World Health Day, founded by the World Health Organization of the UN, is celebrated annually on April 7th. Each year, WHO selects a different public health concern to highlight. The theme for 2013 is “Control Your Blood Pressure,” with the goal of reducing heart attacks and strokes.
From the World Health Day official site: “High blood pressure – also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension – increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure. The risk of developing these complications is higher in the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes. One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure. The proportion increases with age, from 1 in 10 people in their 20s and 30s to 5 in 10 people in their 50s. Prevalence of high blood pressure is highest in some low-income countries in Africa, with over 40% of adults in many African countries thought to be affected.
However, high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. In some developed countries, prevention and treatment of the condition, together with other cardiovascular risk factors, has brought about a reduction in deaths from heart disease. The risk of developing high blood pressure can be reduced by:
- reducing salt intake;
- eating a balanced diet;
- avoiding harmful use of alcohol;
- taking regular physical activity;
- maintaining a healthy body weight; and
- avoiding tobacco use.”
In addition to these steps, incorporating Isha yoga practices can be a powerful and effective method of finding relief from hypertension and many other chronic ailments like heart disease and diabetes. Many participants of Isha’s Inner Engineering program previously suffering from hypertension have even been able to reduce or eliminate their need for medication through simple daily meditation practice.
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Offering simple practices to address all aspects of wellbeing is a fundamental part of Isha Foundation’s efforts in raising human consciousness around the world. Sadhguru explains the initiative to create a culture of health for individuals and the world:
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