Parkinson’s disease is an illness which is progressive and very degenerative in nature. It is difficult to diagnose it in its early stages as its symptoms are mild and get overlooked very easily. It is a disease which causes damage to the area of the brain that control’s movement of the different limbs and organs of the body.
Its symptoms include shaking and tremor, difficulty in maintaining ones balance and stiffening of the muscles which causes excruciating pain. Reduced movement and slow movement is another common symptom of Parkinson’s disease. In some patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease it has been observed that there could be speech abnormalities such as speaking very fast, slurring while speaking and also repetition of words and phrases. During the later stages of this disorder Dementia is often seen. There is currently no cure for this disorder however a balanced and healthy diet can help bring relief to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. During the early stages of this disorder dietary control can make a big difference towards reducing its symptoms as it progresses.
A very aggravating and difficult symptom of this disease to deal with is constipation. It is important that a person suffering from this disorder maintains a diet that is high in fiber. It is difficult for the body to absorb fiber thus it causes movement of the bowels. Some foods that are high in fiber and that are recommended for patients include beans, bran, oatmeal, broccoli, raspberries, artichokes, apples and pears. Apart from these fiber-rich foods a patient should also consume plenty of water. On an average a person should consume a minimum of 6-8 glasses of water daily to help keep the body hydrated.
Proteins and protein-rich foods should be avoided as it has been observed that people suffering from Parkinson’s have problems with mobility if their diet is high in proteins. In certain cases where bowel control is an issue patients should eat most of their proteins during dinner so that some degree of mobility is reduced during the night. A person suffering from Parkinson’s should also ensure that their diet is rich in antioxidants as this is helpful to them.