Health

High blood pressure, prevention and cure

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Blood pressure is the force in the arteries occurring when your heart beats (systolic pressure) and when your heart is at rest (diastolic pressure). It’s measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). High blood pressure, known as hypertension, is defined in an adult as blood pressure greater than 140mmHg systolic pressure or 90mm Hg diastolic pressure, which is shown as a reading of 140 over 90. It’s a problem as it directly increases your risk of coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attacks and strokes. It’s common among people over 35, and is particularly prevalent in the mode-aged and elderly, the middle-aged women on the pill and heavy drinkers. It may run in families, but lots of people with a family history of high blood pressure never have it themselves. Those with diabetes, gout or kidney disease are susceptible, too.

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How to have a good physical and mental health

WHAT IS STRESS?

Just being alive creates stress. It is a natural fact of life for everyone. Anything that happens in your life has the potential for being stressful. Those things are called stressors. It is not the event of the stressor that produces the feelings of distress, but how you react to the stressor. In life 10% is what happens to you and 90% is your reaction to it. How we think determines the way we process stress. Our thinking styles govern the behaviours or strategies we use to cope with stressors. In turn, the resulting levels of stress influence our well-being and our physical and emotional states.

Contrary to popular belief, there are two kinds of stress:

DISTRESS is the kind that results in bad feelings. Distress results in strain and wear and tear on the mind and body.

EUSTRESS is the positive type of stress: enhancement, exhilaration and excitement. Eustress leads to growth and satisfaction.

How we think about an event or a stressor will determine whether we experience eustress or distress.

N/B: In life 10% is what happens to you and 90% is your reaction to it.

WHAT CAUSES DISTRESS?

Consider the experiences you have over the past two years. These life events could have been a child leaving home, transferring to a new area, trouble in a relationship, or a change at work or business or redundancy. The greater the number of life events, the greater the potential that you may experience stress. The frequency of these events, however, may not in themselves produce stress. How you think about the events and what you do as a result of that thought is more important. For example, a redundancy or a transfer from one’s state of origin may bring about an abnormal fear of failure (distress), but for someone else it is viewed as an opportunity to achieve something new (eustress). The thought patterns in our heads have a great deal to do with the kind and level of stress we will experience.

Pinpointing Symptoms of Stress: Do this activity to establish the level of your stress (tick Yes or No)

YES    NO

I used to be good at taking decisions but I am now finding it

rather difficult

I used to be good at taking decisions but I am now

finding it rather difficult

I find it difficult to concentrate

I find it difficult to think straight

I keep forgetting things

I keep getting negative or irrational thoughts

I experience palpitation

I have spells of dizziness I get frequent headaches

I have a ringing tone in my ears

My breathing is shallow

My eyes get tired and sore

I perspire a lot

I feel tired most of the time

I keep bursting into tears

I have lost my self-confidence

I suffer mood swings

I feel drained

My self-esteem is low 1 keep getting angry

I feel apprehensive

I feel unhappy

I feel as if something terrible is going to happen

I feel frightened

I feel helpless I feel hopeless

I feel depressed

I feel nervous

I feel anxious

I find it impossible to relax

I choke on my drink often

My time management is poor

I have lost interest in sex I have become obsessive

I talk non-stop

I loose the thread of what I am saying

Habits, Health & Happiness

Interpreting your scores

Check your YES scores.

The higher your number of YES scores, the more you may be putting yourself at risk of stress related illness. If you have answered YES to all the questions, this indicates a very high level of over stimulation; you need to take immediate action to avoid the risk of over stimulation and burn out syndrome. Look carefully at your YES scores and consider what you can do to achieve a more balanced lifestyle.

Check your No scores

NO scores indicate an easy going personality, if your NO scores are high, you are unlikely to be at risk of stress. However, a high NO score could possibly indicate under stimulation or procrastination, so beware.

Consider carefully both your YES and NO scores in order to achieve a more balanced lifestyle. Follow these tips:

  • Lighten up, you only live once
    • Live, love, let go and be happy
    • Accept that everyone makes mistakes including yourself
    • Listen to other people’s opinion and views
    • Improve yourself esteem by praising other people and yourself too
    • Trust other people and delegate
    • Slow down, give yourself a break before you break down
    • Stop setting yourself rigid and unrealistic goals
    • Nurture yourself, take life as it comes
    • Learn the value of relaxing and having fun instead of always struggling
    • Chill out

30 minutes walk a day keeps the doctor away

Don’t get left out, exercise yourself into good health.

It is difficult for most of us to be active enough these days. In earlier generations, physical exercise was a part of normal everyday life.

Now for many of us it is all too easy to jump in a car rather than walk or we simply seem to be just too busy to exercise.

Health experts advise that regular exercise such as brisk walk or some sort of mild indoor activities can improve our health and keep the Doctor away.

So what are the benefits of being more active?

  • More energy
  • More stamina
  • More happiness
  • A lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke
  • Reduced risk of cancer of the bowel
  • Greater self confidence
  • Relief from stress and depression
  • A better shape and appearance
  • Stronger muscles
  • A lower risk of osteoporosis (thinning of bones)
  • Lower blood pressure
  • A higher level of the ‘good cholesterol’ (HDL Cholesterol)

In fact, moderate exercise such as tennis, dancing, squash, golf or a brisk walk for 30 minutes, five days a week, can reduce your chances of developing coronary heart disease.

If you are unlucky enough to have a heart attack, if you have kept yourself fit you are twice as likely to survive. Look after your health now to enjoy life longer.

The health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is golden-hued vinegar made from apple cider. In order to be converted to its vinegar counterpart, apple cider undergoes a double fermentation process. The process starts by adding yeast and beneficial bacteria to the liquid from apples, which turns the sugar within to alcohol. In the second fermentation process, acetobacter, or acetic acid-forming bacteria, is added to turn the alcohol to vinegar. Organic and unpasteurized ACV, which is the most beneficial, contains traces of the “mother of vinegar”, a substance composed of cellulose and acetic acid that appears as a web-like sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The vinegar ‘mother’ contains all the good stuff, like enzymes and probiotics.

Other benefits of apple cider vinegar include, being rich in enzymes and potassium, it supports a healthy immune system, it helps weight control, it promotes digestion and pH balance, it helps maintain healthy skin. I reduces cholesterol and also reduces sugar levels.