We all know our brain is one of the most important organs in our body (it does control bodily functions and memory, after all), yet we rarely ever talk about how serious strokes can be. Maybe it’s because most of us don’t truly understand what these events actually are. Time for a primer.
According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke occurs when blood flow to one area of the brain gets cut off. This stops the flow of oxygen, leading to cell death. Depending on what part of the brain is affected, a person may lose control of certain muscles and may have difficulty remembering things. Because it’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., you should do everything you can to reduce your risk. Make sure to follow these tips to lower your chances of having a stroke.
1. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake
According to an analysis, eating more fruits and vegetables has been linked to reducing the risk of stroke. The analysis included 20 different studies, which compiled data from over 700,000 people and close to 17,000 strokes. The article mentions that for every 200 grams of fruit eaten a day, the risk of stroke decreased by 32%. For every 200 grams of vegetables, it decreased by 11%. Findings were consistent for both men and women of various ages. In other words, eat up.