Every year approximately 210 million people are infected with malaria, and about 440,000 people die from the disease. Most of those who die from the disease are young children in Africa.
Malaria is a serious or fatal disease spread by mosquitoes and caused by mosquito parasite. This illness occurs with flu-like symptoms which include fever and chills. It is rampant in the continent of Africa and also in over 100 countries.
This article seeks to analyze malaria life cycle, symptoms, prevention and natural treatments for malaria.
These are what you will gain from this write-up; you’ll know:
- malaria life cycle and incubation.
- how malaria can be contagious.
- uncomplicated and complicated malaria symptoms.
- how malaria can be prevented
- how proper diet intake can quicken your recovery, what you must avoid
- natural treatments for malaria.
So let’s now dive in…
I’ll begin by explaining the life cycle of malaria and proceed on to how malaria can be contagious.
Malaria Life Cycle
The parasite begin life cycle when the Female Anopheles mosquito carries the parasitic (plasmodium). The plasmodium parasite are of different subspecies with different symptoms, responding to different treatments. The parasite travel to human liver to develop and multiply, after it travels to the blood stream to infect and destroys the red blood cells.
The mosquito specie determines the incubation period, however there are many species.
Can malaria be contagious?
Except for the conditions below: malaria is not known to be contagious (transferred from one person to person). This rarely happen and usually occur in a transmission from the mother to unborn child (congenital malaria), by blood transfusion or when intravenous drug users shares needles.
Having explained malaria life cycle and when malaria can be contagious. Let proceed to it various symptoms and how malaria can be prevented.
What are malaria symptoms?
Malaria has a wide range of symptoms after the bite by the infected mosquito which occurs and can take between 7 and 30 days (average is 7 and 15 days) before symptoms (incubation period). It is divided into uncomplicated and complicated or severe (serious) symptoms. Again, some types of malaria parasites can lie dormant in your body for up to a year.
Malaria uncomplicated symptoms are:
- fever and chills.
- vomiting and
- general weakness of the body and body aches.
The classic description of malaria symptom that are rarely noticed would be a 6 to 12 hours period of cold and shivering alternating with fever, headaches and then a stage of sweating and tiredness which is sometime divided into cold and hot stage.
Complicated or severe (serious) malaria occurs:
- when different body system are affected by malaria
- severe anaemia (as a result of red blood cells destruction).
- kidney failure.
- unconsciousness or abnormal behavior.
- cardiovascular collapse and
- low blood sugar (in pregnant women).
How you can prevent malaria?
The preventive measures are:
- sleeping under mosquito treated nets.
- apply insect repellent to every exposed areas of the skin.
- wearing of clothing that prevent the exposed areas of the body from mosquito bites and
- apply mosquito insecticide to room or houses.
Having explained how you can prevent mosquito, it is reasonable to look at diet that quicken your recovery and what to avoid.
During malaria a proper diet intake consumption helps alot. The patient should consume diet that strengthens the immune system without putting much stress on kidney, liver and digestive system. It is also better for malaria patient to eat smaller meals throughout the day.
- INCREASE FLUID CONSUMPTION: During the period of malaria the patient experiences loss of appetite. To compensate for this, it is vital to drink coconut water, fresh fruit juices such as pawpaw (papaya), apples, mangoes, oranges, grapes, grapefruits, lemon, beets/beet roots, other citrus fruits and watermelon seeds.
- VITAMIN B COMPLEX are important to people suffering from malaria.
- CONSUME FAT IN MODERATION: in everything moderation is important. Eating fried foods, processed foods, junk oily and spicy foods can worsen nausea and can disturb the process of digestion in the body.
- DURING THE PROCESS of recovery from malaria the patient should consume vegetables, little amount of red meat, and fish to provide the body with necessary protein to repair and build the body tissues.
- IRON RICH FOODS are of benefits to malaria patient.
- Malaria patient should avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, too much of condiments and any kinds of caffeinated drinks.
In the next section I’ll explain available herbal treatments for malaria.
This write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of a medical expert is urgently needed.
Malaria Herbal (Natural) Treatments
1. Orange (Osan didun in Yoruba; Alemu in Idoma; Sokoro in Efik; Oroma in Igbo; Lemu in Hausa; Alum in Tiv) contains vitamin C that boosts immune system incredibly which aids in malaria treatments. Drink 200 ml of fresh orange juice three times a day.
OR: Take 3 to 4 Orange balls three times in a day.
2. Momordica Charantia (Balsam pear, Bitter goured in English; Okwunuolo in Igbo; Daddasu in Hausa; Ejirin wewe in Yoruba) prepare tea decoction of Momordica Charantia leaves. Drink 150 ml thrice daily.
3. Occimum Gratissimum (Basil plant, scent leaf in English; Daddoya in Hausa; Ayeneba in Idoma; Ira in Urhobo; Ebavbokho in Bini; Effinrin in Yoruba; Arigbe, Nchuanwu in Igbo) chew 5 fresh Scent leaves with water 2 times in a day. Or : Prepare scent leaves tea infusion. Drink 200 ml three times in a day.
4. AZADIRACHTA INDICA (Neem in English; Dongoyaro, Bedi, Ko, in Hausa; Cassia in Yoruba; Ogwu akom in Igbo) chew 5 fresh Neem leaves twice in a day with water.
Or: Prepare fresh Neem leaves or bark tea decoction.
Or: Apply Neem essential oil on exposed part of your body to drive away mosquitoes.
5. Ginger (Atale in Yoruba: Jinja in Igbo; Chitta in Hausa) put 1/4 (one-quarter)
of Ginger in 200 ml hot water together with 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey
and 2 tablespoons of Lime juice (Omi osan wewe, Omi oronbo in Yoruba; Ruwa lemu tsami in Hausa; Oroma nkirisi in Igbo)
Mix them together thoroughly and drink when it is lukewarm. Do it twice daily.
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6. Obtain equal quantities of Nauclea Latifolia leaves (Marga in Hausa; Egbesi in Yoruba; Mbitinu, Uburu in Igbo), Roots of Morinda Lucida (Brimstone tree in English; Eze ogu, Njisi in Igbo; Oruwo in Yoruba) and Alligator Pepper leaves(Ose oji in Igbo; Ewe atare in Yoruba; Gydanda Marayaji in Hausa; Ehin ado in Edo; Erhie in Urhobo) boil all the items mentioned above in water for 30 to 35 minutes. Drink 200 ml three times a day.
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A bunch of Cloves (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa)
18 leaves of Gongronema Latifolium (Arokeke in Yoruba; Utazi in Igbo)
5 big bulbs of red onions (Yabasi in Igbo; Albasa in Hausa; Alubosa in Yoruba)
Slices of 10 limes (Oronbo, Osan wewe in Yoruba; Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Lemu tsami in Hausa)
Lemon Grass (Achi-beke in Idoma; Koriko oba in Yoruba; Achara ehi in Igbo; Maina tsauri in Hausa; ikon eti in in Efik)
Slices of 5 Lemon (Lemonu, Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Osan ganyin in Yoruba; Baba Lemu in Hausa; Itie akpaenfi in Urhobo)
15 leaves of African Black Pepper (Uziza in Igbo; Masooroo in Hausa; Ata iyere in Yoruba)
1 or 2 fruts Unripe Carica Papaya (Papaya, Pawpaw in English; Ibepe dudu in Yoruba; Gwanda in Hausa; Ojo, Okpurukwa in Igbo) that had been cut into pieces.
30 pods of fresh Garlics (Tafarnuwa in Hausa; Ayuu in Igbo; Tafarnuwa in Hausa)
10 fingers of Gingers (Chitta in Hausa; Atale in Yoruba; Jinja in Igbo)
Xylopia Aethiopica (Uda in Igbo; Eru alamon in Yoruba; Kimba in Hausa)
Cut the sliceable items into slices. Put everything in the pot that contains water. Once it is boil to the extent, it water changes colour. Bring down the pot. Take 200 ml Three times a day.
The next time you boil it, if the water (liquid) content had been exhausted add another water. BOIL and don’t COOK! If you cook it will destroy the active properties of the herbs.
