Blood Pressure - Anyone care to comment........
on your experience with high blood pressure while eating raw foods? Did raw food contribute to lowering your blood pressure? I would appreciate as much feedback on this as possible. Thank you muchly!
Mine went down, haven't checked to see if it was a safe number but I feel good. Honestly I can't remember urghgth I think it was 120/80 and now it reads 110/60 or something like that.. Sorry I need to check it again.
Oh yeah, mine was never really "bad" per se, but it definitely improved.
Mine has always been low yet, my consideration would be, not so much whether the food is cooked or raw but if you're adding salt to your food program, especially table salt.
Having said that, with raw, everything gets a good cleaning, scraping, cleansing; blood flows better AND, you don't need salt to flavor your food as it's so rich and vital, full of nutrients and flavor because you've not killed it.
islegirl, YES, YES, YES! The first time I went raw (over 4 years ago) was because of weight (198lbs) and high blood pressure, etc., etc. My normal pressure at that time was in the 130/140's with spikes up to 184! My resting pulse was in the 80/90's. I bought a digital blood pressure moniter and started tracking my pressure. I still use it at least once a week.
My current reading when I'm active is 120/85. At rest my reading is 110/80, or less. As my weight drops from my present 190 lbs, I'm sure my numbers will continue to improve.
Four years ago (when I was 50 years old), I weighed 150lbs after a year of raw. My blood pressure was hanging around 105/68, with my resting pulsing at 58. My best EVER!
Blood pressure wasn't the only thing to improve during my year long raw experience. Everything improved.
Cholesterol: 291 (LDL 183/HDL 58) to 181 (LDL 99/HDL 68)
Triglycerides (Fat): 250 to 69
Liver Function: High to Normal
CRP Level (Inflammation): very high 4.9 to 0.
Are you still experiencing a lot of pain? CRP level could be very important to you. Inflammation has a lot to do with body aches/pains and risk of disease.
islegirl, I know your for looking incentive to stay on living foods. The "glow", weight adjustment and increased energy are all good reasons, but seem a bit intangible. These numbers are the hard facts of what raw can do for us. I want those numbers back! Let's you and I make this happen together! This could be our best year yet!
As always, can't thank you enough!
RawKnitster, this is just the sort of answer I was hoping for. You are always there for me when I most need the help. Your numbers give me just the reassurance I am looking for. Yes, I can do this and I am so much more convinced that this is the way to go. I am tired of vascillating back and forth between low-carb and raw. Have you always been able to have a fair amount of fruit while eating raw? I'm sorry but I can't remember your experience with this from your Blog. Oh - now I am so excited about doing this again! I will get back to you about the pain in your blog or mine when I have some time.
docsharp, Revvell and Veganforlife: Thanks for your encouraging comments also. I truly want this to be the answer for me and will keep going.
Last edited by islesgirl; 10-06-2008 at 01:12 PM.
Yep, raw helped immensely with bp and chf. Although I am still on a (now) small dose of channel blocker, I've been off the ace inhibitor and diuretics for quite some time now. ~ Cathy
Originally Posted by islesgirl
Raw foods are definitly postive for your health & body and I think anything postive like this should certaintly improve blood pressure.
I also read a book recently by a Dr. F Batmanghelidj called " your body's many cries for water ". It contains a chapter on Blood Pressure which I found interesting. Might be worth a read.
My bp dropped enough in the first year of raw that I was able to discontinue one of my 3 meds. I'm hoping to lose the other two when I go for my next check up next spring. I have a home monitor, and I think it's coming down, tho' it's a little hard to tell as my home monitor reads about 10 pts. lower than the nurse's at work.
12-27-06 began RAW - 172 lbs.
3-27-07: 142 lbs.
7-27-07: 135 lbs.
CW: 145 lbs.
Blazin'Jane, thanks for sharing your positive experience. Very encouraging.
cavany I will definitely look up the book in the library and read that chapter. Thank you very much for your input.
lafsalot, I'm glad that raw has helped you so much. I would like to think that it could only bring my pressure down too. It is scary. It was 156/96 yesterday and I hear ringing in my ears often.
This fella documents in great detail his 30 day raw food journey and lists his pressure changes. This might be just what you're looking for:
Originally Posted by islesgirl
clearblue, thank you very much. I will definitely check it out.
Hey, if you need proof, just watch Raw for 30 Days, its a DVD where 10 or so diabetics went raw, lost weight, got off insulin within 2 weeks, and got normal BP readings.
I believe that your blood pressure did go down to 100/66, or something like that. That's what mine was after I had been on this diet for two months!
I just wrote a blog about how I used raw cucumber juice to help control my mum's erratic blood pressure (BP). We've been monitoring and trying to reduce her escalating BP for about a year now.
Read about it at http://eatrawfoodtoday.blogspot.com/...-pressure.html
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