In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Samir Hajariwala, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at preventing stroke through exercise.
Research continues to support that exercise is not only critical for stroke prevention, but also for improving the prognosis if a stroke occurs.
With two-thirds of Americans having at least one of the leading risk factors for stroke, and 1 out of every 20 deaths caused by stroke, exercise seems to be one of the best ways to decrease your risk and protect your ability to function if stroke occurs.
The American Stroke Association states that 80% of all strokes can be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise.
The most common type of stroke is called ischemic stroke, which results from an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying blood to your brain.
This can cause brain damage that leads to many cognitive challenges, including dementia, memory problems, difficulty expressing yourself when speaking, and trouble with reading and writing, as well as understanding speech.
Exercise lowers inflammation, another benefit to brain health.
The most beneficial types of exercise include: any physical activity that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat, strength training, and balance and stretching exercises.
Other than exercise, here are some other ways to help lower your stroke risk.
Sunshine: Sunlight causes your skin to produce nitric oxide, a critical compound for optimizing your blood pressure, which reduces your risk for both heart attack and stroke.
Grounding: Walking barefoot on the Earth, also known as “earthing” or “grounding,” has a potent antioxidant effect that helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body.
Fiber: Studies show a daily consumption of 7 grams or more of fiber decreases your stroke risk by 7%.
Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic adjustments stimulate brain function, and essentially restore the brain to good working order.
Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor. It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.
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