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    How Does Your Diet Affect Your Stroke Risk?

    Last updated 2 days 1 hour ago

    Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. for men and women alike. Doctors suspect that one of the reasons why strokes are so common is obesity. Although you can’t entirely eradicate your risk of having a stroke, you can significantly reduce it by adopting healthy eating habits and maintaining a healthy weight.

    If you want to cut your chances of having a stroke, start by cutting fried foods from your diet. These foods contribute to high cholesterol and obesity-related conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which can all increase your risk of stroke. Fatty cuts of red meat, processed meats, salt, and even diet soda have all been linked higher incidences of strokes.

    Strokes require immediate medical intervention. If you or someone you care about experiences telltale stroke symptoms like facial drooping, slurred speech, or arm weakness, go to the ER at Riverside Community Hospital right away. You can learn about all of the services at our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    What Can a Healthy Diet Do For Your Brain?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    When most people think about the benefits of sticking to a healthy diet, they think of things like heart health and weight loss. However, did you know that what you eat can also help keep your brain healthy? A growing body of evidence suggests that eating certain foods can improve brain functioning, protect you from stroke, and help to stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Put these nutrition tips into action to preserve your brain health.

    Choose Dark-Skinned Fruits and Vegetables

    Any fruits and vegetables you add to your diet are good news for your health, but the dark-skinned ones are especially good for your brain health. That is because dark-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of antioxidants that protect your brain. When selecting fruits, choose things like berries, prunes, plums, red grapes, and cherries. For vegetables, dish up kale, spinach, beets, and red bell peppers.

    Eat Cold-Water Fish

    Cold-water fish, like salmon, halibut, trout, and tuna, have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues that can lead to stroke. Aim to eat these fish a few times per week. If you aren’t a fan of fish, you can get the same benefits by adding walnuts to your diet and taking an omega-3 supplement. However, be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplements to avoid interactions with your existing medications.

    Watch Your Caloric Intake

    Maintaining a healthy weight is important for brain health. When you’re obese, you have an increased risk of stroke and dementia. Eat a balanced diet filled with plant-based foods, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean proteins. Consider talking to your doctor about a healthy calorie range for you. Managing your weight reduces your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, which can all impact brain health.

    Make an appointment with a physician at Riverside Community Hospital to learn more about adopting a healthy eating plan and the benefits of nutrition for your brain. At our Riverside hospital, you will also find a heart hospital, robotic surgery, OBGYN care, and much more. To make an appointment, call (951) 788-3463. 

    A Look at the FDA Ban on Trans Fats

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Trans fats have long been used as an additive to increase the shelf life of certain foods. They are also used in cooking, particularly in fast food restaurants. However, thanks to the direct link between trans fats and heart disease, the FDA is cracking down and taking steps to outlaw the use of trans fats in foods.

    Although some trans fats occur naturally in foods, the substance that the FDA is tackling is created when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to turn them into a solid. Margarine and shortening are two prime examples. This process allows food to last longer on store shelves. It also acts as a flavor enhancer. The FDA has labeled trans fats as not “generally recognized as safe,” a distinction that is the first step towards banning trans fats from the food supply.

    Avoiding trans fats is an important step in protecting your heart health. For patients already dealing with heart disease, Riverside Community Hospital’s heart hospital offers a range of effective treatment options. Find out more about our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    Caring for Yourself After Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 13 days ago

    When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you are understandably focused completely on treatment and reaching remission. But what happens next? This video offers advice to help you thrive as a cancer survivor.

    Controlling your weight is one of the most important things you can do after cancer treatment to feel your best and reduce the risk of recurrence. Getting active and sticking to a plant-based diet that incorporates lean proteins and low-fat dairy may also help reduce your risk of having your cancer return.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re here to help you through every stage of your cancer care, including re-adjusting to life after cancer. Our full-service hospital is also home to a bariatric surgery center, robotic surgery, and more. Find out how we can help you by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    Debunking Common Nutrition Myths

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. However, it’s not always easy to stick to a healthy diet because there is so much misinformation out there about what you should—and shouldn’t—be eating. At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re committed to helping our community learn the real truth about healthy eating through our bariatric surgery center, H2U network, and classes. As you make dietary choices, don’t let these myths derail your efforts.

    Table Sugar Is Better Than High Fructose Corn Syrup

    Added sugars are bad for you, period. High fructose corn syrup and table sugar have very similar makeups. They both contain about 50 percent fructose and glucose. There is no evidence that your body can tell the difference between the two or that high fructose corn syrup impacts your blood sugar in any way that is different from table sugar. The nutritional problem with high fructose corn syrup is that it is added to so many different foods that you likely get more of it than table sugar, but cutting added sugars in any form is what really matters for good health.

    Sea Salt Is Better Than Table Salt

    Sea salt and table salt both contain 2,300 mgs of sodium per teaspoon. It is true that sea salt contains minerals that are important for your health, including magnesium and iron. However, you would need to eat extremely dangerous amounts of sea salt to get more than negligible amounts. What you don’t get in sea salt is the iodine that is added to table salt to support healthy thyroid function. 

    Limiting Carbs Makes You Lose Weight

    Limiting any food group may make you lose weight temporarily, simply because you are likely to consume fewer calories. Eating fewer calories than you burn is the secret to weight loss. For health reasons, getting your calories from a variety of foods is important. Whole grain carbs are a crucial part of good nutrition.

    Get a handle on good nutrition with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. We’re here for all of your health concerns with services like our heart hospital, bariatric surgery center, organ transplant, and robotic surgery. You can reach our Riverside hospital at (951) 788-3463.




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