If I ate all the recommended servings, I would gain weight. Fortunately, I have low bp for my age because of my weight loss and exercise regimen. I'm really proud of that since everyone else in my family is on meds for high bp.
More important than cutting salt for blood pressure is cutting sugars and starches. Most people who eliminate refined wheat and corn products and cut out empty sugar calories see a drop in blood pressure and a positive improvement in cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It has a lot to do with lowering the overabundance of insulin in your system to a more manageable level.
9/10/2011 7:43:38 AM
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5/2/2011 9:47:38 PM
Just today I went to a new Dr. and she was really great about not making me feel pathethic that I was taking Blood Pressure med and was chunky for being young. Instead she talked positive and handed me a handout when I left- it was the DASH diet. I looked over it but it seemed just like another thing to fail at that I'd be done with in a week. I decided to come BACK to the Spark account I set up a few months ago and guess what article I find not long after I logged back in? DASH diet. Apparently we are destined to find each other DASH. My Dr. thinks in just a few months i can be off the meds. I had accepted that I would have to be on them the rest of my life because of heredity but this was the first spark of hope I've had in a while.
As far as the "tips" they give at the bottom, they are awesome, but even then, you have to really be aware of the nutrition info on EVERYTHING. Bread, cheese [even low fat or "reduced sodium"] and anything even remotely "processed" is loaded with salt. It's very difficult to stay under the RDA by simply choosing "reduced sodium" products.
4/13/2011 12:56:15 PM
I have used the DASH diet for several years and it certainly does work to lower your blood pressure. I was on the verge of going on meds and tried DASH instead and for several years now my BP has been good and I haven't had to go on medication, which I would like to avoid if possible. The meal tracking on Sparkpeople and the recipe calculator on Sparkrecipes are great tools to use when working with the DASH diet. A very powerful combination!
Great news,I have never heard of the Dash diet but it has my attention,I like what I read and am going to give it a try.Keep up the good work.
3/9/2011 9:59:59 AM
I've followed this type of diet for years as I have had HBP for a while now. However when you get older often the diet with exercies fails due to a lower motabolizim, weight gain or other health related factor. I prefer to see the nuts section be added everyday with the meats section cut down to 2-3 times per week...rather add beans/rice, pasta dishes, omletes/salad combos, etc. Also people often miss how much salt is in things like bread, muffins, and canned goods.....using a cookbook sponsored by the american heart association for low salt cooking works great and eatting whole foods, sauces cooked from scratch and learning how to make a home made soup broth or tomato sauce works great when added to other items in order to cut the salt. Ovo Vegitarian style keeps some fats as compared to a full vegan. Use some no salt peanut butters such as Crazy Richards, oils, nuts, eggs (egg substitute), and dairy (soy milk or skim) while still keeping the cholesteral/salt out of the diet. In addition oats, brown rice, or whole grain pasta should be the grain of choice...and stay away from bread.....my mom always told me beans are good for your heart ;)....and so they are..add to soup, salad, rice casserole dishes or make a sandwich spread out of them!
I am 71 years old and have recently been able to stop taking my HBP (water) pills after about 25 years. I credit the Dash Diet for this improvement. I check my BP at home and take my results to the doctor's office once a month. He's very pleased with the results. The book is available in print or for the Kindle and it's well worth it. I'm never hungry when I follow this diet.
All of your comments are so inspiring. I was diagnosed with hypertension about 2 months ago and the doctor put me on meds. My goal is to come off of the medication. I am so happy to learn about the DASH Diet and will be following this asap. Thanks so much.
8/23/2010 2:49:34 PM
PS: Those of you who try the DASH diet and stick to it by the book (its easy) will NEVER be sorry you did Be excited over this one--It is the only one I cold stick with and enjoy the food and not be hungry all the time. God bless each of you.
8/23/2010 2:46:24 PM
I have been on the DASH diet for 6 months (since two heart attacks and a stroke). BP is normal and holding in that pattern. Lipid counts are normal and they were high, high, high. Feel great AND I have lost 60 pounds without trying!!! Go DASH. Get the book with the meal plan and the recipes for the meals. It is worth the $12 I paid for it.
7/20/2010 4:07:06 AM
This is positive news about the DASH diet and principles. I am motivated to use this to reduce my high blood pressure, which is now controlled by medication. I aim to get off this medication.
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