6 Healthy Tips From the DASH Diet

Whether you’re on the DASH diet or not, apply these healthy tips to your daily life.

6 Healthy Tips From the DASH Diet

By Toni Gasparis

The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a lifestyle plan that concentrates on lowering blood pressure through diet to prevent the development of health conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, and stroke. There are key points of this diet that should be practiced by everyone for healthy eating and healthy living. Check out the things you can learn from the DASH diet to better your overall health.

More: DASH Diet 101: What You Need to Know

Reduce Your Sodium Intake

Sodium is one of the biggest offenders in terms of your blood pressure, which is why reducing your salt consumption is one of the main pillars of the DASH diet. Whether you have high blood pressure or not, excessive sodium is not good for your body so you should consider cutting down on it in your daily life. Avoid adding salt to boiling water when you cook rice and pasta or eating foods that you know are salty. When food shopping, look at the sodium content of items before purchasing. If salt is the main staple in your diet try swapping it out with spices and herbs instead.

More: 7 Tasty Salt Substitutes

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.


Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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