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How To Relieve Stress With Niànfó? 如何用念佛减轻压力?

Question: How do I reduce my high blood pressure?

Answer: High blood pressure can be reduced physically and spiritually. Physically, according to https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-treat-high-blood-pressure-with-diet from Dr. Michael Greger, who studies all current medical papers:

‘We’ve known for decades that food of animal origin is highly significantly associated with blood pressure. In fact, you can take vegetarians, give them meat, and watch their blood pressures go right up… [T]he more dairy the lacto-vegetarians ate, the higher their blood pressures…. A recent meta-analysis showed vegetarian diets are good, but strictly plant-based diets may be better. Vegetarian diets in general confer protection against cardiovascular diseases, some cancers and death, but completely plant-based diets, vegan diets, seem to offer additional protection for obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease mortality.

Based on a study of 89,000 people, those eating meat-free diets appeared to cut their risk of high blood pressure 55%, but those eating meat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free had 75% lower risk. If, however, you’re already eating a whole food plant-based diet, no processed foods, no table salt, and you’re still not hitting 110 over 70, there are a few foods recently found to offer additional protection. Ground flaxseeds, a few tablespoons a day, induced one of the most potent anti-hypertensive effects ever achieved by a dietary intervention, two to three times more powerful than instituting an aerobic endurance exercise program. Watermelon also appears to be extraordinary, but you’d have to eat like two pounds a day… Beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils may help a little.’

To summarise the above, the solution is:

[1] Eat meat-free; vegetarian, or even better, vegan; meat-free without eating eggs and dairy foods.
[2] Eat Whole Food Plant-Based Diet (WFPBD).
[3] Avoid processed foods.
[4] Avoid table salt.
[5] Add a few tablespoons of ground flaxseeds to your food daily.
[6] Eat watermelon.
[7] Eat beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils.

Spiritually, once you have stress, take a break, let it go and practise Niànfó (念佛) immediately, until the stressfulness dissolves, to be replaced by calmness, with the blessings of Buddha and connecting to your Buddha-Nature. Do not cling to any stress – which will only make it grow. This will definitely lower blood pressure. If you only practise Niànfó when not so stressed, the de-stressing effect is less likely to be as strong as it is practised in a less timely manner. Remember that stress can condition the rise of both physical and mental illnesses, such as cancer and anxiety (with depression).

Coupling the two solutions together, is to go veg(etari)an and be mindful of Buddha (吃素念佛), to take care of both body and mind. If there are only attempts to take care of the mind, without taking care of the body, which houses the mind, such care will be inadequate. As long as our bodies and minds are closely linked, both should be taken care of together.

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