High blood pressure
What are the the benefits of using a sauna for high blood pressure? We will find out but first let’s take a deep look at what blood pressure is.
What is high blood pressure?
High blood pressure which is also popularly called hypertension is a common disorder that is usually a risk for heart disease.
The normal blood pressure for most people over the age of 18 hovers around 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of Mercury).
When your heart beats, the blood vessels leading to your heart contract and relax continuously. The numbers measured when your blood pressure is taken correspond to these events.
The first number (120) is referred to as systolic pressure which refers to the pressure in your blood vessels when they contract during a heartbeat. The second number is called diastolic pressure (80) and this corresponds to the pressure in your blood vessels when they relax during a heartbeat.
Blood pressure is considered high when it is over 130/80. A blood pressure above this rate is always a cause for concern and a risk for heart disease.
What causes high blood pressure?
High blood pressure can happen for a number of reasons.
Some of these causes and risk factors include:
- Continuing to eat foods that are high in saturated fats and sodium.
- Obstructed blood vessels due to the deposition of fat can also lead to high blood pressure
- Pregnancy- some pregnant women will develop high blood pressure especially in their third trimester. This should always be reported to a doctor and treated. Untreated high blood pressure in pregnant women can lead to a type of seizure called eclampsia which can be fatal.
- If people in your family have a history of high blood pressure, there is a likelihood you can develop it too.
- The older you are, the more likely you are to develop high blood pressure. As we age, we lose some elasticity in our blood vessels. This sets up for a situation where high blood pressure is a problem.
- Up until age 64, males tend to be more prone to high blood pressure than women. After age 65 however, high blood pressure occurs more frequently in women than in men.
- Chronic kidney disease can also lead to high blood pressure. Continued, unmanaged high blood pressure can further make chronic kidney disease worse.
- Stress can cause high blood pressure if it is not dealt with.
- Pre-existing diabetes can also lead to high blood pressure.
- Excess alcohol consumption.
- Smoking and tobacco use.
- Lack of physical activity.
The thing that makes high blood pressure a concerning problem is that there are usually no symptoms.
Because of this, high blood pressure is called the “silent killer”.
This is another reason why treating high blood pressure should be a priority for you the moment you’re diagnosed with it.
How is it treated?
As you may have noticed, high blood pressure can happen for a number of reasons.
Usually, the treatment of high blood pressure is related to the causative factor.
While things like genetics, age and gender cannot be modified when it comes to high blood pressure, there are lifestyle changes that can be made to effectively manage high blood pressure.
- Eat a balanced diet that contains all the nutrients your body needs to function
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times per week.
- Quit smoking tobacco.
- Eliminate foods that are high in sodium (salt) from your diet.
Making these lifestyle choices will make a tremendous difference in helping you to manage high blood pressure.
There are also a number of medications on the market that help with controlling blood pressure.
And while, we will not tell you to stop taking your meds, it is a well-known fact that a lot of pharmaceutical products have severe side effects.
And so sometimes it becomes a trial and error experiment as your doctor tries to determine which drug will work best for you while limiting the number of side effects you experience.
This is why healing your body naturally is so important.
A natural alternative: Using an infrared sauna for high blood pressure
Medical studies have shown that infrared saunas are helpful in treating heart problems including high blood pressure.
Another benefit to using an infrared sauna is that a sitting in one for just 20-minutes causes reactions that are similar to those caused by moderate exercise. This is beneficial as a lack of physical activity is one of the risk factors for high blood pressure.
The heat generated by an infrared sauna also relaxes and opens up blood vessels.
This allows for more effective blood flow which can lower blood pressure.
Stress, a causative factor when it comes to high blood pressure, can also be reduced by enjoying a 20-30 minute session in an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas.
Infrared saunas run at significantly lower temperatures than traditional hot rock saunas. And so if you cannot tolerate the high heat of a regular sauna, an infrared sauna is the perfect match for you.
You have nothing to lose when it comes to using an infrared sauna for managing your high blood pressure.
For heart issues, we always that you talk to your doctor before committing to using infrared sauna therapy.