This recent article posted by Dr. Mercola, one of the world’s leading natural health doctors, discusses one particular thing people can do to lower their stroke risk. Stroke prevention is a major aspect of what we do here at Cenegenics Boston.
Almost 130,000 people die from strokes each year in the United States. Cardiovascular disease and stroke together kill over 800,000 people every year. Stroke is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
The good news is, though, that up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable, with lifestyle changes being a tremendous factor. Exercise and diet are at the top of the list for positive lifestyle changes that must be made to lower your stroke risk as an aging adult.
This article from Dr. Mercola speaks specifically to diet changes that can be made, and in particular the link between potassium and fewer strokes in women.
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One of Dr. Mercola’s major points is: “Consuming enough potassium-rich food is also important because this nutrient helps offset the hypertensive effects of sodium. Imbalance in your sodium-potassium ratio can not only lead to hypertension (high blood pressure) but may also contribute to a number of other diseases, including heart disease and stroke.”
Potassium rich foods include avocado, cooked spinach, winter squash, lima beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, pumpkin, papayas, cantaloupe and bananas. However, be careful with bananas as they are high in sugar and they have only half the potassium found in green vegetables. Dr. Mercola adds: “Green vegetable juicing is an excellent way to ensure you’re getting enough nutrients for optimal health, including about 300-400 mg of potassium per cup.”
With a few lifestyle changes, including adding more potassium to your diet, you can be well on your way to stroke prevention Boston.
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