A Mediterranean diet can reduce the genetic risk for stroke says, Robin Miller, MD. Watch this video as she explains which foods make up a Mediterranean diet and how they help.
There is one diet in particular that Robin Miller, MD thinks is hands down the best for stroke and heart disease prevention. Watch this video to see what diet has typically healthy foods including moderate amounts of red wine and olive oil.
You know how you're always told to fill your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables? Count white foods also. They could cut your stroke risk in half.
When you think "white," think under the skin (e.g., apples and pears). Bananas, too. Also: cauliflower, onions, garlic, and cucumbers. In an impressive stroke study, apples and pears were all-stars because they accounted for more than half of the white produce people ate, and the white stuff is what slashed stroke risk.
While eating lots of fruit and vegetables has long been linked to fewer strokes, this is the first effort to pinpoint which produce gets the credit.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doc Away
Keep that old rhyme in your head! The people in this big, long study (10 years, 20,000 men and women) cut their stroke risk 9% for every 25 grams of white produce they ate. Here's how apples size up (approximately) to some other white foods:
You can see why grabbing an apple (or pear) is hard to beat, brain-wise. And yes, eat the skin. It, too, has fistfuls of fiber and plant antioxidants.
Each person is affected by stroke differently, so it is best that you work with your doctor or healthcare practitioner to develop a program that is tailored to your specific needs. See below for some very basic stretches for people who have already spoken with their doctor and gotten clearance for these exercises.
Stand with a shoulder-width stance. Place hands on hips. With knees slightly bent, gently turn from side to side keeping feet firmly on the floor. Complete a total of 15-20 full swings.
Stand tall and hold arms out to your side. Slowly swing your arms back and forth across the front of your body. Repeat this continuous motion for 30 seconds.