• January

    The DASH Diet: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

     The DASH Diet is for Mild to Moderate Hypertension control is much more effective than medications.

    For medicated Hypertensive people, combining DASH diet is very beneficial to reduce medication levels.

    Please see my former posts for more information about Hypertension and Treatments.

    DASH Diet:

    •      Grains: 7-8 per day

    1 slice bread; ½ cup dry cereal; ½ cup cooked rice, pasta, or cereal

    •     Vegetables & Fruits: 4-5 per day (I would personally up the servings to 8-10)

    1 cup raw leafy vegetables, ½ cup cooked vegetables, 6 oz vegetable juice, 4-5 6 oz fruit juice, 1 medium fruit, ¼ cup dried fruit ½ cup fresh, frozen or canned fruit

    •     Low-fat dairy foods: 2-3/per day

    8 oz milk;   1 cup yogurt;    1.5 oz cheese

    •     Meats including poultry, and fish: 2/day

    3 oz cooked meats, poultry, or fish

    •     Nuts, seeds and legumes: 4-5/wk

    1.5oz or 1/3 cup nuts; ½ oz or 2 tbsp seeds; ½ cup cooked legumes



          High-potency multivitamin/mineral       Flaxseed or fish oil
          Vitamin C       Arginine
          Vitamin E       Taurine
          Magnesium       Anti-ACE bonito peptides
          Fresh garlic or Allicin       CoQ10 (can be expensive but essential when taking medications)

    NOTE: Be sure to visit your Naturopatic Doctor before taking any of these supplements

    (especially if you are currently taking medication)


    Additional Foods and Lifestyle Choices:

    •      Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp in diet daily
    •      1.5 oz. almonds and/or walnuts daily
    •      Plant Sterols – 1-2g with meals
    •      Hibiscus tea 3x/d
    •      20min. Brisk walking daily (or 30min/day for >4 days/week) and/or reduce caloric intake by 500-1000cal daily.


    References:      http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/


This website is NOT to be used as a diagnostic or treatment tool. Always consult with your Conventional Medical Doctor or Naturopathic Doctor for specific concerns. In cases of medical emergencies visit your nearest hospital or call 9-1-1.