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Catarrh Natural Remedies
Catarrh is a build-up of mucus in an airway or the body cavity. Catarrh can also be defined as much thick phlegm or mucus in one of the airways or cavities of the body. Mucus is a natural product of the body and protects the body against infections by trapping germs in the nose, throat and airways of the lungs. There is an excellent system that produces a thin layer of mucus on those linings. The mucus is cleared from the lungs and sinuses by specialized cells with minute hairs that beat it away.
In this write-up, I’Il be sharing with YOU: what causes catarrh, symptoms and NATURAL REMEDIES.
You must be wondering:
What will you gain from reading this article?
Here are what you’ll gain; you’ll know
(a) About catarrh.
(b) What causes catarrh.
(c) Catarrh symptoms and
(d) CATARRH NATURAL REMEDIES.
Now, let me me set the stage for this write-up…
When there’s infections, the lining responds by increasing it production of mucus. Also, it sends in great numbers of white cells to attack invading germs. This turns the normally clear mucus into mucus that is yellowish or greenish in colour by debris of Invaders and defenders that’s the discoloured mucus known as CATARRH, when they cough it up, blow it out or feel it dripping down the back of their throat.
Some people complain that the flow of mucus is continous or much, although what is in excess to one person may not be so with another person. Catarh is often temporary but some people experience it for months or years which is known as CHRONIC CATARRH.
What do you think CAUSES catarrh?
Catarrh is caused by the body’s natural defences, the immune system reacting to an infection or irritation. When this occurs, it sends white blood cells to the source of the infection or irritation, which then releases molecules that cause the mocous membranes to swell and produce mucus. The swelling also narrows the cavity further congestion and this catarrh can be clear and runny or thick and coloured.
But that’s not all…
For unknown reasons, some people have abnormally sensitive blood vessels that react to environmental triggers such as cigarette smoke and pollution. This causes the affected blood vessels to swell in a similar way to an infection or allergic reaction and it is this swelling that leads to congestion and catarrh known as vasomotor rhinitis or non – allergic rhinitis. Cigarette smoke and pollution are common triggers for this, with others including : perfume, alcohol, spicy foods, stress and changes in weather.
So far this write-up has examined causes of catarrh. Now, let me move on to the SYMPTOMS of catarrh.
The signs and symptoms of catarrh are:
- Cracking sensation in the middle ear and temporary hearing loss.
- Persistent cough.
- Runny nose.
- Constant need to clear your throat.
- Headache or facial pain.
- Reduced sense of smell and taste.
- Feeling that your throat is blocked
- Blocked or stuffy nose that you can’t clear and
However, catarrh can be frustrating to live with and may affects your sleep, making you feel tired. Consult your doctor, if your catarrh continue and it is making life difficult for you.
This article is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of medical professional is urgently needed.
You don’t want to miss the next part…
CATARRH NATURAL REMEDIES
(1) TUMERIC (Iblue in Urhobo; Gigir in Tiv; Kurkur, Gangamau in Hausa; Atale pups in Yoruba; Ohuboboch, Nwandumo in Igbo) Boil half tablespoon of Tumeric in 300 ml water.
When it become cool add 2 tablespoons of Lime juice (Kadanbuya, Ruwa lemu tsami in Hausa; Omi osan wewe, Omi oronbo in Yoruba; Oroma nkirisi in Igbo; Evwe in Urhobo)
and take 1 tablespoon of ORGANIC PURE HONEY (Oyin igan Oyin gidi in Yoruba; Iyio in Tiv; Dorawa in Hausa; Zmanu in Igbo).
Mix them together and drink. Do it three times a day.
(2) BARLERIA PRIONITIS (Sin-kin-mini in Yoruba; Porcupine flower in English) prepare tea infusion of Barleria Prionitis leaves. Drink 200 ml of the tea infusion mix 1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey. Do it three times a day. Drink when it is lukewarm.
Or: Extract the juice of fresh Barleria Prionitis leaves. Take 2 tablespoons mix with Organic Pure Honey. Do it twice daily.
(3) Boil Guava leaves ( Gwaaba in Hausa; Igobe in Urhobo; Gorofa in Yoruba; Gova in Igbo) and Violet plant leaves (Ewe Karo in Yoruba) in water for 25 minutes. Drink 250 ml three times a day when it is lukewarm.
(4) Mix 2 pinches of Black Pepper (Masooroo in Hausa; Uziza, Uzize in Igbo; Ata iyere in Yoruba), half tablespoon of crushed Garlic pods (Tafarnuwa in Hausa; Ayuu in Igbo; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba) and and 1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey. Take it three times a day with lukewarm water.
(5) Boil the following items in water:
(I) Fresh leaves of Bambusa Arundinaecea (Bamboo in English; Otosi in Igbo; Gora in Hausa; Kewe, Kewal in Fulfulde; Songough in Tiv; Okpo in Urhobo; Apaye, Oparun, Apala in Yoruba)
(II) Lemon Rind (Itie akpaenfi in Urhobo; Baba lemu in Hausa; Osan gayin in Yoruba; Oroma nkirisi in Igbo)
(III) 2 Ginger Rhizomes (Atale in Yoruba; Jinja in Urhobo & Igbo; Chitta in Hausa)
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Diabetes / High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia) Natural Treatments
Blood sugar control is at the center of any diabetes treatment plan. Hyperglycemia is a medical term for high blood sugar. Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes blood sugar to rise because people suffering from diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or unable to properly utilize insulin. Insulin helps glucose from blood to enter muscle, brain, and liver cells. Where it is used to generate energy. When glucose build up in the blood, the cells become starved of energy. It can cause damage to your nerves, blood vessels and leading to other serious medical conditions.
The management or treatment of diabetes is focused on the following:
- Regulating the metabolism of carbohydrates and so therefore, normal blood sugar levels.
- Regulation of sugar absorption.
- Stimulating secretion of insulin and
- Regeneration of the beta cells of pancreas.
This write-up will focus on meaning of diabetes, types, causes, symptoms, complications, diets and NATURAL TREATMENTS.
And now you’re thinking:
How will this article benefit me?
- The meaning of diabetes.
- Types of diabetes and risk factors.
- Cause of types of diabetes type I & II.
- Symptoms of type I and II diabetes.
- What each fast blood sugar level stand for.
- Importance of PANCREAS.
- How BETA CELLS functions can be improved.
- Complications that results from diabetes.
- Foods to eat and foods to avoid by diabetics people.
- How diabetes can be managed and
- NATURAL TREATMENTS.
TYPES OF DIABETES
(1) Type 1 Diabetes: It is also known as juvenile diabetes, it occurs when the body fail to produce insulin. People with type I diabetes are insulin- dependent which means they must take artificial insulin to stay alive.
(2) Type II Diabetes: Unlike people with type I diabetes, people with type II diabetes produce insulin. However, the insulin their pancreas secretes is either not enough or the body is unable recognize the insulin and use it properly. When there is not enough insulin or the insulin is not used as it should be, glucose cannot get into the body cells.
(3) Gestational Diabetes: Is triggered by pregnancy. Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect insulin’s ability to function properly. This occurs in approximately 4% of all pregnancies. Pregnant women have an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes in those who are 25 years old, above their normal body weight before pregnancy, have a family history of diabetes.
Screening for gestational diabetes is performed during pregnancy. Left untreated, gestational diabetes increases risk of complications to both the mother and her unborn child. Usually, blood glucose levels returns to normal within 6 weeks of childbirth. However, women who who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing diabetes type 2 later in life. A PREGNANT WOMAN suffering from gestational diabetes is strongly advise to see her MEDICAL DOCTOR.
(4) Pre – Diabetes : Doctors refers to some people as having pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes when blood sugar is usually in the range of 100 to 125 milligrams per deciliter (mm/dl). Normal blood sugar sit between 70 and 99 mg/dl, whereas a person with diabetes will have a fasting blood sugar higher than 126 mg/dl.
The pre diabetes level means that blood glucose is higher than usual but not so high as to constitute diabetes. People with prediabetes are however, at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, although they don’t usually experience the symptoms of full diabetes.
Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
The risk factors for prediabetes and types 2 diabetes are similar; they are:
- Being overweight.
- A family history of diabetes.
- Having a high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels lower than 40 mg/dl or 50 mg/dl.
- Having history of gestational diabetes or having birth to a child with a weight of more than 9 pounds.
- A history of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
- Being more than 45 years of age and
- Living a sedentary lifestyle.
If a doctor discovers that a person has prediabetes, he or she will recommend that such individual makes healthful changes that can ideally stop the progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Losing weight and having a more healthful diet can help prevent the disease.
Causes of Type 1 Diabetes
The exact cause of type I diabetes is not known. What is known is that your immune system – that normally fight harmful bacteria or viruses – attacks and destroys your insulin – producing cells in the pancreas. This leaves you with little or no insulin. Instead of being moved into your cells, sugar builds up in your blood stream.
Type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental factors, though what exactly cause those factors are still not clear. Weight is not believed to be a factor in type 1 diabetes.
Causes of Type II Diabetes
In type 2 diabetes, your cells become resistant to the action of insulin and your pancreas is unable to make enough insulin to overcome this resistance. Instead of moving into your cells where it’s needed for energy, sugar builds up in your blood stream. The cause of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) include:
(a) Consumption of too much carbohydrates.
(b) Skip or forget to take your glucose lowering medication.
(d) Exercise less than usual.
(e) Old age.
(f) Have an infection.
(g) fatty foods and sugary foods.
Now this is important…
The symptoms of type one diabetes often happen suddenly and can be severe. They are:
- Increased thirst.
- Increased hunger (especially after eating).
- Dry mouth.
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight (even though you are eating and feel hungry).
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling).
- Blurred vision.
- Laboured heavy breathing (Kussmaul respirations) and
- Loss of conciousness (not common).
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes may be similar as those mentioned above. Most often, there are no symptoms or a very gradual development of the above symptoms. Other symptoms are:
(a) Slow healing sores or cuts.
(b) Itching of the skin (usually in the vagina or groin area).
(c) Yeast infection.
(d) Recent weight gain.
(e) Numbness or tingling of hands and feet.
(f) Impotence or erectile dysfunction.
(g) Ants feeding on your urine when you urinate (pee) in an open place or on the ground.
(h) Going to toilet always (diarrhea).
(i) Trouble concentrating and
(j) Unexplained loss of weight.
Want to Know What Each Blood Sugar Level Stand For?
A fasting blood sugar level that is less than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) is NORMAL. A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) is considered PRE DIABETES. If it is 126 mg/dL (7mmol/L) or higher in two separate tests, you have DIABETES. Blood sugar levels below 70 mg/dL can indicate HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar) which can be life – threatening, if such individual doesn’t receive treatment that will aim on returning blood to safe levels.
How Important is YOUR Pancreas?
We hardly think of pancreas as a vital organ of the endocrine. Unless, it begin to cause a problem. Pancreas have two important functions. They are:
- Produce insulin for the control of blood sugar and
- Create enzymes for metabolism of fats and proteins.
Malfunction pancreas could result in various problems, of which the most common is DIABETES. Infact, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and trauma can all harm the BETA CELLS or make the less able to produce insulin, resulting in diabetes. If damaged pancreas is removed, diabetes will occur. YOU want to know why? It is because of the loss of beta cells.
How Do YOU Improve YOUR Beta Cells Function?
The primary function of beta cells in your pancreas is to store and release insulin. Insulin is the hormone that assist your body to utilize glucose – which is the building block of carbohydrates and your body primary energy source. When beta cells fail to function properly, your body cannot uptake glucose effectively, trapping large amounts of glucose in your blood – metabolic state known as HYPERGLYCEMIA, that is, high blood sugar.
However, visceral fat is located in your abdomen and surround your liver, stomach and intestines. VISCERAL FAT CAUSES POT BELLY which increases your chances of high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and increase your risk of chronic diseases such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, various cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.
Furthermore, sub – cutaneous fat have weaker correlation with chronic diseases. Higher sugar levels cause result in high insulin levels that can cause the destruction of beta cells that causes high blood sugar levels.
Insulin resistance is the main cause of both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes which is a condition that desensitize both your muscle and liver to the action of insulin. Overtime, several people with type II diabetes ends up damaging beta cells function, resulting in insufficient production of insulin. The main cause of beta cells dysfunction is the accumulation of fat inside your liver and muscle. When your muscle and liver become insulin resistant you do the following:
- Reduce your insulin resistance by eating low fat, plant based and whole grain food diet.
- Or injecting yourself with insulin.
Also, eating a diet that limit stress on your insulin producing beta cells can help you to prevent or manage diabetes. Beta cells in your pancreas respond to high blood glucose by producing more and more insulin and your body may become more resistant to this important hormone. You can help prevent insulin resistance and protect your beta cells by avoiding foods that can quickly raise your blood sugar levels. Eat more of foods that allow your blood sugar levels to rise slowly.
The problem is…
Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that is one of the leading cause of death worldwide. While diabetes itself is manageable, it’s complications can severely impact on daily living and some can be fatal, if not treated immediately. Diabetes complications are:
- Dental and gum diseases.
- Eye problems and loss of sight.
- Foot problems including numbness, leading to ulcers and untreated cut and injuries.
- Heart disease.
- Nerve damage such as diabetic neuropathy.
- Stroke and
- Kidney disease.
In the case of kidney diseases, this complication can result in kidney failure, water retention when body doesn’t dispose of water correctly and an individual an individual experiencing difficulties with bladder control. Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels and moderating glucose intake can assist people to prevent damaging complications of type 2 diabetes. For those with type 1 diabetes, taking insulin is the only way to moderate and control the effects of the condition.
What exactly is diabetic diet?
Diabetic diet deals with eating healthy foods at regular time of the day that can prevent abnormal spikes in blood sugar and make sure that your body can properly utilize the insulin it produces. Of great importance is the concept of Glycemic Index (GI). Glycemic index is the food ability to raise blood sugar level two (2) hours after consumption of foods that are rich in carbohydrate.
A low glycemic index (less than 55) means that the carbohydrate in those foods are absorbed slowly which can be helpful for the body to better manage post – meal changes food that have greater glycemic index (greater than 70) raise blood sugar levels more quickly. Low glycemic index carbohydrates foods are cereals, starchy vegetables, legumes and most fruits that are known as functional foods as a result of their beneficial effects on individual health and well-being.
Diabetic diets include:
(a) Fibre rich foods: Dietary fiber can control the rate at which the insulin and glucose are released into the blood stream. Eg broccoli, avocado, quinoa, lentil, oats, chia seeds, coconuts, bananas, carrots, almonds, flax seeds, okra, white beans.
(b) Nuts and Seeds: Are low in sugar, high in dietary fiber and rich in certain antioxidants that can bring down body cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar. Examples of seeds are: benni (sesame), flax, chia, fenugreek and pumpkin. While examples of nuts include boiled peanut (ground nut) with no salt, almond, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashew nuts. Nuts are packed with lot minerals and vitamins including vitamin E and magnesium. Eating of nuts may help reduce risk factors associated with several chronic diseases and diabetes.
(c) Starchy Vegetables: Starchy vegetables that contains COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES that break down slowly thereby preventing sudden spikes and fall blood sugar levels. Good examples include: water yam, cocoyam, and Irish potatoes.
(d) Low Glycemic Index Fruits: Are fruit which contain carbohydrates and starches that break down slowly that are of benefit to the body and prevent quick rise in blood sugar levels. Good examples are : pears, oranges,dates, unripe plantains, unripe pawpaw (papaya), cherries, African star apple, strawberry, plum, lime, lemon, nectarines, peach, prunes.
(e) Whole Grain Foods: Are sources of dietary fiber that regulates the release of insulin and glucose spreading it out evenly for a long period of time that prevents sudden rise in blood glucose levels. Examples include: soy (soya) beans, wheat, millet, sorghum, white beans.
