ImageIt is a diet for all diseases, one that is certain to get your doctor's seal of approval. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is the supreme weapon in fighting hypertension and lowering blood pressure in just 14 days, according to studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The DASH diet is not only endorsed but recommended by the NIH, as well as physicians.

The health benefits of the DASH diet can be attributed to a lessening in sodium consumption, along with dietary modifications that reduce the intake of fat and saturated fat. By eating more fruits, vegetables and low-fat or non-fat dairy, you'll also lower your cholesterol, lose weight and improve your overall well-being - without the assistance of medication.

The plan advocates for a daily intake of 6 to 12 servings of grain and grain products, 4 to 6 servings of fruit, 4 to 6 servings of vegetables, 2 to 4 servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy foods, 1.5 to 2.5 servings of lean meats, fish and poultry and 2 to 4 servings of fats and sweets. It's recommended you consume 3 to 6 servings of nuts, seeds and legumes a week.