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If Your Doctor Says DASH ... You Need to Run!

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Today we're stepping away from the beaten path, challenging the status quo and, hopefully, leaving you with a fresh perspective. We're talking about the much-lauded DASH diet and how it might not be the panacea it's made out to be. If you enjoy this post and want to dive deeper, I've just published an episode on my podcast, The Sickening Truth, where I break it down even further.

We've all been there: you go to the doctor with high blood pressure, and you're sent home with a glossy brochure about the DASH diet and a new prescription. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, a favorite in the medical community, pushes us towards fruits, veggies, whole grains, and low-salt, low-fat foods. But it begs the question: if the DASH diet is so effective, why do we need medication, too?

Let's hit pause and look at this from another angle. When you're given medication to control your blood pressure, it works, at least on paper. Your numbers drop, but are they treating the root cause? Or simply patching up the symptoms? Stop the medication, and your blood pressure spikes again. It's like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound – a temporary fix for a deeper issue.

Often overlooked in this equation is the role of insulin resistance in high blood pressure. The high-carb, low-fat mantra of the DASH diet may actually exacerbate this problem, rather than help it.

Surprisingly, when a low-carb diet (often shunned by the conventional medical community) was put against the DASH diet in a recent study, it outperformed the latter on all fronts. The low-carb dieters lost more weight and saw more significant reductions in blood pressure. Their diabetes markers also improved more substantially. The reason? They were addressing the elephant in the room: insulin resistance.

So why does the medical community still hold onto the DASH diet as a lifebuoy in a stormy sea? Sometimes, it's easier to cling to a comforting lie than face an inconvenient truth.

What we need to do is question our reliance on these band-aid solutions, and shift towards addressing the root cause. It's time to explore nutritional approaches that target underlying issues like insulin resistance. It's about understanding that what we eat can either feed our problems or fight them.

So, the next time you sit down for a meal, ask yourself: Are you trying to fit into a prescribed mold, silencing your body's cries for help with prescriptions and diets that don't address the root causes? Or are you truly listening to your body's needs and fueling it right?

We need to sift through the misinformation, understand the science, and challenge the status quo. It's time to stop accepting health advice blindly and start making more informed decisions about our health.

In the spirit of challenging norms and uncovering truths, I invite you to listen to the latest episode of my podcast, The Sickening Truth, where we delve deeper into this topic. Who knows? You might just find the answers you've been looking for.

Until next time, stay healthy, keep questioning, and remember: 

If you don't make time for your health,
you'll be forced to make time for your illness.

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