(f) Lean Meats: Fatty fish such as tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel, et cetra that are rich in omega-3 fatty acid that lower bad cholesterol. Free range chicken and free turkey are good choices.
(g) Healthy Fats: Consumption of healthy fat such as poly unsaturated and mono saturated fat help to lower raised blood sugar levels and put diabetes under control when add in your diet in moderation. Good examples include: coconut oil, red oil, extra virgin olive oil.
FOODS TO AVOID
If you are following a strict diabetic diet. You should avoid foods high in starch (that’s simple carbohydrate or eat them in moderation), red meat, whole milk, processed or fast foods, sugary drinks. Other foods to avoid are foods high in sodium (SALT) saturated fats, caffeinated drinks, foods high in cholesterol, trans fats, white bread, fried foods and excess food preservatives or excess condiments.
If you must consume these these foods, eat them in moderation because they block the arteries, lead to cardiovascular problems, OBESITY, high blood pressure , and may raise raise your blood sugar levels and disrupt insulin process.
As a diabetic patient avoid staying idle. Exercise your body regularly to regulate the insulin in your blood stream. Eliminating excess calories and foods high in fat are excellent ways to monitor your blood sugar, together with cutting down overall consumption of simple carbohydrates (starch) that are basically sugars that breakdown into glucose in the body.
In addition, to eating the right foods, you must eat them at the proper time of the day and they must be evenly spaced out which is vital for people with type II diabetes. As the proper diabetes diet will allow your body to effectively utilize the insulin that your body produces.
Then, how is diabetes managed?
Presently diabetes cannot be cured but it can be treated and controlled. The goals of diabetes management are to:
- Keep your blood glucose levels as near to normal as much as possible by balancing food eating with medication and activity (that is, not staying idle).
- Maintain your blood cholesterol and triglyceride (lipid) levels as near their normal ranges as possible by reducing total amount of fat to 30 % or less of your daily total calories by decreasing saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Control your blood pressure. Your blood pressure shouldn’t go over 130/80.
- Slow or possibly prevent the development of diabetes – related health problems.
Furthermore, you hold the key to managing your diabetes by :
- Planning what you eat and following a balanced diet.
- Exercising regularly, even if it is walking.
- Taking medicine, if prescribed and closely following guidelines on how and when to take it.
- Monitoring your blood glucose and blood pressure at home and
- Keeping your appointment with you health care provider(s) and going for laboratory test as directed by your doctor.
Always remember that what you do at home every day affects your blood glucose levels more than what your doctor can do every few weeks or months during your check-ups.
This write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of a medical professional is urgently.
Always monitor your blood glucose levels, eat the right diets, adjust your medication accordingly. It is better to start your diabetes medication from lower to smaller dose.
DIABETES/ HIGH BLOOD SUGAR (HYPERGLYCEMIA) NATURAL TREATMENTS
(1) OKRA / OKRO ( Lady Finger in English; ila in Yoruba; Okwuru in Igbo; idu in Idoma; Kubewa in Hausa) Get 2 sizeable Okra pods, cut off their heads. Put the sliced Okra with it sticky liquid (slime) in cup of 300 ml water. Cover it for 7 to 8 hours overnight to avoid contamination. In the morning take out the the pods and drink the water in the cup on an empty stomach. Okra water regulate blood sugar levels that cooked one. Do it everyday to regulate raised blood sugar levels. If it is severe take it before evening meal too.
(2) FENUGREEK (Ewedu in Yoruba; Hulba in Hausa; Kerenkeren in Igbo; Idooma in Idoma) Blend the fresh leaves of Fenugreek in water. Take 150 ml of the juice two times a day.
OR: Take 1 tablespoon of Fenugreek seeds powder with water two times a day.
(3) ALOE VERA (Ebube agu in Igbo; Tinya in Hausa; Ahon Erin in Yoruba) Take 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera leaf juice or gel after ever meal with water.
Aloe Vera contains laxative properties, if it purges you stop taking it.
(4) IVY GOURD (Gurjin daaji in Hausa; Apa igbo, Ewe ero in Yoruba) Consume one Ivy Gourd every day.
(5) ORANGE (Lemu in Hausa; Sokoro in Efik; Oroma in Igbo; Osan didun in Yoruba) Drink fresh natural Orange Juice daily with no added sugar.
(6) MILLET / GUINEA CORN (Okababa in Yoruba; Igu in Idoma; Dawa in Hausa) Millet contains good amount of magnesium that aids the body to use insulin produce efficiently and help to regulate blood sugar. Prepare pap of Guinea corn or Millet porridge and take it always early in the morning before breakfast.
(7) MIMOSA PUDICA (Kparochuku, Kpakochuku in Igbo; Ewe Patanmon, Ewe Padimon in Yoruba; Mata gara kafa in Hausa; Enada abapa olutu kla in Idoma) Grind shade dried Mimosa Pudica leaves into powder. Take 1 tablespoon with water two times a day.
OR: Take 3 tablespoons of fresh Mimosa Pudica leaves juice twice a day.
(8) AZADIRACHTA INDICA (Neem in English; Aforo Oyinbo, Ewe cassia in Yoruba; Ogwu akom in Igbo; Bedi, Ko Dongoyaro in Hausa) Chew 5 fresh Neem leaves with water two times a day.
OR: Take 1 tablespoon of Neem leaves juice on empty stomach in the morning and at night before meal.
OR: Prepare tea decoction of fresh Neem leaves. Drink 150 ml two times a day.
(9) ACACIA NILOTICA (Bargaruwa in Hausa; Booni in Yoruba) Chew some gum of Acacia Nilotica gum.
(10) PSYLLIUM HUSK : Take 1 teaspoon of Psyllium husk powder two times a day daily with meal. Psyllium husk regulates blood sugar with the aid of forming fibers to slow down process of digestion.
(11) MISTLETOE (Afomo isana in Yoruba) Prepare tea infusion of Mistletoe leaves. Pour the tea in a flask after boiling. Drink 200 ml two times a day.
The stronger the tea decoction, the more effective it will be.
(12) DISCOREA ALATA (Water yam in English; Isi ovuna in Idoma; Dem pwen in Berom; Arunfanfan, Isu ewura in Yoruba; Agbo tsabagbu a in Tiv; Akenodo in Urhobo; Wura in Nupe; Igiorua, Udin in Edo; Bakar dooyaa, Jikin mutum, Sakataa in Hausa; Abire in Ibibio; Ji – m bala m bala, Ji – abana, Ngbede, Onoko in Igbo; Iyo ro buru in Ijo-Izon) water contains dietary fiber that help to stabilize digestion rate and regulate blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes. Include boiled or roasted water yam to your diet.
Avoid fried water because it contains less nutrients and can raise your blood pressure.
(13) PLANTAINS LEAVES : Prepare tea infusion of shade dried leaves of Plantain leaves. Drink 250 ml two times a day.
(14) WATERMELON SEEDS : Boil 3 handfuls of Watermelon seeds in water. Strain it and pour the water in a flask. Drink 250 ml two times a day.
OR: Chew 2 tablespoons of Watermelon seeds three times a day.
Avoid the watermelon pulp because it contains diuretic properties that will make to urinate excessively and raise your blood sugar levels.
(15) CLOVES (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa) It contains properties that improves blood glucose levels. Chew 2 pieces of Cloves twice daily with water.
(16) INSULIN PLANT : Assist in boosting of production of Insulin naturally by activating beta cells of pancreas. Chew 1 to 2 leaf(or leaves) of insulin plant every morning.
(17) RED CABBAGE JUICE: The natural red pigment in Red Cabbage contains Betalians that assist in lowering high blood sugar levels and boost production of insulin. Take 150 ml of Red Cabbage juice two times a day. You can also add raw Red Cabbage in your diet.
(18) TINOSPORIA CORDIFOLIA (Epa ikun Yoruba) Prepare tea infusion of Tinosporia Cordifolia. Drink 30 ml two times a day.
