Stomach Troubles? It Might Be Your Blood Pressure Med

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, General Health, Health Warning

Diverticulitis can make your life miserable. 

It’s a common intestinal condition caused by small abscesses in the bowel which become inflamed or infected. This can lead to severe stomach pain and cramping. Constipation, bloating, and nausea are other symptoms. 

The most frustrating part?

Doctors often can’t pinpoint the cause. That makes it difficult to treat effectively. 

But a new study may reveal the hidden cause of diverticulitis in many people. 

The research appeared in the journal Circulation. Scientists analyzed medical data from about 750,000 patients. They found that some people have genes that can trigger diverticulitis when they take certain blood pressure drugs.

The medications are in a class called nondihydropyridine calcium channel blockers. They include verapamil (Calan) and diltiazem (Cartia).[i] You can find a full list here.[ii] [iii]

4 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

If you have stomach troubles and are taking a blood pressure medication, check to see if it is a nondihydropyridine calcium channel blocker.[iv]  

If your medication is on the list, ask your doctor to switch you to a different drug. Better yet, see if you can lower your blood pressure using one of these natural remedies:

  • Potassium. Most people get too much sodium and not enough potassium. A lack of balance between the two can lead to hypertension. Good potassium sources include cooked spinach, cooked broccoli, peas, avocados, watermelon, tomato sauce, mushrooms, nuts, meat, and poultry.[v]
  • Saunas. Regular sauna use has been shown to cut high blood pressure risk in half. If you’re not used to saunas, start slow with five- to 10-minute sessions. Once you’re used to it, aim for 15 to 20 minutes a few times a week.[vi]
  • Grape seed extract. The seeds have powerful antioxidant properties that lower blood pressure. You can find grape seed extract supplements online and in health food stores.[vii]
  • Berries. One study found that eating a handful of blueberries once a week lowers the risk of high blood pressure by 10%. The active ingredients in berries are anthocyanins. They’re powerful antioxidants abundant in blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

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