Exercise is one of the most important things a person with Parkinson’s disease can do to improve their life. Pick some enjoyable exercise or follow the physiotherapy movements and do it regularly.
Eating a healthy balanced diet and drinking lots of water will help patients avoid gastrointestinal issues often associated with Parkinson’s, such as constipation, and will help medication work to its full potential.
A good quality of sleep can help the brain produce dopamine. Having a short nap can help restore energy.
Diet and Nutrition
- Vary your food. By taking varieties types of food, it will ensure that you get a broad spectrum of the essential vitamins and minerals needed to manage Parkinson’s disease.
- Food rich in fiber such as vegetables and any other food aids digestion, will ease constipation, and help you feel full longer.
- Consume more grain foods. Food such as brown rice, pasta, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, or crackers.
- Consume sugary foods and drinks excessively as these can negatively impact your immune system. Opt for naturally sweetened food and reduce your sugar intake to manage Parkinson’s symptoms.
- Take too much protein (beef, fish, or cheese). It may reduce the effectiveness of certain Parkinson’s medications. Plan on having more vegetables and carbohydrates during the day and stick to an appropriate serving of protein at dinnertime.
- Consume foods which high in sodium, trans fat, cholesterol, and saturated fats.