Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Sponsored: Eating Plan for High Blood Pressure? Do the DASH!

Sponsored: Eating Plan for High Blood Pressure? Do the DASH!

My husband has high blood pressure so I need to find a diet for him to follow that I can also eat, and since we are on a fixed income it can’t be expensive.

A tried and true diet that has been shown to reduce high blood pressure is the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan. One of the things I like about this eating plan is that the foods recommended are all ones you can easily purchase at your local Ingles Market.

Some other tips I give individuals who are trying to control their blood pressure through diet and lifestyle changes:

• Get regular exercise (as long as this is ok with your physician).

• Read the nutrition facts panel for the sodium amount and check the serving size.

• Rinse canned vegetables or purchase lower/reduced sodium vegetables.

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• Check for “sneaky” sodium in cereals, condiments, and sliced breads.

• Limit your meals out since you won’t know the sodium amount.

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian



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