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Posted: 10/31/2018 10:22:00 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2018-10-31
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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to have high blood pressure
suffers from hypertension.
measuring blood pressure with monitor.
The average American’s lifetime risk for
developing high blood pressure is 90%, even using
the lax definition of hypertension in clinical
studies (that typically don’t label a BP
high unless it is 140/90 mmHg or higher,
even though we know that, for example, risk for
stroke and cardiovascular begin to rise with a
systolic, or top, value of only 115 mmHg).
Here’s a checklist that, if followed, allow
the majority of people with high blood pressure (BP)
to reduce both systolic and diastolic values over
time and be freed of the need for prescription
- Eat NO grains or sugars–Remember:
from a blood sugar standpoint, most grains are
worse than sugar in their blood sugar
raising potential. The safety of “complex”
carbohydrates in grains is complete fiction: their
glycemic indexes are higher than sucrose.
- Don’t limit fat intake–Yes:
eat the fat on your pork or steak, eat bone marrow,
have some liver, use more organic butter or ghee, use
more coconut oil.
- Correct vitamin D deficiency–I
aim to achieve a 25-hydroxy vitamin D level of
60-70 ng/ml, a level usually achieved with
4000-8000 units (oil-based gelcap or liquids,
not tablets) per day. This helps restore insulin
responsiveness/reverse insulin resistance.
- Supplement omega-3 fatty
acids–from fish oil only,
not krill oil, flaxseed, or chia. (Flaxseed and
chia are wonderful, but do not provide EPA and
DHA.) I believe ideal intake is in the
range of 3000-3600 mg EPA + DHA per
day, divided in two. EPA + DHA blunt
the postprandial (after-meal) surge in digestive
byproducts (chylomicrons and VLDL) that oppose
- Correct bowel flora–Start
with a high-potency probiotic (e.g., 50 billion
CFUs per day with at least a dozen species of
Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria) for several weeks
along with enthusiastic consumption of fermented
foods, but it is even more important
long-term to properly nourish bowel flora with
prebiotic fibers/resistant starches, as
Properly feeding bowel flora yields fatty acid
metabolites that increase your body’s
responsiveness to insulin and reduce blood
- Supplement magnesium–e.g.,
magnesium malate, to provide
400-500 mg “elemental” magnesium
per day), for a modest advantage in restoring
insulin responsiveness. Even better, make your
own source of the highly-absorbable form,
magnesium bicarbonate, through my recipe for
- Fast intermittently–Brief
periods of fasting, e.g., 15-36 hours, allow
fatty liver (present to varying degrees in
everyone with high blood sugars) to
recede, a huge advantage in restoring
insulin responsiveness. Be sure to hydrate more
than usual during any fasting period.
- Sleep adequately–Not a
minor factor, as sleep deprivation increases
carb cravings and increases snacking, while also
blocking insulin. Most people need
7½ hours per night. You might have
to make friends with melatonin and tryptophan
to manage your circadian rhythm.
- Be active–including
avoiding prolonged sitting.
In other words, follow the Wheat Belly Total
Health or Undoctored
programs and you will be highly likely to
no longer have high blood pressure.
If you are taking any drugs for blood pressure,
you will need to discuss reducing or stopping one
or more agents with your healthcare provider even
before you begin the program, as blood pressure
can drop precipitously within the first few days
and you do not want to risk low blood pressures.
If your doctor refuses or dismisses your request,
find a smarter doctor, one who acts as your
advocate and supporter, not an obstructionist.
Likewise, anyone on insulin or oral diabetes drugs,
especially glyburide, glipizide, and glimepiride,
should talk to their healthcare provider about an
immediate reduction in dosage or even eliminating
one or more of them, since you do not want
any hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Once again, if
your doctor refuses to work with you or tells you
this is stupid, find a new doctor ASAP. Doctors
should be experts in reversing diabetes but you
will find that the majority are not, despite
knowing how to prescribe the drugs.
There you have it. Should you give it a try, be sure
to come back and report your experience. Know that
the Wheat Belly Total Health and Undoctored programs
are intended to restore genuine health. It might
take the form of freeing you from type 2
diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia.
It might mean reversing the phenomena of
polycystic ovary disease or irritable bowel
syndrome. It typically also means being freed
from all the long-term health consequences of
high blood pressure that blood pressure drugs
do NOT protect you from.