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Author: Cleaves M. Bennett MD FACP
Monday, January 07, 2008

Nutrition, exercise, and stress management are the three keys to an effective alternative program to combat high blood pressure. And they work together. They're interrelated and synergistic—that is, their effect together is greater than the sum of their individual effects. A healthy exercise program helps you to reduce stress. Good stress management techniques will help with nutrition—so you won't eat so many "worry" foods. A good diet will take a load of stress off your body. And so on.

So I'd like you to have a clear understanding of each of these three areas as we move on into the program. Because the better you understand what's going on in your own body the easier it will be for you to change it—and to bring that blood pressure under control again, permanently!

Let me start out by saying that your body knows what it needs in the way of nourishment. So you don't have to be convinced by what I'm going to tell you about diet-you just need to be open to it. I'm confident that if you can learn to pay attention to what your body tells you about different foods—not what you think is right, not what the TV tells you, not even what your mother taught you, but what your own experience now tells you—then you're going to end up on a good diet, a healthy diet.

You're going to end up on a diet that is appropriate for you, your own personal diet. It's probably going to be fairly low in cholesterol and fat and sugar and salt. In fact it'll probably be pretty near the kind of diet I'd recommend for you. But you will do best to discover this for yourself. This section is meant to alert you to your own body's requirements in the way of nutrition—and to offer you some clues and some guidelines that may help along the way.

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