How to Decrease the Risk of Stroke

How to Decrease the Risk of StrokeIn the United States, strokes are the number one cause of long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death. The most common type of stroke results from a blockage in a blood vessel that is supplying blood to your brain. Factors like high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, poor diet, obesity, and smoking can cause these potential deadly blockages.  


Stop a Stroke Before it Starts!

Fortunately, most strokes are preventable simply by living a healthier lifestyle. Monitoring and maintaining your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels is the first step to stopping a stroke before it happens. If you make sure that your diet and lifestyle is keeping those three things in check, you will have a significantly reduced chance of having a stroke

A Smoke Can Cause a Stroke

One mandatory requirement for decreasing the risk of stroke is quitting smoking. There are so many good reasons to quit smoking besides preventing a stroke, but studies have shown that smokers are three times as likely to have a stroke.

Prevention will also include exercise and a healthy diet. You should be as active as possible and avoid all trans-fat. You can still enjoy healthy fats like raw nuts, seeds, eggs, and avocados, but foods with trans-fat have a tendency to cause inflammation, which could lead to blockages in your heart vessels. 

Beware of Preservatives & Processed Foods

Sodium nitrate and nitrite that is found in many processed meats has been proven to damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of stroke. Drinking diet and/or regular soda pop will also increase your chances of stroke.

Fiber is often recommended for the prevention of strokes. It will help flush fats, cholesterol, and sugars throughout digestive tract. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, berries, flaxseed, beans, and lentils are all excellent sources of natural fiber.

Vitamin D Reduces Your Chance of Stroke

A vitamin D deficiency can also increase your chances of a stroke. Safe exposure to the sun is the easiest source of vitamin D, but you can also get it from cod liver oil and fatty fish like salmon or tuna.

The last thing you will need to avoid to prevent a stroke is stress. Unfortunately, life is full of stress and it takes a calm and focused mind to ensure that it does not overtake your life. I recommend meditation, yoga, or long nature walks to relieve life’s unavoidable stressors.

A stroke can be disabling or deadly, fortunately they are preventable. Quit smoking, avoid preservatives and processed foods, eat foods rich in natural fibre and vitamin D instead, and beware of stress. You have the power to decrease your risk of stroke.    

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