(19) COLOCASIA ESCULENTA (Cocoyam in English; Koko in Itsekiri; Jwe pwen, Jwe sunan in Berom; Agbaha in Idoma; Ukovuvu in Degema; Iyokho in Edo; Eka – Ikpo in Annang; Kolokass in Arabic; Bonntore, Bonntoje in Fula-Fulfulde; Goojare, Meeroore Fulfulde in Gwari; Ikpon in Ibibio; Gwaazaa, Gwaazaa Mai Gudaji in Hausa; Ede oyinbo, Ede Osi li, Akasi ite in Igbo; Odu, Lodu in Izon; Ata m kpo in Efik; Okile in Epie; Udu in Urhobo; Isu Koko in Yoruba) It contains isoleucine that is a protein which regulate blood sugar, increases muscles strength and energy levels. Add boiled or roasted Cocoyam to your diet.
(20) CAYENNE PEPPER (Apoko eeke in Idoma; Ata ijosin, Ilufemi, ijeye, Afriremon in Yoruba; Barkono in Hausa; Ose oyinbo in Igbo) Inclusion of this Pepper in diet will help to treat and prevent diabetes. This pepper also enhances insulin response to blood sugar flunctuation.
(21) MORMORDICA CHARANTIA (Bitter gourd, Bitter melon in English; Garahanu in Mbula; Ndakdi in Dera; Dagdaggi in Fula-Fulfulde; Hashinashiap in Gomai; Daddagu in Hausa; iliahia in Igala; Akban Ndene, Okwunuolo in Igbo; Dagdagoo in Kanuri; Akara aje, Ejinrin nla, Ejirin weewe, Ejirin weere, Igbole Aja in Yoruba) take 2 tablespoons of fresh Mormordica charantia juice two times a day. Taking the fresh juice 30 minutes before your breakfast not only lower your blood sugar levels. It will also take of complications such as needle and pin sensations, visual defects and other conditions linked with diabetes.
(22) BANANA FLOWERS (Ododo Ogede tutu in Yoruba) Obtain 5 Banana 5 flowers. Take the yellow part and white bulb. Wash them with clean water. Cut them in to slices. Eat three times a day.
(23) BLACK PEPPER (Masooroo in Hausa; Ata iyere in Yoruba; Uzize, Uziza in Igbo) Include Black Pepper in your diet.
(24) CASSIA Occidentalis (Aborere, Asundegbe, Papala omode in Yoruba; Tafasaar Masar in Hausa) Prepare tea infusion of of Cassia Occidentalis. Drink 100 ml twice daily.
OR: Extract the juice from the fresh leaves of Cassia Occidentalis. Take 2 tablespoons two times a day.
(25) GYMNEMA SLYVESTRE (Hyena Bone in English; Yardin Kura in Hausa) It help the muscles to absorb sugar from the blood stream better. Take half tablespoon of Gymnema Slyvestre leaf powder two times a day.
OR: Prepare tea decoction of fresh Gymnema Slyvestre leaves. Take 100 ml two times a day.
(26) STAR APPLE / AFRICAN CHERRY (Otien in Edo; Ibi in Idoma; Agbalumon in Yoruba; Ehya in Igala; Udala, Udara in Igbo; Agbaluba in Hausa; Eha in Ebira; Utieaga dava in Urhobo) Make tea infusion of root or bark of Star Apple or African Cherry. Drink 200 ml twice a day.
OR: You can also add it fruit in your diet as well. Whenever you eat the fruit always eat fruit skin together with the pulp because it contains lot of nutrients.
(27) Grind shade dried leaves of both Gymnema Slyvestre and Azadirachta Indica into powder. Take 1/4 tablespoon two times a day.
(28) Dry the following leaves plant under the shade:
Cashew, Mango and Cocoyam leaves. Prepare tea infusion of the mentioned leaves. Drink 200 ml three times a day.
(29) PLANTAIN ROOT JUICE: Plantain root juice provides great hope for diabetes. Take 2 tablespoons of Plantain root juice two times a day. If the case is severe, take 2 tablespoons three times a day.
(30) HUNTERIA UMBELLATA
(Osu in Edo; Abere in Yoruba; Mkpokiri, Otosu, Osu – Igwe in Igbo) Obtain dried seeds of Hunteria Umbellata. Remove the cover. Grind the seeds into powder. Soak the powder in 900 ml of Coconut water
(Omi agbon in Yoruba; Ruwa Kwankwar in Hausa; Ame kokodia in Urhobo; Mmri Aki beke in Igbo) for 12 hours. Take 2 tablespoons two times a day before or after meals.
(31) Bark of Detarium microcarpum (Taura in Hausa; Ofo in Igbo; Egbo Ogbogbo in Yoruba), Root and bark of Scoparia dulcis (Sweet broom weed in English; Aiya in Igbo; Roma – fada in Hausa; Mesen – mesen gogoro in Yoruba) Boil the combination of the herbs in water. Drink 150 ml two times a day.
(32) WATER LEAF (Nte oka in Igbo; Ipi ape in Idoma; Gbure in Yoruba; Alenyruwa in Hausa; Ebe dondon in Edo) regulate blood sugar levels due to it essential minerals contents and high dietary fiber that assist in slowing down digestion and conversion of carbohydrates to complex starch. Prepare Water Leaf juice by cutting one or two handful(s) of water leaves and it tender stems in to slices. Squeeze in water or blend by using blender. Take 200 ml of the green liquid immediately after preparation. Throw away the chaff. Do it two times a day.
(33) Bark of Tamarind Indica (Tamarind in English; Icheku in Igbo; Awin in Yoruba) and Morida Lucinda leaves (Oruwo in Yoruba; Eze ogu in Igbo; Ufu Ogile in Igede) put them together in pot with water. Boil for 30 minutes, take 200 ml two times a day.
(34) Africa bread fruit leaves (Ukwa in Igbo; Afon in Yoruba; Ize in Benin; Ediang in Efik; Jekri, Sobo, Izea in Ijaw), Bush buck leaves (Utazi in Igbo; Arokeke in Yoruba) and Sand Paper tree leaves (Ewe eepin in Yoruba) Boil the herbs in water. Drink 150 ml twice a day.
(35) Securdiaca longedum (Violet tree bark in English; Epo ipeta in Yoruba) Cut the bark into shred. Put 2 handfuls of Securdiaca longedum bark in 5 liters water.
Add little potash (Kahun in Yoruba; Kanwa in Hausa) and 200 ml of lime juice
(Omi oronbo, Omi osan wewe in Yoruba; Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Ruwa lemu tsami, Kadanbuya in Hausa; Evwe in Urhobo). Put them in plastic container. Shake them together. After hour of preparation. You can start taking it. Drink it 150 ml two times a day.
(36) Obtain enough quantities of fresh Fluted Pumpkin leaves
(Ugu in Igbo; Ikong – Ubong in Efik; Origo in Idoma),
Amygdalina fresh leaves
(Bitter leaf in English; Onugbo in Igbo; Olugbo in Idoma; Shuwakar in Hausa; Etidot in Ibibio; Chusar – doki in Hausa)
and Ocimum Gratissimum fresh leaves (Scent leaf, Basil leaf in English; Daiddoya in Hausa; Nchuanwu, Arigbe in Igbo; Ewe Effinrin tutu in Yoruba; Kunguleko in Tiv) Blend all the leaves together in water in a big bowl. Sieve and pour the liquid in a gallon. Keep it in refrigerator. Take 200 ml three times a day.
The more concentrated the decoction is, the more effective it will be.
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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Natural Treatments
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Arteries carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body. One thing about blood pressure is that, it normally rises and falls throughout the day.
One of the most dangerous thing about high blood pressure is that you may not even know that you have it. The only way you can know if your blood pressure reading is high, is through regular check-ups. A blood pressure appears as two numbers. The first and higher of the two is a measure of systolic pressure or the pressure of arteries when the heart beats and fills them with blood. The second number measures diastolic pressure or the pressure in the arteries when the heart filling and resting between heart beats. However, hypertension is a silent killer, the medical term for high blood pressure is called hypertension (that is when the blood pressure is too high). If the measurement reads 120 systolic and 180 diastolic, you would say, “120 over 80”, or write, “120/80 mm Hg. However, a normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg. According to World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015, 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women had hypertension. Fewer than 1 in 5 with hypertension have this serious medical condition under control.
