Nutrition for stroke patients

Nutrition after a stroke is often a complex task that needs to be approached responsibly. However, a properly structured diet can help you improve your overall well-being and recover faster. We explain everything about what to focus on and how to compose an appropriate menu.

The importance of a balanced diet for post-stroke patients

It’s necessary to develop a post-stroke menu considering all the peculiarities of the body because only in this case can high efficiency of recovery be achieved through dietary changes. It’s also essential to reduce the chance of recurrent disease exacerbation, and therefore, adjust your diet. Emphasis should be placed on controlling blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels. For this, it’s necessary to balance the consumed nutrients and not forget about fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.

Foods recommended for consumption by post-stroke patients

Ольга Безугла

A professionally composed menu aimed at stroke prevention can help not only in normalizing weight (in case of an increase) but also in regulating blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. According to evidence-based medicine, such dietary changes can reduce the risk of recurrent stroke. It’s important to increase the consumption of foods rich in antioxidants, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which can be found in olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish. It’s recommended to limit the intake of saturated fats, often found in red meat and dairy products, and to limit salt intake, which can lead to increased blood pressure.

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List of foods recommended to be included in the diet to promote overall health and prevent chronic diseases, including stroke:

  • Fruits and vegetables: They are key sources of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that support cardiovascular health. It’s recommended to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Whole grains: Important for their fiber content, which helps improve digestion and control weight. Including whole grains in your daily diet can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
  • Lean proteins, such as skinless poultry, fish, legumes, and nuts: These foods provide the body with necessary proteins and omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for the heart.
  • Legumes and nuts: Sources of plant protein and healthy fats, important for tissue recovery and cardiovascular health support.
  • Low-fat dairy products: Important for providing the body with calcium and vitamin D, necessary for strengthening bones and overall health support.

All these foods are not too complicated, but it’s necessary to ensure their presence in the diet. The main goal remains to create a balanced menu that contains all the necessary elements specifically for you. A key feature of a professionally developed diet is creating all conditions for your body, which individually requires certain supplements and micronutrients.

Nutritional features after a stroke include several important aspects that help recovery and reduce the risk of further strokes. They include:

  • Reducing sodium intake: This helps control blood pressure, which is an important factor in stroke prevention. It’s recommended to limit the intake of salt and high-sodium foods.
  • Limiting simple carbohydrates and saturated fats: Reducing these components in the diet can help control cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Increasing fluid intake: For better hydration and to facilitate normal body functioning, it’s recommended to drink an adequate amount of water.
  • Regular eating plan: Stable and balanced nutrition promotes regular metabolism and helps maintain the body’s energy balance.
  • Mindful nutrient consumption: It’s important to focus on foods rich in vitamins, minerals, high-quality proteins, and healthy fats. Including a large amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products in the diet can promote overall health and recovery after a stroke.

Foods prohibited after a stroke

After a stroke, it’s important to closely monitor your diet, as some foods can worsen health or increase the risk of a recurrent stroke. Here is a list of foods to avoid:

  • Too salty foods: High sodium intake can lead to increased blood pressure, which is particularly undesirable after a stroke. It’s necessary to limit the intake of salt and high-sodium foods, such as fast food, canned, and processed products.
  • Trans fats and saturated fats: These types of fats found in processed products, semi-finished products, fatty meat, and baked goods can increase the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood and contribute to the development of atherosclerosis. It’s recommended to replace them with healthy fats, such as olive oil, nuts, and fatty fish.
  • Simple sugars: High sugar intake can lead to rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels and weight gain, negatively affecting heart and vascular health. It’s advisable to avoid sweets, sweetened beverages, and other high-added sugar products.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption can negatively affect recovery after a stroke, increasing blood pressure and the risk of further complications. It’s recommended to limit or completely avoid alcohol.

It’s important to approach menu planning after a stroke responsibly and considering these recommendations. Consulting with a medical professional or dietitian can help you develop an individual nutrition program that supports your health and promotes quick recovery.

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  • The cost of the initial consultation with Dr. Olga Bezugla (unaccompanied) 150 $
  • Clinic nutritionist (unaccompanied) 100 $
  • The cost of dietary support for a month 100 $

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