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You wake up with a blinding headache that has lingered for the last three days. You get dizzy when you stand up. You can’t read the newspaper because you are seeing double. You notice you are shuffling your feet instead of picking up your feet when you walk. You find yourself losing your balance. Nothing anything anybody says makes any sense.

These are a few symptoms the American Stroke Association say warrants your attention, they could mean you have had a TIA. TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack), otherwise known as a mini-stroke or a small stroke. This life threatening disorder was once associated with the older population, but not anymore.

Today Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz was hospitalized for having a TIA. He is only 26 years old. It is not known what caused Muniz to have a mini-stroke.

TIA or mini-strokes are considered to be a warning to those it affects. A warning that something is wrong and should not be ignored. A blockage in a blood vessel, known as a clot, is the cause of strokes. Sometimes the body successfully dissolves clots on its own, other times it does not. Ignoring a TIA can be fatal because the next time it occurs you could have a massive, irreversible stroke.

Strokes can be caused by substance and alcohol abuse. Health professionals are also say foods high in sodium and fat content, high blood pressure, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle are the leading components that cause us to have heart attacks, heart disease, strokes and cancer. They are seeing an influx of young children with high blood pressure and heart disease because they are obese.

What can you do to lower the risk?

First Lady Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move program has been stressing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Serving fresh vegetables in home cooked meals eliminates your family intake of excessive salt, preservatives, and additives. We are hearing almost daily how additives and preservatives are causing cancer, and how too much sodium is raising your blood pressure.

Water is the best drink for the body. It flushes out additives, preservatives and sodium inside our bodies. Drinking eight to ten glasses of H2O a day is a wise decision. If you are not a fan of plain water, try flavored water.

Fresh fruit are excellent sources of antioxidants, thereby ridding the body of free radicals. Fresh fruits are also a natural source of vitamin C, aiding in the fight against viruses and bacteria.

Move, move, move that body! Get Active suggests that the family as a whole exercise together. I am recommending laughter while your family exercises together, no one is perfect.

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