I’ve been struggling for gradually increasing BP since hitting my target weight and bouncing above it by 20 lbs (down 122, up 20 I can live with).
But my BP recently was INSANELY high. 180/120 type highs where my Doc wanted me to take BP IMMEDIATELY. (But it also masks the root cause).
I had tried giving up Pork for a month (It made a dent). I gave up Dairy for a month, it made a dent (150s - 160s / 100). I tried reducing/adding salt. OMG. I tried ALMOST everything.
Then I recently went 100% BEEF. No dairy, No Eggs, No Pork, NOTHING. It took 7 days, plus FASTING (ADF). Before I saw my BP start to move, then after a weekend fast, it was ALMOST normal. 10 days in, it was getting there. 16 days in, I was waking up BELOW 120/80 for the first time since I can remember. [I cut out caffiene, coffee].
I’ve since added Caffiene back in. It can raise my BP a few points for an hour or so. Nothing like what I was at.
So, I tested. I ate a 6 oz bag of pepperoni. My BP rose 24 points (144) almost immediately. And stayed Elevated for OVER 24 hours! The morning of the second day, it was finally through me.
I cleaned up, and then tried dairy. A Similar thing happened. Not as pronounced, but I had dairy 2 days in a row (HWC). And BAM by the third day I am at 150… And it takes a couple of days to come down slowly…
OMG. I share this because someone else might be staring at the same issue. I cannot overemphasize the need to be REALLY CLEAN before adding ONE THING back in, and testing things.
I was staring down a Doctor who was ready to give me 4 Hypertensive Drugs to control my BP.
[BTW, one barely put a dent in my BP]
But eating correctly fixed it right up. AMAZING.
So, I am being forced to consume 150g of carbs today and tomorrow to prepare for my second OGTT. And it’s actually kina awful. After 3 years of avoiding these foods. I felt I would indulge myself for science. I Feel like crap already! Going for a walk…
To Everyone with High Blood Pressure on Keto. I recommend going 2 weeks of Carnivore, BEEF only.
I have to say, I am falling in love with a simple meal of 80/20 hamburger patties. I have 12 bags of 3lbs of patties in the freezer. It hits the spot.