Saturday, May 15, 2010

DASH diet: Healthy eating to lower your blood pressure

DASH diet: Healthy eating to lower your blood pressure

The DASH diet emphasizes portion size, eating a variety of foods and getting the right amount of nutrients. Discover how DASH can improve your health and lower your blood pressure.

By Mayo Clinic staff

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The DASH diet is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that's designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension). The DASH diet encourages you to reduce the sodium in your diet and eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

By following the DASH diet, you may be able to reduce your blood pressure by a few points in just two weeks. Over time, your blood pressure could drop by eight to 14 points, which can make a significant difference in your health risks.

This diet has been demonstrated to work as described in the article, and it is a healthful diet for many more purposes than lowering blood pressure. I have found that minor adaptations of the diet are quite amenable to a healthy calorie restriction diet, and this has been a huge benefit to me in my program. The DASH diet is worth looking into no matter what your complaint may be, whether you want to lose weight, eat healthful foods, or address the risk of virtually any age-related condition.


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