Where the Mind Leads the Body shall follow…
When looking to make positive diet and lifestyle changes – on paper all the information we need is out there and easily accessible. Yet, many of us fail to make or sustain these changes – boredom, stress resistance, anxiety or overwhelm can hinder our progress.
What if could personalise our diet and lifestyle requirements and harness our own inner potential, motivation and commitment to change. You can with the HypNutrition Method. Combining solid, individualised, down to earth Nutritional Advice with Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Techniques to facilitate long lasting lifestyle improvements. Harnessing the power of the mind for Healing the body.
Introducing the Hypnotension approach…
Today, in the UK 1 in 3 people have high blood pressure and it can affect anyone at any age and half of those affected by are not even aware of it. While blood pressure is vital to life, high blood pressure can be a threat to it- increasing risk factors for heart disease and stroke by 49% and 62% respectively. Primary or Essential Hypertension in 90% of cases has no known medical cause and can be the cause of 20% of male and 24% of female deaths worldwide.
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force needed to maintain circulation of blood throughout the body. A narrowing of the arteries or veins can increase resistance to the circulatory flow; whilst an increase of the heart rate or the blood volume can increase the flow, also creating extra pressure -all are factors that can lead to a rise in BP.
The average worldwide BP is around 120/80 but this is what is known as pre-hypertensive (where the risk to health begins to become measureable). The ideal measurement is actually 115/75. 140/90 is stage 1 hypertension and excess of 160/100 is stage 2 hypertension. We also have Pulse Pressure which is the difference between the two numbers where greater than 60 is an increased risk to health.
As mentioned, Primary hypertension can have no medical cause in 90% of cases. But let’s take a look at factors that are known to affect BP. Obesity, Alcohol consumption, Lack of exercise, Poor diet and sensitivity to Salt. These are aggravating factors that once addressed should cause the BP to return to normal- Yes? Well that’s the problem and what is meant by 90% of cases have no known medical cause. In this group of people once the diet and lifestyle factors have been addressed their BP has resisted going down and they can be stuck with a life-time of medications to control it. So what is causing the BP to resist after all these lifestyle changes have been made? The main theories suggest that it is caused by an overstimulation of the Sympathetic Nervous System.
Fight or Flight.
The Sympathetic Nervous System is connected to and controls the Stress response in the body. You may have heard of the term Fight or Flight where our body and mind is vigilant in case of any perceived threat. This leads to our mind subconsciously being in a state of hyper-vigilance. This is fine and in fact vital for survival in the appropriate situation.
However, in some people everyday life and the environment around them can become triggers leading to hyper-arousal and a continual cycle of nervous system arousal which they can’t seem to switch off from and they perceive danger in their everyday environments. This is where Hypnotension comes in…
The Power of the mind.
30% of people with a normal BP reading can become Hypertensive when in a clinical setting and someone takes their Blood pressure. This is known as White Coat Hypertension. Conversely, many people when admitted to hospital can record a drop in BP- even hypertensive folks. Which illustrates the power of our perception on the mind and over our body. In stressful situations our BP can rise and when we are made to rest, relax or heal it can lower. However in everyday life many of us are unaware of our subconscious response to perceived stress or are unaware we are under any. Or in some cases we are aware we are stressed but not fully able to pin down its causes.
The Hypnotension approach addresses and deals with such causes. As a Nutritionist, I can help you deal with any underlying dietary and lifestyle changes and as a Hypnotension practitioner I can put the final piece in the puzzle and look for causes of Sympathetic Nervous System overstimulation and address that too. You don’t have to be one of the many people faced with a future of uncertainty and worry, you have a choice and an alternative. The Hypnotension Programme means we can work together with your GP to help you work back towards good health and lower or even return your BP to normal levels.
Even with a minimal reduction in BP of 2.5/1.4 mmHg using the programme, you would still minimize your risk of dying from a stroke by 12-14% and heart disease by 9-10%.