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High blood pressure / hypertonia through paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Hello, I'm a 26 years old athtletic guy, and I am on paleo for about two month now. I make sure that my omega3-omega6 ratio is optimal and I eat a lot of meat and fish. In the evening I sometimes eat nuts (prefered walnuts) and/or 100% chocolate. The only (!) carbs I take to mee are matlodextrin and fruits after gym and endurance-units. Before paleo my nutrition-plan was very strict low-carb for 1.5 years.

Since I am on paleo my blood pressure goes higher and higher! About 2 month ago my normal blood pressure was at 115/60 and now ist is about 140/80.

Can anybody tell me please what I can do to reduce my blood pressure? Or why is the blood pressure going higher through paleo? What are the reasons?

Ps: since my paleo-time (2 month) my skin is getting worse - that means I've got some pimples, zits etc. The last time that my skin was so worse was 3 years ago - and then I took isotretinoin/roaccutane.

(Sorry for my bad english) :-)

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Additionally, it may help to know how long you've been working out consistently? Sorry for the multi-comment questions :P

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:12 PM

You could always try reintroducing one of those food and seeing if it still affects you. I've gathered from reading anecdotal reports, so take it with a grain of salt, that sometimes these sensitivities can disappear after your body heals up. How long has it been since you last ate a nightshade? Nightshades used to give move notorious stomach pain, I cut them out for about 2 months, and then reintroduced with no problems.

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Also how often a week do you workout?

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Also, how often a week do you work out?

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:05 PM

What sort of foods did you eat on your low-carb diet? Was it high fat, moderate protein? High protein, low fat? Can you pinpoint any specific foods you have eliminated or added since going paleo? Additionally, what sort of athletic training do you engage in?

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:03 PM

What sort of diet were you eating before? It may help us get a gauge on what exactly has changed so that we can better answer you :)

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on October 20, 2011
at 10:04 AM

I wish I had an answer for you... my blood pressure has not come down since going paleo, but it's not risen either. Good luck with answers and fixing it! (I have a feeling the answers will tend towards: "But how do you feel? Numbers aren't as important as how you feel, etc." If that is the answer, I would tend to agree for most issues, but not with blood pressure.)

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on March 28, 2012
at 09:09 PM

Mine has been the same in a way.. I am 26 about 200lbs and run a half marathon in the hour 40 range. my BP is normally high I barely pass my DOT physicals or am able to donate blood for it.. I used to eat more fish than animals as well as caffeinated tea or coffee.. The doctor wanted to give me pills said I had a expanded aorta. He refereed me to a dietitian, who instantly had me get off the caffeine which did help alot actually! Then I took it upon my self to kick out any supplements I was staking due to the stimulants (even in your daily vitamins) which also helped, then I kicked my can and bagged tuna! Which all together has dropped my BP by over 30 resting.

Try cutting things which are stimulating, coffee, supplements, alcohol etc etc.. Do one at a time for at least 2 weeks and monitor your BP see if it changes, it might be something in your diet or paleo has cleared out your arteries and veins and its normal now!!!

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:44 PM

I have noticed a link between my acne and nightshade vegetables--you could cut out peppers and tomatoes (if you use them for cooking your meat and fish) and see if it makes a difference. It doesn't sound like you eat potatoes or eggplant, so you wouldn't have to worry about those. Since I cut out chili peppers and paprika, tomatoes, eggplant, and potatoes I have had some noticeable improvement (although I really miss them...).

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:12 PM

You could always try reintroducing one of those food and seeing if it still affects you. I've gathered from reading anecdotal reports, so take it with a grain of salt, that sometimes these sensitivities can disappear after your body heals up. How long has it been since you last ate a nightshade? Nightshades used to give move notorious stomach pain, I cut them out for about 2 months, and then reintroduced with no problems.

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on March 28, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Now for your skin, it could be a change in washing liquid, or not washing enough! Mine used too after a work out or run, now I instantly change shirts after said workout or immediately hop in the shower. Not washing your linens enough could also be affecting this!

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