The human heart is a brown colour and weighs about 12 ounces. It is approximately 6 inches long, and at its widest perimeter is approximately 4 inches wide, has a shape more like a pear than a valentine.
The great centre of vibration of all human life and activity is the heart. No other body has so much responsibility for the rest of the body. When your heart is strong and healthy, your whole body benefits. That is why it is so important that you take care of your heart.
Is it possible that a person can harm his heart by overwork? No, it is almost impossible to harm a healthy human heart by overwork. It is much more feasible for the heart to be damaged by illness and poor habits in lifestyle than by any physical activity. But once your heart has been damaged by illness, you may have to avoid too much activity. A heart that has been damaged can be harmed beyond its limits.
The heart is a very efficient four chamber pump, actually two pumps, one to move blood to the lungs the other to push towards the rest of the body. It daily pumps blood through 60 billion blood vessels and pumps enough blood to fill a 4,000-gallon tank.
While his heart is alive he never stops working. It has enough strength reserved to face any crisis that may arise. If you have been injured by illness, you repair yourself while you work YES! Their valves become hardened due to some to disease, such as rheumatic fever, the heart will thicken its own muscular wall to try to compensate for any loss of efficiency. Even while your heart is working, your muscle cells are busy selecting the materials you need for your own growth and repair.
At present, little attention is given to heart rate or pulse. When a person is sitting the heart normally beats 70-80 times a minute. This adds up to 100 thousand beats per hour. However under physical or mental stress the body requires more oxygen and the heart will consequently accelerate its frequency to perhaps 150-200 beats per minute. Athletes have low pulses, especially marathon runners, whose normal frequencies may be 35-40 beats per minute. The heart rate in women is generally higher than in men. Children and babies still have much higher frequencies, 80-150 beats per minute.
A healthy individual, who has a beating of 70 beats per minute at rest, compared to a weaker individual who has a resting frequency of 90 beats per minute, will not be overburdening his heart. A difference of 20 beats per minute for 24 hours means 28,800 extra beats that the heart of the weaker individual has to perform per day. Obviously all others being equal, the heart pumping at a faster rate would not last as long as the pumping at the lower frequency.
The average individual has 5.5 litters of blood and a normal heart at a normal frequency will pump or recycle millions of gallons of blood daily.
The amount of bleeding pumped by the heart at each contraction can range from 2-5 ounces per beat. The heart with a high volume and low frequency heartbeat is a much stronger and healthier organ than the heart with a low volume for each beat and high frequency.
Since the heart has to beat 24 hours a day, it gets its rest between heartbeat and heartbeat. The interval between two beats in usually in half a second, which seems very little time for the heart to rest and repair itself. But it is enough and here is why. At the rate of 70 beats per minute the heart rests about half the time and the other half works. This means that in a 24-hour period you get 12 hours of rest. But if the frequency rises the extra beats will rob you rest time. So when your pulse is over 70, your heart is working more than it is resting. At a rate of 90 beats per minute, it will be working about 2/3 of the time and rest 1/3.
Blood pressure (PS) is the force exerted by the circulating blood on the arterial walls. Blood pressure is categorized as systolic and diastolic.
They are expressed as follows: 120 systolic pressure 80 diastolic pressure
Systolic pressure is the pressure exerted by the blood against the arterial walls as the heart pumps or expels the blood. It is the maximum pressure that the blood exerts on the arterial wall at any moment. Diastolic pressure is the force that the blood exerts against the arterial walls while the heart is resting. It is the constant pressure on the artery and the lower pressure exerted on the arterial walls.
Hypertension is generally defined as an increase in sustained systolic 1/0 diastolic pressure. There is no fixed dividing line between normal and abnormal. The health organization recommends that blood pressure stay below 140/90 however I personally have observed that in Central America where people have a more natural diet and exercise more, their average is about 110/60. This is what I consider normal blood pressure.
Individuals with a blood pressure of 140/90 or greater were found to have a substantial mortality rate. 73% of men and 81% of women who died had blood pressure of 140/90 or more. The higher the P, the higher the risk of sudden death, those who had passed the age of 55 with H.A. (high blood pressure) had 4 times more heart attacks and more than 7 times cerebrovascular diseases.
Contrary to what generally diastolic pressure is apparently, or more important than systolic. The famous Framingham study reported that adult and elderly individuals with high systolic pressure had a significantly higher mortality rate than their contemporaries with lower systolic pressure.
WHAT CAUSES HYPERTENSION?
- T. A. is basically self-evoked by the way we live. I consider that there are three main factors causing H. T. A: poor diet, lack of exercise and stress.
I want to cover each of these points in a brief and generalized way since there are volumes of matter on each of these three points associating them with hypertension.
Diet is the main factor causing hypertension.
The excess in eating, which causes obesity, will provide an overload to all organs of the body including the heart, which can increase blood pressure. Each pound of excess fat contains about 200 miles of capillaries through which the heart lets the blood push. 62% of Americans suffer from excess weight; but it is equivalent to more than one in two people in the United States. For every extra pound of weight, you shorten your life expectancy by one month so that someone with 24 pounds overweight will die prematurely 2 years. If you are obese you will be 3 times more likely to have heart disease.
I also want to mention that smoking, drinking alcohol, coffee, tea, or any caffeinated drink can raise your blood pressure. There is enough scientific literature in circulation that confirms this. I will not go further in this field as most of those who are reading this book are trying to live a better lifestyle, and have already eliminated these harmful elements.
