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MRSLIVINGWELL's Photo MRSLIVINGWELL Posts: 720
7/30/19 9:14 A

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"The pharmaceutical industry’s answer is to inhibit the natural mechanisms of the body, causing the pressure to fall. The problem with this artificial reduction of pressure is that nothing helpful has been accomplished by the medication to improve the health of the blood vessels themselves. The arteries remain fragile and ready to burst into a stroke or heart attack. Attacking the cause of the problem – the rich Western diet – cleans up and strengthens the blood vessels and reduces the resistance to blood flow. "

There are some useful article links and success stories here:

www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/healt
h-science/hot-topics/medical-topics/hy
pertension/


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7/30/19 8:22 A

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I have used the Dash Diet for about a year now.. I have lost forty pounds and my blood pressure is back to a good range.. walking will be what I do for the rest of my life..eating this way is a lifestyle not a diet..you must commit to it. therefore my advice to anyone who is searching for a plan choose one that you know you can live with for a lifetime

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7/29/19 10:15 P

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Thank you all for your suggestion! I will strive to speak with my doctor and in the meantime work on being healthy!! Thank you!

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7/29/19 8:56 P

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Many recommend the DASH diet to help manage high blood pressure. When US News ranks the diets every year it comes up as one of the healthiest. No matter what you decide to do, please talk to your doctor about the approach that he/she recommends.

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The three biggest things you can do is to reduce sodium and reduce stress and maintain a healthy weight - the last one via good nutrition and exercise, both of which also helps with stress.

www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hig
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As LUANN_IN_PA mentioned, fasting is not required for high BP.

If the home remedies mentioned in this link don't work, then you need to be having another talk with your Dr. A referral to a Registered Dietitian would be appropriate. Make sure that you weigh all of your food for increased accuracy and enter it all into the Nutrition tracker. Take printouts of it when you go to your appointment.

Ensure that you have removed the junk and processed foods and replace with real food - fruits/veges, healthy protein, healthy fats, and wholegrains.

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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 31,201
7/29/19 6:56 P

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"I have recently found the need to do a High BLood Pressure diet."
The doctor who diagnosed you should refer you to a registered dietician.

HBP does not require fasting and the other things you mentioned.

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A Registered Dietitian is going to be your best resource.

-google first. ask questions later.

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7/29/19 4:56 P

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Current research supports the DASH diet approach for dealing with high blood pressure. This approach does not require fasting or supplements, and can easily be tweaked to suit caloric needs for either weight loss or maintenance, and should be considered a permanent, lifelong way of eating.

If you use the Spark website (not the app), you can click on the LEARN tab at the top of the page, choose "Health & Wellness", choose the "Heart Health" at the top of that page, and open a menu page of all of the Spark articles about heart health: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/healthy-heart
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Here are some other reputable references with more information on this approach:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dash_eating_p
lan.pdf


www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy/healthy-
eating/dash-diet


www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eatin
g-plan


There are numerous websites, blogs, and cookbooks with recipe and menu suggestions that adhere to this program.

I would suggest that you ask your doctor for a referral to a Registered Dietitian who can work with you to create a menu in keeping with your personal preferences, lifestyle, and medical needs.

All the best!

Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."

"The Inuit Paradox" ( discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-
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): "...there are no essential foods—only essential nutrients. And humans can get those nutrients from diverse and eye-opening sources. "

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PATRI92's Photo PATRI92 Posts: 29
7/29/19 3:44 P

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I have recently found the need to do a High BLood Pressure diet. I have heard of fasting except 1 meal a day for 5 days and then 3 meals for Saturday and 3 meals Sunday while taking vitamins like Olive oil and Magnesium. I have also heard of fruits and veggie and low carb/ whole grain diet. Whats the healthiest? What is a cost effective way to switch?

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