My earlier post Stroke & Diet Pt. 1 was sharing on what a healthy diet is suppose to do and that is about effective control of Blood Pressure, Sugar Levels and Cholesterol levels. In Part Two, let us be more specific and explore some appropriate food that will help keep these levels in check. Here are some helpful guidelines.
- Choose lean meats, fish and poultry and bake, broil or grill whenever possible. Add beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds to it.
- For Calcium supply, include 3 cups of low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt or low-fat cheeses for good bone health. For those who cannot consume milk use calcium fortified foods and beverages to fill the gap.
- Limit your fat, sugar and salt for these extras can add-up. Check food labels and look for low in saturated and trans fats. Sugars often only provide added calories with little added nutritional value so reduce your intake and if possible avoid it. Choose and prepare food with little salt or sodium.
- Eat any type of fish with edible bones, such as canned salmon or sardines. Fish contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids which helps to reduce risks for Arrythmia or sudden death, blood clots and Atherosclerosis, reduce Triglycerides levels and lower Blood Pressure.
- Choose dark-green vegetables like kale, broccoli, turnip greens and mustard greens. The calcium in these veggies is better absorbed than the calcium found in spinach, rhubarb, beet greens and almonds.
- Calcium-fortified tofu, soymilk, orange juice, breads and cereals are excellent staples. Tofu, soy, walnuts and flaxseed oil are the plant sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
- Vitamin D also plays an important role by helping in with calcium absorption. Exposure to the sun is another way where our bodies produces Vitamin D say 15 – 20 minutes exposure. Be careful with supplementation because Vitamin D is stored in the body and can be toxic in relatively low amounts (>2,000 i.u./day).
Watch out for my next post on Stroke & Diet Part 3, which will cover Recommended Fruits which are beneficial for stroke survivors!
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