Is Himalayan Salt Good for High Blood Pressure and Your Overall Health?

Is Himalayan Salt Good for High Blood Pressure and Your Overall Health?

By Dr Joe

Is himalayan salt good for blood pressure? That’s a question I get asked often. Mainly because I do a lot of videos on high blood pressure on my You Tube channel.

My subscribers get bombarded with ads professing the goodness of himalayan salt and the puported benefits of himalayan salt. In modern times, when something appears exotic and himalayan salt is indeed exotic, we automatically assume, it must be good for our health.

That may be true for a lot of products that come from afar. We thank the internet for the globalization that we exeperience today. It’s given us the opportunity to share in the spoils of other regions which hitherto would have been totally unavailable to us.

Making the world one big global village is good for our physical and mental health.

 

The Plan – Here’s what you’re going to get on this page

In this article, I will answer that question of himalayan salt and high blood pressure, whether himalayan salt is good for you or not, if himalayan salt is iodized and also whether himalayan salt is better than regular table salt.

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Let’s crack on…

 

Is himalayan salt good for high blood pressure?

The short answer to the question of himalayan salt being good for high blood pressure is; No, it isn’t.

If there was ever a product that literally represents the saying that “all that glitters isn’t gold“, himalayan salt represents that.

Yes, himalayan salt looks pretty because of its distinctive pink hue and it’s easy on the eye. But that’s where the beauty and it’s usefulness to health end.

The beautiful pinkish hue of the himalayan salt is due to the fact that this brand of salt is unprocessed, therefore it retains some traces of iron within it. The presence of the iron and some other minerals is the reason the himalayan salt has become the latest “miracle cure” for all from the East.

No, himalayan salt isn’t a magic cure for all your ailments.

Himalayan salt or Pink salt as it’s also known; is not healthier than any other salt out there.

Indeed, himalayan salt is not good for high blood pressure. If you’re one of those who got caught out with the health benefit claims of himalayan salt being good for hypertension, then it’s time for a thought make-over.

Don’t buy the hype. Terms like organic, natural, unprocessed and healthy salt have all been used to describe the himalayan salt. They all imply a loftier status of this rock salt compared to the regular table salt. Again, don’t buy the hype.

 

Is Himalayan salt better than regular normal salt?

Answer: No, himalayan salt is not better than regualr normal table salt.

You may argue that himalayan salt is unrefined unlike regular table salt but in the end, the nutritional profile is almost the same. Yes, refined salt is processed which means all the impurities are removed leaving a white crytalline fine powder for us to use as table salt.

But here is the deal.

Himalayan salt retailers may claim superiority because it contains some minerals which regular table salt does not boast of. That’s true.

But the devil is in the detail. When you look closely you’ll realise that ‘all salt is salt’. Period.
Meaning all salt contain Sodium Chloride (NaCl). It is the amount of the sodium chloride in each salt that may vary.

But guess what? They don’t vary that much.

 

What’s the himalayan salt hype all about?

Yes, himalayan salt contains traces (yes, traces) of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium compared to our regular white table salt.

But did you know that himalayan salt is actually 98% Sodium Chloride?

Another 0.6% of himalayan salt is calcium and 0.7% being water. That leaves only 0.7% of its nutritional profile being made of the potassium, iron and magnesium. That’s the “mineral idea” the makers of himalayan salt want you to buy into literally; as having superior health benefits over regular white table salt.

Yes, the himalayan salt promoters will tell you your white table salt is bleached and has all the nutrients stripped away unlike himalayan salt, but ask them how much minerals are we talking about?

Is it the 1.4% of the himalayan rock salt that is made up of minerals?
Because the rest of the himalayan rock salt is wholly Sodium Chloride – 98% and 0.6% water.

The so-called minerals you’ll get from himalayan rock salt are so small that we will consider them as negligible. In fact, with a healthy diet which hopefully is what you needed the salt for in the first place, you won’t be lacking those minerals.

 

Keto and Redmond Real Salt hype similarity

This reminds me of what’s going on the keto community. The keto folks believe so much in Redmond Real Salt (which is basically Sea Salt) as being superior to table salt. So much so that they now carry pocket-sized redmond real salt wherever they go. Ridiculous!

The Redmond Real Salt has the same nutritional profile as the himalayan salt and as expected is marketed to the ketogenic community similarly. And these keto folk have bought into it. Big time.

As for taste, well if you made salt water with himalayan salt and regular table salt, I guarantee you, you won’t notice any difference in taste when you drink both. It’s the same Salt water regardless of the salt in it.

All rock salt whether it’s Sea salt, Himalayan salt, Redmond salt have roughly the same amount of Sodium Chloride and this has been tested in various labs, by the way. Don’t be fooled by the marketing hype and their expensive price tags.

Bottom line: forget those health benefits of organic himalayan salt, sea salt, redmond real salt. They are pure hot air. Not worth your money.

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Is Himalayan salt iodized?

Himalayan salt may contain the tiniest amount of natural iodine mineral and I mean tiny. So tiny that it’s best ignored. It’s best to say, himalayan salt is not iodized.

If you want to use iodized salt for your cooking to furnish your thyroid gland with supplemental iodine, you are better off buying a manufactured iodized table salt. Don’t rely on the himalayan salt as your source of supplemental iodine.

 

Is Himalayan salt good for you?

Next question is whether himalayan salt is good for you or not.

Answer: Yes and No.

Himalayan is good for you in so far as any salt is good for you. You need to be careful how much salt you consume daily especially if you have high blood pressure. Recommended daily salt intake is 1500 mg.

