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Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help to reduce your risk of stroke. Making changes to your diet, such as having less salt and choosing the right types of fat, can also help to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are risk factors for stroke.
The Eatwell Guide is a useful tool that shows the types and amounts of foods we should eat, and those we should have less of. You don’t need to strictly follow this guide at every meal, but have a balance of food groups over the whole day or week. Following the Eatwell Guide can also help you to maintain a healthy weight and get all of the nutrients that you need.
The main food groups are:
This is the Eatwell Guide showing how much of what you eat should come from each food group.
It is also important to keep your body well hydrated. Try to drink 6-8 cups of non-alcoholic fluid a day (such as water, milk or sugar-free drinks; tea, and coffee also count), even if it means an extra visit to the toilet.
Note: following a stroke, some people have problems swallowing. If you have been advised to thicken fluids or follow a texture modified diet, please follow this advice. Speak to your GP, dietitian or speech and language therapist if you have any questions.