A common problem that’s gradually becoming a worldwide concern is hypertension. Hypertension, sometimes, abbreviated as HTN or HT, and also know as high blood pressure (HBP) is a medical condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls becomes too high and persistently elevated.
Although, HBP often doesn’t have symptoms, but it can trigger serious health concerns and cardiac problems in patients including heart disease and stroke.
Over the years, the medical boards of various countries have studied the behavior of the heart with respect to both conventionally produced food and organically grown food. Organic foods and products have been claimed to be safer for the heart.
Eating a healthier diet with less salt, exercising regularly and taking medication can help lower blood pressure. No wonder why doctors always encourage patients towards building a healthy routine and lifestyle.
What is hypertension in clinical language?
When the heart pumps the blood into the aorta, the largest artery in the body, a tension is developed against the gravity. This tension is the force with which the blood is pumped against the artery walls and hence, can be felt against the blood vessels.
The normal pressure limit is 120/80 mm of Hg i.e. the systolic pressure is equivalent to 120 mm of Hg while the diastolic pressure is equivalent to 80 mm of Hg. Under strenuous conditions, if both the pressure increases beyond the threshold, the condition is termed as hypertension.
Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.
What are the main causes of hypertension?
- Obesity – Increased fat deposition around inner radial muscles of the arteries reduces the lumen size. As a result, more pressure is required to push the blood against the artery, thereby increasing the blood pressure.
- Stress – When a person is under mental stress, his body works fast and in an urgent manner to supply oxygen to the brain cells. As a result, the heart needs to work more as compared to the normal rate, thus increasing the pressure. Prolonged cases of stress and depression cause long time hypertension.
- Genetics – High Blood Pressure can be caused by genetic reasons as well. However, the main reason for this is still unknown.
- Bad Food Habits – Living on oily foods for too long can cause an abrupt rise in the levels of lipids like cholesterol, LDL, and even the triglycerides. The elevated levels cause blood pressure to increase.
- Alcohol & Smoking – Both Smoking and Alcohol Consumption can cause an elevation in the blood pressure levels.
Can Kratom supplements help?
Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family that is native to Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries. Kratom leaves or extracts from its leaves, have been used as a stimulant and a sedative.
The reports suggest that the alkaloids present in this plant help in lowering the blood pressure by selectively acting on most of the causes of hypertension like obesity, increased levels of lipid profile and so on.
Though no medical proof is there which can explain why Kratom acts as a stimulant lowering blood pressure, people who have taken the dosage on regular basis have reported to witness a reduction in the blood pressure levels after a certain time.
Due to lack of clinical trials to understand the health effects of Kratom, it hasn’t been approved yet for safe medical use.
Kratom products and strains are available on The Golden Monk.
While Kratom overdose is rare, it can cause adverse side effects when combined with alcohol or other drugs. The effects of Kratom on the body are still widely unknown, which makes this drug potentially dangerous.
Please make sure to have your blood pressure checked regularly and if any unwanted spike is observed, consult a doctor.