Life Isn't a Sprint, It's a DASH

by DavalosMcCormack on May 14, 2009

It never ceases to amaze me how many conversations about health keep coming back to the same basic things. What you eat and what you do.

Now, what you do amounts to how much exercise you get, how active you are. The more you get the better off you are. It won’t keep you alive forever but it will certainly help improve your odds of living longer and being healthier along the way.

What you eat… now there’s the key. The things you put in your mouth can really determine if you live or die, how long you live, and what your quality of life is along the way.

And a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reinforces that.

The study shows that a diet that was originally developed to help people reduce their already high blood pressure, can also help reduce a woman’s risk of developing heart failure.

Now although the study was only done on women the odds are that if you happen to have an extra Y chromosome this also applies to you. And for you boys that didn’t pay attention in biology, that means you.

The researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that women placed on the DASH diet were able to not only reduce their blood pressure but also their risk of heart failure.

Now I could go into the specific details of what they did and how they did it but if you really are that interested you can read all that here.

But the really cool stuff is that the diet is really nothing revolutionary, it’s pretty basic stuff, and once you try it for blood pressure it can have so many other benefits.

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension = aka high blood pressure. The diet mostly involves foods that are low in salt or sodium, so it emphasizes fresh fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and whole grains.

That means it’s high in fiber, high in nutrients, high in all things natural and health and low in crap.

Crap by the way is not an acronym. It’s just a statement of fact.

The point is, this diet is not just good for high blood pressure, or heart failure, it’s good for you. For all of you. Whatever is wrong with you this diet will help. If nothing is wrong with you then this diet will help you keep it that way.

Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat meats is all you really need to know. For high blood pressure. For heart disease. For diabetes. For life.

Life is not a sprint, it’s a long distance event; and the better care you take of yourself the longer you make it and the more fun you can have along the way.

So, if you take a DASH you increase your odds of going the distance.

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