Meat and animal products like milk, eggs and cheese all contain cholesterol that can cause the development of a plaque on the arterial walls. This will indirectly produce hypertension. Vegetable foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, etc. They DO NOT contain cholesterol.
A diet high in fats will also cause hypertension. The average American diet consists of 40% fat. According to many professionals in the field of natural health, the ideal diet will consist of 10% fat, 10% protein and 80% complex carbohydrates.
Many individuals do not realize that there is more fat in a bottle of corn oil (which is 100% fat) than what is in a beef chop. (Which is 65% -80% fats)? These refined fats are harmful to the body. It takes 12 years to take a spoonful of corn oil this refined oil causes our bodies to produce low density protein cholesterol (LDL), which is the harmful type of cholesterol. (3) When we consume these refined oils, they coat our cells with the blood and make them sticky. These cells form a mass and do not flow easily causing our blood pressure to rise.
Excessive salt consumption can be related to hypertension. The American consumes 14 to 30 times more salt than he needs daily. In fact we only need one 5 part of the teaspoon of salt per day. However the average consumption of salt by an American adult according to figures published by the National Research Council is between 2 ½ to 6 teaspoons per day. Recent studies have found that salt is only a minor issue in hypertension. Although the salt restriction may lower blood pressure a few points, a recent number of authorities in this area say that only about 10% of the population would benefit significantly from this. Fats contribute to hypertension to a greater degree than the use of salt.
LACK OF EXERCISE
Movement is life. Inactivity is death. We live in a society of touch of buttons, which is sending us to the grave years ahead of time. Exercise will improve the tone of your muscles and blood vessels, switching from weak tissues to strong tissues. Exercise will improve the efficiency of your heart in several ways. It will grow stronger and pump more blood with each beat and decrease its frequency as well as help lower the high pressure of your blood. Walking outdoors and sunshine is simpler and better exercise than one can do. Low-impact exercises such as walking, cycling, and swimming are more beneficial than high-impact exercises such as jogging, basketball, weightlifting, etc.
Stress is almost inevitable in modern society and some individuals are able to handle it better than others. Stress was once described by an individual as “being in the hands of any rogue who decides to disturb and disturb me.” When one has to face a highly stressing situation, the mind and body work together. Scientists know that a certain set of nerves at the base of the neck regulates changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate during a stressful situation. The large amounts of adrenaline and noradrenalin that are spilled into the bloodstream during fight – or – flight situations cause the heart muscle cells to consume oxygen at a higher frequency, thereby raising blood pressure, pulse, etc. Recent studies have strengthened the statistical link between stress and heart disease. In a study of 150 middle-aged men, Swedish scientists found that those who experienced a high degree of psychological stress were 6 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease within 5 years following highly stressful conditions than those who reported relatively little stress. I have personally discovered that the best way to deal with any stressful situation is put it in consideration of God and beg him to show me the way to deal with it. Often we cause stressful situations by not thinking and planning ahead or making wrong decisions, etc. God can help us see our weaknesses if we ask Him and He will also give us the strength to overcome them. One of my favourite Biblical texts on this subject is: Isaiah 26: 3 “You shall keep in perfect peace the one whose mind endures in you; because he has trusted in you.”
HOW TO CONTROL HYPERTENSION
Taking a completely natural diet along with 8 glasses of pure and soft water daily, and more if present on weight. When doing enough exercise, especially outdoors and sunshine as much as possible. Taking time to rest physically and mentally every day with a night dream of 7-8 hours a day. Handling stressful situations in the way indicated before, depositing them at the feet of God.
A formidable herb to use in cases of hypertension is Machete. Always use distilled or reverse osmosis water when preparing the herb tea and do it in the way already indicated several times. It is best to take 2 or 3 wells daily, one to get up in the morning another one hour before your lunch and the third just before bed. Garlic is also good for lowering blood pressure. Use only raw fresh garlic, and consume it with your food.
WHAT ABOUT DRUGS TO REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE?
Medications are not the answer because they have too many side effects and are not natural. For the diseases God has given us herbs of the field since God has created us, he knows what suits us best.
Taormina is a drug that is given to lower blood pressure, but there are many side effects indicated on this drug in the Medical Reference Desk or Vademecum. These are some of the possible side effects listed in R. E .: heart attack, kidney and liver disease, electrolyte disturbances, can cause cancer, affects fertility, produces cold in limbs, leg pain, dizziness, fatigue, depression, diarrhoea, nausea, breathing difficulties, etc. If you are taking drugs to lower blood pressure, I would encourage you to visit your Public Library and ask the librarian to help you find literature on your drug. You will be amazed at what you will find.
STUDIES CONFIRM THAT MEDICINES FOR HYPERTENSION KILL MORE THAN THOSE WHO ARE CURING
A large government-sponsored Multiple Exposure Risk Factor Investigation investigation, costing more than $ 150 million, found coronary disease mortality to be 70% higher in a group of hypertensive patients who were treated intensively when compared to a control group that received no treatment.
Considering Thiamine diuretic hazards, Dr. Fries recently challenged the concept of drug therapy for patients with mild hypertension. In his editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Should mild hypertension be treated?” He points out that the treatment may be worse than the disease.