Proper Nutrition After a Stroke

Proper Nutrition After a Stroke

Having a stroke can lead to some life-altering changes in the way you lead your life. Everything from the way you move to the way you communicate can change dramatically, and we want to help give you the tools you need to deal with some of these changes the best way you can.

Taking in the proper nutrition after a stroke is crucial for recuperation. Depending on the severity of the stroke, the patient may experience malnutrition due to increased metabolic demands, loss of appetite, reduced conscious level, swallowing difficulties, arm or facial weakness, or poor mobility. In order to promote recovery and survival, it is important to combat these barriers to nourishment.

Reduced appetite?

- Choose healthy foods with strong flavors and spices

- Make foods visually appealing using a variety of colors and textures

- Share a meal with family and friends

- Serve meals in an appealing, calm, non-distracting environment

- Serve desired/favorite foods

- Encourage snacking and eating more when appetite spikes (usually breakfast time)

Difficulty chewing or swallowing?

- Cut foods into smaller pieces

- Offer soft, easy-to-chew foods like bananas, hot cereals, soups, and smoothies (NutriBlast anyone?)

- Speak with a speech therapist to determine proper food texture and treatment plan

Difficulty feeding self?

- Weakness in the arms and hands make feeding oneself extremely difficult. Try adaptive eating utensils such as flatware with thick handles, “rocker knives” to make it easier to cut foods with one hand, “sippy” cups, and other ergonomically designed equipment.

The NutriBullet is not only a convenient tool to help provide proper nourishment to stroke survivors, it also allows for an easy to swallow NutriBlast that tastes delicious. In addition, it's easy to prepare in advance and store for later consumption (in the airtight container). Depending on the ingredients and type of liquid used, the texture can be altered to meet specific guidelines for those with hindered swallowing ability. If you or someone you know has suffered from a stoke, consider supplementing their diet with fresh fruits, vegetables and superfoods in a form that is easy to eat and digest. It's the perfect tool to provide adequate nutrition during such a delicate time.


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