Please do not consume lots of himalayan salt in the hope that you are improving your health doing so. You’re not. Use salt to taste whether in a drink or in food.

And No, himalayan salt is not good for your health any more than table salt is.

All the health benefit claims that organic himalayan salt is good for your blood pressure, makes you sleep better, good for your thyroid, relieves headache, improves adrenal function, good for weight management, makes your circulation better etc are all unsupported claims as far as the science goes.

Don’t get sucked in by retailers and their unsubstantiated himalayan salt goodness claims. Your regular table salt is as good as the himalayan salt or redmond real salt and much less expensive.

It’s all hype. Don’t buy into it.

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Are Bang Energy Drinks Good or Bad For You?

Are Bang Energy Drinks Good or Bad For You?

By Dr Joe

On this page, I’m going to give you the low-down on whether bang energy drinks are good or bad for you. You’ll get to know the ingredients, when to take bang energy drinks and how to use bang energy drinks.

There is a wave of publicity going on in the fitness sector. It’s about bang energy drinks. Keen fitness enthusiasts are all jumping on the bandwagon.

But no one has actually taken a pause to ask if bang energy drinks are bad for you? Is it safe to assume that bang energy drinks are good for you?

How about we take a pause to analyse if bang energy drinks are healthy or not. Because it’s only after such analysis that we can establish if these bang energy drinks are good or bad for you.

With so much publicity, these new drinks have now grabbed a fair slice of the market share. Giving the oldest energy drinks a run for their money. I’m referring to Red Bull and Monster drinks. These old favorites now see vpx bang energy drink as a serious competitor.

That’s the power of social media and social media influencers. It’s the way the world works today.

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What does bang energy drink do?

Nice question. What does bang energy do really? May be another way of framing the question is: what is bang energy drink?

Answer: Bang energy drink as the name implies; is an energy boosting drink just like Monster, Red Bull or Reize. A lot of user feedback seems to suggest that bang energy drink does what it says on the tin – heighten energy.

So, bang energy drink is all about invigorating and amplifying your energy output, preventing early exercise fatigue. Bang energy drink is a good workout escalator formulated to assist you burn fat.

If you are a fitness enthusiast, bang energy drink is claimed to be the pick-me-up tool. Capable of enhancing your workout intensity on account of the energy stimulating potential.

 

What ingredients are in bang energy drink?

It’s reasonable to know the content i.e the ingredients of the bang energy drink, before we talk about whether bang energy drink is good or bad for you.

For instance, some people are interested in knowing how much sodium is in bang energy drink, because they don’t want to consume too much salt. Others also want to know if bang nergy drink has electrolytes. Yes, it does have electrolytes.

For all of these people, if you look below you’ll find the sodium and other electrolytes content in the bang energy drink.

With that thought in mind, here’s Bang energy drink nutritional information.

1 can of Bang Energy drink which is 16 oz contains:

  • 0 Calories
  • 300 mg of caffeine
  • 0 mg Protein
  • 0 mg Cholesterol
  • 0 gm total fat
  • 0 gm total carbohydrate
  • 40 gm sodium
  • 85 mg Potassium

Here are vitamins and minerals that make up the ingredients in bang energy drink

  • Magnesium ( 2% of the daily recommended dosage)
  • Niacin ( 25% of the daily recommended dosage)
  • Vitamin B12 (25% of the daily recommended dosage)
  • Vitamin C (50% of the daily recommended dosage)
  • Vitamin B6 (25% of the daily recommended dosage)

What else is in Bang energy drink?

  • L-leucine
  • Super Creatine (Creatyl-L-Leucine)- Creatine bonded to L-Leucine
  • L-Isoleucine
  • L-valine
  • CoQ10
  • Carbonated water
  • Magnesium chloride
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Calcium Disodium EDTA
  • Citric acid anhydrous
  • Caffeine anhydrous
  • Sodium benzoate (this is a preservative)
  • Potassium sorbate (this is a preservative)
  • Sucralose (Artificial sweetener)
  • Acesulfame potassium

When to take bang energy drink?

Wondering when to drink your bang energy drink? Well, your best bet is to take your bang energy drink 30 minutes before your workout. The idea is to have the branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and the Super-Creatine to get absorbed from your gut. These nutrients are forwarded to your muscles.

Usually BCAAs tend to by-pass the liver when taken in supplement format. This means the BCAAs head straight for the muscle where they provide the much needed amino acid for muscle building and muscle protection.

So, if you take your bang energy drink 30 minutes before your workout, you will preparing the ground for muscle nourishment. That’s a recipe for muscle gain. Besides, taking your bang energy drink before your workout prevents early exercise fatigue boosted by the caffeine.

If you are not able to take your bang energy drink 30 minutes before your workout, drink your bang energy drink soon after your workout to quickly replenish your muscle nutrition.

 

How to use Bang Energy Drink?

If you are wondering how to use bang energy drink, I will suggest as stated above, to use it as a pre-workout drink. Just drink it as you would any other energy drink.

That’s how you get the best out of the drink and I will explain why. If fitness is your thing, you’d want to maximize the time you spend on training, don’t you?

The caffeine in the vpx bang energy drink (remember, no other energy drink has that amount of caffeine in it) is a workout booster. That’s why Red Bull and Monster drinks are used by fitness enthusiasts. To fight fatigue.

Something else with the bang energy drink is the BCAAs, coQ10 and the super-creatine in the drinks. These BCAAs, for instance, compete with tryptophan in the brain.

That way, less 5-hydroxytryptamine is produced. 5-hdroxytryptamine (5HT) gives a feeling of fatigue. The less 5-HT you have, the better.

