"3 years ago, just after the stroke, I could barely lift a fork to the mouth"
Now, at the age of almost 60 years, I lift 180 lbs in bench press, and am in the best shape ever! How is that possible?? - Meet Ole Kristian Riise
In 2015 I suffered from a stroke. It was a dramatic experience, and without the quick intervention from trained professionals, I would not been alive today. The stroke came, as they often do, after a stressful period, both at work and in my spare time. I had been overworked for some time, and this had an unfortunate consequence. There are limits to what the body can withstand.
The time after
Stroke patients have daily challenges that other people do not see. Controlling arms and legs is difficult, common words disappear from daily speech, and short time memory fail at times.
I got severely reduced fingers and face mobility, which made even the simplest tasks prohibitive.
Wear in the muscles and joints, which I also had noticed before the stroke, was far tougher. Essential medicines had the side effect that all food tasted generally poor; especially seafood was difficult. Fish and seafood have always made me unwell, although I don't have any proven allergies.
The way back
The period after the stroke was extremely tough. I went through rehabilitation for several months, without much progress.
I came into contact with a person from Japan, who tipped me off about dried sea cucumber. He argued that this bottom animal contained so much good substances that it could have a good effect on my condition.
It should be said that I had no particular faith in this. After the stroke, I had tested a number of different supplements, hoping for a miracle cure.
Nothing to lose
But since I had nothing to lose, I was willing to try everything to get better. I therefore tested out the sea cucumber extract. After a few months, things started to happen with my body. Small but clear changes. I didn't feel sick all the time, and the tendency to constantly be unwell disappeared. The most significantly was the combination of pure physical strength and joy of life, which gradually became stronger.
My therapists also noticed this, and they asked me to give a little more in the training sessions. When I did so, the improvements came fast. The more I practiced, the stronger I became, and the mood and extra energy followed closely.
My life today
I have a very active life and IÂ´m really proud of my results after the recovery period. I do a lot of work out, and walk for hours every day, without getting any wear injuries. 3 years ago, I barely managed to lift a fork to the mouth. Now, at the age of almost 60, I lift 200 pounds in bench press! That feeling of mastery and joy of life, is almost indescribable. Everyday, as I get up to start the chores of the day, is a gift I fully enjoy.
As a result of my experience with the supplement, I have joined a research project on the sea cucumber. The project, which will last over 5 years, is in cooperation with SINTEF Ocean in Trondheim, where several researchers showed great interest in my results. The purpose of the project is to study the health effects when consuming sea cucumber over time.
Stroke (also known as Apoplexia cerebri, apoplexy, cerebral insult or stroke) is a generic term for disease conditions caused by a sudden disruption of blood circulation in the brain. In 90 percent of the cases, the stroke is caused by a vein being clogged due to a blood clot, which is called a cerebral infarction. In ten percent of cases it is due to a cerebral hemorrhage, because a vein cracks due to the disease of the blood vessel wall.
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