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3 Foods That Can Trigger a Stroke

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3 Foods That Can Trigger a Stroke

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According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is a rapidly growing health threat for middle-aged women in particular. The most common type of stroke is called “ischemic stroke,” which results from an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying blood to your brain.

A number of factors are likely behind the surprising rise in strokes in women, including:

  • Increasing rates of obesity (women’s waists have grown by nearly two inches in the last 10 years)
  • Vitamin D deficiency due to lack of sun exposure. Sun avoidance also increases your risk of vitamin D sulfate deficiency, which may be an underlying cause of arterial plaque buildup (a risk factor for stroke)
  • Rising prevalence of high blood sugar levels

Strokes Typically Occur Without ANY Warning

This is why prevention is so important. You simply will not have any warning signs indicating that you’re heading for a stroke in the future. And once you suffer a stroke, the damage, should you survive it, can be absolutely devastating.

I like to refer to most strokes as a brain attack, which is similar to a heart attack; the only difference is that the blood clot blocks blood flow to your brain instead of your heart. As a result, brain cells begin to die. Naturally, the longer your brain goes without oxygen, the greater your risk of lasting brain damage. This is one area where conventional emergency medicine excels, as there are emergency medications that can actually dissolve a blood clot that is blocking blood flow to your brain, and if done quickly enough can virtually reverse any permanent neurological damage.

In order to be effective, you typically need to get treated within one hour. This is clearly one of the miracles of modern science, however it all goes to waste if one does not address the underlying conditions after the stroke. However, if you notice any of these signs of stroke, you should get help right away:

  • Sudden trouble walking (dizziness, loss of balance, etc.)
  • Sudden confusion
  • Sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of your body only)
  • Sudden trouble seeing
  • Sudden severe headache
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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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4:20AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Good info.

11:40AM PST on Dec 18, 2011


8:45PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

This is really interesting, thanks for the information!

3:10PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

I'm glad that I read this article; bc @ my age one must be hyper-vigilant to maintain health & physical function. I have been taking vitamin D daily for nearly 2 yrs. now on the advice of my doctor. I will continue to monitor my diet, although I do fairly well in not consuming the most likely culprits. Glad I don't much care for & never did eat much bacon. Occasional lapses are rare; but I do crave a diet soda now & again when the weather is hot. Useful information to arm me in my private struggle to remain alive. Fore warning is forearmed. Thanks for the info ammo!

6:53PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Can't have many store-bought smoked meat, nor certain types of processed meats, due to soy in it (allergic to soy). I'm learning on how to smoke my own meat and make my own sausages so I will KNOW what is in it.
Also I only eat red meat about once a week, otherwise it is usually fish or chicken, some times no meat and use Quinoa as a substitute .
All my meat comes from a cow that is free-range and no antibiotics or steroids unless need be, My mother knows the guy so there is no doubt.

5:26PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Thanks for posting.

9:14AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thank you.

1:39PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

The title is misleading, I did not get a simple avoid this from the article. I did get a lot of good information but not what I was expecting from the title.

10:02AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I lost my mother and my Grandmother to strokes. Scary as it rarely kills the person but leaves them totally dependent. Not having family or children I worry that a stroke could be devastating. I took care of my mom for almost two years until she passed and she took care of her mother for seven long years. Still I would do it all over again if I could have her back.......

7:56AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Niacin has many benefits especially for dilating tiny blood vessels. We gave it after surgery to certain graft patients to keep the blood flow to the graft. Makes you flushed and hot for a while but benefits out weighs the discomfort

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