H2O Cure for High Blood Pressure

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"My Cardiologist checks and she's like, I am very surprised– you're no longer my patient."

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Blood pressure runs in my family. My mom has high blood pressure. Both her parents had it. My father doesn't have high BP, but both his parents did. And lot of Aunts and Uncles had it, so it's something [that is] kind of there. So, we all are so used to having a BP monitor at home, seeing everybody take their BP, every week. From my grandparents, to my parents, to everybody, you know, there's a BP test done every so often. And since my mom visits us often, I have a BP kit at home, so that when she comes, she is able to monitor her blood pressure every 2 or 3 days as she's supposed to. It's a natural, normal thing. I have for the longest time, like my dad, had low BP. So even through both my pregnancies, my BP was never anything over 110 by 70, which is considered normal, low or whatever. And, so the year I quit my work, which is 2017 (my last day of work is October, my son's birthday. I remember... I told him I will quit for his birthday) So in December, I check my BP and my BP reading is high, which is abnormal for me when I say high. It's like a 140/105. And, I'm like hmm, that's not normal. Maybe it is just something to do with me leaving my job. And maybe my internals are stressed by the fact that I no longer have a job. Though you would think I don't have a job and should be like super de-stressed. And I'm also exercising. I'm doing a lot more exercise now than before and I'm not drinking the one flask of coffee that I used to. But I still drink a lot of coffee, but not to the levels that I did [earlier]. And anyway, long story short, the next thing I know, I'm looking at it in March. Then I'm again looking at it in May and it's still there. And so I go to the Cardiologist, sometime in May, at Stanford over here. She says, "You know what? You have high BP" Her recording showed 155/110 or something like that, and she's like, "It's time you started the medication. Amlodepin five mg standard." She prescribes that and she says, "Look, you have to understand that blood pressure is pressure that all organs in your body feel, because now the blood is pounding it at a greater pressure. And because of that, your organs go through faster wear and tear. So it is very important to keep blood pressure normal because you don't want your organs pounded." It made a lot of sense. And I told her, "Look, I'm going to India and I promise you that when I come back a month later, (I was going for a month) that I'll start the medication, if I have not figured this out. And by the way she sent me to the dietician or nutritionist, who also gave me how to change my diet for low BP. And I said, "I will do all of this, and take the medication, but just give me a month or 1 1/2 months to figure this out." So she said, "OK, have a follow up with me in late July and come and see me. And by then, if you haven't done what you're supposed to do, then the medication it is." And I'm like, "Yes, I agree. Got it, understood."

And so when I landed in India, I went to a Cardiologist, who put me on a 24 X 7 BP monitoring. They put this kit that monitors you and takes your reading every five minutes. It is stuck to your arm for 24 hours and that showed that I was going as high as 175/115 at certain times of the day. So it is, like, seriously high. So she's also like, "You better get on that medicine like tomorrow." And I'm like, "Definitely." But I have this thing you know, this debugging gene that I need to understand what the root cause is. So I go on the Internet. And I start looking for scientific articles on what causes BP, because I really want to know what's the root cause of blood pressure? Why should the body develop blood pressure other than it being genetic and hereditary, which I understand. And I come across this, you know, 80s or 90s, white paper published in a scientific journal, written by a Doctor or Professor that says that blood pressure is actually caused by low plasma levels in the blood, leading to the blood retaining more sodium, causing the pressure to increase. Low Plasma is basically the water of your blood. Me being the quack that I am, I say, "Okay, let me try increasing my water the best way I know how. Drink more of it, right?" I mean, this sounds like quackery, but this is what I did. There were two things I did - one is I used to hardly have water. I was more a coffee person and beverages person. I stopped all caffeine, all beverages and I started doing two liters of water a day, through the course of the day. It's drink a glass now, drink a glass later... I even had an app to remind me to drink water - it would go "'Ping, Drink water," and I would do so. Sound's funny but… I also go down this path of 'zero caffeine' because caffeine is dehydrating. So removed the dehydrants, increased the hydration and three weeks later, am back to 110/70. So, I then go back to Stanford in July for my follow up and my Cardiologist checks and she's like, "I am very surprised. You're no longer my patient." So there you have it. I can point you to my cardiologist. She's gonna tell you, "Yes. Sudha was my patient for all of two months. She came in and now she's no longer my patient." But there you have it. I check my BP every week. I make sure I'm doing this and I know that I can slip very easily, if I do not have the right amount of hydration, because I guess it's genetic in my body to easily develop blood pressure. If I'm not well hydrated. But there you have it, I don't have BP anymore. It's been two years now.