Are you looking for that one weird food that kills high blood pressure? Multiple articles and newsletters come out with sensational headlines like this, claiming that this time some researcher has found that silver bullet, the solution to the blood pressure problem.
What is it this time? We’ve tried banana, celery, sea salt, beets, pomegranates, ginger, hawthorn…. What’s next?
We like simple solutions and hope for that silver bullet… Wouldn’t it, indeed, be nice to not change anything – just add one weird food, and one day you will wake up and not need any HBP medications.
And why not. After all, researchers constantly find out that some individual ingredient reduced blood pressure by several points.
Unfortunately, life is more complex than that. That’s why after hoping and trying, I settled on using a dietary approach called DASH rather than adding just one individual ingredient.
A book that has confirmed this intuitive finding was called “The China Study”.
In this most comprehensive nutrition study ever conducted, its authors concluded that there are eight principles of food and health:
- Nutrition represents the combined activities of countless food substances. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
- Vitamin supplements are not a panacea for good health.
- There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants.
- Genes do not determine disease on their own. Genes function only by being activated, or expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes, good and bad, are expressed.
- Nutrition can substantially control the adverse effects of noxious chemicals.
- The same nutrition that prevents disease in its early stages can also halt or reverse it in its later stages.
- Nutrition that is truly beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board.
- Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence. All parts are interconnected.
Though The China Study calls for complete exclusion of animal protein from your diet and adoption of a plant-based diet, there are dietary approaches that are targeted to specific illnesses and are less strict. DASH diet is one of them.
So instead of spending your precious time in pursuit of one weird food to lower blood pressure, why not try DASH diet plan and see if it works for you? You can download a free sample of a 1200 calorie DASH diet plan and start experimenting. DASH is an effective way to reduce blood pressure, especially coupled with low sodium diet, exercise , weight control, and relaxation.