Can a Good Diet Aid Stroke Recovery?

After a stroke, the rehabilitation process can be a long and difficult one. Luckily, there are a number of different therapies available, which are often chosen to suit the wants and needs of the person who has suffered the stroke.

Following Healthy Eating Week, diet and nutrition based therapies that aid stroke rehabilitation are gaining popularity. The therapies are vital for recovering from a stroke as they encourage a large intake of antioxidants, which help to reduce the damage to blood vessels; one of the main reasons for a stroke.  

The Stroke Association released a guide called “Healthy Eating and Stroke”, which lists simple steps that can improve the rehabilitation of a stroke, whilst also helping to prevent another one. The guide recommends that you dedicate two-thirds of your diet to fruit and vegetables and starch-rich foods.

The guide recommends that fruit and vegetables make up a third of your diet in order for your body to consume the correct levels of antioxidants and vitamin-rich food, which can reduce your blood pressure. The Stroke Association say that high blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for a stroke, so lowering it will lower the risk of having one. Another third of your diet should consist of starch-rich foods such as whole grains like brown rice and wholegrain bread. By consuming additional fibre into your diet helps the body control weight whilst keeping cholesterol levels at a safe level.

The European Neuro Convention recognise the importance of dietary and nutrition based therapies, so at the 2019 convention in March, there were businesses and speakers present that were experts in the field.

Aniva International, an exhibitor at the 2019 convention, develop dietary supplements with clinical study based evidence, unique and innovative nutraceuticals and medical food manufactured in EU GMP-approved plants; ensuring the highest quality ingredients are used in their products. The business is globally renowned for their neuro and physiology based products that both help to reduce the risk of stroke and the maintaining of a healthy brain.

Another exhibitor, Matthew’s Friends, are a charity that supports patients, families and professionals by providing information, training, research and grants to develop Ketogenic services and support systems from neurological and metabolic disorders. The charity is supported by key medical experts in ketogenic diets, so the safety and efficacy of the service users are guaranteed. As well as exhibiting, Matthew’s friends had Susan Wood, a registered ketogenic dietitian, speaking at the show. She spoke on Ketogenic Diet Therapy in Adults, commenting on the pros, cons, and practicalities of Ketogenic Diet Therapy in adults.

If diet and nutrition based therapies are something you want to learn more about, then make sure you attend the European Neuro Convention next year, as there will be speakers and businesses who will speak about and exhibit their innovative products and services. Tickets to attend the convention are free, so make sure you click on the link and register for yours now.

The European Neuro Convention identifies diet and nutrition based therapies as a great rehabilitation tool for people who have suffered from a stroke. If your business provides diet or nutrition based products or services that aid neuro rehabilitation then please get in touch with event director Steve Todd at steve.todd@prysmgroup.co.uk or 0117 990 2109 for opportunities to exhibit at MediWeek 2020.