This article analyzes causes, symptoms, classification, risk factors, complications, diets and natural treatments for hypertension.
You guess it…
This article will enable …:
- Meaning of blood pressure.
- What causes hypertension.
- Hypertension signs and symptoms.
- High blood pressure classification.
- Factors that increases your likelihood of developing hypertension.
- What may happen if hypertension is not properly controlled.
- Diets for hypertensive people and
- NATURAL TREATMENTS.
Now, let’s take a deep dive…
The causes of hypertension are multifactorial, meaning there are many factors whose combined effects produce hypertension that include:
(1) High salt intake or salt sensitivity.
(2) High body cholesterol.
(3) Lack of outdoor exercise.
(5) Poor ventilation (that result in poor blood circulation and metabolism).
(6) Poor feeding habits.
(7) Chronic feeding habits.
(8) Eating devatilized foods such as bread, sugar, sweet, cakes, et cetra.
(9) Wrong feeding habit (that causes ATHEROSCLEROSIS as a result of many waste matter in the body blocking the artery) and
(10) Sleep apnea.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Look out for the following sign or symptoms, if your blood pressure is extremely high. They are:
- Shortness of breath.
- Severe headache.
- Blurred vision.
- Chest pain.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Buzzing in the ears.
- Blood in the urine.
- Pounding in your chest, neck or ear.
- Swelling in the leg(s).
- Muscle tremors.
- Feeling of pulsations in the head.
- Heart attack and
Now, this is important…
You will likely have your blood pressure taken as part of a routine doctor’s appointment. Public blood pressure machines, such as those found in pharmacies, may provide helpful information about your blood pressure but may have some limitations. The accuracy of these machines depends on many factors such as correct cuff size and proper use of the machines. Ask YOUR doctor for advice on using public blood pressure machines.
The following factors increases risk of developing hypertension. They are: several factors increases your likelihood of hypertension. They include:
- AGE : Hypertension is more common in people who are more than 60 years of age. Blood pressure can increase steadily with age as arteries stiffen and narrow due to plaques buildup.
- ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO: regular consumption of alcohol and tobacco can raise your blood pressure.
- SEX: males are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure than females. However, this is only until after women reach menopause.
- BEING OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE: the more you weigh, the more blood you need to supply oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. As the volume of blood circulated through your blood vessels increases, so does the pressure on your artery wall.
- TOO MUCH SALT (SODIUM) : in your food can cause your body to retain fluid that increases blood pressure.
- CERTAIN CHRONIC CONDITIONS: may increase your risk of high blood pressure such as diabetes, kidney diseases, sleep apnea.
- PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ACTIVE TENDS TO HAVE HIGHER HEART RATES: the higher your heart rate, the harder your heart must work with each contraction and the stronger the force on your arteries.
- FAMILY HISTORY
- RACE : high blood pressure are more common among people of African descent, often developing at an earlier age than it does in whites.
- STRESS: high levels of stress can result in a temporary elevation in blood pressure. If you try to relax by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. You may only increase your blood pressure by using tobacco and drinking alcohol.
- DIET LOW IN POTASSIUM: potassium help to balance the amount of sodium in your cells. If you don’t get enough potassium in your diet or retain enough potassium in your body. You may accumulate too much sodium in your blood. If you are being treated for Kidney failure, POTASSIUM rich foods may be HARMFUL to you!
The following are the complications of uncontrolled high blood pressure. They are:
- Heart attack.
- Heart failure.
- Chest pain or angina.
- Kidney damage.
- Problem with vision.
- Sexual dysfunction: high blood pressure can cause low libido in women and erectile dysfunction in men.
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD).
- Metabolic syndrome and
- Reduction in the ability to think, learn and remember things (cognitive impairment).
You don’t want to miss the next part…
CLASSIFICATION of HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
The following are high blood pressure classification. They are:
The cause is not known. Several cases of hypertension can be found in this category.
This type of hypertension happens as a result of medical condition that affects the heart, kidneys, arteries, or endocrine system.
This happens when medication do not have any positive effect on hypertension.
This occurs during exercise. During exercise blood pressure do shoot up.
CLASSIFICATION of HYPERTENSION in stages in terms of systolic and diastolic pressure.
(a) Normal Blood Pressure: when Systolic is less than 120 mm Hg and Diastolic is less than 80 mm Hg.
(b) Pre – Hypertension: when Systolic pressure is between 120 and 139 mm Hg. Diastolic pressure is between 80 and 89 mm Hg.
(c) Stage I Hypertension: when systolic pressure is between 140 and 159 mm Hg. Diastolic pressure 90 and 99 mm Hg.
(d) Stage II Hypertension: occur when systolic pressure is between 160 mm Hg or greater diastolic 100 or greater.
(e) Isolated Systolic Hypertension: it is a situation whereby systolic pressure is high while diastolic pressure is normal. The systolic blood pressure remains below 90 mm Hg. It occurs when aorta which is an artery that transfers oxygenated blood from the heart to the circulatory system get stuff as due to old age that bring about rise in the systolic pressure when the heart beats and pumps blood.
This doesn’t have an effect the on the pressure when the heart relaxes during heart beats, in a situation like the diastolic is affected. It occur as a result of old age and it commonly affect women than men. The following factors are responsible. They are:
- Low calcium in tissues.
- High sodium levels.
- High cardiac output.
- Reduced elastic capacity of blood vessels.
If not treated, it may affect the kidney, result in heart disease and stroke.
(f) Isolated Diastolic Hypotension: it is a condition that occurs when the diastolic blood pressure is high while systolic blood pressure remains normal (that is, below 140 mm Hg). It may happen as a result of smoking, alcohol, poor diet, being overweight and sedentary lifestyle. It increases chances of kidney failure, heart failure, heart attack and stroke.
(g) Isolated Diastolic Hypotension: it is the situation that happens when Diastolic pressure falls below 60 mg Hg and Systolic pressure remains normal. The heart function harder. In fact, it become very hard for blood to move in the arteries. It may happen due to stiff arteries, dehydration and old age. It also increases such patient chances of stroke.
According to research, the risk of dying of heart attack is directly linked to high blood pressure especially systolic hypertension. The higher your blood pressure, the higher the risk. When hypertension is not properly controlled, it can lead to serious diseases such as kidney failure, atherosclerosis, heart disease, eye problems, stroke and death.
Let’s continue, can we?
Diets for Hypertensive People
When it comes to prevention and management of hypertension, what you eat is very important. Eating heart friendly foods that are rich in minerals such as POTASSIUM, MAGNESIUM, and CALCIUM will assist YOU in lowering high blood pressure. They lowers both the SYSTOLIC and DIASTOLIC READINGS. Hypertensive diet are:
(a) VEGETABLES: eat fresh green, leafy vegetables of different colours that contains minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Some of them are cabbage, milk thistle, dandelion, water leaf, bitter leaf, onion, garlic, carrot, cayenne pepper, water yam, black pepper, tomatoes, Irish potato, beets, leek, cocoyam, et cetra. Avoid canned vegetables that are high in sodium (salt), in creamy sauces and fried ones that can elevate or raise your blood pressure.
(b) FRUITS: fresh or frozen fruits such as African star apple, unripe pawpaw (papaya), unripe pineapple, orange, lime, lemon, grapes, pomegranate, banana, avocado, strawberry, unripe mango are good for your health. Stay away or avoid canned or frozen fruits with added sugar.
(c) GRAINS: eat whole grain that are high in fibre such as wheat, millet, brown rice, oat, barley, maize, wheat bread and avoid or limit consumption of white bread, biscuits, cakes and so on.
(d) SEEDS AND NUTS: are rich in fibres and minerals, fatty acids that are important to your health because they increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels. They include almond, sesame or benni seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, pea nuts (boil ground nuts without salt), walnuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts.
