It’s impossible to how to prevent a stroke naturally without addressing your diet.
And aside from regular exercise, your diet seems to be the best place to focus on natural steps for prevention.
It’s like Hippocrates said:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
How to Prevent a Stroke Naturally with Food
There are many ways to prevent stroke naturally. Here’s a quick overview of the basics:
- Stay active
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat well
Simple, but a lot easier said than done!
The “stay active” part is simple with a proper stroke recovery exercise regimen. So we’ll skip that part and focus on the “eat well” part.
Eating well can help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent a stroke naturally.
So let’s dig into 5 useful tips to help prevent a stroke the natural way.
1. Start Your Day with Yogurt and Bananas
Probiotics are so important for stroke prevention!
They nurture your gut-brain axis, the pathway where your gut communicates with your brain.
This means that improving the health of your gut will help your brain — and a healthy brain is essential for stroke recovery!
So load up on these naturally probiotic foods:
- Cottage cheese
But what’s with the bananas?
Well, in order to fully benefit from probiotics in your diet, you need prebiotics too. Prebiotics are indigestible fiber that promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut. Consider it food for you and your microbiome.
So make sure you’re getting these prebiotic foods too:
And once you start eating these pre- and probiotic foods on a daily basis, we bet you’ll feel a million times happier becauseprobiotics can actually be used to treat post stroke depression.
2. Lower Your Cholesterol with These Natural Foods
There are two types of cholesterol: HDL and LDL.
In a nutshell: HDL cholesterol is ‘good’ and LDL cholesterol is ‘bad.’ To learn why excess LDL cholesterol is bad for your risk of stroke, see our article on cholesterol management after stroke.
To boost the good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol, load up on these healthy foods:
(You can see why oatmeal and bananas made #1 on this list!)
3. Get the Antioxidant Resveratrol from Red Wine
The antioxidant in red grapes, resveratrol, has been getting a lot of buzz lately.
More and more studies are linking red wine to tons of health benefits – and the latest research has linked resveratrol to a lower risk of recurrent stroke.
It gets tricky, though, as there are many studies showing that more than two alcoholic beverages a day will reverse any benefits of consuming them in the first place.
So practice balance and aim for one glass of red wine a day. Not only will you be protecting your brain, but you’ll also be reducing your risk of heart attack by 50%!
Trying to avoid alcohol? Freezing red grapes is a delicious way to get your daily dose of resveratrol.
4. Get Your Epicatechin from Dark Chocolate
We love dark chocolate! Researchers at John Hopkins have discovered that one of the antioxidants in dark chocolate, epicatechin, can help shield brain cells from damage. But wait, it gets better. The antioxidants in dark chocolate have also been proven to help:
- Lower blood pressure
- Raise HDL cholesterol – the ‘good’ cholesterol
- Lower your risk of cardiovascular disease – a precursor to stroke
- Protect your skin against the sun
- Improve brain function
And now we can add ‘help prevent stroke’ to this lovely list. Let’s celebrate! With dark chocolate.
But again, practice balance. Too much chocolate will reverse the benefits as chocolate is high in artery-clogging fat.
5. Eat Onions to Get the Antioxidant Flavonol
Grab your mouthwash and get ready for this one. According to The Journal of Nutrition, dietary flavonol, a powerful antioxidant found in onions and other plants, can help lower your risk of stroke by 20%.
And you don’t need to worry about balance with this one since onions are relatively low-calorie and fat-free; two attributes a stroke-preventative diet loves.
Now, don’t go eating all of these at once; it might get weird. But if you feel the need, try some lasagna prepared with extra onions for dinner alongside a glass of red wine. And for dessert: a square of savory dark chocolate!
Stroke prevention never tasted so good.
6. Fuel Your Brain with Essential Fatty Acids
There’s something you need to know about your brain…
It’s made of 60% fat.
So it’s no surprise that your brain needs essential fatty acids to function properly. And you need to get them from omega-3s. Here are some excellent dietary sources of this brain-boosting fatty acid:
- Brussel sprouts
So perhaps you should start sprinkling flaxseeds and walnuts on that banana oatmeal…
7. Get the Sunshine Vitamin to Prevent Stroke Naturally
The sunshine vitamin, or vitamin D, provides neuroprotective, neuromuscular, and osteoprotective benefits – meaning it’s good for your brain, muscles, and bones.
You can get vitamin D from the sun or these dietary sources:
- Egg yolks
Since the natural sources of vitamin D are limited, it’s wise to get some safe sun exposure.
How do you like to prevent stroke naturally? Let’s get the conversation started in the comments below!