The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has determined that the DASH diet. (Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension) is an effective means of lowering blood pressure.
The diet has been proven to significantly lower blood pressure in as little as two weeks. DASH focuses on weight loss, if necessary, and adding complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy products to increase magnesium, calcium and potassium in your diet. Losing as little as 3% to 9% of your body weight can lower blood pressure 3mm Hg which is significant. Dropping your blood pressure by as little as 3% reduces your risk of stroke and heart attack 8% and 5% respectively.
Moreover, lowering your sodium intake dramatically improves your blood pressure and the way your blood pressure medications work. These recommendations can easily be worked into your everyday diet. Lifestyle modifications should be considered before medications to reduce blood pressure levels and Stage 1 Hypertension (140-159 mm Hg systolic and 90-99 mm Hg diastolic).
We will work with you to create a meal plan, based on your preferences and lifestyle, that incorporates the principle set in the DASH diet. We will provide you with the information and resources to find hidden sources of sodium in your current diet. We will work together to determine and set realistic weight loss goals that are achievable and sustainable. We will provide exercise recommendations targeted at weight loss that fit your individual needs and physical capabilities.