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Published 03/4/2006 | Low Fat , High Fiber | Rating:

Itís a diet for all diseases, one that is sure to get your doctorís seal of approval. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is the ultimate weapon in fighting hypertension and lowering blood pressure in just 14 days, according to studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The DASH diet is not only endorsed but recommended by the NIH, as well as physicians.

The health benefits of the DASH diet can be attributed to a reduction in sodium consumption, along with dietary modifications that reduce the intake of fat and saturated fat. By eating more fruits, vegetables and low-fat or non-fat dairy, youíll also lower your cholesterol, lose weight and improve your overall well-being Ė without the assistance of medication.

The plan calls for a daily intake of 6 to 12 servings of grain and grain products, 4 to 6 servings of fruit, 4 to 6 servings of vegetables, 2 to 4 servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy foods, 1.5 to 2.5 servings of lean meats, fish and poultry and 2 to 4 servings of fats and sweets. Itís recommended you consume 3 to 6 servings of nuts, seeds and legumes a week.  

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