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Stroke Prevention and Recovery

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of long-term disability. But strokes can be prevented. Learn how to decrease your risk of stroke through natural interventions that fight high blood pressure and manage cholesterol. 

Strokes are terrifying. When you have a stroke, a portion of your brain dies. This is a profound injury that can change mood, thoughts, memories, speech, perceptions – the very ideas we use to define ourselves and lend meaning to our lives. For those who have been through it themselves, or have seen friends and loved ones altered by its effects, it can seem insurmountable. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. African Americans and men have higher rates of stroke, but in women they are more deadly. In fact, strokes kill more than twice as many women as breast cancer.

Grim though this disease may be, there is good news. First, obtaining emergency care within the first few hours of a stroke can greatly reduce damage done. Second, with patience, hard work, and luck, many victims of strokes recover some – or all – of their lost abilities. Third, and perhaps most importantly, strokes are largely preventable.

In this Terry Talks Nutrition I will share with you proven nutrient interventions to help you prevent strokes, or help you recover and prevent a recurrence of this dangerous problem.

Defining a Stroke

Strokes occur when blood vessels to the brain are either blocked by a clot, or burst. When this happens, the blood and oxygen flow to the brain is interrupted and the affected sections of the brain begin to die.

A “mini-stroke” or “warning stroke” is caused by a temporary blood clot, and for all appearances, seems just like a stroke. Known as a “Transient Ischemic Attack”, it can be the precursor to something more serious. It should definitely be taken very seriously.

Because a stroke is so dangerous and so serious, it’s something that, understandably, people fear. Even if you have no medical training, you can do a simple assessment for a stroke and possibly save someone’s life:

• Ask them to SMILE. If the smile is lop-sided, if only one half of the mouth smiles, call for emergency assistance.

• Ask them to TALK – just speak a simple, coherent sentence. Ask them to repeat a phrase. Slurred or garbled language, or lack of ability to speak, is a classic sign of stroke. Call for emergency assistance.

• Ask them to close their eyes and RAISE both arms. Weakness in one arm, or difficulty in raising one arm is a sign of a stroke. Call for emergency assistance. Remember, the sooner you seek emergency care, the better the outcome.

A Stroke is Not Inevitable

In the vast majority of cases, strokes are preventable. Eat a healthy diet, maintain your weight, avoid smoking, get regular physical activity, don’t drink alcohol to excess, and use supplements to lower your risk. With a combination of clinically studied ingredients, you can help ease your blood pressure numbers back to where they should be, get your cholesterol levels in balance, and reduce your risk of stroke. It’s so simple to incorporate these nutrients into your daily regimen – and definitely worth the time.

Finally, getting a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids should also be a part of any heart or brain health regimen. For more information about a whole food form of omega-3s bound to phospholipids, (and not triglycerides, like you’ll find in fish oils), read my article, “Peptides, Phospholipids & Omega-3s” Protect your brain and protect your life!



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A published study, led by Harvard Medical School, evaluated the different Omega-3 fatty acids, mainly Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), as well as total circulating Omega-3 fatty acids, and suggests that EPA provided the most benefits in reducing the incidences of heart failure. It is known fact that the EPA benefits in the cardiovascular health is due to its anti-coagulation ability (blood thinning).


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Methylcobalamin or Methyl B12 is a form of vitamin B12 that is considered to be more absorbable and effectively utilized than other forms of B12.  Adequate levels of Methyl B12 are needed to protect nerve tissue and maintain the myelin sheaths that cover the nerve endings.  Vitamin B-12 is required for proper digestion, absorption of foods, protein synthesis, and anemia prevention. Helping to metabolize fats and carbohydrates, it aids cell formulation and longevity. Vitamin B-12 promotes development of healthy red blood cells and maintenance of nerve tissue.  Adequate levels of this vitamin is important for the creation of glutathione and to assist the body in detoxification.

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A healthy kitchen helps keep a healthy heart.
Simple dietary changes can make a huge difference in heart health for the entire family.
1. Use mono-unsaturated oils as your main fat source, such as extra virgin olive oil, nuts, avocados.
2. Try trans-fat-free margarine, enriched with plant sterols, instead of butter.
3. Avoid eating "bad" white carbs like white flour, sugar, rice, potatoes and/or products that contain them.

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Cod Liver Oil is essential for proper function of the immune and nervous systems.  Nordic Naturals has always used 100% Arctic cod livers in our cod liver oil (CLO) formulas—no fish body oils or synthetic additives are ever used. Arctic cod (Skrei) has the highest DHA, vitamin A, and vitamin D content of any cod species. On average, Nordic Naturals CLO delivers over 125 mg more DHA per serving than other CLO products.  Click on the following link for more product information http://www.vitaminwagon.com/Nordic-Naturals-Arctic-Cod-Liver-Oil-180-count-softgels-RL.aspx
 

Environmental Toxicity: Environmental issues such as global warming, ozone layer depletion and over-use of pesticides and other chemicals are cause for concern, particularly when they affect the quality of our food and water supply, exposing us to levels of radiation and toxic metals.  The body's immune system can be the last line of defense against these environmental assaults. The exposure to pollutants both indoors and outdoors has increased in recent years. This compromises human health and well-being.  Symptoms of environmental toxicity are so varied that they also include asthma, bronchitis, stuffy nose, arthritis, fatigue, headaches and depression, just to name a few.  Using nutritional supplements that help the body's natural detoxification process eliminate environmental toxins helps to promote overall well-being.  Use ACZ Nano (Zeolite) as part of your daily supplement protocol.


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