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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Capt._Trips » 8 February 2020, 03:39

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Capt._Trips wrote:Thats a wierd question. Lol. But yeah i do eat licorice more then most i would say.
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The main flavour compound in natural liquorice is glycyrrhizin, which decreases potassium levels in the body, which results in hypertension.

I would suggest you stop eating liquorice right away and start taking potassium supplementally, and/or significantly increase your consumption of fresh vegetables and (to a lesser extent) fruit.

The typical Western/American diet already results in chronic potassium deficiency for most of the population (I’ve been saying CVD is a matter of potassium, not sodium, for years); when you then further add high consumption of a potassium-reducing compound to the mix, I think your severe hypertension isn’t surprising!

Nicotine also has an effect on blood pressure, by the way. So it’s probably all compounding to result in your very high reading.


Id like to say it's that but the fact ive always had high blood pressure everytime ive ever had my blood pressure taken leads me to believe i have to change some things in my life. Way more then just some simple changes you suggested. Which may play a roll but i doubt enough to ALWAYS have high blood pressure.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Brenden » 8 February 2020, 04:41

Capt._Trips wrote:
Brenden wrote:
Capt._Trips wrote:Thats a wierd question. Lol. But yeah i do eat licorice more then most i would say.
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The main flavour compound in natural liquorice is glycyrrhizin, which decreases potassium levels in the body, which results in hypertension.

I would suggest you stop eating liquorice right away and start taking potassium supplementally, and/or significantly increase your consumption of fresh vegetables and (to a lesser extent) fruit.

The typical Western/American diet already results in chronic potassium deficiency for most of the population (I’ve been saying CVD is a matter of potassium, not sodium, for years); when you then further add high consumption of a potassium-reducing compound to the mix, I think your severe hypertension isn’t surprising!

Nicotine also has an effect on blood pressure, by the way. So it’s probably all compounding to result in your very high reading.

Id like to say it's that but the fact ive always had high blood pressure everytime ive ever had my blood pressure taken leads me to believe i have to change some things in my life. Way more then just some simple changes you suggested. Which may play a roll but i doubt enough to ALWAYS have high blood pressure.

Well, I've highlighted three things which are proven to cause secondary hypertension (that is, above what your genetic or congenital predisposition is), one of which is a pretty acute cause (liquorice consumption, which you can stop right away and possibly see an improvement right away) and one of which is a very chronic, long-term cause (dietary potassium deficiency).

You should consider getting a blood pressure monitor and taking your blood pressure in relaxed circumstances at home (doctors offices are terrible places and times to take such measurements and always result in higher readings for everyone than what their real baseline is), and seeing how making the above (relatively simple) changes affect it over time. You can get them for around $20 or less these days. We have a wrist one which works well and is easy to use; you just strap it on your wrist while sitting, resting your arm/elbow on a pillow or armrest and raising your wrist roughly to the level of your heart while it takes the measurement. It will not only tell you the exact numbers, but will give you an idea of how good or bad it is on a coloured or numbered scale, so you don't actually have to know what good value ranges are.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Derek » 8 February 2020, 04:42

When my dad had a stroke he stopped drinking coffee and cut down on carbs. That did the trick.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Magic J » 8 February 2020, 19:26

Brenden wrote:(doctors offices are terrible places and times to take such measurements and always result in higher readings for everyone than what their real baseline is)

Very true. My mother's terrified of doctors, and her blood pressure reportedly reads significantly lower when taken at home.

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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby René » 9 February 2020, 12:40

Storm Ciara is hitting us hard here in Carluke, and my aunt up in Huntly near Aberdeen, and my relatives in the Netherlands, all at the same time :runaway:

Feeling very cosy and warm inside though, watching the rain :3
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 9 February 2020, 12:52

René wrote:Storm Ciara is hitting us hard here in Carluke, and my aunt up in Huntly near Aberdeen, and my relatives in the Netherlands, all at the same time :runaway:

Feeling very cosy and warm inside though, watching the rain :3

Yeah, I imagine it’s not nearly as bad down here, but a particularly strong gust nearly blew me over a little while ago. It pushed me into a weird embarrassing jog.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Magic J » 9 February 2020, 12:58

I'm doing it. I shall brave the fierce gales and lashing rain. If I don't return, tell my wife, "hello".

It's a bit blowy. This is what we call a storm in Britain. Many a wheelie bin has been tipped, but we shall rebuild.

We shall rebuild. :cry:
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 10 February 2020, 01:05

I'm probably gonna have a wonderfully painful bruise on two of my knuckles quite soon because at work today I very rationally and logically decided to try and prevent a panic attack by closed-fist punching a brick wall as hard as I can three times...
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Jzone » 10 February 2020, 01:51

Severelius wrote:I'm probably gonna have a wonderfully painful bruise on two of my knuckles quite soon because at work today I very rationally and logically decided to try and prevent a panic attack by closed-fist punching a brick wall as hard as I can three times...

