Marlborough, Connecticut

3 Ways to Use Diet to Manage Parkinson’s Disease January 12, 2018

Marlborough, Hartford County
3 Ways to Use Diet to Manage Parkinson’s Disease, Marlborough, Connecticut

Although Parkinson’s disease has no cure, there are many lifestyle factors you can change to help manage it. Diet and nutrition play a crucial role in all aspects of bodily function, and the team at Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s (CAP)  – serving all of Connecticut – advise that it is effective in relieving side effects. If you or a loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s, here are some tips to use diet to your advantage.

3 Ways Diet Helps With Parkinson’s

1. Reduces Constipation

Constipation and bloating are two of the most common side effects of this disease. They leave many people feeling fatigued and uncomfortable. For people with advanced mobility issues, it is difficult to eat fiber-rich foods, but there are ways around it. Begin by always drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Combine that with peeled and mashed fruits, thinly diced and steamed vegetables, and soft whole grains. These are easy to consume and will help digestion.

2. Relieves Cramps

parkinsons-connecticut-advocates-for-parkinsons As muscles suffer the effects of advancing Parkinson’s, people experience extreme and painful cramping. This makes it difficult to sleep or even relax. To alleviate them, there are foods like yellow mustard and turmeric to help. Drink vinegar, pickle juice, or tonic water. It’s also important to stay hydrated, as dehydration contributes to further cramping.

3. Improves Mood

Participating in treatments, activities, and exercises to manage Parkinson’s all require a positive attitude. Unfortunately, the effects of the disease and medications make it a challenge. To overcome negative thoughts, increase your omega-3 fatty acid intake. You can find it in fish like salmon and trout or purchase it as a supplement.

Many other vitamins and nutrients play a role in general health management, and the team at Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s want to help. They’re committed to supporting efforts to find the cure,  and educating PWP’s about treatments for Parkinson’s disease and offer valuable advice, assistance and support groups to help patients manage the condition. Call (860) 266-6040 to speak with a volunteer;  visit their website and Facebook to learn more.

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