The best way to help prevent a stroke is to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol.
SURPRISE! ...Kind of what you expected right?! But lets get into the details.
These changes can reduce the risk of:
- arteries becoming clogged with fatty substances (atherosclerosis)
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol levels
So what does this really mean you have to change?
We need to stay on a low-fat, high-fiber diet, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (5 a day) and whole-grains. Think blacken fish with quinoa, a salad littered with fresh vegetables and fruit. A dressing that you can see through will more than likely be healthier than one you can’t see through.
Dial back the amount of salt to no more than 1 teaspoonful (6g/0.2oz) a day.
Regular exercise for most people means at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, every week is recommended. Break it up as you please but remember in order for the exercise to count you need to get your pulse rate up, become a little breathy but not so much you can’t carry on a conversation.
It narrows your arteries and makes your blood more likely to clot.
Cut back on alcohol
Excessive alcohol can lead to high blood pressure and trigger an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation). They can increase your risk of having a stroke. Also alcohol is high in calories increasing weight gain.