Healthy Eating

A healthy eating plan can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure.

For an overall Balanced Eating Plan, we can consider the DASH Eating Plan. “DASH” stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”.

The elevated blood pressures are reduced by an eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy foods. The ‘DASH’ eating plan includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts and has reduced amounts of fats, red meats, sweets, and sugared beverages.

“DASH-Sodium” is a plan of reducing dietary sodium intake,for reducing blood pressure. The biggest blood pressure-lowering benefits were for those eating the DASH eating plan at the lowest sodium level (1,500 milligrams per day).

It is important to lower sodium intake in all types of the diet and a combination of lower intake of salt and sodium will be the most beneficial plan.

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