The ONLY Thing You MUST Know About Foods That Prevent Stroke
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. - Hippocrates
Even the father of medicine, Hippocrates agreed that nothing heals us better than food. Eating always been fun, and food always tastes so good. Just, how can it get wrong?
With superfood, it can only get better. Despite all the controversy of superfood being overhyped for marketing purpose and isn’t back up scientifically, there is also poor scientific study to deny the overhyped superfood claim.
Even though the definition of a superfood is not scientifically based or regulated, but in general food is promoted to superfood status when it offers high levels of desirable nutrients, is linked to the prevention of a disease, or is believed to offer several simultaneous health benefits beyond its nutritional value.
Hence, superfood fills you with energy and make you feel good with its nutrient dense food. On the other hand, superfood help to optimize your body ability to function.
Long before the concept of superfoods was even introduced, traditional forms of medicine were using foods for their healing properties in an effort to help promote better health.
Why Superfood Over Normal Food?
While the words superfood might be on the rise not for long, but the benefits of all these foods have been discovered for over a century.
Superfoods now has been used widely in traditional Chinese medicines and Ayurveda, back in the time. Known to be rich in anti-oxidant, superfood is common to cure health conditions while also beneficial for enhancing the mood, fighting fatigue, enhancing weight loss and improving the digestive system too.
Unlike heart attack that widely known caused by high blood pressure, or diabetes that is mostly associated with high blood sugar, with every stroke attack, the impacts vary and sometimes getting complicated and the cause is even mystical as if there’s an algorithm set to confuse most medical practitioner or researcher. Hence, it is not uncommon that every survivor has a unique story to their stroke journey as a stroke survivor.
Technically, stroke survivors aren’t only facing the problem to recover from their impact of stroke but require to proactively prevent the recurrent stroke too. Preventing recurrent stroke is crucial as every subsequent attack will only worsen your current conditions.
Reason #1: Superfood Is Extraordinary
It makes sense that people are upset when marketers promoting their product as the better by simply tagging it as a superfood. However, if we are to compare an apple to an apple, you will realize how superfood is a better choice.
In that sense, if you are considering an orange as a powerful superfood given it is rich in vitamin C alone, then this claim isn’t necessarily acceptable.
A good superfood is a food that contains various kind of nutrients from vitamin to dietary fiber, minerals and more.
Reason #2: Superfood Is Health-Powerhouse
An alike superhero that gifted with lots of power from the ability to fly to intelligence, strength, speed, and more, superfood too has a lengthy list of health benefits.
For stroke survivors that struggle to recover from stroke impacts like pain, depression, reduced energy, fatigue, bowel, and bladder problem, and so on, preventing recurrent stroke is vital. Hence lowering blood pressure, weight loss, lowering blood sugar level and few other health issues are required to be given equal attention.
Hence, when an apple a day isn’t enough to recover and prevent stroke at once, you swap it with a more powerful superfood, to keep the doctor away.
Superfood V.S. The Alternatives
Unlike medications that are formulated to cure specific symptoms, food comes with multiple nutrients that provide a handful of health benefits.
Here’s just a little comparison to remind you how superfood is different from medicines or even supplements that come in various form.
Cayenne Pepper V.S. Warfarin
While both are used to prevent blood clots, in details they have more to offer or to avoid. Hence, let just compare them for your better understanding.
Lower blood pressure and increase circulation. For anyone wishing to lose some weight, cayenne is known to help in such effort as it helps to boost metabolism and also to reduce hunger. Aid digestive system, and surprisingly, helps to relieve pain such as muscle and joint, lower back pain, or even after surgery.
Can you handle the hotness? If you aren’t, maybe you can expect some stomach ache or even diarrhea later.
Just to prevent blood clotting.
Bleeding. Not only that, warfarin has an adverse impact with foods that may easily reduce its effect, or make you bleed more. Food high in vitamin K such as broccoli, spinach and kale especially will negatively interact with warfarin. Not only that, but warfarin also is known to react with cayenne in adverse and cause bleeding.
Salmon V.S. Omega 3 / Fish Oils
Omega 3 fatty acids is undoubtedly a good option for a healthy brain and heart.
Importantly, it is tasty. In terms of health benefits, salmon is known good for lowering blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer, improve bone health, anti-inflammatory, ensure optimal functioning of the brain and nervous system. The list doesn't end here, but I will let you know more in the future on why salmon is never a wrong choice to help you killed two birds with one stone as a stroke survivor.
Omega 3 / Fish Oil Supplements
Rich in omega 3, hence good for brain and heart health.
Mainly contain Omega 3 fatty acids.
What To Look For?
As previously shared here, nutrient plays an important role in a healthy diet. Nutrient to a diet is like a plot to a movie. Hence, picking the right food for your diet is like picking the right actor to portray the movie better. Therefore, a good movie likely contributed by a good plot and a good actor, just like a good diet depending on the right nutrient and the best of foods.
Among superfood that is exceptionally oldest cultivated plants in the world, garlic. Garlic has a long history known. As found in an inscription at the pyramid in Giza, in ancient Egyptian, laborers who built pyramid valued garlic for its ability to increase their stamina and strength.
