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Is Gut Bacteria responsible for your high Blood Pressure?

Gut Bacteria

Introduction

Currently, various researchers state that our gut bacteria is responsible for the origination of various problems. As the relationship between the microbes and blood pressure is a complex one but many researches had concluded an indirect link between Gut bacteria and hypertension. These gut bacteria are responsible for metabolic activities in the body.

Gut bacteria can influence obesity, digestion problems, heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and overall immunity.

What is the Role of Gut Bacteria in the Human Body?

There are thousands of micro-organisms that lives in our body and plays a major role in maintaining health. These bacteria are present since birth and starts flourishing during intra uterine life. They are widely present in our gut, mouth, skin and so on, and among them some are beneficial for us while some are not. In our gut, many bacteria are present that belongs to various species. Rest the growth of these bacteria depends upon the intake of food, lifestyle and some environmental changes.

Basically, the gut bacteria boost the digestion process, anabolic and catabolic activities thus maintains the metabolic process.

How Gut Bacteria are Responsible for Hypertension or High Blood pressure?

As we know equilibrium in everything is very much essential for leading a normal life for all the creatures in the universe. In human beings also if the things are in equilibrium it maintains health otherwise leads to diseases. Gut bacteria are required for various activities such as digestion, assimilation, absorption and elimination. In gut, these bacteria alter the surrounding of mucosal layer of the entire gastro intestinal tract especially the colon. Alteration in the mucosal layer affects the permeability of the membrane and then imbalances the selective permeability of the membranes thus deranges the absorbents in the blood stream.  Increased permeability raises the pressure of the blood. The blood while circulation exerts pressure on the arteries, this is nothing but blood pressure . Hence, the gut bacteria are responsible for the causation of high blood pressure.

Some Risk Factors that Affect the Gut Flora thereby High Blood Pressure

There are some exacerbating factors that vitiate the gut flora thereby raise the blood pressure

  • Smoking and drinking – Our bad habits give rise to various issues. The Smoking and drinking alcohol alters the flora of gut.
  • Hereditary factors - There are some genes that alters the immune system of the body hence gives a suitable environment for flourishing the bacteria.
  • Environmental factors - Monsoon is the season the bacterial growth is at its peak level that too within a short period of time. So, it aggravates the condition and can raise the blood pressure.
  • Diet and lifestyle - Diet and lifestyle play a major role in developing various issues. A diet such as curd, fermented food stuffs, baked products, oily, spicy, salty, and packaged foods directly impacts the bacterial growth. Sedentary lifestyle, and exposure to polluted water, etc. vitiates the environment of the gut thus becomes the triggering factors for the hypertension.
  • Any disease history - Diseases of the digestive tract can influence its normal functions.

Some Home Remedies to Improve and Restore Gut Bacteria

Lifestyle variation - Environmental changes affects biodiversity i.e. gut bacteria and directly affects the physical as well as psychological health and shows its effects on multiple systems. Gut microbiome are restored and maintained by proper intake of medications and some dietary changes.

We can modulate the gut bacteria with the help of various Ayurvedic medicines. Planet Ayurveda, a renowned clinic in the field of Ayurveda since many years, prescribes the pure herbal classical as well as patent medicines which are very much effective in treating chronic and degenerative problems. The medicines are free from additives, chemicals, and fillers.

1. Giloy Capsules

Giloy is an herb of choice that is widely used for its antimicrobial actions on the body. This herb is widely used to perish the flora of the gut bacteria.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals

2. Curcumin Capsules

The standardized extract of Curcuma longa herb is used in these capsules. They have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties that hinder the growth of the bacteria along with that eliminate the harmful bacteria or toxins from the gut.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.

3. Triphala Capsules

Triphala is an herb of choice in case of bacterial and viral infections, so in case to maintain the gut flora triphala can be used. It also detoxifies the doshas and toxins from the body.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.

4. Arogya Vardhini Vati

As per ayurveda all the diseases in the body arises due to deranged Agni and Agni can be maintained if the liver is functioning properly. So to restore the liver function arogyavardhini vati is a medicine of choice. As liver is responsible for elimination of toxins in the body, this is an effective herbal medication to enhance that function of the liver.

Dosage: 2 tabs twice daily with plain water, after meals.

5. Sarpagandha Vati

Highly potential herb that lowers the High blood pressure level, that too without affecting the functions of the heart and other organs.

Dosage: 1 to 2 tabs twice daily with plain water, after meals

Some Home Remedies that are Helpful to maintain Gut Flora therefore Hypertension

  • Some beneficial remedies like Aloe vera juice, Triphala juice, Giloy juice, tulsi juice are beneficial in this condition.
  • Decoction prepared from fennel seeds, coriander and cumin should be taken regularly twice a day after taking meals. To prepare decoction, take 1 teaspoon of all these ingredients and boil them in 400 ml water until the water reduces to 80 ml.
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