High blood pressure can be caused by several things. In conventional teachings, we say that you need to cut back on your salt, however I have known many people to cut back or cut out their salt intake with no effect on blood pressure. New research is showing that sugar can be as bad, if not worse than salt. When you eat sugar your body releases insulin to carry the sugar into the cells. Magnesium is part of the insulin molecule. Magnesium helps relax blood vessels and lower your blood pressure. If you’re making a lot of insulin, you can be using up magnesium stores and this can prevent your blood vessels from properly relaxing. I also find that many patients with high blood pressure have digestive problems, such as a Hiatal Hernia. The stomach can push up against the diaphragm and irritate the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is one of the main control nerves of the digestive system but it also has a major influence on the heart. The vagus nerve is being irritated, it can cause the heart to be too hard and that can raise your blood pressure as well. Another issue of blood pressure could be related to the liver. If your liver is clogged up, blood does not flow to the liver easily and this can cause of back pressure raising blood pressure. It can also be related to the adrenal glands not working properly. We also need to check the nerve supply from the spine to the heart and other blood pressure controlling organs. As you can tell, there is no one specific cause for high blood pressure. I would suggest you avoid alcohol, meat (especially grilled meat), sugar, dairy, coffee, soda and artificial sweetener. You need to eat more raw veggies and just a little fruit. There are certain supplements that might help. I would start with Dr Joe’s Super Greens and Dr Joe’s Essential Source, but I don’t like to make any more supplement suggestions when blood pressure is involved until I know more about the patient. If these basic changes will give you the results you need, please call my office at 770-427-7387 and we can set up a time to discuss this further for your specific needs.