There has been a lot of coverage in the news about how to recognize the signs of a stroke, because early intervention is key to the chances of survival. Less is published about the risk factors for stroke, so we want to tie it all together for you.
Diet plays a huge part in stroke risk, as it does for many other conditions. In fact, following a heart-healthy diet will offer significant stroke protection as well. Why is that? Well, a stroke occurs when blood flow becomes blocked to a portion of the brain.
A heart attack is when a blockage causes blood flow to be cut off from a portion of the heart. So anything we can do to prevent harmful build up in our arteries helps maintain a healthy blood flow and ensures that every part of our bodies receives enough oxygen.
Here is how to tailor your diet to stroke prevention.
1. Bump Up Your Fiber
Eating a diet high in fiber helps to prevent stroke because of its role in lowering cholesterol and maintaining a healthy weight. Most of us don’t get enough fiber. Current recommendations suggest 25-30 grams of fiber each day from food, but the average daily intake among Americans hovers at about 15 grams.
The best way to get more fiber from food is to eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, brown rice, and seeds. Popcorn is an excellent high-fiber treat (minus the movie-theater butter).