High Blood Pressure


High blood pressure is a common concern as we begin to age. The term ‘silent killer’ describes high blood pressure well because unless you know what the symptoms of high blood pressure are, you would not necessarily know that you actually have high blood pressure. Medically high blood pressure is known as hypertension and it is a serious concern which leads to thousands of deaths every year from heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Yet most of us do not get our blood pressure monitored frequently until the disease sets in or worse when a complication arises.

Understanding you blood pressure readings

Knowing your blood pressure reading is important regardless of how you feel physically and this should be carried out frequently in order to ascertain whether you suffer from this or not. Blood pressure is simply the force of your blood flow pounding against the arteries. The higher the pressure, the greater the chance of damaging the arteries leading to complications. Read More…

Protect Your Heart With D-Ribose Powder


Our body requires a compound called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in order to fuel itself and carry out each and every process including digestion, respiration, excretion and regeneration of tissues. ATP is found in every single cell of the body and if you want to boost your energy levels then you need to get your ATP levels up. The problem is that getting ATP levels up is not an easy task and several key nutrients play a role in the manufacture of ATP and various factors reduce ATP including the ageing process and stress.

One of the key building blocks to ATP is a rare sugar molecule called D-Ribose. Every cell in the body makes D-Ribose, but only slowly and in varying amounts depending upon the tissue concerned. The liver and the adrenals under normal circumstances produce sufficient D-Ribose to carry out their function of making compounds required for hormone production. Most other tissues, including the heart, do not produce sufficient D-Ribose and require it from food sources such as red meat, which contains the greatest amount of D-Ribose, although not significant enough to make a difference to those who suffer from chronic fatigue, stressed individuals or those with cardiovascular concerns. Read More…

Blood Pressure: Why we all need the lowdown


Q: How do I know if I have high blood pressure? I am 45 and healthy, if a bit overweight. If it’s high, what happens next?

A: When your heart beats, it pumps blood round the body carrying nutrients and oxygen. As the blood moves, it pushes against the walls of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure (BP ). High BP puts extra strain on your arteries and heart, which is a major cause of heart attacks and the key cause of strokes. ‘But it’s easy to treat and treatment saves lives,’ according to Professor Gareth Beevers from Blood Pressure UK.

The only way to know if you have high BP is to have it measured because there are no symptoms until a late stage. Adults should have a BP check at least every five years. Go to your GP, or, during Know Your Numbers week, which starts tomorrow, Blood Pressure UK is offering screening in supermarkets, shops and public buildings nationwide; visit bloodpressureuk.org for locations. (Anyone with risk factors or existing hypertension should have more frequent checks.)

A BP reading consists of two numbers, eg, 120/80. The first number is systolic BP , which is the highest level your BP reaches when your heart beats. The second is diastolic BP, the lowest level it reaches as your heart relaxes between beats. Read More…

How To Know Which Yoga Is Right For You


Q: I would like to do yoga but I’m worried about recent reports that it can be harmful. I have an intermittently dodgy back and am 43. Is it safe for me to do?

A: Yoga is a 5,000-year-old system of postures, breathing and meditation. Like 30 million people worldwide, I’m a huge fan both for its general mind and body benefits and because iyengar yoga [iyengaryoga.org.uk] helped my badly fractured left arm recover strength and suppleness to an extent that astonished the surgeon.

All sports can be harmful if you have a medical condition. ‘Yoga is no different,’ says Josephine Fairley, author of Yoga for Life (Kyle Books, £16.99). ‘But most yoga classes are very hands-on, which means that you will be closely observed and helped by the teacher. Always share details of injuries or conditions that may affect your ability to do certain postures. However, it is always sensible to consult your doctor first.’ Read More…

Even Moderately High Blood Pressure Can Lead To A Magnitude of Complications


Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the most common diseases in the Western World. Often termed the silent killer, symptoms are not usually noticeable except for a dizzy feeling or a slight headache. Hypertension is the reason for tens of thousands of deaths every year due to heart attack, stroke and kidney complications. According to the latest research, even a small increase in blood pressure on an ongoing basis can have serious consequences on our bodies and yet many of us are often not aware of this or simply choose not to have our blood pressure monitored regularly until the disease has set in or when complications arise.

What is hypertension?

The normal reading for blood pressure is 120/80mmHg. The definition of hypertension is when the blood pressure readings are consistently above 140/90mmHg. This is the basic rule for determining whether the reading is high or normal, but in its most basic sense, a reading is considered high when the numbers mentioned above are exceeded consistently. Read More…