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Water and Stroke

Water and strokeAlong with its many other benefits, drinking adequate water offers significant protection against heart problems, including strokes and heart attacks-even in those who have already experienced a stroke.

Water can prevent and alleviate many of our symptoms

WATER AND STROKE

Although strokes are more common in the elderly population, stroke prevention can-and should-begin early in life.

Preventing Strokes

Studies have shown that people who are afflicted with heart disease and/or have previously suffered a stroke can reduce their risk of a future, fatal stroke by half just by keeping properly hydrated.

Although an excellent, simple, preventative measure for everyone, it is of particular importance for those with, or at risk for, heart disease to consume a minimum of one cup of water for every 20 pounds of body weight daily. It is most important to forego the morning cup of coffee in exchange for a mug or two of water. This is the time of day when our bodies are most dehydrated, as we do not consume any water while we sleep, as it is important to increase hydration as quickly as possible.

A lack of water leads to thickening of the blood, making a stroke all the more likely. Blood is at its thickest in the morning when we awake, a leading reason why strokes and heart attacks disproportionately occur in the morning. Beverages like orange juice and coffee temporarily thicken the blood, so if you must drink something other than water, wait until your hydration has been fully restored later in the day.

Water and Stroke Onset/Recovery

A person who feels a stroke coming on should drink water as soon as they begin to feel weak and as they wait for help. Receiving medical attention as quickly as possible is crucial, as damage to brain cells (which are irreplaceable) begins as quickly as four minutes after the beginning of the stroke.

In an attempt to restore oxygen flow to the brain, the body increases the size of the arteries around the area of the blockage. The more hydrated the blood is, the thinner it is, and the easier it can pass oxygen through to the brain. This, combined with your overall state of health, can be the key difference between minimal long-term side effects and permanent disability.

Many stroke victims experience difficulty swallowing and a dry mouth during their recovery. Although this usually subsides after a few weeks, it helps to take frequent small sips of water, or to use a spray bottle to keep the mouth moist.

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