How to maintain health and wellness for stroke patients in spring

Stroke patients in spring:

How should stroke patients adjust their diet in spring?

In spring, the body’s metabolism becomes more active. The diet should consist of spicy and sweet foods, while sour and astringent foods should be avoided. The food should be light and tasty, avoiding greasy and raw/cold foods. Foods such as onions, cilantro, dates, and peanuts can be consumed in moderation, but excessive consumption of spicy foods should be avoided. It is particularly recommended to consume fresh green vegetables in spring, such as carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, and bell peppers, while cold and greasy foods should be consumed in moderation. Generally speaking, it is not advisable to take tonics or excessive supplements in spring. A light and refreshing diet is more beneficial for maintaining health in spring.

How to maintain health and wellness for stroke patients in spring
How to maintain health and wellness for stroke patients in spring

In spring, how should stroke patients adjust their daily routine?

As the weather warms up in spring, human metabolism accelerates, and skin sweat increases. The climate in spring easily causes physical fatigue, which is commonly referred to as “spring fatigue” in folklore. Stroke patients should pay attention to getting up early every day, avoid wearing too tight clothes, and try to wear loose-fitting ones. They should also engage in more stretching exercises outdoors, which is very beneficial for the recovery of limbs with motor dysfunction.

The spring season sees significant changes in weather, with frequent fluctuations between warmth and coldness, especially in the early spring when the coldness from the north is still strong. Stroke patients should pay attention to protecting themselves against wind and cold to prevent recurrence. In terms of clothing, they should be loose and stretchy, yet warm and soft. Gradually reduce the amount of winter clothing worn, rather than removing it all at once.

It is advisable to start by reducing the upper body clothing, while keeping the lower body warm with thicker pants and shoes. This is beneficial for the recovery of stroke patients. Also, be sure to adjust your clothing according to the changing weather throughout the day, and don’t be afraid of the inconvenience.

How do stroke recovery patients exercise in spring?

In the spring season, it is the best time for stroke patients in the recovery phase to engage in exercise and rehabilitation. During the cold winter months, people tend to engage in less physical activity indoors, resulting in a decline in the functions of various organs. In the spring, stroke patients can choose outdoor exercises based on their recovery progress. For those with significant impairments in limb motor function, they can perform passive movements or slow walking with the assistance of family members or caregivers.

For patients with better limb function recovery, activities such as Tai Chi, gymnastics, walking, jogging, hiking, and other outdoor activities can be undertaken. Engaging in these exercises allows the body to absorb the vitality of nature to the maximum extent under sunlight, which is beneficial for rejuvenation and strengthening of the body. It has been proven that consistent exercise in the spring can enhance the body’s resistance to diseases and help prevent respiratory and infectious diseases.

Ancient Chinese health experts have long advocated the practice of “getting up with the rooster” and exercising in the morning. They believe that morning exercise not only keeps the body fit but also cultivates mental strength. Stroke patients should choose simple and interesting activities for spring exercise, and gradually increase the amount of exercise. Avoid engaging in high-intensity sports, and those who can handle high-intensity exercise must make proper preparations before starting.

Also, note that it is not suitable to exercise in the green trees before the sun rises, as the area is filled with carbon dioxide exhaled by plants during the night, which is harmful to the body. After exercising, it is appropriate to perspire slightly and wipe away the sweat promptly. Avoid letting sweat soak through your clothes.

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