Reduce Your Risk of Stroke with These Foods
By: Joe Martinez, RPh, PDE, CMS, Founder and CCO, HMS
Contributor, Emily Simmons
Did you know that strokes are the leading cause of permanent disability in the United States?
And, did you know that (according to the National Stroke Association):
- every 30 seconds someone has a stroke
- every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke,.
- roughly 5 million people every year die from a stroke
The good news is that there are ways of preventing your risk for stroke!
Although you cannot change your medical history or your age, you can change your daily lifestyle.
The National Stroke Association says that stroke is 80% preventable by making basic lifestyle changes.
Like what? If you are a smoker….well. And of course exercise.
BUT, the best way to avoid a stroke is to implement healthy changes in your diet.
According to geisinger.org, these foods are high in fiber and rich in antioxidants and can help to prevent stroke:
- Whole grains (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, bulgur)
- Raw Nuts (almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds)
- Fresh and dried Fruits (apples, bananas, avocados, citrus)
- Fresh Vegetables (all dark leafy greens)
- Fresh Herbs
- Fresh Spices
Caution: Stroke strikes without warning, so, prevention is key! Consuming whole foods, or foods in their most natural state, is a great place to start striking that stroke before it strikes you!
On your next visit to the grocery store think Fresh, Fresh, Fresh.
Fresh is best, frozen is second, dried (without added salts, sugars, additives) is next and canned is last.
Challenge yourself to eat better and you will. The support of family and friends can also make a huge impact on your success.
Just remember, you are never alone and that, ultimately, your journey to health can be a testimony and lesson of strength for others.
Here are some delicious meal suggestions from Healthy Meals Supreme to help you on your way to a healthier diet:
* Always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.