BCAAs in bang energy drinks make you produce less 5HT meaning more workout output.

I cannot speak for the super-creatine though, as it would appear to be proprietary secret. We do not know the true nature of the super-creatine. The makers of the drink tell us that it is superior to the creatine that we know and love.

Plus the coQ10 works at the level of the mitochondria which is the power house of your cell. The coQ10 enables you produce more energy.

All of these combined mechanisms make it a wiser idea to use your bang energy drink as a pre-workout beverage.

 

Do you have to be 18 to buy bang energy drink?

Yes, the minmum age for bang energy drink consumption is 18. The makers of the drink clearly state that bang energy drink is not for people under the age of 18.

I can understand why. The caffeine content being so high makes it an inadvisable drink for youg people.

 

Is bang energy drink healthy?

It depends on how you look at the issue of how healthy the bang energy drink can be. It’s not a perfect drink by any stretch of imagination. It’s got some healthy points as well as some bad aspects.

So let’s look at the good aspects of the drink first of all.

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Is Bang energy drink good for you?

From the point of view of what it can do for you in terms of workout output, then you can say bang energy is good for you. The drink will certainly turbocharge your exercise endurance.

The caffeine content of the bang energy drink even though is a tad high for my liking means you can get a lot more mileage from your training sessions. More output, Better results. A fitter you.

Anything that stimulates workout intensity is never a bad thing.

Besides I like the fact that the bang beverage has BCAAs. I have written a lot about BCAAs on this blog. BCAAs are great for muscle growth, fight Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) as well as muscle recovery.

When taken as directed, users don’t report having jitters. The vitamins in the bang energy drink are good for nerve function. The electrolytes in bang energy drink make for easy fluid and electrolyte replacement following a sweaty session in the gym.

The bang energy drink does not have refined sugar as does a lot of other energy drinks. Instead bang energy drink has sucralose instead as it’s sweetner.

Refined sugar is best avoided if you want to stay healthy. So that substitution of sucralose for refined sugar is another reason bang energy drink is good for you.

Without the usual refined sugar, you won’t have blood sugar spikes followed by blood sugar crash. Blood sugar crash is something that stimulates people to eat energy-dense refined carbs.

One more reason why bang energy drink is good for you is that it contains coQ10. This is a coenzyme that’s involved in energy production within the cell. You cannot argue with the fact that energy production within the muscle cell during workout is a good thing.

 

Why is bang energy drink bad for you?

Okay, so we have talked about why bang energy drink is good for you. But why would bang energy drinks be bad for you? Like I said earlier, it’s not a perfect energy beverage. That means it’s got some bad aspects.

First is that sucralose in it. Sucralose is not usually digested in the gut which in itself is not a bad thing. But that means in some people the sucralose can cause upset stomach.

So, if you are wondering if bang energy drinks make you poop, yes, they do. Not in every user though. Just some. Because people handle their sucralose differently.

Some people will experience bloating, gas issues and nausea. Others will have poop issues (diarrhoea) when they consume bang energy drink.

If you have diarrhoea everytime you use bang energy drink, it’s the sucralose in it that is responsible.

Another reason why bang energy drink may be bad for you is the mixture of caffeine and super-creatine. This study seems to suggest that it may not be a wise combination in that they both have opposing effects on muscle relaxation time.

There’s a chance this combination may negate some of the muscle gain benefits that you expect from using the beverage. But in reality this effect is not that significant.

Another thing is; we are not quite sure what super-creatine actually is and what it does. In theory, the super-creatine in bang energy drink is supposed to be superior to the regular creatine.

Some reports however seem to suggest that super-creatine gets broken down to creatinine very quickly. That’s not so much a problem if your kidneys are functioning very well. Your body should get rid of creatinine in your urine. But if you have suspicious kidney function, you want to be careful then.

 

The Sodium Benzoate risk of VPX Bang energy drinks

Another reason bang energy drink may be bad for you is the presence of the preservative, Sodium Benzoate. This preservative has some not-so-pleasant side effects.

When sodium benzoate was combined with caffeine in another unrelated product, these were the side effects observed:

“visual disturbances, increased sensitivity to touch or pain, tingling in the hands and feet, ringing or buzzing in the ears, hearing loss, trouble sleeping, muscle tremors or twitches, increased urination, rapid heart rate and ther cardiac arrhythmias including headache, excitement, agitation, restlessness, irritability, anxiety, hyperventilation, shortness of breath”

In any case, those are some of the adverse effects you would expect if you consumed too much caffeine but obviously there’s a gross overlap of the side effects for caffeine and sodium benzoate.

A further little concern that bang energy drink may be bad for you is that; sodium benzoate has been arguably linked to cancer. For someone who is a reasonable user of the drink, this should not really be much of a concern to you.

You’ll need to be consuming lots and lots of the drink and on a regular basis for you to have cancer concerns regarding this energy drink.

All in all, if you’re going to use bang energy drink as part of your fitness program, you only need to apply commonsense. Don’t over-consume the drink and you should be fine.

You may also be interested in knowing the answer to the question: does coffee break a fast?

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How Many Bang Energy Drinks Can You Have Per Day & Do Bang Energy Drinks Cause a Crash?

How Many Bang Energy Drinks Can You Have Per Day & Do Bang Energy Drinks Cause a Crash?

By Dr Joe

With the rising demand for bang energy drinks, a common question that has arisen is; how many bang energy drinks can I have in a day?

This is a fairly reasonable question. Energy drinks are just that. Energy drinks. They are manufactured to provide energy boost. So, it gets tempting to want to consume more and more. They are moreish.