Ouch. Did that work to prevent the panic attack at least?
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 10 February 2020, 02:01

Jzone wrote:
Severelius wrote:I'm probably gonna have a wonderfully painful bruise on two of my knuckles quite soon because at work today I very rationally and logically decided to try and prevent a panic attack by closed-fist punching a brick wall as hard as I can three times...

Ouch. Did that work to prevent the panic attack at least?

Honestly not really.

Did get me a £20 tip from a customer who felt bad for how stressed out I seemed to be though so... result?
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 12 February 2020, 22:42

After my near-panic attack on Sunday night at work my group manager heard about it and wants to have a "talk" with me about it.

So I'm quitting and fleeing to Mexico to avoid that bullshit.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Subra » 13 February 2020, 14:19

Severelius wrote:After my near-panic attack on Sunday night at work my group manager heard about it and wants to have a "talk" with me about it.

So I'm quitting and fleeing to Mexico to avoid that bullshit.

Anxiety is bullshit because it's your own brain convincing you that you're both fucked and alone, when the reality is that your brain is fucked and sending you false positives.

A lot of people go through this, pulling yourself out of it solo is hell. Talking about it to someone else might surprise you, it's possible they'll get it and be able to help.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Brenden » 13 February 2020, 14:33

Subra wrote:
Severelius wrote:After my near-panic attack on Sunday night at work my group manager heard about it and wants to have a "talk" with me about it.

So I'm quitting and fleeing to Mexico to avoid that bullshit.

Anxiety is bullshit because it's your own brain convincing you that you're both fucked and alone, when the reality is that your brain is fucked and sending you false positives.

A lot of people go through this, pulling yourself out of it solo is hell. Talking about it to someone else might surprise you, it's possible they'll get it and be able to help.

Yeah, your group manager might be completely understanding and supportive and helpful, Severelius!
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 13 February 2020, 20:21

Brenden wrote:
Subra wrote:
Severelius wrote:After my near-panic attack on Sunday night at work my group manager heard about it and wants to have a "talk" with me about it.

So I'm quitting and fleeing to Mexico to avoid that bullshit.

Anxiety is bullshit because it's your own brain convincing you that you're both fucked and alone, when the reality is that your brain is fucked and sending you false positives.

A lot of people go through this, pulling yourself out of it solo is hell. Talking about it to someone else might surprise you, it's possible they'll get it and be able to help.

Yeah, your group manager might be completely understanding and supportive and helpful, Severelius!

That so does not sound like her style at all from what thankfully little I've interacted with her.

It also doesn't help that to date I have never been able to speak about whatever shit my brain is constantly pulling on me with anyone face-to-face without crying. I cried at least twice in front of every manager in my old job, I haven't done it once in my current one yet (several close calls though) and do not want to break that streak.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby René » 14 February 2020, 16:32

Companies that email all their customers in the UK with an "Exclusive offer just for you". Lying scum.

In this case, it's even a Valentine's Day offer that's meant to be shared with someone. :oface:
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 14 February 2020, 22:02

2 and a half hours is truly a ludicrous amount of time to wait for a takeaway pizza
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Magic J » 14 February 2020, 22:31

Severelius wrote:2 and a half hours is truly a ludicrous amount of time to wait for a takeaway pizza

If I know my pizza delivery drivers, and I do, several in fact, then they will doubtless have gotten too stoned to drive and are now lost.

Every single pizza delivery person I've known smokes a huge amount of weed, and also typically sells it whilst driving deliveries. It's honestly a great business plan. :lol:

Apart from the driving whilst stoned. I am obligated to frown at this.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 14 February 2020, 23:05

Magic J wrote:
Severelius wrote:2 and a half hours is truly a ludicrous amount of time to wait for a takeaway pizza

If I know my pizza delivery drivers, and I do, several in fact, then they will doubtless have gotten too stoned to drive and are now lost.

Every single pizza delivery person I've known smokes a huge amount of weed, and also typically sells it whilst driving deliveries. It's honestly a great business plan. :lol:

Apart from the driving whilst stoned. I am obligated to frown at this.

I mean if he'd arrived with pizza and weed I'd have totally forgiven any delay.
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Re: What put a frown on your face today?

Unread postby Severelius » 15 February 2020, 21:57

I just got news that despite just being transferred to a new shop at work there's talk of arrangements being made to move me to another shop primarily to get me away from my group manager. The one who apparently reacted to me having a mild semi-panic attack last Sunday by complaining about me to the fucking regional manager. Totally bypassing the area manager who's job is between the group manager and regional manager, the one that knows me pretty well and would be the logical point of contact if the group manager had concerns about me.

So needless to say I'm not happy with her right now. And I'm desperately curious about what it was exactly that she said to the regional manner about me.

I didn't know whether to put this in the smile or frown thread tbh because if the apparently-discussed move happens I'd be back with my old group manager who i get on very well with and pointedly doesn't go behind my back to bitch about me like a fucking two-faced cow, and I'd be working with one of my friends who I've known for years and is the one who got me the job in the first place.

I decided to go with putting it here because my supremely fucked off annoyance at my current group manager is more prevalent in my mind right now than the potential optimism of being back with one that I don't currently fucking hate.

Why the fuck is my work life such a shitshow right now?
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