There are a couple stroke prevention diets worth mentioning: the ketogenic diet and therapeutic lifestyle changes diet.
The ketogenic diet has specific benefits for your brain, and the TLC diet has benefits for your lifestyle in general (thus the name).
If you’re looking to live a healthier life, consider these dietary changes:
Brain-Boosting Benefits of Ketogenic Diet
We’ll discuss the ketogenic diet first because it has specific benefits for your brain.
The ketogenic diet is essentially a high-fat/low-carb diet that pushes your body into a state of ketosis. This causes more ketones to circulate through your body, resulting in more fuel for your brain.
The ketogenic diet has also been shown to increase brain mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of your cells.
More brain mitochondria = more mental energy.
Stroke survivors who need extra mental energy can greatly benefit from the ketogenic diet. It’s powerful stuff – so discuss this option with your primary care physician.
Keep It Simple with the TLC Diet
The TLC diet was created by the National Institutes of Health, and it lays the groundwork for a simple, healthy lifestyle.
Here are the basics:
Limit your intake of fat – especially saturated and trans fat because they increase the bad cholesterol in your body (which increases your risk of stroke).
Increase your intake of fruits and veggies. Brightly colored fruits and veggies are great sources of antioxidants and vitamin C, which are both associated with a reduced risk of stroke.
Don’t be afraid of clean carbs. The TLC Diet encourages consumption of clean carbs, which includes nutrient-dense starches like quinoa, sweet potatoes, and legumes. ‘Bad carbs’ would include processed starches like white pasta, white bread, and biscuits.
In short, the TLC diet simply encourages eating real food.
You’ll notice that the ketogenic diet and TLC diet are essentially opposites when it comes to fat and carbohydrate intake – so experiment with both and pay attention to how it makes your body feel.
Does one make you feel better than the other?
Go with that one.
The No-Diet Lifestyle to Consider
If you hate rules and don’t want a rigid outline of what you should eat to prevent stroke, we have just the thing:
Just focus on eating whole foods that are as close to their natural form as possible.
Avoid anything that comes deep fried or dusted in powdered sugar. Eat your vegetables. Keep everything ridiculously simple and be intentional with your food.
Don’t eat while you’re distracted. Focus on how your food makes you feel.
It will help you appreciate the way you’re nourishing your body instead of treating food as a chore, nuisance, or escape.
And when you eat like this (instead of focusing on the rules of a diet), you just might become the healthiest version of yourself.
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