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