May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Approximately 795,000 strokes occur in the U.S. each year. Recognizing the symptoms and acting quickly can help save lives and limit permanent disabilities. Use the FAST technique to identify the potential signs of a stroke.
One of the biggest risk factors for strokes is high blood pressure. High blood pressure is greatly tied to a diet high in sodium, a stressful lifestyle and lack of exercise. (Although these factors usually work together, it is also very possible to have normal blood pressure when you do not exercise, eat poorly and lead a very stressful life.)
What can you do to help prevent a stroke?
There are some simple steps you can that may help reduce the risk of a stroke.
Eat a healthy diet. Increase fruits, vegetables, fish and certain herbs such as garlic. A Western diet rich in red meat, white flour and sugar increases the risk.
Lose weight if you are overweight. Excess weight increases stroke risk and the heavier a person is, the greater their risk.
Reduce alcohol intake.
Limit the stress in your life.
Exercise regularly. Get up and start moving.
Take supplements. There are a number of supplements that have been linked to helping prevent a stroke from occurring.
- Olive Leaf Extract: A recent study brought a connection between olive oil and stroke prevention. The study pointed out that those who used olive oil in their diet were 41% less likely to suffer from stroke than those who do not used olive oil. The compound responsible for stroke prevention is Oleuropein which is found in larger quantities in the olive leaves. The olive leaf extract is known to reduce the blood pressure and thereby the chance of stroke too gets reduced.
- Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids are a must in your diet.
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