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How to Prevent Pain from Hindering Holiday Happiness Part 4

Daniela Rambaldini Article by: Daniela Rambaldini
Date: Dec 17, 2013 · Posted in: Cardiovascular Health, Pain Relief, Migraine & Headache
How to Prevent Pain from Hindering Holiday Happiness Part 4


High blood pressure can be a chronic issue caused by various cardiovascular, endocrine and/or metabolic imbalances or it can be an acute reaction to feeling stressed, overeating, having an unresolved electrolyte imbalance, pregnancy and/or being dehydrated. High blood pressure becomes a clinical concern when it’s on-going.  However, irrespective of the root cause, high blood pressure could lead to headaches and there are many natural remedies that can help to prevent or resolve this.

 

What to Do When Your Head is Aching Due to Cardiovascular Conditions

 

The most popular natural remedies that have been traditionally or clinically been effective for preventing and/or mitigating headaches that are caused by cardiovascular conditions are:


Anti-Hypertensive Herbs

Work by various mechanisms; help to lower high blood pressure and resolve underlying issues; can be helpful in mitigating chronicity of headaches resulting from high blood pressure.


Cardiac Tonic Herbs

Support health of the heart and vascular system; help to prevent spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction and/or vasodilation; useful for preventing headaches due to cardiac insufficiency and/or cerebral hypoxia resulting from decreased circulation and/or vasoconstriction.

 

Diuretic and/or Renal Tonic Herbs

Help to resolve edema and/or electrolyte imbalances that could lead to high blood pressure; support health and proper function of the kidneys, which directly influence blood pressure.


Adaptogenic Herbs

Support health and proper function of the adrenal glands, which play a fundamental role in regulating blood pressure; help prevent stress-induced increases in blood pressure.  


B Vitamins

Support and improve cardiovascular health; promote blood flow, especially vitamins B3 (niacin), B9 (folic acid), and B12 (methylcobalamin); help improve vascular tone and prevent spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction and/or vasodilation; improve cell metabolism and oxygenation.


Vitamin E

Supports healthy blood circulation; helps prevent blood clotting; supports heart health; useful as part of a nutritional protocol to help prevent frequency and intensity of headaches.


Coenzyme Q10

Also known as ubiquinone; supports healthy cell metabolism and oxygenation; particularly helpful in supporting health of cardiac muscle, which can weaken if hypertension is a chronic condition; useful as part of a nutritional protocol to help prevent frequency and intensity of headaches.


Magnesium

Calms and relaxes the nervous system; supports heart health and regulates cardiac contractions; prevents spasms of smooth muscle, thereby helping to prevent spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction and/or vasodilation; balances the nerve- and muscle-stimulating effects of calcium.


Potassium

Helps restore electrolyte balance and reverse high blood pressure caused by excess sodium in the blood (a condition known as hypernatraemia); supports health and function of the cardiac muscle; useful as part of a nutritional protocol to help prevent frequency and intensity of headaches.


Essential Fatty Acids (and other Polyunsaturated Fats)

Especially omega-3 fats; help to prevent and resolve inflammatory reactions; support cardiovascular health; help prevent blood clotting (especially the omega-3 fat EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid); help improve vascular tone and prevent spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction and/or vasodilation; useful for preventing headaches and alleviating incipient and established headaches albeit relief isn’t generally instantaneous.


Cardiovascular Exercise

Improves systemic circulation and supports cardiovascular health; increases tissue oxygenation; helps to prevent headaches caused or exacerbated by cardiovascular conditions.

 

Traditional Arts & Dance

Use meditation and/or gentle fluid movements to encourage whole body relaxation, improve circulation of blood and lymph, and improve cell oxygenation; strengthen the cardiovascular system; promote systemic detoxification; useful for helping to prevent headaches and to resolve incipient and established headaches, including intractable episodes.


Deep Breathing

Oxygenates, nourishes, and relaxes every part of the body; helps to resolve spastic and unregulated vasoconstriction; useful for helping to prevent headaches and to resolve incipient and established headaches, including intractable episodes.


Acupuncture &/or Marma

Improve circulation and overall cardiovascular health; one-time treatment can help resolve headaches caused by high blood pressure while regular treatment can help resolve root causes of cardiovascular imbalances.



*Note

Although I list vitamin B complex and vitamin E as important nutrients for preventing or mitigating high blood pressure, other vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D, are also very beneficial for supporting cardiovascular health and helping to reduce the risk of developing hypertension or to resolve established hypertension. For example, vitamin D promotes healthy calcium metabolism, which promotes allocation of this essential mineral toward critical functions such as supporting heart health while helping to reduce calcium misappropriation such as calcification of soft tissue and/or formation of calcium stones (such as kidney and gallbladder stones). This especially important to ensure that dietary calcium


In part 5 of this blog series on headaches, I discuss the various ways you can alleviate headaches brought on by indigestion and/or constipation (two very common afflictions experienced during the holidays). If your headache is stress-induced, read this blog article. If muscle tension is at the root of your headache, these suggestions can help.