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Lowering Your Stroke Risk

 

Did you know that strokes are the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S.? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every year, more than 795,000 experience a stroke, and 140,000 of those cases are fatal. While uncontrollable factors like race, ethnicity and age can increase your risk, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity and diabetes are the leading causes of having a stroke. The simple act of cutting these habits and implementing healthy lifestyle decisions can ultimately impact your chances of going through this detrimental medical emergency.

To reduce your risk of having a stroke at any point in your life, here are a few tips:

1. Understand Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure often isn’t something you immediately know you have since it doesn’t always come with symptoms. According to the CDC, 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, but only 54 percent of those individuals monitor and control it. Getting your blood pressure checked regularly is the easiest way to ensure it’s at a normal level, which may reduce your stroke risk.

Patient and doctor checking blood pressure.Monitoring your blood pressure can reduce your stroke risk.

2. Monitor Your Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight based on your height is more than looking great and feeling confident. Obesity is one of the leading causes of stroke and can also increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, cancers…the list goes on. Weight gain can be caused by genes, but generally diet and physical inactivity are to blame. Exercise and healthier eating can help you lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight.

3. Exercise Regularly
Neglecting to exercise is one of the most harmful ways you can treat your body. Physical activity correlates to a healthy weight, which can reduce your chances for developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Spending a mere 150 minutes at the gym every week performing a mix of aerobic activities and weight training can keep your body in great shape.

“Work out with a personal trainer.”

If you’re self conscious about working out in a gym, there are dozens of other ways to exercise on your own. You can work with a personal trainer, join a fitness class, go for a swim, jog through the park or walk around the mall with your friends! All you have to do is get up and get moving.

4. Change Your Diet
In the past, we’ve discussed how inflammation is the true cause of strokes. When blood vessels inflame, it interrupts the blood supply to your brain. Inflammation is the silent killer, but it can easily be put to a stop by taking eating habits more seriously. Cutting out sugar, refined grains and processed foods from your diet will reduce inflammation throughout your body. Replacing such eating habits with primarily raw, plant-based eating enriches your system with vital nutrients to reduce your chance for developing a stroke even more.

5. Try Supplementation
Because inflammation can lead to stroke, you may consider a supplement to better equip your body and reduce your risk. Our Professional Strength Curcumin makes the perfect complement to any plant-based diet. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, blocking more than a dozen different pathways of inflammation within the body.

Taking action to reduce your risk for having a stroke can be as easy as dropping bad habits and picking up healthy ones. Learn more about how you can boost your wellness and join us on the path to overall health today.

Comments

  1. These are helpful tips to take care of myself to prevent stroke. Exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and eating a whole food plant based diet can help keep a person free of disease.

    I’m glad to learn that Bio-Curcumin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, blocking more than a dozen different pathways of inflammation within the body.

  2. Annette July 25, 2018

    This was some very good information. I have started with changing the way I eat and really exercising so feeling much better. I do take the extra Biocurmin too. Trying to drop all the bad habits that can cause health problems. Thanks again for the great pointers.

  3. Jennifer July 27, 2018

    This is great information. My father was just diagnosed with high blood pressure. I’m so thankful he has found out there is a problem so he can start changing his lifestyle. I will share these tips with him.

  4. sara hegner July 28, 2018

    Hi,
    Is Mr. Malcamus still living? I knew he had a heart attack some years ago but heard nothing since. He really had an impact on my life when we went to visit your seminar and change our eating habits. thanks

    • Melody Hord July 31, 2018

      Yes, George Malkmus is still living. He and Rhonda retired about 5 years ago.

  5. Betty F. Welsh May 27, 2020

    Good morning
    20 years ago I Heard about and began to listen to Mr Malkmus. Leaving the lifestyle at times, but never fully leaving it. I am starting to follow it again as before. I would like to know your opinion on such things as the Beyond Burger. It is pea protein but seems to have high sodium. Assuming it falls into the Overly processed Area.

    • Melody Hord May 27, 2020

      Hi Betty! George turned his health around with lots of carrot juice alongside fruits and vegetables. Although processed foods are allowed from time to time on the Hallelujah Diet, they are many times a far cry from whole foods. Hallelujah Diet sells pea and rice protein in their protein powder so they would have no problem with that. I am suspicious of “Natural Flavors” put in processed foods. Sometimes, they are fine. Sometimes, they have neurotoxins. I can assure you pea and rice protein, do not taste like meat! So what in the world is put in a product to make it taste like meat? When I do not know exactly what is in food…I choose not to eat it. However, it may be OK. I can’t take the risk, because some of the additives make my heart palpitate and it is not worth it.

  6. Thank you for sharing this information. Changing your diet and lifestyle can be one of the most important things you could ever do to reduce your risk factors when it comes to heart attacks and strokes. I have heard testimonies of people overcoming many different illnesses after making the transition… Things that some people would never believe could be associated to what we feed our bodies.

  7. Adegbenga June 5, 2020

    I am a beneficiary of HD education, an adherent to HD diet/supplement, and free from the health challenge I experienced 7 years ago.

    Please, I need your urgent advice. How long does it take for the blood pressure of someone on high blood pressure to start noticing an improvement in blood pressure after commencing taking HD (85/15) diet, carrot juice, and complete HD supplement (healthy heart plan) package?

    I introduced a family member to the lifestyle change. She has started taking the HD supplements and following HD diet regiment two weeks ago.

    • Melody Hord June 5, 2020

      Hi Adegbenga,
      Everyone’s body is very different. We never know what our bodies will do! All we can do is our best and see what happens. It is so good you are trying to help her eat well! Many folks think as long as they are eating vegan, they are doing great. They can start eating TOO MANY things such as, sweet fruit, bread, corn chips, and pasta. Also, some folks can’t handle carrot juice because it contains too much sugar. Everyone is responsible to monitor their blood sugar and blood pressure to make sure they are on a good path.

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