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Diet Spotlight: The DASH Diet

About 1 in every 3 adults has high blood pressure, a condition that puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in America. Even more alarming than this, only half of the people with high blood pressure have it under control. While medication is available to control high blood pressure, many people are able to successfully reduce blood pressure through their diet.

DASH Diet Basics

One of the most popular diets for controlling blood pressure (and recently tied for number 1 best overall diet in U.S. News diet report) is the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet, or more easily called the DASH diet.

The DASH diet, which is technically considered a low fat diet, allows only 27 percent of calories from fat, 6 percent of which is saturated fat. Carbohydrates make up 55 percent of calories on the diet plan, while protein provides the remaining 18 percent.

The daily breakdown of the DASH diet looks like this:

  • 6 to 8 servings of grains, preferably whole
  • 4 to 5 servings of vegetables
  • 4 to 5 servings of fruits
  • 2 to 3 servings of low-fat dairy products
  • 2 to 3 servings of healthy fats and oils
  • 6 or fewer servings of lean meats, poultry and fish

Note: You’re also allowed 4 to 5 servings of nuts and seeds and 5 or fewer servings of sweets or added sugars each week.

What about Sodium?

Following the DASH diet will naturally reduce your sodium intake, since a lot of the sodium you eat is in processed foods, which are not encouraged. Although the diet recommends taking in less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, it’s worth noting that people who reduced sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams per day lowered their blood pressure even more.

Picking Foods with Potassium

Potassium helps reduce the effects of sodium, so when following the DASH diet, you should eat lots of foods that are high in potassium.These foods include:

  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Tuna
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Raisins
  • Leafy green vegetables

Other Health Benefits

In addition to lowering your blood pressure (thereby reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke), the DASH diet can also:

  • help you lose weight
  • lower cholesterol
  • decrease triglycerides

Of course, your diet is only one part of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s best to combine the DASH diet with regular exercise, stress management, and plenty of sleep.

Healthy Recipe: Gingerbread Latte

‘Tis the season for family, friends, and fancy drinks from your local coffee shop. But those fancy drinks lose some of their appeal when you take a peek at the nutrition facts. A typical 16-ounce gingerbread latte contains 360 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 38 grams of sugar (which is more than you should be eating in an entire day!).

We don’t want you to feel deprived of the season’s best treats, though, so we’ve made a healthier version of the holiday favorite that you can easily whip up at home. One serving of this health-ified latte contains only 135 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 11 grams of sugar.

gingerbread latte

Gingerbread Latte Recipe

Serves 1

What You Need:
  • 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee (or espresso)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For an extra boost of protein, add one teaspoon of collagen powder.

What To Do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk over medium heat until frothy and desired temperature is reached.
  2. Pour into a mug and serve immediately.

Product of the Month! Metasol ™ by QOL Labs

If there is one thing that you don’t want to do, it’s completely fall off the weight loss wagon just because of the holidays. We hear it all the time: “I’ll get back on track in January”. “It’s too hard to stick to healthy eating during the holidays”. But we’re here to tell you that just because you indulge here or there doesn’t mean you can’t stick to your normal routine on most days.

However, we do understand that you may be treating yourself a little more than usual this much, so we’re here to help you out by offering metabolism-boosting Metasol ™ as part of December’s monthly special, which also includes:

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins

Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

And in December, you’ll also receive our product of the month – Metasol ™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®) – FOR FREE!

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With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Metasol ™ for FREE!

What is Metasol?

Metasol ™ is a low molecular weight polyphenol that helps boost your metabolism. The low molecular weight makes the polyphenols in Metasol ™ easier to absorb. In fact, research shows Metasol ™ is five times more bio-available than other polyphenol supplements.

A published, randomized, double-blind human clinical trial lasting 10 weeks found that compared to placebo, taking 200mg of Oligonol daily:

  • Reduced visceral fat volume by 15%*
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Contact Us

If you want to take advantage of this special offer and sign up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at any of our locations to find out more!

  • North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
  • Phoenix: 602-441-3305
  • Tempe: 480-968-5673

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.