DASH Diet 101: What You Need to Know

Get the scoop on this popular eating plan.

DASH Diet 101: What You Need to Know

As part of our Great Diet Showdown, Dr. Michael Roizen is giving us a closer look at the DASH plan to help you understand if it's right for you. The DASH Diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It was originally developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in order to lower blood pressure and promote healthy bodies. As always, make sure to speak to your physician before starting a new eating plan. Read on to get the scoop!

More: DASH Diet Guide

It's Ranked #1

For several years in a row, health experts from US News & World Report have ranked the DASH Diet as the best diet overall because of its “nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and role in supporting heart health.” Research has shown that the DASH Diet can lower blood pressure in as little as two weeks. However, because it promotes a healthy way of eating, it offers health benefits besides just lowering blood pressure. It may provide protection against osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Watch: Dr. Oz Explains the Dash Diet

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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