There is now a new natural weapon to combat against the growing population of high blood pressure sufferers.
Now this new weapon is as close as your backyard.
What I am talking about is good old sunlight.
Blood pressure levels are commonly higher during winter months.
The question you may ask is what is the mechanism that allows sunlight to lower blood pressure?
British researchers have figured out why.
The answer is nitric oxide (NO).
Nitric oxide is known to reduce blood pressure by evoking vasodilation either directly by causing relaxation of vascular smooth muscle or indirectly by acting in the rostral brainstem to reduce central sympathetic outflow, which decreases the release of norepinephrine from sympathetic nerve terminals.
Basically, nitric oxide increases the elasticity of the artery walls and helps to normalize high blood pressure.
An increasingly large body of literature suggests that alterations in the NO system may play an important role in the development or maintenance of clinical hypertension.
What they found is that nitric oxide stored in the top layers of the skin reacts to sunlight and causes blood vessels to widen as the oxide moves into the bloodstream. That, in turn, lowers blood pressure.
According to researcher Martin Feelisch, a professor of experimental medicine and integrative biology at the University of Southampton, exposure to ultraviolet light might help reduce the risk for heart disease.
"This new study finds that UV light exposure to the skin induced nitric oxide release and modestly lowered blood pressure, suggesting that this may play a role in modulating blood pressure," said Fonarow, a spokesman for the American Heart Association.
In 2009, a team led by the University of Edinburgh's Richard Weller showed that human skin and the dermal vasculature contain significant stores of NO—much more than can be found circulating in the blood—and that these stores could be mobilized by UVA (long-wave UV) irradiation.
“This study provides suggestive evidence that skin-derived NO metabolites may have a role in modulation of blood pressure upon UV exposure,” Thomas Michel, a professor of medicine and biochemistry at Harvard Medical School.
Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.,CFMP
Donald Liu, Bernadette O Fernandez, Alistair Hamilton, Ninian N Lang, Julie M C Gallagher, David E Newby, Martin Feelisch and Richard B Weller, UVA Irradiation of Human Skin Vasodilates Arterial Vasculature and Lowers Blood Pressure Independently of Nitric Oxide Synthase, Journal of Investigative Dermatology 20 February 2014
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THE BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve swelling and pain caused by everyday life and beyond. Routine chiropractic care provides patients with treatment that's a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain and swelling.
Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by everyday stressors.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care:
•Reduced pain and discomfort
•Improved range of motion
•Increased muscle tone and strength
WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Though common, arthritis is one of America’s most misunderstood diseases. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which can cause pain, discomfort and stiffness throughout joints and the body. Common symptoms of arthritis and joint inflammation include swelling, joint pain and stiffness and decreased range of motion -- typically worsening with age.
In actuality “arthritis” is not a single disease. There are over 100 different types and severities of the disease, making it the leading cause of disability in America -- affecting more than 50 million. However, there are two main types of arthritis that can benefit from routine chiropractic care:
Osteoarthritis - A degenerative disorder affecting flexible joint cartilage
Rheumatoid Arthritis - A chronic inflammatory disorder in joints
In both cases, self care combined with non-invasive, non-addictive treatment, should serve as your first line of defense to manage and relieve pain and discomfort.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Arthritis?
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain caused by arthritis. Routine chiropractic care provides arthritis patients with a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription opioids or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain.