This month we bring awareness to World Stroke Day: 29 October. This day is a campaign to bring awareness and insight on the symptoms and dangers of a stroke, and how it can be prevented.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is caused when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. Depending on the part of the brain affected, several symptoms may occur. These include:
- Trouble with speaking (slurring and confusion)
- Difficulty understanding speech
- A slight slump in only one side of the face when smiling
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- A sudden and severe headache
- Trouble with walking (stumbling, sudden dizziness, loss of balance and/or coordination)
Some sobering stats
Most strokes that occur are linked to poor lifestyles in terms of eating habits and lack of physical exercise. These are some of the important numbers you need to know:
- Almost ½ of all strokes are linked to hypertension
- Over 1/3 of all strokes happen to people who don’t exercise regularly
- Almost ¼ of all strokes are linked to poor eating habits and diet
- More than 1 in 4 strokes are linked to high levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol
- Almost 1 in 5 strokes are linked to obesity
- Almost 1 in 10 strokes are linked to smoking
- Over 1 million strokes that occur each year are linked to excessive alcohol consumption
- 90% of strokes are linked to an irregular heartbeat or other heart conditions
- Diabetes increases your risk of having a stroke
According to the World Stroke Organization, 90% of all strokes are linked to 10 avoidable risks. If you have diabetes, heart problems or a history with strokes – talk to your doctor about potential stroke risks and preventive treatments.
10 ways to reduce your risk of a stroke
- Control high blood pressure
- Do moderate exercise 5 times a week
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet (high in fruit/vegetables, low in sodium)
- Reduce your cholesterol levels
- Maintain a healthy BMI or waist to hip ratio
- Stop smoking and avoid second-hand exposure
- Reduce alcohol intake (men: 2 glasses/day, women: 1 glass/day)
- Identify and treat atrial fibrillation
- Reduce your risk for diabetes (talk to your doctor)
- Get educated about strokes
We Care Heart Friendly Mix
Earlier this year, Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts introduced the We Care range to the market. The range is aimed at helping busy individuals who live frantic modern lifestyles and require the correct sustenance in bite-sized (pun intended) food products.
Liesl Carstens, National Marketing Manager of Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts says, “We are super excited to introduce it to the market, because we know that modern lifestyles place huge demands on people’s bodies, creating the need for quality, convenient and delicious foods that support these lifestyle requirements.”
How the Heart Friendly Mix helps
The Heart Friendly Mix is a rich source of monounsaturated fat and potassium which works as a natural blood pressure balancer. The mix is made up of almonds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and linseeds.
The mix is also low in sodium, cholesterol-free and high in energy and fibre.
Incorporate the Heart Friendly Mix into your diet
This quality, convenient and delicious mix can be used in a variety of ways. Add it to muffin mixes, cakes, cereals, yoghurt, salads or just on its own as a snack.
Take a look at our latest home-made granola recipe (courtesy of Teresa Ulyate of Cupcakes & Couscous) using our delicious Heart Friendly Mix.
Where do I get the Montagu Heart Friendly Mix?
To get your hands on the Heart Friendly Mix or any of the other We Care range products, we are sure to have a Montagu store near you.
Click here to find your nearest Montagu store.
The We Care range is made up of the following products:
- Heart Friendly Mix – to support heart health.
- Immune Support Mix – to support the immune system and protect against viral attacks.
- High Energy Snack – helps meet the demands of a modern life.
- Brain Food Blend – to support normal brain functioning.
- Banting Friendly Blend – for diets low in carbs and high in energy and fibre.