Stroke prevention should be on everyone’s mind as stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US. Take an active role in protecting your health by following these 8 tips for stroke prevention.
8. Enjoy a Daily Cuppa Joe
One of the easier ways to prevent stroke is to get your morning started with a nice cuppa joe – it’s proven to reduce your risk!
Not a coffee drinker? That’s okay. Multiple cups of green tea can produce the same effect.
Either way, be sure to enjoy it without added sugars and creams to keep the health benefits up.
7. Get the Perfect Amount of Sleep
Studies have shown that getting less than 6 hours of sleep increases your risk of stroke. There are also studies that say the same thing about getting more than 8 hours a night.
So shoot for 7 and you’ll be in great shape.
However, if you’re recovering from stroke then you should be getting all the sleep you can get! It does wonders for healing the brain.
6. Bag the Boxes and Cans
The majority of the foods that come in bags, boxes, and cans contain lots of salt, and excessive dietary salt consumption can lead to hypertension, the leading cause of stroke.
To keep your sodium intake low, skip the processed foods and opt for mostly plant-based whole foods, like roasted veggies, oatmeal, and smoothies. You’ll reduce your risk of stroke, feel better, and enjoy more energy.
5. Quit the Nasty Habit
Smoking thickens your blood, increases clot formation, and increases the amount of plaque buildup in your arteries. Yuck! No wonder smoking is one of the top 5 causes of stroke.
4. Supplement Where Necessary
It’s hard to eat healthy all the time, especially when motor impairments get in the way. If there are holes in your diet, fill them in with appropriate supplements. Consider these top vitamins for stroke recovery, and run them by your doc first.
3. Manage Chronic Stress
When we’re constantly stressed out, it places our body in an unhealthy, heightened state of tension for prolonged amounts of time. This can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and heart disease – which all increase your risk of stroke.
So there’s a choice that needs to be made: continue to feel stressed out or learn to control your state of mind. Pick the latter, and start meditating! It seriously helps.
2. Heal Your Gut
Did you know that your brain health is closely tied to your gut health? And that your brain communicates with your gut through the gut-brain axis?
To put it briefly for those who don’t know, you can boost your brain health by nurturing you gut health with probiotics (yogurt, tempeh, miso, supplements) and managing inflammation (which we’ll get to next).
By taking care of your gut, you will find yourself much healthier and happier than before as your gut plays a role in your emotions too! (The list of benefits goes on and on, so don’t skip this step!)
1. End the Vicious Cycle
The vicious cycle goes like this: Stress increases cortisol levels, the stress hormone that make our body acidic. When we’re stressed out for too long, our body remains acidic and the good bacteria in our gut begins to die (which you just learned is not good for brain health) and our body enters a state of continuous inflammation.
This type of environment is a breeding ground for ailments like acid reflux, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke (among others).
To reduce excessive inflammation, you can try:
- Supplementing with probiotics
- Getting a good amount of sleep
- Reducing your stress
- Eliminating processed foods
Probiotics and sleep are simple, but learning how to manage stress and eat differently can be serious challenges – but if you decide that it’s something you really want, then you’ll make it happen.
And there you have it, 8 powerful ways to prevent stroke.
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