Ever wonder what the magic number for exercising is? According to the journal Stroke, exercising at least four times a week lessens your chance of a stroke or mini-stroke. This exercise can include low-impact exercise, such as walking and swimming. If exercise is hard to do because of back or hip pain, then it is essential to see a chiropractor to help the problem.
Don’t be surprised that a healthier diet will lead to fewer health issues as you age. It is essential to eat fewer processed foods and sugar to stay healthy. This means you have to upgrade your breakfast to a healthy smoothie, bowl of steel cut oats, or cooked eggs in coconut oil instead of eating a bowl of sugary cereal or a doughnut and blended coffee drink. You don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite foods forever, but 80-90% of your diet should be whole foods.
Decrease Your Drinking
When it comes to alcohol, a little bit can help reduce your stroke risk, while a lot can raise it. One drink a day can decrease your risk, but don’t go overboard. Drinking more than two drinks a day raises your chance of a stroke drastically.
The American Heart Association recommends taking baby aspirin or a low-dose aspirin if you have a high risk for stroke or if you are already a heart attack survivor. The aspirin allows your blood to thin, which then prevents clots from forming. You may know already, but if you are in the middle of a heart attack, chewing an aspirin slowly can save your life.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure increases your chance for a stroke greatly. Most doctors will recommend lowering your blood pressure by cutting your sodium intake and eating healthier. However, a chiropractor can greatly reduce your blood pressure too. WebMd reports that chiropractic adjustments can lower blood pressure as effectively as taking two blood pressure medications.
The consequences of a stroke can be permanent and irreversible. Prevent them now by taking care of your health. The Joint…the chiropractic place can help by trying to keep your blood pressure in check with regular chiropractic adjustments.
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