This is not helped by the fact that these energy drinks are deliberately made to be tasty. Bang energy drinks are no exception. They are tasty.

With that temptation in mind, you could easily consume a lot of the new bang energy drink over the course of a day. But you need to rein in your appetite, so you don’t overshoot your daily safety limits for caffeine.

Apart from knowing how many bang energy drinks to consume daily, you’ll also learn about whether bang energy drinks can cause a crash, the flavours available and more importantly, where to buy the bang energy drinks right now cheaply.

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So, how many bang energy drinks can you have in a day?

Let me answer this question in bang generic terms first of all. I will start by alerting you to how much caffeine is considered safe for consumption per day.

If you have read my article on the effect of coffee on blood pressure, you will remember I mentioned that you are allowed 300 – 400 mg of caffeine per day.

That’s 3 – 4 standard cups of coffee per day.

Yes, 300 – 400 mg of caffeine is the recommended daily allowance in a 24-hour period.

A 16 ounce can of bang energy drink contains 300 mg of caffeine. When bang energy drink was first made available to the public, it initially contained 357 mg of caffeine per 16 liquid ounce can.

I suppose commonsense prevailed as per the high caffeine content. Consequently they have reduced the caffeine content. Bang energy drink now has 300 mg of caffeine per can.

Even then, bang energy drink still remains the energy drink with the highest caffeine content in the energy boosting industry at the moment.

Given you are allowed 300 400 mg of caffeine per day, it means you can drink 1 can and a third of bang energy drink per day.

Question: how many bang energy drinks should you drink per day?

Answer: You can drink up to 1 can and a third of bang energy drink per day. A can and a third of bang energy drink will contain the maximum amount of caffeine allowance per day. That’s a total of 400 mg of caffeine.

But there’s something else to bear in mind. Most people who consume bang energy drinks also drink coffee at home, in the office and elsewhere in coffee restaurants.

Coffee has caffeine. Fact.

People also drink tea. Tea has caffeine too unless it is decaffeinated tea.

The point here is; even though you can drink 1 can and a third of bang energy drink in a day, you need to consider other sources of caffeine like coffee and tea. Because they all add up.

So, you may want to consider this when you think about how much bang energy drinks you want to consume in a day.

If you are under 18, the bang energy drinks are not recommended for you. You might not be able to handle the coffee load. Under-age bang energy drink consumption not allowed.

Something else to consider is your sensitivity to caffeine. Everyone is different.

Some people are fast metabolizers, so they can deal with their caffeine load very quickly. Others are slow metabolizers. For slow metabolizers, the caffeine hangs around the body much longer.

If you are sensitive to caffeine and are a slow metabolizer, you may want to consider how much bang energy drinks you consume per day.

By the way, the bang brand now has caffeine-free energy drinks. You may choose to drink the caffeine-free bang energy drinks. If you choose this option, you may drink more than the recommended 1 can and a third.

What flavours of bang energy drinks are available?

Bang energy drinks have different flavours and they keep coming up with new flavors. Here are the currently available flavors:

  • Black Cherry Vanilla
  • Blue Razz
  • Champagne
  • Cherry Blade Lemonade
  • Citrus Twist
  • Cotton Candy
  • Frose Rose
  • Lemon Drop
  • Mystery Flavo

These are the new bang energy drink flavours. They are:

  • Rainbow Unicorn
  • Peach Mango
  • Pina Colada
  • Power Punch
  • Fruit Punch
  • Purple Guava Pear
  • Purple Haze
  • Root Beer
  • Sour Heads
  • Star Blast
  • Variety Pack Random Flavors

Does bang energy drink cause a crash?

It makes sense to know if an energy source like bang energy drink can cause a crash, because most energy drinks do in fact, cause a crash after a couple of hours.

However, the makers of bang energy drinks have advised that bang energy drinks do not cause a crash. There are 3 reasons why bang energy drink will not cause a crash:

One is; bang energy drinks have the artificial sweetner, sucralose, instead of refined sugar. With sucralose you don’t get that usual blood sugar spike followed by a crash.

The 2nd reason why bang energy drink won’t cause a crash apart from the sucralose content; is the presence of coQ10. This coQ10 also called ubiquinol or ubiquinone is a ubiquitous coenzyme involved in energy production within the cell and for your body in general.

coQ10 performs it’s functions at the level of the mitochondria, the power house of the cell. You could therefore argue that a drink like bang energy drink containing coQ10 which facilitates energy production for the body should stabilize energy, rather than cause a crash.

A 3rd reason is; bang energy drinks also contain branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and creatine in them. These can be used as an energy source if the body needs more energy. These amino acids will need to be converted to glucose first though. This is achieved via a process of gluconeogenesis.

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Where to buy bang energy drinks?

Where can you buy the bang energy drinks? Good question. Because now that you know so much about bang energy drinks, you will need to get them for your personal use.

Well you may be able to buy your bang energy drinks from your local gas stations or your local supermarket.

However, not every gas station or local supermarket sells bang energy drinks. If you’re wondering where else can you get bang energy drinks, I have provided you with links below for your convenience.

Yes, you can find and buy bang energy drinks online without leaving the comfort of your home. A popular and trusted online store sells bang energy drinks. You can buy single cans of bang energy drinks or buy in bulk.

I have provided you with links to different flavors of the bang energy drinks in answer to your burning question of where do you get bang energy drinks. Get your drinks though the links below. Sorted!

So, simply follow the links below to buy your bang energy drinks online and have them delivered straight to your door in 24 hours.

