Broken bones heal. Infections vanish. And even after surviving a heart attack, you can often return to your “normal” life, sometimes in a matter of weeks, if not days.
But a stroke is a different beast altogether. Because if you’re lucky enough to survive… and fortunate enough to make it home from the hospital… your battle in many ways is only just beginning.
Stroke survivors face a higher risk of…
- loss of independence
- heart attack
And one in four folks who have suffered a stroke will have a SECOND one.
With all of those risks, it goes without saying: Stroke survivors also have a higher chance of early death.
But my goal isn’t to make you feel worse about your recovery after a stroke. Or worried about your future. It’s to make you feel BETTER.
Because I’m here with some solutions. Ones that could help slash those risks, improve recovery, and increase your chances of surviving and thriving, all at once.
And the latest research reveals what may be the most straightforward approach yet.
How to STEP AWAY from a stroke
If you’re not a spring chicken getting up and moving can be hard sometimes even when you’re perfectly healthy. But after a stroke, it’s even tougher.
You can feel drained and weak. And many folks suffer from lingering stroke damage, including neurological problems, physical limitations, and even outright disability.
But now it’s time for some tough talk. You NEED to get moving if you can.
It’s not optional anymore. Because the new study shows how any activity at all – even light and gentle movements – can be critical to a faster, easier stroke recovery in some of the ways that matter most.
In the new study, more daily light activity led directly to a better ability to get back to doing routine everyday tasks again.
The new study defined “light” activity as very basic things that don’t cause you to break out into a sweat. They include easygoing movements such as…
Folks who engaged in more rigorous activity also got some extra benefits, including better overall physical function. But I get it, not everyone is ready for that after a stroke.
Start instead by committing to unseating your seat several times every day for some light movement. Stroll around the house or the block. Maybe help with the dishes or folding the laundry. Or give part of your garden a good weeding.
The activity doesn’t matter, it’s the movement you’re after.
Fast forward your recovery with natural solutions
In addition to daily activity, there are some other all-natural solutions that could help to fast forward your stroke recovery and improve your odds, including…
Ginkgo biloba: One study found that 150 mg of ginkgo per day combined with standard post-stroke aspirin led to a faster recovery. That included bigger improvements in cognitive function when compared to folks given only the aspirin.
B vitamins: These essential nutrients can help strengthen nerves and brain function – two areas hit especially hard by a stroke. Studies have found higher levels of B6, B12, and folate – a standard “B complex” vitamin – can cut major risks such as a second stroke and even death when added to usual care.
In addition, omega-3 fatty acids and a diet without processed foods – especially a Mediterranean lifestyle – can also help speed recovery and reverse the long-term risks after a stroke. Researchers say they could even help prevent a second one.