(e) OIL AND FAT: healthy sources of fats are coconut oil, red oil (palm oil), olive oil and sunflower oil. Seed oil that are healthy are obtain from sesame, flax, pumpkin and avocados. Because they are healthy does not mean you should not consume them in moderation. Fat and oil to avoid are lard, bacon fat, cotton seed oil, margarine produce with hydrogenated oil.
(f) PROTEINS: from plant source include lentils, pigeon peas, black eyed peas, white beans, chick peas, soy beans (soya beans). Protein from animal sources are goat meat, chicken, egg (consume one boil egg and take it in moderation so that it will not raise your blood pressure), fish (such as tuna, sardines, herring, salmon, and cold water fishes). Fish contains Omega-3 fatty acid that help in lowering your blood pressure. Eat them in moderation so that, they will not raise your blood pressure. Avoid red meat, fried chicken, fried eggs, fried foods and oily foods.
(g) DIARY PRODUCTS: take diary products that contains less fat such as skimmed milk (low fat milk) and yogurt. Avoid full fat milk, cheese and other diary that contains high fat.
Drink water as your body can take. Do not smoke or drink alcohol and caffeine because they raises your blood pressure and causes other health problems. Reduce salt intake, excess sodium or salt in your diet will elevate your blood pressure that makes your body to retain water and result in swelling of feet (oedema) and other undesirable health conditions.
Also, exercise your body regularly for blood to properly flow in the vessels and prevent plaques formation on the inner walls of your arteries. Managing of high blood pressure is a life long commitment, always monitor your blood pressure, take your medication by following your doctor advice. Eat diet that promote normal blood pressure and avoid the ones that raise your blood pressure.
Here’s how YOU solve this…
This article is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of medical professional is urgently needed.
HYPERTENSION (HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE) NATURAL TREATMENTS
(1) KALANCOE PINNATA (Life plant, Miracle plant, Air plant in English; Abamoda, Odundun in Yoruba; Satura in Hausa; Odaa opue in Igbo; Umbu in Ijo-Izon; Afiayo in Efik; Ekpokpo in Edo; Ebe – Okponkpan in Urhobo) Crush the leaf of fresh Kalancoe Pinnata into juice. Take half tablespoon two times a day.
Always monitor your blood pressure.
(2) CAYENNE PEPPER (Apoko eeke in Idoma; Ose oyinbo in Igbo; Usira in Esan; Isie in Benin; Ilufemi, ijeye, Afriremon, Ata ijosin in Yoruba; Barkono in Hausa) exert vasodilatory action on the arteries, allowing enhanced blood flow. Always include Cayenne Pepper in your diet.
(3) RED ONION
(Albasa gudaji in Hausa; Alubosa onisu in Yoruba; Yabasi in Igbo; Alubarha in Edo; Ayim in Efik; Alubusu in Tiv) cut Red Onion into slices and crush them in to juice. Mix 1 tablespoon of Red Onion Juice with
1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper powder mixed with
one tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey (Zmanu in Igbo; Dorawa in Hausa; Oyin igan, Oyin gidi in Yoruba; Iyio in Tiv; Enwu in Idoma)
(4) SPINACH (Egungun ori iganna, Toromon iganna, Amunututu in Yoruba; Gborongi in Igbo; Allayyahu in Hausa) maintains blood pressure as a result of it good sources of Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. Drink 150 ml of Spinach leaves juice two times a day.
OR: You may slightly boil fresh Spinach leaves with 2 pinches of Cayenne pepper. Do not add any other ingredients.
Spinach is slightly laxative.
(5) AVOCADO (Ube oyinbo in Igbo; Eso pia in Yoruba; Piya in Hausa; Orumwu in Bini; Eban mbakara in Efik) is rich in Potassium mineral. It reduces tension in the blood vessels and arteries, regulating blood pressure that inturn reduces the chances of blood clotting, heart attacks and stroke.
(6)MISTLETOE (Afomo isana in Yoruba) promote flow of blood to the brain and heart that makes it one of the best herbs for the management of high blood pressure. Boil 5 handfuls of dried Mistletoe leaves in water. Pour the tea decoction in a flask. Take 200 ml two times a day.
The more concentrated the tea, the better the result.
(7) COCO YAM (Isu Koko in Yoruba; Odu in Isoko; isi agbaha in Idoma; Udu in Urhobo; Iyokho in Edo; Kwokwo in Gwari; Okile in Epie; Lodu in izon; Eka – ikpo in Anaang; Akasi ite, ede nkiti, Ede oyinbo, Ogu ede in Igbo; Mai – gudaajii in Hausa) regulates blood pressure due to Omega-3, an essential fatty acid that produce hormones that controls the contraction and relaxation of arteries wall. If this mechanisms is going the way it should, blood pressure will be normal. Add Cocoyam in your diet.
(8) THYME :
leaves are rich in Potassium mineral that will bring down high blood pressure and high heart beats rate under control. Prepare tea infusion of either fresh or dried Thyme leave. Drink 250 ml three times a day.
OR: You may add Thyme in your diet.
(9) GRAPES (Rodo rodo in Yoruba; inabi in Hausa) increases the blood nitric oxide levels which prevents blood clots. Extract the juice of fresh Grapes. Drink one glass cup once a day.
are rich in Potassium and Magnesium that eases the flow of blood to various parts of the body and keep them functioning at full capacity but it is low in Sodium. Strawberry Leaves can be eaten raw, cooked or can be taken in tea form.
(11) POMEGRANATE JUICE:
It lowers high blood pressure, improve cholesterol, reduces plaques in your arteries, reducing your risks for cardiovascular disease. Eating and drinking one cup of fresh Pomegranate pure fruit juice daily will provide you with this benefits.
(12) ORANGE JUICE
(Omi osan didun in Yoruba; Ruwa lemu in Hausa; Olom in Igbo; Sokoro in Efik) it fresh juice contains Magnesium and Potassium that restore high blood pressure to normal levels. Take 250 ml fresh natural Orange Juice with no added sugar once a day. If it is severe take it, two times a day.
(13) UNRIPE PLANTAINS (Ogede agbagba dudu in Yoruba; Jioko, Oji – oko in Igbo; Ayaba, Agade in Hausa; Agbo ochi in Idoma) contains some levels of Serotonin that dilated the arteries, improves blood flow and reduces homocysteine (a condition that causes coronary artery and stroke). It is better to roast unripe plantains rather than cooking. It can be boiled. Include Unripe Plantains in your diet.
During cooking process some minerals or nutrients might be destroyed.
(14) SAINTPAULIA IONATHA (Violet plant in English; Ewe Karo in Yoruba) contains alkaloids that have relaxing effects on blood vessels and flavonoid with diuretic effect that is good for elevated blood pressure. Prepare tea infusion of Violet plant leaves. Drink 150 ml three times a day.
(15) TIGER NUTS (Aya in Hausa; Imumu in Yoruba; Akiausa in Igbo; Opu opia in Igala) chewing of fresh Tiger nuts help in lowering high blood pressure due to it Potassium and Magnesium content.
If you are diabetic avoid dried Tiger nuts.
(Ayuu, Ayo ishi in Igbo; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba; Tafarnuwa in Hausa) reduce the Triglycerides levels and LDL (bad cholesterol). It prevents plaques deposition on the inner walls of the arteries. Take 2 to 3 fresh Garlic pods twice a day, after meals.
(17) MIMOSA PUDICA
(Touch me not plant in English; Oremonu, Enada abapa olutu kla in Idoma; Patanmon, Padimon in Yoruba; Mata gara kafa in Hausa; Kparochuku, Kpakochuku in Igbo) Extract the juice of fresh Mimosa Pudica leaves. Take 2 tablespoons two times a day.
(18) HIBISCUS SABDARIFFA
(Roselle in English; Yakuwa, Zobo rodo in Hausa; Isapa pupa in Yoruba) consumption of Hibiscus Sabdariffa tea help in lowering high blood pressure or manage hypertension as a result of it diuretic properties. Prepare tea infusion of Hibiscus Sabdariffa by putting 4 tablespoon of it in 300 ml water. Strain and drink when it is cool. Drink it three times a day.
