Have Hypertension? Learn what you can do to control this problem
Posted Jan 15 2010 12:00am
Making this DASH Can Take You to Lower Blood Pressure
Some people with high blood pressure - also known as hypertension - are able to control the problem without medication by using lifestyle changes such as weight loss, exercising, and stopping smoking. According to the National Institutes of Health, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan may be a particularly helpful way to lower your blood pressure Here are a few pointers to get you started:
Make small changes. Add an additional serving of fruit or vegetables to your meals or snacks rather than trying to go vegetarian overnight. Also gradually start replacing your sodas with fat-free or low-fat milk.
Cut back on processed foods like frozen dinners and canned soups, since these often contain a lot of sodium. This is where you get most of the salt from your diet - not the shaker.
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