Variety pack with different flavors => Get It here from Amazon.com

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Citrus Twist flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Cotton Candy flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Frose Rose flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Lemon Drop flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Rainbow Unicorn flavor => Get It here from Amazon.com

Peach Mango flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Pina Colada flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Power Punch flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Star Blast flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Purple Guava Pear flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Purple Haze flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

Sour Heads flavor => Get It Here from Amazon.com

So, there you go. You now have the necessary information for you to proceed to buy bang energy drinks but please drink it responsibly. Cheers!
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What Is Nitric Oxide Dump, Why Do The Nitric Oxide Dump & What Does The Nitric Oxide Dump Do?

What Is Nitric Oxide Dump, Why Do The Nitric Oxide Dump & What Does The Nitric Oxide Dump Do?

By Dr Joe

Ever since I posted the nitric oxide dump exercise routine video, I have had a number of questions.

Some of them include; what is nitric oxide dump, why do a nitric oxide dump (the benefits of nitric oxide), why call it ‘dump’ and what does the nitric oxide dump do.

So, you are in luck because I am going to answer these nitric oxide related questions here for you.

I will also tell you about the surge in sales of arginine and citrulline supplements as possible substitutes for viagra.

Oh yes, there’s a relationship between arginine, citrulline and nitric oxide. I’ll explain that…and even link up nitric oxide with the popular viagra pill.

Are arginine and citrulline supplements worth your money? Are they the silver bullet for erectile dysfunction?

Plus you get to know if dark chocolate does boost nitric oxide levels in the body too, right here. A lot to cover.

Stay tuned…

why do the nitric oxide dump

But before then, I should say a ‘Big Thank You’ to you folks for giving my nitric oxide dump exercise video a nice leg up on the You Tube platform. It’s 11 days since I posted the video and at the time of writing, the video has garnered over 250,000 views. Awesome!

The purists will say, what’s there to shout about? After all, there are videos with 5 million views and counting…

Well, a lot actually…

…because my channel is a relatively new one on the You Tube platform with a small subscriber base.

So, over a quarter of million views in 11 days for this video, is something I am certainly proud of. As I write, the momentum of the views has decelerated considerably but I enjoyed it whilst the momentum lasted. Thank you all.

If you’re not sure what I am talking about, the video will be embedded on this page on the relevant section. Don’t worry.

Okay, let’s get back on track and talk about the nitric oxide dump exercise routine.

What is Nitric oxide?

It sort of makes sense to talk about the molecule of nitric oxide first; before we dive into what nitric oxide dump is. What is nitric oxide?

Allow me to take you on short walk on Geek Street. Don’t worry. It’s not going to be long. But it’s essential to our understanding of the concept of the dump and it’s benefits.

The substance, Nitric oxide has come a long way. It’s formula is NO. It is a gas molecule. A colourless gas. It’s journey of discovery ended in 1992 when it got the title of ‘Molecule of the Year‘.

Through years of intense research Louis Ignarro and Ferid Murad finally uncovered this beautiful nitric oxide as a signalling molecule for the cardiovascular system.

For their efforts, they earned a Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1998 and well deserved too.

Inside the body, nitric oxide is a free radical. So, even though we always talk about getting rid of free radicals in the body, nitric oxide is one free radical you want to embrace and keep. For good.

Nitric oxide is a biologically active compound. It’s a mesenger molecule involved in a lot of biological processes in both mammals and plants. The main enzyme responsible for its synthesis is Nitric Oxide Synthase.

You need the amino acid Arginine, Oxygen and Nicotineamide Adenosine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NADP) in the presence of the nitric oxide synthase enzyme to make a molecule of nitric oxide.

That’s the link between arginine and nitric oxide. You need arginine to make nitric oxide.

This is probably the reason why some Nutraceutical companies have now developed arginine supplements. The premise is to boost nitric oxide production by making the amino acid arginine readily available in the body, but the results have been very disappointing.

High arginine levels in the body through supplemental arginine does not appear to be an effective way of achieving high nitric oxide levels in the body. There’s something about synthetic arginine amino acid that doesn’t quite hit the mark.

Maybe the nitric oxide synthase enzyme doesn’t quite warm up to synthetic arginine. Which is just as well.

Because one has to be careful in attempting to over-promote the production nitric oxide in the body especially through the use of supplements. The reason is that there has been some research to suggest that nitric oxide in excess may play a role in cancer genesis.

This paper seems to suggest nitric oxide may be involved in some of the events mediating cancer origin like formation of new blood vessels.

But don’t panic just yet about the role of nitric oxide in cancer. Because the silver lining is that; this study tells us that nitric oxide actaully kills cancer cells. They used nitric oxide in the treatment of mouth cancer successfully.

Also this study talks about the power of nitric oxide to suppress cancer growth as well as the spread of cancer in the body. It’s role in cancer treatment and prevention appears to supercede any suspicion of it’s involvement in cancer causation. So, please don’t fret, okay.

Nitric oxide is very diffusible. Meaning it permeates cell membranes very easily once it is signalled to commence work, because nitric oxide is very water soluble.

Talking about oral supplementation to boost nitric oxide production.

Nutraceutical companies have gone a step further to make L-citrulline supplements to increase nitric oxide levels. L-citrulline is another amino acid. A non-essential amino acid.

Some have gone one more step to combine Arginine and citrulline together like this one here for convenience.

L-citrulline is converted into L-arginine by the kidneys. The L-arginine is then converted to nitric oxide. A lot of these supplements have been developed to serve as alternatives to the popular drug, Viagra.

Of course, we all know about viagra and blood flow and what it does to fix erectile dysfunction.

