Healthy Blood Pressure:The High Blood Pressure Solution

The High Blood Pressure Solution: A Scientifically Proven Program for Preventing Strokes and Heart Disease
Author: Richard D. Moore, MD
Reviewed by Johnson (

Being a medical doctor and biophysicist Dr Moore approaches the problem of high blood pressure from an interesting angle. This book is not for the faint of heart, it is steeped in scientific detail and often references papers and research from other scientific journals. My wife has not been able to get past the first few pages, but I really enjoy this style of writing and for me it has been an incredible journey and has really educated me to the dangers of high blood pressure and what to do about it. If you are interested in details then there is lots of information about sodium and potassium, a description of what excess sodium does to the body and the harm a lack of potassium can cause.

At its most basic level this book, full of scientifically proven advice, tells you all you need to know about the root causes of high blood pressure and it offers practical and easy to implement lifestyle changes. The author is keen to stress how potassium:sodium body fluid ratios and insulin resistance are the two key factors that contribute towards high blood pressure, and he offers healthy advice on how to combat this effect by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed foods and exercising more. Which to my mind is all pretty sound advice.

By limiting your daily intake of sodium chloride (salt) to just 500 mg – which is all your body needs to function at its optimum levels – your kidneys can work more efficiently and your body cells do their jobs properly. Anything over 500 mg per day can lead to hypertension, stroke and heart disease. Dr Moore has produced a list of healthy foods which you should eat and has given each one their sodium and potassium content so you can manage your daily intake.

In general you should increase your potassium intake and lower your sodium intake – if you have a meal high in sodium your next should be high in potassium.

It may not be one of the mainstream or most orthodox methods of lowering blood pressure, but the science made perfect sense to me and by following his recommendations I have managed to lower my blood pressure levels – which I might not have been able to do without his guidance.

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