Nutrition Tips for Stroke Survivors
Healthy food habits can help you reduce three risk factors for stroke — poor cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and excess weight. Diets high in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol can raise blood cholesterol levels. Diets high in salt can contribute to increased blood pressure, and high-calorie diets can contribute to obesity. A diet with five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day may reduce the risk of stroke.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association offers these recommendations for a healthy diet:
Some stroke survivors have a loss of appetite. For others, eating may be difficult due to swallowing problems or limited hand or arm movement. In any case, talk to your healthcare team to make sure you’re getting the nutrition you need. To make eating a little easier again, try these steps:
When stroke survivors have lost their appetites, caregivers can help by:
A heart-healthy diet is also good for your brain. Learn why.
Cooking for Health
For many stroke survivors, loss of appetite is a common problem. Even when appetite isn't affected, other challenges can make getting the proper nutrition seem like a chore. But a healthy diet is an important part of recovery, and it helps reduce the risk of another stroke.
How many calories can I save?
30 easy-to-make trade-offs that cut about 100 or 150 calories out of your diet every time you choose them.
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