Feedback from people who have used citrulline supplements have been disappointing. No better than a placebo effect. Even this reseach paper here confirmed the futility of citrulline use and failure to increase blood flow.

Could the failure of citrulline substitution for arginine and failure to ignite substantial nitric oxide production be due to the low levels of glutamine as shown here? It’s difficult to say.

What’s the link between viagra and nitric oxide?

Viagra (Sildenafil) works by boosting the amount of nitric oxide’s signalling partner cyclic Guanosine Monophosphate (cGMP) available in the penile tissue.

Viagra does that by blocking the enzyme that promotes the breakdown of cGMP. This action relatively makes the job of smooth muscle relaxation easy for the available nitric oxide.

So, a small rise in nitric oxide level will go a long way (no pun intended).

Smooth muscle relaxation in the penis results in vasodilation and a rush of blood to the penis. Happy days!

Bottomline: Arginine or citrulline supplements are not suitable viagra substitutes. You’re not going to get the same results. You may use these supplements for workout purposes, if you like.

 

What is Nitric Oxide dump?

Okay, let’s depart Geek Street and talk about natural nitric oxide boosting mechanisms. Because that’s what the nitric oxide dump is about.

The nitric oxide dump is an exercise routine that is designed to trigger the release of the nitric oxide from the lining of the blood vessel walls. Nitric oxide is usually stored in the endothelium (the lining of the blood vessel wall).

Once released from the endothelium, it gets to work diffusing across cell membranes. This results in the relaxation of the blood vessel wall leading to to what we call vasodilation.

The net result: lower blood pressure amongst other multitude of benefits.

Why is the exercise routine called Nitric oxide dump?

I know ‘dump’ not a flattering name.

But the simple reason it is called ‘dump’ is because we are initiating a process that dumps nearly all of the available nitric oxide in the “storage tanks” into the blood circulation in one go.

Do this exercise and you empty the the nitric oxide tanks, if you like. Don’t worry, the tanks will be re-filled.

What makes up the nitric oxide dump exercise routine?

There are 4 exercises that make up the nitric oxide routine and they are:

1) The Squat
2) Circular Arm Swing
3) Static Forward March
4) Shoulder Press

To save me describing them and how to perform them, watch video below. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

I recommend performing 20 reps for each of the 4 exercises. That makes a total of 80 reps. Those 80 reps constitute 1 set.

I also recommend 3 sets. By the time you have completed the 3 sets, you would have done 240 reps in total.

And guess what? It only takes 4 minutes. Just 4 minutes to perform. Very time-efficient.

What does the Nitric Oxide dump do?

As explained above, the nitric oxide dump exercises trigger the release of the stored notric oxide from the lining of the blood vessel walls. That causes a surge in nitric oxide levels in the blood circulation.

Because of the solubility of the nitric oxide, it diffuses across cells. In particular, within the cells of the blood vessel wall, nitric oxide signals the muscle cells around to relax.  That’s why nitric oxide is referred to as endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF).

This leads to vasodilation. The net result: lower blood pressure, better blood flow, better supply of oxygen and nutrients to tissues. Better health.

There’s more. Even though at the start of the nitric oxide dump exercise routine, the exercise is not involved in the production of the molecule, it actually stimulates the production of more nitric oxide.

Why…because as you use up the stored nitric oxide following the exercise routine, more nitric oxide production is stimulated. The used up nitric oxide has to be replaced.

So, performining the nitric oxide dump exercise routine boosts further production of this all-important substance in our body. Not a bad deal, is it?

Why do a nitric oxide dump?

You do the nitric oxide dump exercise routine for one principal reason. Release and boost your nitric oxide levels in your body. Simple.

I suppose your next question is; what does nitric oxide do or what are the benefits of nitric oxide?

Before I talk about the benefits of doing the Nitric oxide dump, I just want to say something about issue of dark chocolates boosting nitric oxide. Well, yes, you can achieve a boost with dark chocolate, within reason.

But you must ensure it is a 90% dark chocolate as opposed to anything below that. The reason is the higher the percentage, the more the cacao levels in the chocolate bar. Meaning less additives and less processed.

The more cacao in the product, the better the nitric oxide boosting potential of the dark chocolate product. I talk more about that here.

So, here are the benefits of boosting nitric oxide and also by implication benefits of the nitric oxide dump exercise:

  • Excellent for blood pressure control
  • Improves heart health
  • Enhanced oxygen delivery to your body cells
  • Improved mitochondrial (the power house of your cells) function
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Reduces stickiness of your blood, thereby preventing blood clots
  • Protects lean body mass

More benefits of doing nitric oxide dump exercise include:

  • Promotes fat loss
  • Reduces the risk of plaque formation on the walls of your arteries
  • Increases VO2 max thereby boosting oxygen utilisation during exercise
  • Improves exercise endurance
  • Slows down cognitive decline
  • Improves erectile dysfunction – a natural free viagra
  • Boosts immune system function
  • Reduces cell death
  • Calms down nerves

There are more advantages of having your nitric oxide levels boosted by performing the dump routine, but I’ll have to stop there for now.

Now, looking at all of these benefits, it’s time for me to do my evening session of nitric oxide dump routine. Won’t miss it for the world!

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8 Herbal Teas for Lowering High Blood Pressure

8 Herbal Teas for Lowering High Blood Pressure

By Dr Joe

Ever wondered if you can use herbal teas for high blood pressure? On this page, you’re going to grab 8 herbal teas that will assist you in lowering your blood pressure. Drinking tea is beneficial for your health. It’s not just a pastime.

