High blood pressure is a silent disease which mostly does not cause any obvious symptoms. However if it is not appropriately treated it can severe damage to several organs in the body.
Hypertension in many people in the early stages can be controlled by simple diet and lifestyle changes. The major change in diet which helps to control blood pressure is restriction of salt in the diet. According to recent research adequate amounts of potassium and calcium in the diet also helps to control blood pressure.
You can reduce your salt or sodium intake by
The DASH diet or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension is recommended to control blood pressure in people with hypertension. Research has shown that following DASH diet can surely reduce if not completely treat high blood pressure.
In the DASH-Sodium diet - sodium (salt) is reduced in the diet to 1,500 mg in a day (about 2/3 teaspoon). This diet has also been observed to significantly reduce blood pressure. Doctors recommend including the DASH diet into your lifestyle to control blood pressure.
The dietary approach to stop hypertension includes the following.
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