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High Blood Pressure Diet

healthy foodResearch has shown that following a healthy eating plan can both reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and lower an already elevated blood pressure.

For an overall eating plan, consider the DASH eating plan. "DASH" stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension," a clinical study that tested the effects of nutrients in food on blood pressure. 

You can reduce high blood pressure by following an eating plan that emphasizes:  fruits, vegetables, and lowfat dairy foods and is low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol. The DASH eating plan includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts and has reduced amounts of fats, red meats, sweets, and sugared beverages.

Also, studies show that you should reduce your sodium level to just 1500 milligrams of sodium a day.

Click here to see the Dash Eating Plan

Depending on the severity of your high blood pressure, you may need to take high blood pressure medications as well as follow a diet to control it.

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