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The DASH Diet for Healthy Blood Pressure

The DASH diet emphasizes portion size, eating a variety of foods and getting the right amount of nutrients. Discover how DASH can improve your health and lower your blood pressure.

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DASH diet: Sodium levels
  • Standard DASH diet. You can consume up to 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day.

  • Lower sodium DASH diet. You can consume up to 1,500 mg of sodium a day.

DASH diet: What to eat

  • Grains: 6 to 8 servings a day

  • Vegetables: 4 to 5 servings a day

  • Fruits: 4 to 5 servings a day

  • Dairy: 2 to 3 servings a day

  • Lean meat, poultry and fish: 6 or fewer servings a day

  • Nuts, seeds and legumes: 4 to 5 servings a week

  • Fats and oils: 2 to 3 servings a day

  • Sweets: 5 or fewer a week

DASH diet: Alcohol and caffeine

Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure. The DASH diet recommends that men limit alcohol to two or fewer drinks a day and women one or less.

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