals fail to take into account is that blood pressure is managed by your brain. Your brain sends out thousands of messages throughout the day to either lower or raise your blood pressure.
If you’re running after the bus your brain sends out messages to raise your blood pressure temporarily. When you’re resting in bed your brain sends a message to lower your blood pressure.
Your brain may tell the heart to pump harder or slower, the kidneys to increase or decrease blood liquid (water), the arteries to widen or narrow and apply many, many other tools that your body uses throughout the day to monitor your blood pressure depending on activities.
Blood pressure medications “mess around” with different parts of the blood pressure monitoring system in a very isolated way. This creates complete disharmony in the body, and causes several serious side effects. It may even cause blood pressure to rise with age.
When you have hypertension (resting blood pressure over 120/80), your brain is not doing its job of monitoring your blood pressure.
Or is it?
Yes, plaque build-up that narrows the arteries obviously causes more pressure. But with the tools the brain has, it could easily tell the kidneys to dump blood fluid, the heart to pump slower and apply greater flexibility in widening the arteries. This is what many blood pressure medications do.
The human body is not like a car engine where if one thing isn’t working functionally everything breaks down. Humans can take a beating to one or more organs and still survive a long time. We have a tremendous amount of flexibility when it comes to adapting.
And it’s exactly this adaptive strategy that can backfire.
You see, the brain adapts to new situations by creating what it considers new norms for itself. For instance, you may lose the use of your dominant hand, as with the case of a stroke. Your non-dominant hand then takes over, because you need to still function. With practice, you are able to write your signature, brush your teeth, and do everything your dominant hand used to do. You now have a new dominance.
People with chronic pain adapt to it as normal. Yes, you feel the pain constantly but you’ll still laugh and joke and move around throughout the day. If another person was all of a sudden burdened with this kind of pain he/she would lie down screaming on the spot. But it’s become normal for the person with chronic pain.
The same goes for simple things like living in cold and hot weather climates, or places where it rains all the time (or never), in addition to eating different types of diets, etc. The human brain adapts to all these extremes and makes them normal.
Blood pressure works in similar ways. Usually, it’s something that raises blood pressure for a period of time. Stress at work, lack of sleep, long periods of physical strain, etc.
Often this may be something we don’t notice. Studies have shown that people who live close to traffic noise, even those who have lived with this noise all their lives, have increased stress hormones. This raises blood pressure, which may become chronic.
Bad diet, obesity, diseases or any other type of physical, emotional, sensual or mental stress can begin the process of making the blood pressure go up.
The higher blood pressure now becomes the new ‘normal’ for the brain. It actually considers it healthy to keep this higher level of blood pressure going.
And since the higher blood pressure begins damaging the arteries, this again raises blood pressure. The brain adapts to the new blood pressure level and a dangerous cycle has begun.
Recently, neuroscience using advanced brain scan technology has given us the opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in the brain as it adapts to, and learns, new things.
The neurons in the brain literally make new connections every time the brain learns and adapts to new things. This physically alters the brain. So the chronic circle of steadily raising blood pressure is physically nailed down in the neural structure of the brain.
And since the brain now considers blood pressure over 120/80 the norm, it will create cravings for things that keep the blood pressure over this level such as salt and even stressful situations.
If this all sounds very complicated it’s because it is. We’ve only recently begun to dip our toes into the marvels of the brain.
The good news is that I discovered how to reverse this process long before I had any idea what caused it. And I actually discovered this long before several scientific studies on high blood pressure were published that supported my findings.
What you do is give your brain what I call a Focused Break. This kind of reboots your brain and brings the blood-pressure-norm down to a healthy level. There are several ways to do this, but the best practice is to use specific mind/body exercises.
Many people experience their blood pressure go down the very first time they use these exercises. But that’s not enough. You must stick to them to gain permanent results.
If you are skeptical, you may question ‘permanent results.’
But it’s actually true. For a long time I never dared to claim this even if I had witnessed this with several clients who did the exercises for a while and then stopped. It wasn’t until I began studying research on brain function that I began understanding how these kinds of exercises could possibly produce permanent results.
You see, since the brain’s neurons have created pathways that consider high blood pressure normal, we must break up those pathways and produce new ones that consider lower blood pressure normal so that your brain will aim to keep your blood pressure down.
Once you’ve restored your brain to consider blood pressure under 120/80 normal, it will guide the rest of your body to keep your resting blood pressure under this level using heart rate, artery flexibility, kidneys and more.
Several studies on mind/body exercises, conducted by some of the most respected institutes in the world, have proven that not only can mind/body exercises help people lower their blood pressure and get them off their medications, the results are permanent.
Even more impressive, once the blood pressure is down using these types of exercises, the arteries begin softening again. This shows that the effects of restoring the brain to new norms transfers to the rest of the body.
The only problem with these studies is the scientists were not experts in mind/body exercises. They therefore used very basic, traditional exercises.
The exercises I used to lower my blood pressure and teach my clients are advanced mind/body exercises specifically designed and tested to lower blood pressure. They are very simple to use, take as little as 9 minutes and work wonders for those who try them.
You can learn more about these simple blood pressure exercises here…
I think we’re at the beginning of a new era in health and medicine. Our brains are the most important organ we have and the headquarters of our body. No longer is it going to be an insult to say “it’s all in your head” because through our mind, we may be able to cure the most complicated diseases.