So today we continue to talk about natural ways to prevent a stroke . . .
With the biggest factor being "lifestyle" change!
So there's a specific powerful antioxidant called "polyphenols" that has the ability to help keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots.
It can also reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad) cholesterol, help to maintain a healthy blood pressure and has anti-inflammatory properties
So where can we find this powerful antioxidant???
Well . . . that would be in . . . "red grapes". They are a good source of potassium which is a mineral needed to balance fluids (water) in the body and can help to lower high blood pressure which we know from yesterday can be an issue that may cause a stroke.
And this in turn . . . can lower the risk factors.
Now . . . I know some of you are thinking . . . red grapes . . . does that mean red wine?????????
Sorry, but nope . . . because even though red wine is made from grapes . . . the fermenting of those grapes (alcohol or as we've spoken many times before "ethanol") produce the "bad" bacteria that lurks deep within us causing all are ailment,
Another thing to remember is that grapes are also high in "natural sugars" . . . so we must be mindful and limit the amount per day that we consume . . . because as we know . . . sugar feeds the "bad" bacteria in the body.
Another little yummy food would be . . . "blueberries"
Blueberries can improve cognitive abilities, which can boost BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). It's been found that the best foods to help stroke recovery are foods that promote BDNF and blueberries fit that bill.
So I'm sure you're thinking . . . what the heck is BDNF . . .
Well . . . it's a protein that supports the growth of new neurons and synapses in the brain. And this is critical for the recover of the brain after the injury of a stoke.
So now you ask . . . What can boost BDNF???
Well . . . that would be foods like flaxseed, salmon, beans, avocados and "blueberries"!
So let's work on preventing this terrible silent enemy called "stroke" by increasing your water intake and adding a few yummy berries into the diet.
NOTE: As always, make sure you speak with your own healthcare provider before altering your diet for a medical reason.
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