Continuing to talk about different diets and ways of eating, I thought I'd touch on what I call healing diets. If you have an ailment like gastritis or celiacs disease, you must eat differently than the average person. If you've been to the doctor and diagnosed with a disease or ailment, he might tell you to change to a specific diet. Lets discuss those here. Let discuss those diets here and what they are. If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with high blood pressure (or prehypertension), or are concerned with high blood pressure? This diet was designed specifically for this health issue. Dash stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. This diet is actually similar to the Mediterranean diet, but the focus is different. Some actually call it the Americanized Mediterranean diet.
The Dash diet is a low sodium, high fibre diet which is filled with fruits and vegetables and whole grains. It also limits non-fat dairy foods and drinks and only allows lean meats, poultry and fish. It lowers blood pressure because it focuses on foods that are rich in magnesium, potassium, and calcium – which are nutrients that help to lower blood pressure.
If you are already diagnosed with hypertension this diet alone may not solve the issue, however, it is proven to reduce blood pressure. Those with pre-hypertension can avoid medication altogether, by switching to this way of eating. It can reduce blood pressure in as little as fourteen days – so it doesn’t take a long time to see the effects of this change.
As more studies have been completed through the U.S National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, it has been shown that this way of eating can also help those who have diabetes, it can lower the risk of some cancers, heart disease, stroke, kidney stones, diabetes in early development and even slow the progression of kidney disease. This is a fantastic diet to consider if any of these issues are of concern.
The Dash diet has been around a long time and has gone through an evolution recently in many areas. Early in this diet’s life, it wasn’t made for weight loss and was filled with carbohydrates and starchy foods. However, Marla Heller, MS, RD has written several books and revolutionized this way of eating to cause weight loss and a more balanced way that avoids food cravings. She saw a weakness and improved this diet.
She did this by adding high protein foods to the diet and foods that are heart healthy. By keeping blood sugar even, she was able to help reduce cravings and improve other medical conditions as well. So add weight loss as another check mark to this way of eating.
To summarize the DASH diet was designed to for those with high blood pressure and focuses on low sodium, high fibre and limited animal product. Over time, it has been shown through studies to also help with diabetes, and other health ailments that millions of us suffer unnecessarily.
Hope this helps,