DASH stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

The DASH diet is a lifelong approach which has been designed to treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension). It has been developed to lower blood pressure without medication. The DASH diet encourages you to limit the sodium in your diet and eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, as well as whole grains, fish, poultry and nuts. A limited portion of red meats, sweets, and sugary beverages means to eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. You can reduce blood pressure by a few points in just two weeks by following the DASH diet. Over time, you could drop blood pressure by 8 to 14 points, which can make a noticeable difference in your health.

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