Well this raised blood pressure lark isn't really going to plan and I'm a bit perplexed, so these health issues continue somewhat.
In spite of taking one of the tablets each day, as per prescription, I have not noticed any difference at all and it has been over a week now - my blood pressure is STILL around 150/100.
What's more, I have been having a dose each day of BeetActive which I acquired as a free sample at the London Bike Show. Having become a real genuine fan of the company's CheeryActive drink I guess I was naturally assuming the BeetActive would do the trick in a similar way. It hasn't as yet, or perhaps I'm not being as disciplined about it as I should be.
You see I take the medication at night and then have a glass of BeetActive in the morning, just after I have taken my blood pressure reading. I think there's a chance I'm not giving it much of a chance because:
- some "treatments" take time to take effect and are more accumulative over a period of time. We're not talking about simple headache pills here - I only take a paracetamol once a year, if that, and then I'm completely better in 20 minutes. Seems different now.
- the effect might only be short-lived. If I have a glass of BeetActive, it could well reduce my blood pressure for a while but not for a steady 24/7 period
For once I'm actually looking forward to returning to the Doctor. Not just because I might be lucky and have another easy-going conversation about juicing but because I seriously want to get this solved. As a reminder there are no real drivers for my blood pressure to be on the high side - vegetarian, enough exercise, good weight, teetotal, smoke free, caffeine free and so on. There are a couple of possible drivers which haven't really been considered much by either me or my Doctor:
- salt intake. Although I hardly ever add any salt to a meal, salt can lead to raised blood pressure and there does seem to be quite a bit of salt in the foods I enjoy. These include peanut butter and bread.
- me. I do wonder if I'm a bit highly strung and simply winding up by blood pressure because that's who I am. By that I mean I'm a bit of a Type A personality and rather critical of myself
I did find this article on BeetActive as a way of lowering blood pressure. It's no panacea but according to the article it does have a part to play. Otherwise beetroots are certainly a healthy addition to the diet which I do like in any event.
As for the BeetActive itself, I'm sorry I don't care for th e taste too much, perhaps a personal thing. I wouldn't drink it out of choice and therefore I tend to mix up a glass and drink it all in one go and as quickly as I can.