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Easy DASH Diet Summary: The DASH diet was created to help maintain normal blood pressure levels. Even though the...

Easy DASH Diet Summary: The DASH diet was created to help maintain normal blood pressure levels. Even though the...

Plant foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains are naturally low in sodium and high in potassium. High sodium intake increases blood pressure because it causes the body to retain water, which increases blood volume. Higher blood volume creates more work for the heart and increased blood pressure. Low potassium intake (resulting from low intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, etc.) also causes water retention. The kidneys work hard to maintain regular potassium levels and low intake causes the body to hang on to as much potassium as it can (since it’s required for regular heart function.) Retention of potassium causes retention of water, increasing blood pressure again. The DASH diet promotes low sodium and high potassium based on these normal body functions.

Full article: http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2011/06/09/easy-dash-diet-summary/

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