We are inundated with a lot of information about how dangerous it is to live with elevated blood pressure; increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We see a lot of articles and editorials about blood pressure with advice on how to bring blood pressure down and maintain healthy blood pressure. There are blood pressure lowering pharmaceutical commercials all over various forms of media as well. Yes, I am pretty sure everyone is aware of the importance in regulating blood pressure properly. The problem is, the vast majority of people really do not understand blood pressure and how much they are really in control of it.
Blood pressure is the pressure of circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels, mainly the large arteries. If you want to have a massive change in blood pressure then do certain things that change the health of your blood vessels. The way you nutrition yourself has a huge effect on the health of your blood vessels and changing the way you nutrition yourself can cause a fairly quick change in your blood vessel health.
There has been a lot of research and studies done showing the effects of insulin levels on the health of blood vessels. Hyperinsulinemia, (very high insulin levels in the body), has been shown to cause vasoconstriction, (narrowing of the blood vessels). This vasoconstriction is one of the mechanisms that cause increased blood pressure. Hyperinsulinemia has been shown to cause hypercoagulability which is a condition of excessive blood clotting. Hyperinsulinemia has been shown to alter a specific hormonal system which consists of blood proteins that play a role in blood pressure control, coagulation and inflammation.
Hyperinsulinemia has many effects that negatively impact blood pressure. Beyond how harmful it is to the arteries and the whole vessel system, it is very harmful to the kidneys. The kidneys have a big effect on blood pressure. Just like the vessel system, change the health of your kidneys and you will change your blood pressure numbers. One thing that hyperinsulinemia does to the kidneys, that increases blood pressure, it causes the kidneys to retain excess sodium and water. This puts harmful pressure on the kidneys and contributes to kidney diseases.
When someone with elevated blood pressure starts the Protein Pantry system, we see quick results with elevated blood pressure normalizing. Within the first week we will see elevated blood pressure lowered. This happens because we have severely reduced carbohydrate intake for the individual which in return massively lowers insulin output in the individual. When insulin output is massively reduced, insulin levels quiet and the individual comes out of the hyperinsulinemic state. Once insulin levels are minimal, vasodilation takes place, (the widening of blood vessels). As well, when insulin levels are minimal the kidneys purge excess sodium and water out and this takes pressure of the kidneys. Overall inflammation is massively reduced when insulin levels are minimal and inflammatory foods are removed from the diet. All of these positive health factors take place while on the Protein Pantry system because the individual is nutritioned properly and over time elevated blood pressure is normalized.
Sources: Journal Of The American Society Of Nephrology; Dr. James R. Sowers, M.D.