The Nuthera® Rx Meal Plan for Hypertension is based on the DASH Diet otherwise known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
The DASH diet aims to provide nutrients that can help reduce blood pressure. It is based on dietary patterns, rather than single nutrients. It also contains a high proportion of foods rich in antioxidants. These are thought to help prevent or delay the development of several chronic health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Reduce Blood Pressure
The DASH diet helps to lower blood pressure related to its composition of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Each key nutrient plays a role in the lowering of blood pressure. Since the DASH diet innately limits salt and sodium intake, some individuals may see further reductions. Although sodium is needed for critical body functions, too much can cause fluid build-up. Additional fluid can put extra strain and pressure on the heart, thus increasing blood pressure.
With the inclusion of whole grains, comes the natural addition of fiber. Whole wheat products, brown rice, and oats are excellent fiber sources. Adequate fiber has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels. Men should aim for 38 grams per day while women should obtain 25 grams per day. Interestingly enough, new research found the addition of higher fat dairy products actually reduced triglyceride and "bad" cholesterol levels in comparison to individuals consuming the standard low-fat DASH plan. Additionally, blood pressure levels were reduced similarly following both diet plans. The compelling new findings offer DASH with additional flexibility.
Weight loss comes with a calorie deficit. Although the DASH diet does not stress calorie reduction, filling the diet with nutrient-dense foods rather than calorie-rich foods can shed off pounds in a sustaining manner. Diets rich in fiber have also been shown to contribute to weight loss.
Again, the DASH diet is a well-balanced diet filled with nutrients, an important key in the optimization of health. It provides success and sustainability due to its flexibility and its semi-unrestrictive nature. Even if blood pressure levels are normal and healthy, the DASH diet is worth embracing. Reducing processed fats and sweets with rising amounts of fruits, veggies, and low-fat dairy products can ultimately provide the body with abundant nutrients without feeling deprived or hungry.
Reference: The DASH Diet Eating Plan. Available at: http://www.dashdiet.org.