Can Prayer Help Prevent Stroke?
Do you want to prevent having a stroke? One of the most important methods is to eliminate any risky practices you may have. Of course there are certain things we can’t change such as: genes, age and gender but we can change diet and physical activity.
Adopting a diet which is low in salt and fat but high in fiber is a beginning. Vitamin B rich foods such as spinach, broccoli, carrots, salmon, herring, chicken, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and whole wheat would be helpful. It is known that Vitamin B foods lower homocysteine levels and too much of this amino acid in the blood increases the risk for stroke. There are other foods that lower the risk of stroke and they include cinnamon, garlic, olive oil, onion, dark chocolates, green tea, oatmeal and strawberries.
People that have diabetes should take necessary steps to prevent stroke as well. Diabetics are at risk and therefore should manage their diabetes by eating healthy and monitoring their blood pressure.
Exercise is is a crucial element in stroke prevention as obesity is a stroke risk. Exercise will help take off pounds and maintain healthy weight. Cholesterol levels should be checked regularly.
The state of one’s mental health can also increase stroke risk. Stress can be very damaging, if left unmanaged. It raises blood pressure, which makes the heart pump harder. One of the ways to reduce stress is with physical activity such as exercise or deep breathing. Reading and prayer or meditation can also relieve stress.
Preventing high blood pressure is crucial to stroke prevention. That can be done by avoiding, or at least reducing, the consumption of high-fat foods such as: butter, red meat, eggs, shortening, certain cheeses and dairy products. Reducing the amount of salt is advisable. Sugar, caffeine and alcohol can raise blood pressure, which is a risk factor of stroke.
Here are some common symptoms of stroke which, if experienced, should be brought to the attention of medical experts immediately. Sudden weakness or numbness in the face or limbs; slurred speech or drooling; numbness on one side of the body; problems with balance or walking; dizziness; confusion; or a severe headache.
Unfortunately, even with the best prevention, stroke can still occur and one of the after effects can be the paralysis of a limb. When that occurs and after the patient is stabilized the emphasis will be to rehabilitate the leg or arm that is affected. Fortunately, today there are some very good physical therapy solutions such as the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR.
The TUTOR system has become key in neuromuscular rehabilitation for stroke victims and those recovering from brain and spinal injuries, Parkinson’s, MS, CP and other limb movement limitations. These innovative devices implement an impairment based program with augmented motion feedback that encourages motor learning through intensive active exercises and movement practice. They consist of a wearable glove or braces that detect limb movement showing the patient how much active or assisted active movement he is actually doing. The rehabilitation software uses special games to set a new target for this movement in terms of the patient’s ability to move their limb. The devices then measure the limb movement and give feedback to the patient in trying to gain this new movement objective. Consequently the patient understands which effort is more successful in getting him to move their affected limb again. The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR are now part of the rehabilitation program of leading U.S. German, Italian, French, UK and other foreign hospitals. They are adaptable for children as well as adults and are fully certified by the FDA and CE. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.