Last month you learned about the inflammatory effects of uric acid but having elevated blood pressure if also inflammatory and can lead to a host of health issues, especially if it is left untreated. Being placed on blood pressure medication is a necessary and safe option for some, but what else do you need to know about the medications.
I have had some people come to me with concerns such as; my blood pressure is better but I am feeling fatigued; or I am not sleeping as sound as I use to since placed on the medication.
It is important that we keep our blood pressure under control but it is helpful to know the nutrients and foods that can support you if taking these medications. So lets take a look at the different classes of blood pressure medications, the potential side effects and the nutrients they deplete.
Ace-Inhibitors. Examples of these medications include Lisinopril, Enalapril, Ramipril
These medications can cause depletion of Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium. If these nutrients become low you can develop symptoms such as slow word finding, hair loss, loss of taste, smell, low libido, weight gain and bone loss.
Calcium Channel blockers are another group of blood pressure medications. Names include Amlodipine, Nifedipine, Diltiazem and Verapamil. Nutrients depleted include Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin D and Coq 10. Symptoms include fatigue, leg cramps, excess thirst, muscle weakness bone loss and irregular heart beat.
Beta Blockers are a third group. Names of these include, Atenolol, Metoprolol, Sotalol. Nutrients depleted include Coq 10 and Melatonin. Symptoms include muscle cramping, memory loss and autoimmune conditions.
Safety always needs to come first in keeping our blood pressure in a safe level to prevent heart issues and stroke. Let me share with you Joanna who went through my metabolic Re-set program lost 25 pounds and is now on half of her blood pressure medication. She feels lighter, sleeps better and has more energy than ever. She is now working on decreasing her thyroid medication also.
During the reset learning simple lifestyle changes, mindset and food combinations has helped her to absorb nutrients feel well with less medication. This could be an option for you as well. Contact me to learn more if interested; and yes loosing even as little as 5 pounds can make a big difference in your health and wellness.