The Standard DASH diet:

People consume up to 2,300 mg per day.

The Low Sodium DASH diet:

The maximum sodium intake is 1,500 mg per day.

In a clinical experiment to determine the effect of the diet, researchers found that incorporating the DASH diet with a reduced intake of sodium had a greater effect on blood pressure than simply sodium of these acts.

When people lower their consumption of salt they must increase on potassium-containing foods. Potassium is important because it helps to relax the blood vessels, and it lowers the blood pressure . Adults must look to eat 4,700 mg of potassium per day.

Foods that contain potassium include:

  • lentils and kidney beans
  • dried fruit, such as apricots, prunes, and raisins
  • squash
  • potato
  • orange juice
  • banana
  • avocado
  • rice

A half-cup of dried apricots will provide around 30% of a person’s daily need for potassium. A cup of cooked lentils provides 21%.