Here are the conclusions of my experience, at 67, but as a layman. I think the following steps must be taken, with the first ones being the most important:
1. Become very lean
. I am now BMI 18. I eat zero added fat and no high-fat foods (such as nuts or avocados or processed foods). Done. Here is my diet, which consists of almost all whole foods: http://anti-itisdiet.blogspot.com/2010/ ... i-eat.html
2. Exercise daily
. I walk 2 hrs/day and do light weights. Done.
3. Handle stress well
. I am still working on this -- especially cutting out worries about things I cannot control, and eliminating "hurry sickness." I am making progress, but this has been a problem all my adult life.
4. Eat beets, watermelon, and other foods
which supposedly will help increase the production of nitric oxide, which supposedly dilates the arteries thus lowering blood pressure. I "learned" about these foods from Michael Greger, MD on his site, http://nutritionfacts.org
. (It is down at the moment, for me, so I can't provide a particular link.)
In my particular case, I suspect that my shrinking lungs might play a role in blood pressure higher than it should be considering how healthy I am otherwise. For a few months I was getting regular readings of 150/90. Now by implementing stress reduction and possibly
by eating beets etc. regularly in small quantities my readings are more like 130/80 (though sometimes as low as 110/65). That is still too high but I am going in the right direction.
P. S. -- I generally get my highest readings in the mornings when I am internally "pushing" to get a lot of boring chores out of the way. My readings tend to be lowest in the evenings, especially after doing a lot of yoga style stretching.
I like the get really lean part. That is a plan of mine. My BMI is hovering around 32 right now. It"s been 15 years since I was anywhere approaching "lean".
I have stated before that I hate beets, but I also have seen the videos to which you refer, and am making a concerted effort to include beets in my diet.
Two words to sum up beet eating, Purple poop
I do eat alot of watermelon when it is in season, and I include greens almost everyday.
I have a feeling stress plays a big factor in my life. Got to figure that one out. I read John Robbin's "Healthy at 100", and one thing that struck me about the societies studied for their longevity was their lack of stress. Here we have developed a society based on stress. Hurry, hurry, hurry.
Thanks for the words of advice,