Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that is progressive in nature. It is caused when cells in the brain degenerate and stop producing dopamine, a chemical that allows nerves to transmit messages. Eventually this will cause muscles to become rigid and lead to difficulty of movement, tremors and issues maintaining balance. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s; however, simple lifestyle changes can help ease symptoms and improve the quality of patients’ lives.
While there is not a particular diet to be followed for those suffering from Parkinson’s, eating well-balanced meals of nutrient rich foods can be helpful in easing symptoms. Patients are at a higher risk of experiencing bone thinning so it is important to regularly include foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. Medications can cause dehydration. Limiting caffeine and drinking eight glasses of water each day can help combat this. Parkinson’s can slow movement of the colon causing constipation and making it necessary for patients to increase their fiber intake. Some people may find they feel full quickly and will need to eat smaller meals more frequently to be sure they receive enough nutrients.