About the Illness
People who are HIV+ are often prone to high blood pressure because of the general stress they live with.
High blood pressure can also be a symptom of diabetes, malaria or asthma as well as being a sign of pregnancy.
In most cases there are no signs of high blood pressure until it reaches dangerous levels.
It is a good idea to take steps to lower blood pressure before the danger signs develop. The danger symptoms of high blood pressure are: Frequent headaches; irritability; pounding of heart and shortness of breath after mild exercise; weakness and dizziness; occasional pain in the left shoulder and chest.
If you are pregnant and have high blood pressure, this can affect the health of your child.
You need to seek professional help to manage the situation.
These remedies will help bring your blood pressure down while you are learning to manage stress levels:
Avocado & Mango Leaf Tea good for all
Take a handful of each type of leaf and boil for 15-20 minutes in 1 ltr water.
Drink 2-3x daily for 3 weeks.
Stinging Nettle Tea good for all
Boil a handful of leaves for 15-20 minutes.
Drink 1 glass 3x daily for 2-3 weeks.
Food and Nutrition Advice
Foods to eat:
- Food rich in calcium.
- Food rich in magnesium.
- Food with high fibre content.
- Eat mostly plant foods, including plant forms of protein.
Foods to Avoid:
- Caffeine drinks (tea/coffee/cola).
- Sugary foods.
- High cholesterol foods, including red meats.
Body Work and General Advice
One of the most important things you can do to reduce your blood pressure is to learn to mange your stress levels. Try to:
- Develop a spiritual practice.
- Learn relaxation techniques.
- Take plenty of exercise.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.