Of course, you can drink tea as an activity for enjoyment purposes. You may of course drink teas as an exercise of escapism, if you like; but you get so much more. Rather than go on social media for instance, you can drink tea to let the minutes slip by.

If anything you do both. Drink tea and be on social media, if that’s your thing.

But there’s something in the horizon in the world of teas. Herbal teas.
Herbal teas are your new liquid foods.

Herbal teas have grown in popularity in the last couple of years. As we turn to alternative therapies for our health, herbal teas have taken a surge in sales and popularity.

Blood pressure management is no different. People with high blood pressure can use herbal teas to control their blood pressure. They work and some of them have been scientifically tested to prove their efficacy.

Conventional anti hypertensive medications work in different ways. So do these herbal teas for high blood pressure. They work differently. What does this mean?

It means to have the best results, you’ll need to drink different herbal teas to get your blood pressure under control. That is the best approach. We’re going to take advantage of the hypertensive reducing properties of these natural remedies for high blood pressure.

 

So, what herbal teas for high blood pressure?

Yes, let’s talk about the different herbal teas you can use to control high blood pressure. The idea is to use these herbal teas below as herbal remedies for blood pressure.

As I said in the video below, you shouldn’t rely on these herbal teas exclusively for your blood pressure control. You should use them as part of a wider strategy for your blood pressure control.

Below is a list of 8 herbal teas that you can use for blood pressure reduction.

 

  1. Cat’s Claw Tea

This tea has a funny name. At first glance, you’d think it’s made from the claws of cats. Nothing could be further from the truth. I suppose it’s named cat’s claw because of the way the spikes project out of the Uncaria tree stem. There are 2 species of the plant from which cat’s claw tea is made.

One specie is called Uncaria Tormentosa and the other is Uncaria guianensis. Cat’s claw is a plant with powerful phytochemicals. Indeed, the phytochemicals are known to:

  • Boost immunity
  • Kill viruses
  • Have cancer fighting properties
  • Improve the filtering capability of our kidneys

cat's claw plant

That last function does have implications for our blood pressure. Because good filtration will contract our blood volume, getting rid of excess water and waste. This translates to lower blood pressure. So, cat’s claw tea is good for high blood pressure control.

Apart from that, cat’s claw tea has other medicinal uses. Cat’s claw tea is good for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthrits, chronic fatigue syndrome, shingles, herpes virus infection etc.

I should point out that cat’s claw may interact with some blood pressure medications like Losartan, Captopril, Enalapril, Hydrochlorothiazide, Diltiazem, Valsartan, Amlodipne, Furosemide.

So, if you are using any of these medications you should be careful with cat’s claw tea because a combination of cat’s claw tea and these meds can make your blood pressure drop too low.

Indeed, if you are taking cat’s claw tea and you’re going for surgery, it’s a good idea to stop using cat’s claw tea for 10 days prior to surgery. Otherwise your anesthesiologist may have problems stabilizing your blood pressure when you’re under anaesthesia.

Get your Cat’s Claw Tea from Amazon.com and if you live in the UK, get it here.

 

2. Hibiscus tea

This is a tropical plant. Its botanical name is Hibiscus Sabdariffa. I grew up with this plant and I can confirm that hibiscus plant and it’s flowers are a beauty to behold. Even more beautiful in the mornings. What I didn’t know watching this beautiful plant in my childhood is that; it has fairly good medicinal properties.

hibiscus plant

Yes, hibiscus tea has blood pressure lowering effect. And you should take advantage of this.

Hibiscus tea has a combined tarty and sweet flavour. This is coupled with an eye-catching lighter than beetroot red colour.

Does hibiscus tea reduce blood pressure?

Answer: Yes, it does. Hibiscus teas was put to the test in this study. Individuals with mild hypertension who were not any anti hypertensive medications were given hibiscus tea against a placebo group.

Over a 6-week period, the hibiscus group showed a reduction in both their systolic blood pressure (top number) and a reduction in their diastolic blood pressure as well.

The reduction in systolic blood pressure (the top number) was more and the higher the blood pressure, the better the results they got. Bear in mind that the participants in that study consumed 3 cups of hibiscus tea a day.

The researchers concluded that daily consumption of hibiscus tea should be encouraged as part of our diet because of its blood pressure lowering effect.

Get Hibiscus tea here from Amazon.com and if you live in the UK, get it here.

 

3. Hawthorn Tea

Hawthorn tea makes the list of herbal teas for high blood pressure. Hawthorn tea is listed in the Traditional Chinese Medicine food therapy as one of the foods to consume for good health and for blood pressure control.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the concept of food as medicine is based on the classification of foods as being a functional entity and a nutritional agent at the same time.

hawthorn plant for tea

This review talks about the 4 pinciples of foods that make up traditional chinese medicine. It says:

“Four principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine food therapy including light eating, balancing the “hot” and “cold” nature of food, the harmony of the five flavors of food, and consistency between dietary intake and different health conditions, can be used to facilitate hypertension control”

As for hawthorn tea making the list, that is not surprising because the leaves, the berries as well as the flowers of the hawthorn plant are packed with phytochemicals that help to control blood pressure.

Apart from the fact that Hawthorn plant lowers blood pressure, it has also been used as a digestive aid, for menstrual problems as well as for anxiety.

Hawthorn tea has been shown to lower triglycerides and even cholesterol. With this protective effect on your circulatory system, the blood pressure reducing potential is not hard to see.

Grab your Hawthorn Tea here on Amazon.com and if you live in the UK, get yours here from UK Aamazon.

 

4. Chamomile Tea

Talking of natural remedies for high blood pressure, chamomile plays a huge role too. This tea is made from the flowers of the chamomile plant.