While in ancient Greece, athletes, and military are known to consume garlic before they are competing or going to the battlefield.
In China, garlic is consumed to improve the digestive and respiratory system and also to cure depression. Not limited to that, garlic is also used in other ancient civilizations for headache treatment as well as preventing infections.
Hence, what it meant by a nutrient-dense isn’t like having a super high content in particular vitamins or mineral only. In general, food having multiple kinds of nutrient is.
Which One Is Better?
When combined with physiotherapy and a balanced diet, adding superfood into your day can benefit many different aspects of your health.
How about some oats for a start? Whole grains are known to be a rich source of dietary fiber, that is good for lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Just what you need to prevent the recurrent stroke.
Need more energy? Get them from your whole grain as they are among good source of carbohydrate too! Not only they can appease your hunger, but they are also tasty, lighter and simply a nutrient powerhouse.
It’s not surprising the DASH diets promote foods from this category, given their health benefits isn’t limited to lowering blood pressure alone.
Vegetables And Fruits
It’s not uncommon if we heard it a lot since our childhood to eat more fruits and vegetables, or even from your doctor before you got discharged. May be it is for the purpose of getting an ideal weight or for good skin, and even for any serious health conditions, vegetables and fruits always top the list as the most recommended food.
Why is that so?
Simply because vegetables and fruits have almost no adverse effect. They are low in calories, sodium, and fats. For all the stroke survivors out there, cheers up. The good news is studies shown that eating 200g of fruits a day help to reduce the risk of stroke by 32 percent while 200g a day of vegetables help to reduce the risk of strokes by 11 percent.
Therefore, live it up to the saying that an apple a day, keep the doctor away. But, ensure you consume a variety of both vegetables and fruits too, as each of them carries their own awesome benefits for you!
Meat, Poultry, And Fish
What if plant-based food isn’t enough as your source of protein? Are you among those meat lovers who aren’t ready to let them go off your diet yet?
Worry not, protein lovers. Just like there’s plenty of fish in the ocean, there’s also plenty of meat to choose from white to red meat that can help with your diet.
Don’t let the words of others restrict you from consuming meats. Controversially, meats are known to be high in fats, sodium and also, calories intensive. But, is that mean you should stop them?
Never! As refer to the DASH diet here, meats are also on the top recommended food you shall incorporate in your diet to balance it.
While white meat like chicken and fish is a better choice than red meat, also didn’t interpret that you should avoid red meat. Some tips in picking your red meat are to ensure you choose the lean part. Despite being the pricier part of the meat, it is known to have lesser fat and calorie. It’s a fair exchange for a healthier choice there.
…and surprisingly these too.
We have been drinking milk since our childhood to ensure healthy bones and teeth. As we grow older, we learn to love various kind of cheese from one of the everyone favorites food, pizza.
Not only dairy products rich in calcium, but the facts that cheese is among the long list of powerful fermented food is also mind-blowing. Hence, you don’t only enjoy calcium-rich food, you might as well enjoy the goodness of probiotics.
For any of you who never a fan of dairy products, let me tell you that among the foods included in this category are milk, butter, yogurt, kefir, cheese and many other products made from the milk of a mammal like cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep or camels.
Nuts, Seeds, And Legumes
No doubt that good things come from a small package. For any of you who still isn’t aware of how powerful nuts, seeds, and legumes are, don't understand why it is recommended to take them lesser in your diet. The irony, but the facts that too much of good things can be bad has some truth to it. After all, everything is better in moderation.
Just to shed some lights on you a 100g of flaxseed contains 98% of magnesium, 109% dietary fiber, 37% protein, and too much of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Small in size, gigantic in benefits.
On another note, for beans and legumes, it is economical and a good plant-based source of a nutrient. They provide lots of fiber, magnesium, and phytonutrients.
Meanwhile, nuts and seeds provide lots of protein, fiber, and unsaturated fats. For a step further to a healthier choice, always choose the unsalted version of your nuts.
Hold Up! Even Rose Has Its Thorns.
Just like too much of good things is bad, some superfood didn’t mix well with others. Hence, formed a dangerous combination that may jeopardize your health.
Here are among notable combination that should be avoided or needed special attention.
- Vitamin K rich food and Garlic with anticoagulants
- Walnuts with levothyroxine
- Milk or dairy with quinolone or tetracycline antibiotics
While some of those foods may simply reduce the effectiveness of your prescribed medicines, some others might worsen your health conditions.
Don’t forget that everything is better when in moderation. Never get too obsessed with just a superfood, enjoy them all for a healthy and balanced diet!
Just so you know, as mentioned earlier, there is plenty of superfood from different kind of categories ranging from fruits and vegetables, meats, nuts, seeds and legumes, and even spices. While superfood is playing a major role in helping you to recover from stroke impacts and also to prevent recurrent stroke, don’t forget to create your own super plate too!
If you are interested to discover further on the wide range of superfood that is beneficial for a stroke survivor for a faster stroke recovery specifically, check them out HERE.