Stroke is a cerebrovascular accident that is the leading cause of death in the world. There are two types of stroke – ischemic and hemorrhagic. The ischemic stroke is caused by obstructions in one or more arteries of the brain, while the second type is caused by cerebral bleeding caused by a rupture in a blood vessel, usually as a result of high blood pressure, physical trauma or blood clotting problems. Strokes may affect anyone regardless of age or gender, although the risk significantly increases after 60 or 70 years of age.
The good news is that stroke is completely preventable if you learn how to recognize the signs which may occur up to a month before it strikes. Here are the symptoms you should pay attention to:
- Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body;
- Numbness in one side of the body;
- Loss of vision in one eye;
- Difficulty speaking;
- Difficulty understanding others;
- Swelling and pain in the feet and legs;
- Frequent hiccups (accompanied by some of the other symptoms).
The main causes of stroke are diseases such as diabetes or obesity, as well as cardiovascular problems, high cholesterol levels, smoking, alcohol abuse, genetics, vascular changes or drug abuse. The best way to prevent a stroke is to eat a healthy diet and stay physically active as well. You also need to control your alcohol intake and stop smoking, avoid consuming unhealthy foods, control your blood pressure, avoid consuming too much sugar and reduce stress. For best results, you should also keep your brain challenged by reading books, playing chess and learning new things such as a new language.
Here are some homemade remedies that can also help you prevent strokes:
The first remedy is very simple – it’s actually lemon water. Consuming warm lemon water in the morning will provide your body with a good amount of ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). This measure was designed in order to determine the antioxidant capacity of foods – the more there is, the better the supply of antioxidants. This is why it’s recommended to start drinking warm lemon water in the morning. Besides this, the drink will also boost your digestion and energy levels, while strengthening your immune system and preventing numerous diseases and conditions. To prepare the drink, all you need to do is squeeze a lemon in a glass of warm water and add some of the peel in it as well. If you’re not a diabetic, add a tablespoon of honey in and take the drink every morning on an empty stomach for best results.
The second recipe serves as a complement to the first. Here’s how to prepare it:
- 200 ml. of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of bitter salts
Just mix the ingredients in a glass and take the mixture every night before going to bed for best results. This mixture will rejuvenate your cells and improve the function of many organs, effectively preventing numerous health problems such as cancer and stroke.