There are 2 types. The Roman chamomile and the German Chamomile. Chamomile tea has flavonols and polyphenols.

chamomile tea plant

Chamomile tea contains phytochemicals such as apigenin, quercetin, patuletin as well as luteolin. Some of these phytochemicals in chamomile tea provide anxiety-relieving effect on your body. Chamomile tea does have mild laxative effect and also exhibits anti-iflammatory properties too.

Apart from relieving anxiety, chamomile tea is a sleep enhancer. Anything that enhances your sleep is a boost for your blood pressure control.

Get your Chamomile tea here from Amazon.com and if you reside in the UK, get yours here from UK Amazon.

 

5. Rooibos tea

The plant from which this tea is made originates from South Africa. For the most part, rooibos tea is still grown and produced in South Africa and exported worldwide.

Rooibos tea also called Red Bush Tea has nearly the same colour as hibiscus tea but hibiscus tea has a deeper shade of red.

rooibos tea

Before the rooibos tea comes off the production line, it undergoes oxidisation and fermentation. The oxidisation is similar to black tea production process. Even though both rooibos tea and black tea are oxidised, they do not orginate from the same plant. And Rooibos tea is caffeine free whilst black tea isn’t.

Rooibos tea has polyphenols and flavones. In particular, rooibos tea contains aspalathin. This aspalathin phytochemical has anti-inflammatory properties. Aspalathin reduces inflammation on blood vessel wall.

Another reason why Rooibos tea counts as one of the natural remedies for high blood pressure is it’s anti-anxiety effect. Controlling anxiety has hypertensive reducing effects.

Get your Rooibos Tea from Amazon.com here and if you reside in the UK, get it here from UK Amazon.

 

6. Lemon Balm Tea

This is one of the oldest herbal teas around. It’s been used for centuries. Lemon balm tea has been used as natural remedy for all sorts of ailments.

Conditions like menstrual  cramps, bloating, gas issues, gerd, vomiting, thyroid issues, ADHD etc have been treated with lemon balm tea with varying success.

lemon balm tea plant

Lemon balm tea has an exciting lemon flavour. The botanical name of the plant from which lemon balm tea is made is melissa officinalis. Drinking this tea produces a sense of well being. A sense of calm.

This lemon balm tea is ideal for anyone who has issues with restlessness, anxiety and sleep issues. If you sleep well, you’re giving your blood pressure a helping hand.

Get your Lemon Balm Tea here from Amazon.com and in the UK, get it here from UK Amazon.

 

7. Green Tea

If there’s one herbal tea that has had the highest surge in popularity, it’s green tea. And if there’s any herbal tea that has been abused as well, it’s green tea.

Green tea comes from the plant, Camellia Sinensis. Green tea is not an oxidized tea. The oxidized brother is black tea. But green tea has less caffeine in it than black tea. Both green tea and black tea come from the same plant.

green tea plant

The active ingredient in green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate. The flavonoids in green tea is what makes it a nice herbal tea for high blood pressure.

Here’s something you should know though.

If you’re going to use green tea for your blood pressure control, please make sure it is decaffeinated variety. Caffeine has a stiffening effect on your blood vessels, albeit a temporary effect.

Therefore, you don’t want the caffeinated green tea if you have high blood pressure. Decaffeinated green tea is what lowers blood pressure. Not the caffeinated variety.

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8. Dandelion root tea

As far as natural remedies go, the Arabs have used dandelion as a herb from as early as the 12th century. So, it’s got some pedigree behind it. The root of the dandelion can be used in foods as a root vegetable.

However, when not prepared fresh, the dandelion root can be dried up and used to make a refreshing cup of tea. This tea has a robust earthy flavour.

Dandelion root contains lots of phytochemicals like saponins, lutein, mucilage, coumarins along with minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese and iron.  Dandelion tea also boasts Vitamin C, thiamin, Riboflavin and Niacin.

So, what gives dandelion root its anti hypertensive property?

The high level of potassium in dandelion root tea is what makes it a good blood pressure lowering tea.

Get Dandelion tea here from Amazon.com and if you live in the UK, get it here from UK Amazon.

 

How should you drink these herbal teas for high blood pressure?

Well, drink them just like any other herbal tea. I drink them as they are – plain. All the herbal teas I have mentioned here are caffeine-free.

You should not be drinking caffeinated teas if you desire hypertensive reducing advantage from them. Fortunately, the herbal teas here are all caffeine-free.

Add boiled water to the tea and allow the tea to brew for at least 5 minutes. The idea is to allow the nutrients and active ingredients in these teas to seep out before removing the tea bag.

You should look to drink as many of these blood pressure lowering teas as possible every day. Aim to drink 5 different types of these herbal teas per day.

Because I get busy during the day, one of the things I do in the evenings is to add 4 or 5 different teas into one cup. Brew as explained above and I enjoy all of my teas in one go. I call it Combination Tea Therapy.

That Combination Tea Therapy works for me. That way I don’t miss out on my daily tea therapy from the different herbal teas on this page.

 

Can you add sugar to these herbal teas for high blood pressure?

Ordinarily, the teas should be drunk plain. But I realize that some people may not like the original taste of each of these teas. So, you may add a healthy sugar alternative, if you want to sweeten these blood pressure herbal teas.

Please do not use refined sugar. If you have high blood pressure, refined sugar is something you should be looking to avoid anyway.

In the same vein, if you wish to add milk, that would be your choice. Milk and a healthy sugar substitute will not reduce their efficacy. But I prefer not to use any milk or milk substitute.

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