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Making certain changes in your diet plan surely helps you in beating high blood pressure. Medications are not the only way to stop hypertension. Following the DASH diet plan is a proven way to lessen your blood pressure. This diet plan helps you with weight loss as well. What is the dash diet? Let’s go further.
The full form of the DASH diet is “Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)”. Following a dash diet plan is simple but being consistent is the key to lowering your blood pressure. If you are a high blood pressure patient, add or deduct the following things in your diet.
Avoid Salt (Sodium): Sodium is one of the main causes of high blood pressure. If you are a hypertension patient and like salty food at the same time then you are having a risk of heart disease & stroke. According to the DASH diet, one should limit the usage of sodium (2.3g – 2.5g). If we look at the stats, the normal usage of salt by an average Pakistani is 9-12 g (pretty high, right?).
Eat Foods With High Potassium: Start consuming fruits & vegetables with high potassium because it helps in lowering sodium levels in the body. If you are having high blood pressure, start eating ‘bananas’. There are other fruits like apples, green beans, carrots, dates, etc. These fruits have high levels of magnesium & potassium. They help you in decreasing the sodium level in the body.
Limit Sugar-Sweetened Products: Sugary products i.e cakes & non-diet drinks/sodas are packed with calories and they ultimately make your belly, fat. There are more chances of getting high blood pressure when you are fat.
3D NutriHealth is a program by 3D Lifestyle, where you can get customized diet plans according to your health condition from certified nutritionists. Whether you are looking to get a diet plan for weight loss or weight gain, 3D Lifestyle has your back. If you have any health condition, discuss it with our nutritionists. They’ll suggest you a customized meal plan according to your health.
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My dad got diagnosed with pre hypertension and I am looking to get a diet plan for him that caters to his Pakistani diet with foods that they can easily access.