The DASH Diet
DASH—Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension—is a diet designed to prevent high blood pressure, or to lower it, if it’s already presenting. Following DASH will can reduce blood pressure in as little as two weeks, and is an overall healthy way of eating, lining up with dietary recommendations aimed at preventing cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
The diet involves lots of fruit, grains, low-fat dairy products, and vegetables, along with some fish, poultry, and legumes, with each food selected for its richness in blood pressure-lowering nutrients like magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Affecting men and women, high blood pressure is often called the silent killer, and, while it often presents no symptoms, can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. More than 70 million American adults have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in 3 people.
With so many people being affected by high blood pressure, the DASH diet is an effective tool in promoting national health. Even those without high blood pressure can benefit from the good nutritional recommendations of the diet, as well as the possible prevention of high blood pressure.
Head over to Mayoclinic.org to read the comprehensive guidelines for the DASH diet.