Eat lots of fruits and vegetables because in these, lies the water of life, these can also serve as anti-oxidants which can help to mop up free radicals in the body, which have been indicated for increasing the rate of aging in humans and also in the development of various ailments including stroke. Drink plenty of water because as a universal solvent, it aides in digestion of food substances. Water is also a free give to all, no wonder the saying that, ‘he who gives water gives life’. It is recommended that people should take at least 3 litres of water per day for optimum performance of the body and for ease in the digestion of the food they consume. Avoid eating too much of process food and junks. Olive oil have been shown to have low cholesterol and so if it can afforded, it should be used in the preparation of meals. Avoid excessive frying when preparing meals and if possible do not fry at all. Because it increases the carbon content in foods, which have been indicated for the development of cancerous cell in the body. Carbon have been indicated for contributing in the formation of plaque in the major vessels (aorta) that distribute blood to general the circulation.
Engage in regular physical activity and exercise. Adequate exercise can help a person to maintain an optimum body weight, reduce blood pressure and prevent illness/depression. It is also indicated for normal functioning of the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary system. Whether a person is overweight, obese, thin or pregnant they all need exercise to keep fit, maintain fitness and also for prolongation of longevity. An adequate form of exercise can help prevent a lot of ailments, be it stroke, obesity or diabetes. It is also implicated for twenty percent decrease in the aging processes in humans.
The recommended exercise for an average person is an exercise of aerobic type such as; running, jogging, walking, dancing, swimming, and skipping for about three to five days a week and should last for about thirty to sixty minutes duration each time a person chooses to exercise. A moderate intensity of 60-80 percent should be used. The exercise should be done preferable in the morning before work or in the evening after a hard day work. Knowing the training heart rate is also critical, as this will help the exerciser not to over exercise. This is done by subtracting the age of a person from 220, to get the maximum heart rate. To get the target heart rate, the resting heart rate is then subtracted from the maximum heart rate and multiplied by the intensity plus resting heart rate.
Life style modification is also a major preventive measure that can help prevent a lot of ailments, with stroke not been exempted. A person who engage in smoking should reduce the number of sticks of cigarette he takes or consumes in a day or if he can, should quit smoking entirely. The same goes to people who take cola-nut, alcoholics, and those who have multiple sex partners. The above mentioned habit can put a person at risk of developing a stroke and should be put at bay.