Robert Elias Najemy
Some of the Causes of High Blood Pressure
Before analyzing some of the effective solutions for high blood
pressure, we must first look at some of the possible causes of
this problem. According to modern medicine some of the basic
causes of high blood pressure are:
1. MALFUNCTIONING OF THE KIDNEYS may in various ways disturb the
proper balance of water in the body. The kidneys determine the
electrolyte balance in the liquids of the body, and thus will
affect how much water will be retained in the body and how much
will be expelled from the body. If the kidneys have heredity
weaknesses, or are tired, or imbalanced because of life factors,
then too much liquid may accumulate in the body increasing the
blood pressure. One factor may be inefficient salt excretion. On
the other hand, the kidneys may simply be very tired and
overworked because of a heavily toxic diet with large overdoses
of SODIUM. A direct relationship between the intake of high
sodium foods and high blood pressure has been established.
It seems also that the kidney is responsible for producing
various chemical substances, which in a certain way control the
blood pressure and the tension of the walls of the arteries and
veins in the circulatory system. Well-functioning kidneys are
essential for control of proper blood pressure.
2. MALFUNCTIONING OF THE ADRENAL GLANDS may also be the root
cause of disturbances in the blood pressure. Disturbances in the
pituitary gland and hypothalamus can affect the functioning of
the adrenals in a negative way, creating high or low blood
pressure. In general, any malfunctioning of the endocrine system
may result in blood pressure problems. It is also likely that
this disharmony in the endocrine system may in turn be the
result of emotional or mental stress, or unhealthy living
3. THE NERVOUS SYSTEM may give messages of contraction to the
arteries and veins causing the pressure to rise as the volume of
the circulatory system is decreased. The reasons why the nervous
system may do this may be different in each person, but in most
cases they are psychosomatic.
4. OUR DIET affects our blood pressure. It is logical to believe
that the substances of which the blood is constituted will
affect the amount of liquid held in the blood and the tension of
the walls of the blood vessels. This is especially true in cases
where toxic waste products tend to accumulate on the walls of
the blood vessels, destroying their flexibility and narrowing
the opening and thus the volume of the vessels. The pressure in
these vessels increases.
5. OUR ENVIRONMENT creates various stress conditions, which may
force our bodies to react with a rise in blood pressure. The
pressures we feel at work, at home, in the society are
transferred through the endocrine and nervous system into a
tension and pressure within our body.
6. OUR WAY OF REACTING TO LIFE will play perhaps the most
important part of all. An individual who feels secure, relaxed
and self-confident in the face of responsibilities and stressful
situations will obviously be able to maintain a normal healthy
condition, independent of the external pressures. It has been
shown in thousands of cases of people who had high blood
pressure that when they learned how to relax they were able to
keep the problem under control often without the use of medical
7. There are OTHER CAUSES, which we have not mentioned here.
SOME NATURAL SOLUTIONS
Now let us examine some possible measures we can take in order
to overcome the problem of high blood pressure. Those with
serious health problems would do well to consult their doctors
before employing any of the following.
1. Purification of the Blood Stream. If the problem of high
blood pressure seems to be accentuated by a toxic condition in
the body and the blood stream, then we can improve the situation
by cleaning up the inner part of the body. This inner cleansing
can be made in the following way:
a. Avoid salt, animal proteins, animal fats, cheese, butter and
all canned vegetables or any substances which have sodium salts
added as preservatives or for taste.
b. Avoid all stimulants such as black tea, coffee, cigarettes,
alcohol, salt, mustard, black and white pepper, ginger, nutmeg
and other spices.
c. Eat plenty of high potassium foods such as fruits,
vegetables, grains and beans. Especially green leafy vegetables.
d. Occasional juice and vegetable broth fasts under the guidance
of a doctor will help to change the blood chemistry; detoxify
the kidneys, blood vessels and other organs and restore a
natural healthy condition in the body.
e. The use of garlic and onions can tend to open up and clean
the arteries. One may take them in fresh form or in capsules.
Some naturopathic doctors also suggest lecithin and vitamin C
for helping to restore healthy blood vessels.
f. Eating only watermelon for one week during the summer when it
is in season can help purify and rejuvenate the kidneys.
2. The Restoration of the Proper Functioning of the Kidneys and
We may stimulate the kidneys and adrenal glands into more
harmonious functioning in some of the following ways:
a. Various physical exercises which tonify these organs. These
can be learned from a well-trained Yoga teacher.
b. Through Reflexology Massage on the points corresponding to
the kidneys and adrenal glands on the soles of the feet we can
effectively rejuvenate and harmonize these glands.
3. Regular Relaxation of the Nervous System Through Various
We can relax and strengthen the nervous system so that it is
more resistant to stress and effort in our daily life in the
a. Deep relaxation techniques in which we can learn to
consciously relax the muscles and nerves and thus the walls of
the blood vessels. While in this deeply relaxed state, we can
imagine light and healing energy flowing into the heart,
adrenals, kidneys and head area.
b. Exercises and breathing techniques can be used on a regular
basis to release muscular and emotional tension from the body
c. Certain phonetic vibrations such as «OOOO» and «MMMM» have a
calming and balancing effect on the body and mind.
d. Regular meditation has proven to be extremely effective in
overcoming high blood pressure.
Details about the above-mentioned techniques can be learned from
competent yoga teachers.
4. Change of Attitude Towards Life
Our attitudes towards life; our attachments, aversions, fears
and ways of reacting to life can create a great deal of
unnecessary tension in our lives. When the cause of high blood
pressure is psychosomatic, it is obviously necessary to analyze
and overcome these emotional factors which are contributing to
the problem. Otherwise a total control of the situation will be
impossible even if we perfectly employ the other physically
We can begin to analyze the factors in our lives, which are
causing us to react with stress or worry and gradually become
freer from these ways of reacting. We would do well to approach
life in a more relaxed way, with self-confidence and peace of
mind. We can gradually work towards this state of mind through
working with various systems of self-analysis and
self-transformation, which are available today.
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