How to Minimize the Risk for High Blood Pressure

How to Minimize the Risk for High Blood Pressure

By: Dan Hammer, Wellness Coordinator

The title for this blog post could be a statement or a question. We hope to make it a statement that will directly impact the health of your workforce. Currently a corporate wellness study is being coordinated by Danielle Girdano at the corporate headquarters of the Chicago Sky. Danielle is with D’Fine Sculpting & Nutrition, LLC and she is helping the corporate staff of the Chicago Sky Women’s Professional Basketball Team make major improvements to their health to directly lower their health care costs.

So how does high blood pressure factor into this?  

Well, the number one risk factor for a stroke or heart attack is high blood pressure. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 adults or approximately 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. This becomes a huge health factor at work. And for group health insurance policies it carries over into the home. Which brings us to the question:

How to minimize the risk for high blood pressure?

For Danielle and the Chicago Sky Study she is using a comprehensive approach of nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle change. As it relates to high blood pressure there are two keys and they both center on creating one molecule in your body. In 1992 Science magazine voted it “Molecule of the Year” and in 1998 the Nobel Prize in Medicine was award to three American researchers who discovered how your endothelium using the amino acid L-arginine to create this “Miracle Molecule!” 

The miracle molecule is called nitric oxide!

Your endothelium lines all of your vascular system. It’s only one cell thick but lines the inside of your heart, arteries, veins, arterioles, and veinoles. Your capillaries are just extensions of your endothelium.  It’s now considered your largest secreting organ and when properly nourished it creates nitric oxide.

This is significant because nitric oxide directly relaxes the smooth muscle of the vascular wall causing vasodilation. This helps bring your blood pressure back into a normal range. This reduces the risk for stroke and heart attack while improving blood flow. Improved blood flow helps all organ systems function better leading to improved health and overall wellness. 

Translated to business this means healthier employees who are more productive, have less sick days, and lower medical expense leading to a reduction in health care costs. This works both sides of the profit equation.

How to minimize the risk for high blood pressure!

This question can become a statement if you do what Danielle is doing in the Chicago Sky Study. Exercise helps the body produce higher levels of nitric oxide helping to lower blood pressure. Additionally, learning how to properly nourish the endothelium with two key amino acids (L-arginine and L-citrulline) will help to produce therapeutic levels of nitric oxide to significantly improve circulation.  Danielle is using ProArgi-9 Plus from Synergy Worldwide to properly nourish the endothelium.  Then combining this with exercise, she is seeing significant results in helping her study participants improve their overall health and wellness.

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Dan Hammer is a Wellness Coordinator with an extensive background in exercise physiology. He used to own and operate one of the largest independent health club operations in the western suburbs of Chicago. Contact Dan at 1-800-966-3012,, or visit