can keto help reverse high blood pressure

High blood pressure can be very dangerous. I’m sure you know at least one person with high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for a handful of serious conditions related to your heart, brain, and kidneys.¬†Heart failure, Heart attack, stroke, Cardio Vascular disease and even Chronic Kidney Disease are all problems related to high blood pressure.

How Do I Get High Blood Pressure?

Some of the most common causes of high blood pressure are

  1. Too much sodium – Too much added on the plate to a SAD (Standard American Diet) is a recipe for high BP
  2. Stress – It’s true that stress can kill you!
  3. High Insulin or Insulin Resistance (remember yesterday’s post!?)
  4. High levels of fructose consumption
  5. Nicotine
  6. Medications – there are plenty of medications that list high BP as a side effect. Sadly, most don’t question it.

My High Blood Pressure Story

During my pregnancy with my son I had preeclampsia. Because of that, I was induced a week and a half early. My blood pressure was so high the Dr thought I was going to have a stroke. I gave birth and was in ICU for a few days. My pressure did not come back down on it’s own. I was put on a few different pills for it and told to watch my salt intake. I stayed on those pills for about a year and then was weaned off them.

Fast forward about 15 years. I was at a normal routine checkup. My blood pressure was again getting high. I was also retaining fluids in my feet and ankles. Especially in the summer when it was hot. I was put on 2 different medications and a water pill for the fluid. I was now occasionally squeaking in just under the normal blood pressure range, but more often than not, I was falling under the elevated and or Stage 1 ranges. Still, all I was being told was to watch my salt intake. I purchased a cuff and downloaded an app so I can keep track on my own.

Photo from the American Heart Association

Why Do I Stay Keto?

I started my keto journey three years ago with the intention of losing weight. Lowering my blood pressure wasn’t even a thought. I didn’t even know that was a possibility. My only goal was to lose weight. About a year into the process I started noting all of the other benefits from eating a ketogenic diet. My inflammation was gone. I noticed that my lymphadema didn’t act up as much. My neuropathy was lessening. And I’ll be darned, my blood pressure was lowering.

I found that in the summer my feet weren’t swelling up. That was my first clue. I was only to take that pill on an “as needed” basis, so I stopped taking that pill. I made sure to monitor my BP daily. It was staying low. I ran out of pills and had to go for a check up a week later, so I didn’t bother to refill them (not that I advise doing that!) I discussed it with my Dr. My 50 pound weight loss was noted and I was given the ok to discontinue my BP medication on the condition that I continue to monitor it myself at home. To sum it up, one year after starting keto, and 50 pounds later, I no longer had high blood pressure.

Is Salt Bad?

I think one of the main reasons I LOVE eating keto is because of the salt. A ketogenic diet cuts out ALL processed foods. The foods I eat are real foods, that have not been infused with salt to help extend their shelf life. so I can really can be liberal with it. I LIKE SALT! For me, that was a win/win!

I am almost three years from when I changed the way I eat. This is the app I use to keep track of my blood pressure/heart rate.

As you can see, I check my pressure about every other week. It’s pretty consistent. Being off my medication is awesome! My main goal now is to keep the weight off. In addition, a new goal is to stay off pills for as long as I can!

How Can You Reduce Your Blood Pressure Naturally?

Like I said above, cutting carbs and processed foods will help to reduce inflammation and sodium naturally. A study done back in 2010 to see if eating low carb or a new diet pill produced better results. One of the results they found was that the low carb group reduced their blood pressure readings. Interesting, right?

How Can I Get Started?

Send me an email. It’s that simple. A new eight week class starts the first Monday of each month. Let’s have a conversation to see if keto is right for you!

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