(19) GINGER (Atale in Yoruba; Chitta in Hausa; Jinja in Igbo and Urhobo) reduce the risk and manages heart disease. It improves heart performance during exercise because it provides relaxing effects on the the body and reduce blood clotting. Put 1 tablespoon of Ginger juice or powder in 300 ml very hot water. Stir it thoroughly. Strain and drink when it is cool. Do it two times a day.
(20) CASSIA OCCIDENTALIS (Papala omode, Aborere, Asundegbe in Yoruba; Tafasaar in Hausa) obtain the fresh leaves of Cassia Occidentalis,extract it juice. Take 2 tablespoons two times a day.
OR: Boil the bark root in water for 20 minutes. Drink 150 ml two times a day.
(21) FENUGREEK SEEDS
(Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Hulba in Hausa; Ukpo Idooma in Idoma; Kerenkeren in Igbo) regulates blood cholesterol levels and improve blood pressure. Hence, reduce the risks of developing heart conditions and improve heart health. Soak 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds in water for 7 to 8 hours. Grind the soaked Fenugreek seeds in to paste together with 2 fresh Garlic pods
and 1 pinch of Cayenne pepper powder.
Take it 10 minutes before meal. Do it twice daily.
(22) WATER LEAF
(Ipi ape in Idoma; Gbure in Yoruba; Ebedondon in Edo; Nte oka in Igbo; Alenyruwa in Hausa) Obtain fresh water leaves. Cut the fresh tender stems and the leaves in to slices. Blend them in to juice. Add 2 pinches of Black Pepper powder
(Masooroo in Hausa; Ata iyere in Yoruba; Uziza, Uzize in Igbo) in to the green liquid that is your juice. Throw away the chaff. Drink the juice within 10 minutes of preparation. Do it two times a day.
(23) WATERMELON SEEDS
(Kankanna in Hausa; Anyu in Igbo) contains Arginine, Tryptophan, Glutamate acid, Lisin and Magnesium that regulates blood pressure. Crush 2 tablespoons of fresh Watermelon seeds mix with a pinch of Cayenne Pepper powder
(Ata ijosin, Ilufemi, ijeye, Afriremon in Yoruba; Barkono in Hausa; Apoko eeke in Idoma; Ose oyinbo in Igbo) and 1 tablespoon of Lemon juice
(Omi osan ganyin in Yoruba; Mmri Oroma nkirisi in Igbo; Ruwa baba lemu in Hausa; Itie akpaenfi in Urhobo) Take it two times a day.
(24) Roast Unripe Plantains. Cut it open in the middle put Cayenne Pepper and eat with 2 or 3 fresh Garlic pods.
(25) CHRYSOPYLLUM ALBIDUM
(African star apple in English; Utieaga dava in Urhobo; Eha in Ebira; Ibi in Idoma; Udala, Udara in Igbo; Agbaluba in Hausa; Agbalumon in Yoruba; Ehya in Igala; Otien in Edo) contains Magnesium, Calcium and other minerals that lowers elevated blood pressure. After eating the fruit pulp, it advisable you eat the skin as well because it is the most medicinal part of the plant. Add this fruit in your diet.
(26) BLACK PEPPER
(Masooroo in Hausa; Uziza in Igbo; Ata iyere in Yoruba) Masooroo in Hausa; Uziza in Igbo; Ata iyere in Yoruba) contains a compound known as Piperine that help in lowering elevated blood pressure. Always add Black Pepper in your diet.
(27) TETRAPLEURA TETRAPTERA
(Oshosho, Osakirisa in Igbo; Dawo in Hausa; Aridan, Aidan in Yoruba; Owoglo in Idoma; Uyayak in Ibibio) can be use for the prevention and management of high blood pressure and improving oxidation position in salt model hypertensive patient. Boil either the leaves or bark of Tetrapleura Tetraptera in water. Take 100 ml two times a day. Alternatively, Tetrapleura Tetraptera pods can crush or broken into pieces. Add small quantity of it to your cooking water. After it had boil for 10 minutes or once the water change colour. Remove the crush pods and throw them away. Use the water to cook your food.
(28) MORINGA OLEIFERA
(Drumstick, Moringa in English; Gawara, Habiwal Hausa, Konamarade, Rini maka in Fulani; Bagaruwa maka, Bagaruwa masar, Barambo, Koraukin zaila, Shipka hali, Shuka halinka, Rimin turawa, Zogala-gandi, Zogala in Hausa; Odudu Oyibo, Okochi egbu, Okwe olu, Okwe oyinbo, Okughara ite, Uhe, Ikwe beke in Igbo; Ewe igbale, Ewe ile, Idagbo monoye in Yoruba) isothiocyanate and niaziminin in Moringa prevent the thickening of the arteries. Put fresh Moringa leaves in 200 ml cup of water. Allow it to boil for 8 minutes. Once it becomes lukewarm and 1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper powder
and half tablespoon of crushed Garlic pods.
Mix them together. Eat the leaves and drink the liquid. Do it two times a day.
(29) Obtain fresh Coco yam or shade dried Coco yam leaves
Solanum Aethiopica leaves (Egg Plant, Garden egg in English; Dauta, Yalon in Hausa; Afufa, Anara in Igbo; Ewe Ikan Yoruba) and leaves or bark of Tamarind (Icheku in Igbo; Awin in Yoruba; Tsamiyar kurm in Yoruba). Boil them in a pot filled with water. Take 250 ml two times a day.
(30) Prepare tea infusion of the following items: African Bread Fruit (Afon in Yoruba; Ize in Benin; Ukwa in Igbo), Leaves or bark of Adansonia Digitata (Ose, iroko, Oluwere in Yoruba; Obobo in Igala; Kuka in Hausa;Usi in Edo; Kalkuwa in Kanuri; Ebobo in Bassa Nge) and the root bark of Rauvolfia Vomitoria (Indian snake root in English; Akanta in Igbo; Asofeyeje in Yoruba; Wada in Hausa). Take 200 ml twice or thrice a day depending on your condition.
(31) Chew 5 fresh Basil or Scent leaves
(Arigbe, Nchuanwu in Igbo; Ira, Ufuo-yibo in Urhobo; Effinrin in Yoruba; Esewon in Edo; Doddoya in Hausa; Ayeneba in Idoma; Kunguleko in Tiv) together with
4 fresh leaves of Azadirachta Indica
(Neem in English; Aforo Oyinbo, Cassia in Yoruba; Ogwu akom in Igbo; Dongoyaro, Bedi in Hausa) and drink water upon it. Do it the morning and evening.
(32) Grind the following items together:
• Fresh Garlic pods
• Cloves (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa)
• Bitter Cola (Edun, Efiariin Efik; Oje in Bokyi; Igoligo in Idoma; Orogbo in Yoruba; Aku – ilu, Ugolo in Igbo; Akaan in Ijo-Izon; Okain in Itsekiri; Efrie in Ejagham-kin; Emiale in Icheve)
Mix them thoroughly with Organic Pure Honey and
Take 1 tablespoon twice a day.
(33) Terminalia Catappa leaves
(Ofio in Yoruba; Almond in English; Obulonu beke in Idoma; Mbansen mbakara in Efik), Avocado leaves (Ube oyinbo in Igbo; Piya in Hausa; Ewe pia in Yoruba) and Banana leaves.
Prepare tea infusion of the above items. Drink 200 ml three times a day.
(34) Cajanus Cajan leaves (Dogon Wake in Hausa; Ewe Otili in Yoruba; Fiofio in Igbo), Leaves of Psidium Guajava
(Guava in English; Gwaba in Hausa; Kasu in Yoruba; Kansu in Igbo; Igobe in Urhobo) and
Phyllanthus Amarus/ phyllanthus Nuriri
(Stone breaker in English; Ehinbisowo Yin olobe Eyin olobe in Yoruba; Geeron tsuntsaaye in Hausa; Oyomokeso amanke edem in Efik; Eyinkonwa, Ngwu, Buchi oro in Igbo) put all the mentioned items in a pot filled with water. Boil for 30 minutes. Drink 250 ml two times a day.
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