“Healthy eating can improve your health and reduce your risk of having another stroke,” the experts at the Stroke Foundation said. So what does that entail? Firstly, it’s important to include plenty of vegetables of different types and colours. Sticking with the notion that variety is key, a healthy diet to help minimise another stroke risk is to eat different fruits.
The third key dietary choice is to “drink plenty of water” throughout the day.
Other dietary guidelines to minimise another stroke risk includes eating lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans.
Wholegrain contains fibre and folate, thereby further minimising the risk of a brain attack.
There are certain foods you need to stay away from too, especially those high in saturated fats.
Foods high in saturated fats:
- Processed meats
- Fried foods
- Potato chips
In order to eat healthily, it also pays to limit foods and drinks containing added salt or sugar.
Examples include: cordials, soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweets.
“Too much salt can raise your blood pressure,” the Stroke Foundation elaborated.
Drinking alcohol can contribute to a number of stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure.
Following a stroke, your doctor will advise you if, or when, you are able to consume alcohol.
“Healthy men and women should have no more than two standard drinks a day,” the Stroke Foundation added.