9 Smart Ways to Prevent Stroke
How to Prevent Stroke
Stroke is a disease that affects millions around the world. This disease occurs when blood flow to the brain is obstructed by fatty deposits in the arteries supplying blood to the brain, or when an artery supplying blood to the brain ruptures.
So, what can you do to prevent a stroke without medication? What are some of the things you can do to prevent a stroke occurring? How can you prevent stroke with foods? And how can you prevent stroke with exercise?
In this article, I want to show you how to prevent stroke before it happens with some foods, drinks, exercise, and lifestyles so that you can enjoy your life and your body.
Now, what strategies can you use?
Eat Cordyceps Mushrooms Often
If you want to prevent a brain stroke, eat Cordyceps mushroom often. According to a study published in the journal Metabolic Brain Disease, Cordyceps mushrooms can reduce the number of free radicals (which damage the arteries that feed the brain and make it susceptible to rupturing) in the body, thereby helping to keep the arteries that supply oxygen to the brain healthy and strong.
Additionally, Cordyceps mushrooms create conditions in the body that enhances the production of a chemical known as superoxide dismutase, which is a special enzyme and an antioxidant that protects the arteries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain against damage.
So, instead of eating your potatoes, rice, pasta, noodles, wheat, fufu, yams, or plantain with stew prepared with fried chicken, beef, lamb, or pork, choose to use Cordyceps mushrooms to prepare your stews and your soups.
Eat Oily Fish Often
A study carried out by researchers from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, as well as researchers from a number of other Universities, has revealed that eating fish can reduce one’s risk of developing a stroke.
The study revealed that eating fresh fish at least two times in a week, or eating more than five servings of fish in a week, can reduce a person’s risk of developing a stroke by 12%.
Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin B and vitamin D, and minerals such as selenium, iodine, and taurine, all of which help to maintain the structural integrity of the blood vessels of the heart so that these blood vessels cannot easily be damaged by stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure in the body.
So, you may choose to eat your breakfast bread with broiled or roasted salmon. Then in the afternoon, you may choose to eat your rice or potatoes with tuna, herrings, or mudfish stew. And after you have your dinner, you may eat two medium-sized pieces of fried tilapia.
Eat At Least One Banana Every Day
Bananas are rich in potassium which offsets the effects of the salt that a person consumes in his or her diet: salt and salty foods contain sodium which raises the blood pressure and increases one’s risk of getting a stroke. However, when the level of potassium in the body is raised, sodium levels drop and blood flows through the body at normal pressure.
So, eat one banana after you take your breakfast, and another one after you enjoy your lunch. Alternatively, blend a large number of fresh bananas during weekends, store the product in your fridge, and drink two glasses of the mashed bananas twice every day.
Eat A Handful Of Almond Nuts Every Day
A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science suggests that eating at least 30 grams of almonds a day, that is about a handful of almonds every day, can reduce a person’s risk of having a stroke because it helps to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the body.
Low- density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, can build up in the arteries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain and clog it, therefore helping to raise the pressure of the blood flowing through the brain, thereby increasing one’s risk of having a stroke.
Eating almonds, which are rich in monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, plant protein, as well as minerals such as iron and magnesium, and dietary fiber, helps to prevent the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the body from rising.
Cook With Extra Virgin Olive Oil
If you want to prevent stroke in middle age, then consume a lot of olive oil. A study carried out at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), and published in the American Academy of Neurology’s peer reviewed journal Neurology suggests that middle-aged people who eat a lot of olive oil can reduce one’s risk of having a stroke by over 33%.
Olive oil contains 80% monounsaturated fats and 20% polyunsaturated fats and these fats do not clog the arteries that supply blood to the brain, thereby allowing blood to flow freely to the brain and so helping to prevent factors that increase one’s risk of having a stroke, such as high blood pressure.
So, choose to fry your turkey meat, chicken meat, rabbit meat, or cane rat meat with olive oil. Furthermore, choose to prepare your stews with extra virgin olive oil instead of preparing it with butter, lard, or palm oil, all of which contain saturated fats which can increase your risk of getting a stroke.
Drink Green Tea
Drink 3 Cups Of Green Tea Or Black Tea Everyday
Research carried out by the University of California suggests that people who drink 3 cups of black tea or green tea have a 21% lower risk of having a stroke than people who drink one cup of green or black tea every day.
The researchers suggest that green tea and black tea contain antioxidants known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and the amino acid theanine which they believe keeps the vascular system of the brain healthy and strong.
So, drink two cups of green tea or black tea in the morning so that you can boost your energy to do your work. And then in the afternoon, after you eat your lunch, drink another cup of tea to give you another energy boost for the rest of the day.
Do Vigorous Exercise 4 Times A Week
A recent study has revealed that when a person engages in vigorous exercise for at least four days in a week, it can reduce his or her risk of having a stroke.
Exercising can help to lower your blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk that an artery that supplies blood to the brain may rupture.
Additionally, exercising improves blood circulation throughout the body, and in the brain, so that the brain can get the nutrients and oxygen that it needs to function properly.
Get Enough Sunshine Everyday
If you live in the tropics or in a country where the sun shines every day, try to spend at least one hour a day in the sun.
According to one study, sunshine stimulates the skin to produce nitric oxide (NO), which helps to improve the circulation of blood flowing through the brain.
NO also helps to make the arteries of the brain more elastic and flexible, thereby reducing the risk that they may rupture when the pressure of the blood flowing through them rises.
So, take a brisk walk in the sun during your lunch break at work. And then during the weekends, go to the beach and enjoy the sun, do outdoor household chores so that you can enjoy sunlight, or have a conversation with your spouse outdoors in the yard.
If You Are African- American, You May Consider Meditating Often
A study carried out at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa and published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes suggests that meditating can reduce a person’s risk of getting a stroke.
Meditation can help you to create inner tranquility, which can help to lower stress levels, which in turn can help to lower blood pressure so that your risk of getting a stroke can reduce.
One type of meditation you can do is Bible meditation.
How can you do it?
- Go to a quiet room or a quiet spot in nature, such as a secluded spot in a park or serene woods.
- Sit down, relax all the muscles of your body, and for the first five minutes breathe in deeply for a count of 5 and breathe out slowly through our mouth for a count of 8.
- Rid your mind of all worries, anxieties, fears, and other negative thoughts by making positive affirmations such as, “Negative thoughts, you have no hold over my life! You have no place in my mind! Go! I replace you with positive thoughts!” This will help to create a sense of calmness in your spirit.
- Then, recall a Bible verse which can make you feel that God is near and ready to help you carry your burdens in life, such as Psalms 55 v 22 which says, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
- Reflect on the Bible verse you choose and think about the fact that God cares about you. Additionally, remind yourself that God will help you every day of your life as long as you ask Him for help. It will remind you that you have a Strong Power, who is not limited in anyway and Who can help you to deal with any issue of life you will face, and that can give you a sense of inner peace, which can help your blood can flow at normal pressure.
To prevent stroke, eat Cordyceps mushrooms, fresh fish, one banana, and a handful of almond nuts every day. Additionally, fry your foods and prepare your gravy with olive oil. Furthermore, drink at least 3 cups of black or green tea daily, exercise vigorously often, spend some time in the sun regularly, and meditate often.
How to Prevent Stroke
Do you meditate sometimes?
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