In my post on March 8, 2013, I shared with you a holistic approach that I use to lower my blood pressure naturally when it’s too high, a warm water drink with Garlic/Honey/Apple Cider Vinegar (G/H/ACV). Since I went to the ER on February 21, 2013, I saw my doctor the following Thursday, on the 27th. The only change he made in my medication is that he added a water pill, Edecrin 25 mg. This has worked exceptionally well along with walking 30 minutes a day and eating healthy, such as free range chicken and organic vegetables, and drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day to remain hydrated. My doctor also stressed the importance of not using any salt on my food so I have been cooking without it and not adding it to any food on my plate.
On February 28, 2013, the day after I saw my doctor, my blood pressure rose to 185/100 so I took one Clonidine HCL pill to bring it down, but my blood pressure continued to go up to 217/121. I called 911 and the EMTs came, but by the time they arrived and checked my pressure, it came down to 140/90. My doctor told me that when my blood pressure got to 175 that is the time I need to take a Clonidine. After this, I made up my mind that I would have G/H/ACV drink before it got to 175. That is the last time my pressure went up that high. The next day, it went up to 168/100 so I made the G/H/ACV warm water and I drank it down. Within half an hour, it came down to 145/80. The next several days after, my blood pressure ranged from 148/85, 136/79, 143/69 to 128/67. During this time, I stayed focused on exercise by walking 30 minutes a day, healthy eating, and ensured my thinking is right in keeping with my desired outcome of lowering my blood pressure with natural, holistic approaches. As a result, it has been consistent in ranging from 123/85, 124/78, 106/58, 102/54 and continues in these optimal ranges.
During the visit to my doctor, the nurse weighed me. I’m 5 feet tall and I weighed 191. With the help of the water pill, walking and eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and no salt I weighed 181.3 today. Losing weight is another reason why I believe my blood pressure has come down so dramatically in such a short time. Edecrin has helped with the weight loss too along with these approaches. It’s a water pill for people who are allergic to other water pills such as Hydrochlorothiazide, which I am allergic. Based on changes in my weight, how much swelling (edema) I have, and my lab test results, my doctor will adjust the dose. Some people may take this medication every other day or occasionally when needed. I hope that I will be able to stop taking it with the holistic strides that I’m making.
Friday I went to a local lab to have urine and blood tests taken. I will find out the results of the tests when I see my doctor again on March 25th. I’m looking forward to some good results and will post the outcomes of my visit with him on this blog.
By focusing and aligning my energy with these holistic approaches, I believe they have made a tremendous difference in lowering my blood pressure naturally. What kinds of lifestyles changes have you made that are the most helpful to you? What did you try that didn’t work? What suggestions do you have for someone who is struggling with lowering their blood pressure?