The bad news: treating blood pressure without access to current medications will be a challenge for many at TEOTWAWKI.
The good news: dietary changes alone can make a significant difference.
All you need to do is eat 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day! Now to me, that sounds like a lot. I think I average 3 to 5 servings, and the typical American does not consume even that.
According to Dr. Henry Black, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and former President of the American Society of Hypertension, the difference is potassium. A high potassium diet (as opposed to the usual American high sodium diet) can lower blood pressure.
Foods that are high in potassium are primarily fruits and vegetables. Some will be more easily obtained than others, should transportation and interstate commerce be disrupted. We have no orange trees in Ohio, nor date trees, nor avocados. But we can grow beans, beets, melons, tomatoes, potatoes, peaches, and pumpkins.
For a list of foods to boost your potassium and lower your blood pressure, CLICK HERE.
My own estimate is that a good half the patients who are currently treated for hypertension would eventually no longer require medication if the grid goes down, McDonald’s goes bankrupt, we all lose weight, and have to walk to work and grow our own food.
Why not try it now? Ten servings of fruits and vegetables only amounts to 1,000 calories or less, leaving another 1,000 for proteins, fats, and carbs.
If you accept the challenge, let me know how it works for you.