Preventing Hypertension

Hypertension, also know as High Blood Pressure(BP) has become one of the most pressing health issues especially in developed countries. Although there are several forms of treatment available, hypertension cannot be totally cured. As the old saying goes “Prevention is better than cure”, therefore, Jin’s Health tips would like to share with you ways on preventing high blood pressure.

Let me first give you a brief description on what is hypertension. Hypertension is the increase in BP of the arteries. This increase in BP opens up the Pandora’s box of many other health problems such as atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, dementia, ischemic attack, kidney failure and even loss of vision.

Classification Systolic pressure Diastolic pressure:
mmHg kPa mmHg kPa
Normal: 90-119 12-15.9 60-79 8.0-10.5

Prehypertension: 120-139 16.0-18.5 80-89 10.7-11.9
Stage 1 140-159 18.7-21.2 90-99 12.0-13.2
Stage 2 ≥160 ≥21.3 ≥100 ≥13.3
Isolated systolic:
hypertension: ≥140 ≥18.7 <90 <12.0

Source: American Heart Association (2003).[5]
This is a guide as to which category does your BP falls under.

Symptoms:
If you exhibit the following symptoms, please consult your doctor to check if you have hypertension:

– Chest pain
– Breathing problems
– Dizziness
– Irregular heartbeat
– Blood in urine
– Problems with vision
– Vomiting

How to Prevent Hypertension:

– Regular exercise
– Reduce dietary sugar
– Reduce dietary salt
– Refrain from smoking
– Reduce stress
– Abstain from alcohol

Health Tips For Living A Healthy Diet

Indeed we have now gone beyond the first quarter of the year. Have you managed to maintain those New Year’s resolutions regarding your intentions for a healthy diet and lifestyle? For many people staying on the white line that’s consistent with attempts to keep up their intentions/promises of a healthy diet and lifestyle can be difficult.

The first thing to acknowledge here is that we are not perfect and prone to make mistakes then it’s up to us all to recreate our intentions… and remember nobody at least not that I know achieves perfect health. The trick is to realize that it’s ongoing so keep yourself fired up and inspired on how you can maintain that healthy diet and lifestyle!

-Responsibility is the key and caring for yourself by bringing thoughts and deeds into action. Keep educating yourself on this lifelong process while learning to discern is another key. So, here are my 11 major health tips for a living a healthy diet and lifestyle. I would strongly recommend putting these tips in your health strategies.

1. Eat plenty of raw food

A raw food diet allows you to get the full nutritional benefit in your food. Food like this doesn’t get the vitamins and enzymes denatured (misshapen) through irradiation, heat or freezing and is therefore able to take part effectively in the body’s metabolism…

2. Avoid eating too much at once

Eating in moderate amounts throughout the day allows you to keep your insulin levels normalized. Fasting intermittently also helps with insulin levels. Both situations can contribute to also maintaining or losing weight because of insulin normalization.

3. Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy fats

Don’t fall for the marketing hype; you need good quality fats as part of an essential diet. For example, contrary to what’s been said saturated fats are good for you. An excellent example of a good healthy saturated fat is coconut oil with multiple health benefits.

4. Choose organic

Organic food doesn’t have chemicals laden as in the non-organic option. It is GMO free and has higher nutritional value…

5. Avoid GMO’s

GMO foods have potential harmful effects from their ‘toxic genes,’ contain a number of chemicals used as herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and fertilizers… which can not only compromise the nutrition value but also cause potential harm.

Some GMO fruits have been known to contain 30 times more fructose than organic.

6. Alkalize you body

Eat foods that contribute to raising you body’s pH for the healthier option.

7. Avoid junk foods

With their next-to-nothing (or nothing at all) nutrition value these toxic sugar laden, high salt foods have the effect of causing a whole range of health problems. Learn to discern this.

8. Drink plenty of good clean filtered or natural water

Having a plentiful supply of water for the body provides numerous health benefits.

9. Aim to get around 15-30 minutes direct sunlight a day

If not available say in winter times then try supplementing with vitamin D3 tablets. Around 5000 IU’s a day will suffice…

10. Exercise around 15-20 minutes a day

There is some excellent information to be found online explaining the health benefits of exercise and why it is needed.

11. Have a generally upbeat/up happy attitude in life

Remember thoughts, feeling and emotions… your attitude in life manifest reality. Keep a close monitor on how you see life and if needed make the necessary changes.

Back to School Health

The following are some great back to school health tips:

Tip one: Hand washing. Kids spread germs and illness because many do not wash their hands enough, and often touch their food and faces after touching someone or something full of germs. So, if you want to stay healthy this year, teach your kids to wash their hands frequently. Attach a bottle of hand sanitizer to their backpacks for quick and easy application.

Tip two: Vitamin C. Get plenty of vitamin C to help boost the immune system so that your child can fight off the various bacteria and germs that lead to the sniffles, snuffles, coughs, colds, etc. Include orange juice in their breakfast and foods rich in vitamin C throughout the day. If necessary, supplement.

Tip three: Get to bed on time. The body rejuvenates and repairs while sleeping. If your child does not get enough sleep, their health will decline. For a healthier child, proper rest is a necessity. Most school age kids need a minimum of 9 hours of rest a night. Set and enforce a realistic bedtime that allows for plenty of rest.

Tip four: Cough into the elbow. Teach your kids not to spread germs by coughing and sneezing into their elbows. If they do it into their hands, they will spread germs to the things that they touch. Elbows are a safer, and often more convenient option, such as when your hands are full of school supplies.

Tip five: Immunize. In order to help your child avoid illness, and thus be healthier, make sure to keep them up to date with their immunizations. Regular doctor visits will help your child stay healthy, and catch any problems before they arise.

