What Causes A Stroke?

From Claudia Mason, Spokesperson for the American Stroke Association and Author of Finding the Supermodel in You

Strokes don’t just happen to old people. You should be making lifestyle and diet choices in your 20’s and 30’s to actively prevent a stroke. The fact that so many more younger people are having strokes also means that they’re related to our everyday lifestyle choices. Read below for the every day activities you can cut back on to reduce the risk of a stroke.

Poor Diet: Nothing good comes out of eating poorly. Let’s remind ourselves of what some of the basics of poor eating are: high sugar, sodium, refined carbohydrates, refined vegetable oils, fried foods, saturated & trans fats among others. It is imperative for your health that you eat as many organic vegetables, fruit, complex carbohydrates, meats, polyunsaturated & monounsaturated fats/oils as you can. A poor diet can lead to many diseases including stroke.

Drinking Too Much: While most of us enjoy social drinking every now & then, it is not a good idea to have more than a few drinks per week when it comes to staying healthy and avoiding a stroke. Alcohol raises your blood pressure which is the most important risk factor for stroke and can increase your chances of becoming diabetic, and diabetes doubles your risk of stroke. Drinking alcohol can change how your body responds to insulin, a hormone that helps use up the sugar in your blood.

Lack of Exercise: Like the saying goes, “a body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest.” We are made to move. Physical activity releases endorphins, powerful brain chemicals that lift your spirits and make you feel good. Exercise also keeps us in great physical shape which is important for staying healthy and avoiding diseases such as stroke. Working out improves the overall health of your blood vessels and heart, and lowers your blood pressure.

Smoking: As obvious as this whole list seems to me, this point is the most obvious. In the year 2017, who on earth doesn’t know the incredibly negative consequences of smoking…? Smoking increases the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels and causes them to thicken and narrow. It damages the cells that line the blood vessels, and makes the blood more sticky and likely to clot. It also lowers good cholesterol. Stroke is a cardiovascular disease. Quit smoking today!

Stress: Stress is causing a lot of health crises in people of all ages today. You can lower your stroke risk by attempting to reduce the stress in your life. High levels of stress impact health issues like high blood pressure that have been linked to stroke. Remember “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” and find a meditation technique that you can practice on a daily basis.

Check out this guide to the healthiest fats & why you should be eating them daily!