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Can a Ketogenic/Low Carb Diet help with High Blood Pressure?

If you're struggling with high blood pressure, then it's important to get to the root cause of it. Being overweight is one cause but, it isn't the only cause. Insulin resistance can lead to high blood pressure too. And all this is caused by our Standard American Diet, also known as SAD. This includes high sugar, high grain even the so called "complex carbs" & processed foods. Over consumption of carbs.

Manage your blood pressure by making changes in your lifestyle. The Ketogenic/low carb diet, known for its low-carb has been associated with several health benefits, including significant improvements in blood pressure. Research suggests that following a Keto diet or Low-Carb diet can lead to weight loss and therefore help reduce high blood pressure in overweight individuals. Several good studies found that on a keto/low carb diet there was a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. So it comes to reason that high blood pressure, high insulin & uncontrolled blood sugar go hand in hand according to Maria Emmerich in her blog says: As your insulin level increases, so does your blood pressure. Insulin stores magnesium, but if your insulin receptors are blunted and your cells grow resistant to insulin, you can’t store magnesium so it passes out of your body through urination. Magnesium in your cells relaxes muscles. If your magnesium level is too low, your blood vessels will constrict rather than relax, which will raise your blood pressure and decrease your energy level. Most American’s are very deficient in Magnesium. So following a keto/low carb diet along with some supplementations can greatly taking 400 mg of magnesium glycinate in the morning, and at night before bed, among others. Note: If you're on BP meds supplements are still safe to take. If you want a list of what other great recommendations please email me.

If you're considering a low carb or Keto diet to help manage your blood pressure, it is vital for you to consult with your doctor, especially if you're on high blood pressure meds. Individual responses vary greatly. What's been found is that this diet can lower your blood pressure and therefore with the meds can lower it too much. So take your readings daily to see your progress and let your healthcare professional know. Take 2 readings per day... one in the morning, 1 hour after you get up when you're calm & relaxed and in the evening while you're calm & relaxed. Do not take a reading when you're feeling tired and agitated. If you start feeling dizzy or light headed & you feel like you might's just that your new way of eating is working and it might be time to lower your meds. Call the Dr and let him know of your new way of eating to reduce the meds. Diet & life style change is the key, but it takes time and consistency. It's important to understand the role of nutrition for our so many of our maladies. Nutrients are essential. Remember, the journey to optimal health is highly personal, and what works well for one individual may not be the right fit for another. It's about finding what resonates with your body and your health goals. I encourage you to listen to your body and to continue seeking information and support that empowers you to make informed decisions about your health.

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