A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Stroke
I had a question the other day about stroke.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in your brain is blocked or bursts.
Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of your brain starts to die.
The part of your body controlled by the damaged area of your brain can’t work properly.
Brain damage can begin within minutes, so it’s important to know the symptoms of stroke and act fast.
Quick treatment can help limit damage to your brain and increase your chance of a full recovery.
Symptoms of a stroke happen quickly.
A stroke may cause:
>Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.
>Sudden vision changes.
>Sudden trouble speaking.
>Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
>Sudden problems with walking or balance.
>A sudden, severe headache that’s different from past headaches.
If you have any of these symptoms, call 911 or other emergency services right away.
See your health care professional if you have symptoms that seem like a stroke, even if they go away quickly.
You may have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a mini-stroke.
A TIA is a warning that a stroke may happen soon.
Getting early treatment for a TIA can help prevent a stroke.
There are two types of stroke:
1. An ischemic stroke develops when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in your brain.
The clot may form in the blood vessel or travel from somewhere else in your blood system.
About 8 out of 10 strokes are ischemic strokes.
They’re the most common type of stroke in older adults.
2. A hemorrhagic stroke develops when an artery in your brain leaks or bursts.
This causes bleeding inside your brain or near the surface of your brain.
Hemorrhagic strokes are less common, but more deadly than ischemic strokes.
After your condition is stable, treatment shifts to preventing other problems and future strokes.
You can make some important lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of stroke and improve your overall health.
To deal with a stroke and get heart healthy at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).