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Hi, your diet sounds very good, and exercise as well. I have had high BP for 3 years and have just begun doing some serious changes to lower it. The doctor wants me on meds; which I tried but had no change - in fact it went higher. I wondered to myself, "How can a diuretic that flushes out all the minerals out of the body be any good for me, and expect my heart to do better???" So I did reading.
Okay, it's been only one week, but here is my experience. FYI - I am a 51 year old female with terrible chronic pain, (that begun my hypertension, as pain goes). I started taking the minerals that the heart needs. (All otc purchases)
Magnesium 1 tablet at 250mg
Potassium 1 tablet
Calcium Citrate (it doesn't constipate - carbonate does) I take 1000 mg day

My BP on day 2 was 2 points lower, and has continued to drop down. It has been for the longest time an average of 145/93 or higher; today and yesterday it reads 136/85!!!!!! Yippie, it is working. Anyways this is the thing. Hearts need these minerals in order to function properly, but doctors generally avoid such issues. With you, you are eating lots of good food, true, BUT YOU ARE SWEATING AND LOSING MUCH OF YOUR MINERAL CONTENT through all the exercise.
Now I can say this because I used to run, and bike and developed irregular heart beats with flutterings. Someone suggested orange juice, that I needed potassium. It worked! I mean really!! Can't the medical business take the natural laws of nature more seriously?
So, if I were you I would try the above. ONE MORE THING. My aunt who smokes, suggested to me that I should do what she does for her high bp. She takes celery seed capsules. Did you know that celery is really, really good for its properties - But to eat a lot of it is not my cup of tea.
So the celery seed is a good alternative.
Hope this helps!
Megan51 newbie
Hooray for you for decreasing your alcohol intake & maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Before going on meds, I would check out the DASH diet to see if you need to fine tune your already healthy diet. What about sodium intake including salt & sodium laden prepared foods?

Your intense exercise with bench presses may have to be reduced. I would try just walking for about an hour a day since you are already in good shape. Do this for a week & see if there is a change in your b/p.

What about sleep? Any signs of sleep apnea? If so you could have a sleep study & see if you need a C-Pap machine at night. It often will reduce b/p by 10 points & give you a better nights sleep.

Are you getting enough potassium through fruits & vegetables etc? Potassium can be a two edge sword: too much can stop the heart & too little can cause one's heart to function poorly. You need to see what your blood tests for potassium show before considering supplements. Food sources come prepacked with the other nutrients needed to make the best use of potassium.

Are you getting enough fluid during the day? Water or other fluids can act as a natural diuretic. Too much fluid can result in death because of its effect on the brain. It is important to sip our fluids & not drink real fast. Drinking 16 oz of fluid within a 15 min period will raise the b/p for two hours. Avoid drinks with caffeine. I find drinking 16 oz of water before breaksfast while exercising a good way to start the day. You will know you are getting enough fluid if your urine is a pale yellow. I find the Brita water filter gives tasty water. Eight (8oz) glasses of fluid a day seems to suit most people.

Make sure you are dealing with "white coat hypertension." Are you sure your b/p monitor is accurate or at least consistently off by a few points. Check it against the DR's monitor or go to a Fire station or even the ER which will do it for free.

Is the b/p cuff the correct size? You may need a larger cuff with all your exercising.

The bottom line here is to leave no stone unturned before going on meds. You can probaly find lists of probably causes of HBP that are within your control.