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Diet Cure for High Blood Pressure

by Dr. Swaran Palta

Diet plays a vital role in the maintenance of good health and in prevention and cure of diseases. The body cannot perform any of its functions, be they hormonal, physical, mental or metabolic without specific nutrients. Not only should food be such that it provides all these nutrients but the body must also appropriately utilize these. The right kind of food is the most important single factor in the promotion of health, and the wrong kind of food is the most important single factor in the promotion of diseases.

A well-balanced and correct diet is thus of utmost importance for the maintenance of good health and healing of diseases. Diseases can be overcome by sensible natural dietetic treatment. Disease is actually a self initiated effort of the body to throw off the accumulations of waste materials, which interfere with its functioning.

In the beginning of dietetic treatment, the patient should undergo a short cleansing juice fast so that the body may throw off all the accumulated toxins and wastes. In this the patient should take the juice of fresh oranges or any other fruit or alternatively, vegetable juices such as carrots, cucumber, beetroot and spinach. The juices should be diluted with 50% of water. Each day during this juice fasting, bowels should be cleansed with warm water enema. Those who find this difficult can instead take three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as oranges, grapes, grapefruit, apples, peaches etc. After this short therapy, the patient can gradually start a well balanced diet of three basic food groups, namely: Seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits.

High BP is one of the 'new' diseases the past 50 years have produced and is the direct outcome of modern way of living. It is also known as Hypertension, which is a silent killer. The mental strain and the fast pace of life increases the adrenaline in the blood stream and this causes the pressure of the blood to rise. People who are usually tense suffer from high BP. If the stress continues for a long period, the pressure may become permanently raised and may not come down even after removal of stress. Wrong diet, irregular lifestyle, excessive smoking and drinking, excessive intake of tea and coffee and refined foods are the direct precursors; and it makes its appearance in middle years. There is gradual silting up of arteries with steady accumulation of toxic matter brought there during the passage of the years by a heavily toxic laden blood stream. The more the arteries are clogged the harder will have to be the force exerted by the heart in its efforts to pump the blood through the arterial channels in its passage round the body.

A certain level of BP is needed to keep the blood circulating in the body, but when it becomes too high, it results in narrowing of the capillaries throughout the body thus putting more stress on the heart to pump blood. The BP level considered normal is 120/80. Between 140/90 and 160/95 is considered borderline; and above that is high BP.
Mild and moderate hypertension may not produce any symptoms for years. Otherwise, there is pain or noises in the back of head, irritability, dizziness, failing mental power and powers of concentration, fatigue and tiredness, disordered digestion, aches and pains in the arms and shoulder region, legs and back, palpitation, pain in the heart region, frequent urination and difficulty in breathing.
Dietary Care
Drugs neither remove the cause nor cure the disease. Temporarily the level of BP may come down, but all these drugs are toxic and have disastrous side effects. Therefore, the natural way of healing is to eliminate the poisons from the system. Hygienic living is the answer. Fasting for 4 to 7 days on an exclusive fresh fruit diet such as pomegranate, watermelon, oranges, apples, pears and guavas etc. should be the way to begin the treatment, depending upon the condition of the patient and his ability to stand this period of 'self-cleansing'. The warm water enema nightly to cleanse the bowels for the first week of the treatment should be taken. After the fasting (all fruit diet) regular weekly diet should be adopted and adhered to strictly thereafter. Milk may be taken after a week of fruit diet. Cereals should be permitted after two weeks. Vegetables are god and should preferably be taken raw like cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, radish; cabbage sprinkled with lemon juice as lemon prevents capillary fragility.

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