Tip six: Backpack with straps. One of the biggest problems with a child’s health and school is that heavy backpacks can cause back problems. Help alleviate this by purchasing backpacks with chest straps and padding for support. You want to avoid single shoulder strap bags. This can cause back problems, misalignment, etc.

Tip seven: Eye exam. School can be tough on a child’s eyes, lots of reading, be focused for a long-time, bright commercial lighting, etc. So, make sure your child’s eyes aren’t being strained because they need glasses or contacts. Get them an eye exam every school year so that if they do need glasses, they get them before school starts.

Tip eight: Helmets. Keep your kids safe as they go to and from school by making sure they wear a helmet on their head, and pads on knees and elbows. This will keep them safe on their bikes. If they walk, be sure to talk to them daily about watching for cars, paying attention to where they are stepping, waiting for crossing guard help, etc. If they ride a bus, talk to them about sitting forward and listening to the bus driver’s instructions.

Great Health Tips to Prepare for Pregnancy

Before you decide to conceive it’s an excellent idea to prepare for pregnancy. If you’re looking for health tips to prepare for pregnancy this article is for you. How can you be prepared? What’s your best plan for a healthy and successful pregnancy?

Preparing one or two years ahead of time for both male and female is a great start. It’s important to identify strengths and weaknesses in your health. You may feel pretty OK health-wise but if you’re not a parent and you want to be – you have no idea what’s coming your way. Several months or even years of sleepless nights are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s best to be prepared. A health care provider who has experience can make the best plans to support your health. An Ob/Gyn (Obstetrician Gynecologist) is a great start especially for women’s health. In addition an acupuncturist also trained in herbal medicine who has experience with fertility can be highly supportive, especially in the early stages before conception where conventional medicine falls short.

You’re making very important plans to bring a new life into the world. Pregnancy is a major challenge on Mom’s health so it’s best to be preventive instead of reactionary. Often times I get infertility cases that are unexplained by conventional medicine but under a Traditional Chinese medical diagnosis and the therapeutic practice of acupuncture many imbalances can be identified and treated. Success always depends on how deep the imbalance has taken hold and early intervention.

Planning ahead of time means contacting a health professional who understands how to optimize health and support fertility through all stages of care – before conception, and pre- and postnatal meaning before birth through pregnancy and after your child is born.

After your child is born, support of Mom and baby continues particularly by supporting Mom’s health through nursing. Let’s not forget Dad. Optimizing health prior to conception also ensures healthy sperm and maximizes Dad’s health. Support for Mom through pregnancy and the fathering of a family that follows is another important piece of the complex health puzzle.

Anything new presents additional levels of stress that can challenge health and needs to be supported. There will be lots of sleepless nights in the coming years and a healthy body does better going into pregnancy and parenthood than a body already compromised health-wise before conception. Making sure your diet is optimized for your health is important to ensure you’re getting the right nutrition. What is commonly accepted as the right nutrition is not necessarily what you need to support your health concerns. Consider a diet and nutritional consult to discover any imbalances. Put yourself on the path to optimal health the natural way. It just makes good sense.

Here are 3 tips to practice before conceiving for both men and women.

  1. Address untreated health issues – Any health issues not being cared for or not treated needs to be looked into such as anxiety, depression, poor digestion, migraines, diabetes, high blood pressure, insomnia, low energy and more. Learn how your current health issues could affect pregnancy. Consider a consult and evaluation. Talk to a health professional. See if you can optimize your health ahead of time instead of going into conception blind.

  1. Optimize Sleep – if you have poor sleeping habits this is an area of great concern for your health over the years and needs to be addressed. Your body repairs, rejuvenates and restores itself during sleep. Make your bedroom a dark, quiet place of peace and relaxation. Avoid watching TV in bed. Maintain a regular sleep schedule going to bed and waking at the same times. Get 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night – your body will tell you if you need more or less. If you wake feeling tired or you tend to have low energy patterns, improving your sleep is important. If you struggle with sleep problems acupuncture and a diet or supplement consult is definitely a natural therapy to consider.

  1. Optimize Diet – there is a “general healthy diet” for everyone to follow and there are specific diets for individuals to maintain and restore balance in health. A diet consult can help you. In general sugar and carbs are a big problem in our society leading to weight gain. Sugar and carbs that break down into sugar in abundance can unbalance the endocrine system responsible for hormone production. The endocrine system includes the following glands: pituitary, pineal, thyroid, thymus, pancreas, testicles, and ovaries. This system can be a major source of health problems when out of balance and not supported properly. In addition, it is necessary to make sure you are making health fat choices. Fat is an essential nutrient and a precursor for hormone production. Bad fats are hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, and fats that have turned rancid – think of the good fats in nuts but let them hang around too long and they can turn rancid. Think about oils that have been overcooked by deep frying for example. The high heat destroys the fat and now is considered a bad fat. Another bad choice would be processed and denatured foods. I would not call these real foods. Real foods good bad fairly quickly. Processed foods can sit on selves for long periods of time because they are loaded with chemicals and preservatives – not good.

Imbalances and poor practices in the fundamentals of diet, sleep, exercise and stress management can create all sorts of signs and symptoms and leave you with lots of health problems. I call this symptom-chasing. You end up chasing treatments for signs and symptoms without good results because the fundamentals are not supportive to your health and are just plain messed-up. Maintaining health through maximizing healthy practices in the fundamentals of diet, sleep, exercise, stress management help you stay focused on your true health needs for optimal health, the natural way.

Remember, what you learn now for best practices in health and well-being is what you’ll pass along to your children.

So before deciding to have children make the best plan possible for both Mom and Dad. Consider contacting a holistic health professional to evaluate your health. You’ll be amazed to discover all natural ways to optimize your health for your best pregnancy ever. The only side effect is getting healthier along the way.