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After a stroke you may find that you need to make some changes to what you eat. You may have difficulty eating or drinking and may need to change the consistency of your food or drinks. You may be advised to change the types of foods you eat to be lower in cholesterol and/or salt to reduce your chances of having another stroke.
What is a healthy diet after Stroke?
Eating a healthy diet can reduce your risk of having another stroke. Eating a diet low in fat and salt and high in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk factors for another stroke like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight and diabetes. There may also be foods that interact with new medications you are taking after a stroke requiring you to avoid them.
After a stroke, there is a higher risk of poor nutrition (not getting enough nutrients through eating or drinking). This can mean you lose weight which may slow down your recovery. Poor nutrition can be due to:
Because no one food can provide your body with all the nutrients you need for good health, it is important to eat a variety of healthy foods every day.
Tips for eating a healthy diet post-stroke
No two people have the same nutritional needs. You can talk with a registered dietician to learn how to plan and prepare meals and snacks that will enhance your recovery. The following tips will help you get started:
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