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Tue 3 Nov 2020

The Unspoken Health Issues

Health & Wellbeing
Restorative Practices Could Save your Life!

The two most common health ‘crisis’ issues facing women today are Depression and Hypertension that affect productivity with family and business and can lead to more insidious health conditions. Let’s take a look at the holistic way to deal with these conditions before you take the pharmaceutical route.

 The two most common conditions affecting women today are Depression and Hypertension. Both can be holistically managed without the use of drugs. The World Health Organisation says, globally more than 300 million people of all ages suffer Depression and more than 1 in 5 adults have raised Blood Pressure. 

These conditions can directly affect your business and productivity.  

Why are they of such concern and so prolific? 

Pressure of deadlines, achievement, success, financial stress, technology, food additives, allergies, intolerances, family history and to a smaller degree, genetics, play a huge role in creating these conditions. The reason they’re of such concern, is because they can lead to more serious issues like Stroke, Heart Disease, Gut issues and Autoimmune conditions. 
Anxiety/Depression and Hypertension go hand in hand with weight gain, achy joints, inflammation, hot flushes and adrenal fatigue. Meanwhile many businesswomen will be trying to hold a family together, build a business and appear ‘in control’ to your team. 

Doctors visits may suggest anti-depressants and statin drugs to ‘control and treat’. The signs of anxiety and depression manifest very differently from person to person and sometimes aren’t detectable. They can range from a quiet sadness, to a heavy constantly tired feeling, accompanied by low blood pressure. This can lead to a feeling of wanting to simply roll the doona over and go back to bed. The opposite end of the spectrum with anxiety and depression can feel like a manic, nervous emotional erratic buzz. When combined with high blood pressure, this can be a dangerous combination as Stroke is a constant worry. 

There’s a lot of material out there to research yourself about the benefits or otherwise of Statin Drugs. Many doctors surprisingly feel every adult over the age of 50 should be prescribed them to prevent cardiovascular disease. Naturally if you are suffering these conditions and are concerned about the risk of disease, go and see your GP and get the care you need.  

 However, open your mind to the Holistic approach. Once prescribed a tablet for blood pressure, you will need to be constantly monitored. Statins and blood pressure medication are not something you can simply choose to stop taking. Put simply, Blood Pressure Medication controls the rate at which your blood pumps through the heart, so simply choosing to go off it could play havoc with your BP, so don’t take the risk. There’s another way to prevent and manage BEFORE you choose to go down the pharmaceutical route. 
The number 1 way to holistically deal with these conditions is to adopt Restorative Practices. 

 What are Restorative Practices? 

Being mindfully restorative with the way you eat, drink, think, move, breath and sleep can improve the symptoms of Hypertension and Depression and reverse them. 

1.  Choose wholefoods while reducing or eliminating inflammatory foods like sugar, alcohol, gluten and dairy. 

2.  Movement is crucial. A sedentary lifestyle is as big a killer as heart disease and overexercising an inflamed body can do more damage. Choose the kind of movement that will suit your personality, health condition, age and schedule. There’s not a condition listed in any study that exercise won’t benefit. 

3.  Your breath is everythingThe number one non medical way to bring your nervous system down from the red zone to the green, is through breath. Deep belly breathing brings a sense of calm and relaxation. Meditation, combined with deep breathing, can be life changing. 

4.  What you think and believe about ageing, your self worth and self esteem, will contribute to the symptoms of Anxiety and Hypertension.

5.  Sleep is crucial. Going to bed at a regular hour, turning off the TV and electronics and getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep is vital. 

Adopting restorative practices takes time and patience. With commitment you’ll find your life can change. 

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