The original DASH trial in 1997 demonstrated that a diet that emphasises fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains and limits saturated fat, red and processed meats, and sugar results in a decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Systolic blood pressure measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats, while diastolic blood pressure measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.
“The DASH diet includes foods that are rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. These nutrients help control blood pressure. The diet limits foods that are high in sodium, saturated fat and added sugars,” the Mayo Clinic states.
The foods at the center of the DASH diet are naturally low in sodium. So just by following the DASH diet, you’re likely to lower your intake of sodium.
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