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Preventative Care For Strokes

Updated on September 17, 2015

A stroke is caused by a blockage or a rupture of the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain. The blockage will most usually be a blood clot. Due to this, part of the brain cannot get the oxygen and nutrients that it needs, therefore it dies off.

Hemp seeds are a crunch snack that can be put on yogurt, salads and in smoothies. They are also contain omega-3 fats and gamma-linolenic acid, which are two inflammatory. Inflammatory are beneficial in deterring the havoc wreaked by inflammation. If you'd like to read more about inflammation then you can here. Taking in at least 3 tbsp. a day of hemp seeds can lower your stroke risk by 25%.

Smiling has a great effect on people. Not only does it feel good to wear, but it feels good to see on someone else. It is a small act that generates a warm feeling. Real or fake, a smile does the same thing. Just a simple smile can lower risk of a stroke by 27%. Upbeat expressions calm your nervous system, which reduces your production of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can damage and narrow brain arteries.

Orange vegetables are rich in alpha carotene and vitamin C compounds that can reduce your risk of stroke by 42%! Especially if eaten from a food source, as opposed to a supplement. So keep things like squash, carrots, pumpkin and other orange vegetables in your diet. Not only are they delicious but they are definitely nutritious!

Short walks are good for numerous reasons. Exercise helps to lower blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides and other risk factors for strokes. The way to tell if you are walking at the right pace is simply by sticking to one rule. Walk briskly enough that you can still talk, but you cannot sing. Do that for at least 20 minutes a day. This alone will reduce your risk of stroke by 40%.

Smoking contributes to your risk of having a stroke. Smoking raises your triglycerides in your blood, which is a type of fat found in your blood. It also damages cells that line blood vessel walls. It also thickens and narrows blood vessel walls. This is a dangerous combo when it comes to strokes and even heart disease. So quit smoking! It is really one of the very best things you can do.

Drink alcoholic drinks moderately. If you drink too much it can cause your blood pressure to elevate and that puts you at risk for a stroke. The right amount is around one drink per day for women and two for men. Obviously, abstaining from it altogether is the best option.

Lastly take aspirin everyday. Doing just this one act can have huge benefits. Aspirin prevents the blood clots from forming, which are clumps of thickened blood that form in your vessels. Doing all of the above will get you to a happy and healthier place and stroke free!

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