Easing Parkinson’s Disease at Home
A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can be devastating, steps can be taken at home to ensure sufferers continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Parkinson’s disease is where parts of the brain become progressively damaged. This generally happens over many years, which can be distressing for family the family and friends of the sufferer. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include; involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body, tremors, slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles. There are also some psychological symptoms as well, which include; depression and anxiety, balance problems which can increase the chance of the patient having a fall, loss of the sense of smell, problems sleeping and, memory problems. Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, the good news is that there are some natural remedies, which can help to deal with some of the symptoms, making it easier to live with the condition. It is so important though that if you are concerned about any of the symptoms listed, to make an appointment to see your doctor, who will be able to discuss your options in more detail, and refer you to a specialist if this is what is needed.
It is believed that there are approximately 127,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease, with it affecting 1 in 500 people. Parkinson’s Disease is more likely to affect men than women, and most people with the condition will begin to develop symptoms when they are over 50, however, there are a small number of cases who will get symptoms when they are under 40 years old.
Like we have said, it is so important to visit the doctor, if you are worried that you, or a loved one is showing the signs of Parkinson’s disease.
Eat a healthy diet:
It is important to ensure that you are eating the right things, especially for those with Parkinson’s disease to be eating whole foods, and a nutrient dense diet that if full of fresh organic fruit, vegetables, and high quality meats.
Try and ensure that you are eating plenty of raw fruit and vegetables, which will provide antioxidants which will then help to reduce free radical damage and lower inflammation. High fibre foods, will help avoid constipation, which is very common among those with Parkinson’s disease. On top of this, it is important to stay hydrated too, as this will help to improve bowel function.
Healthy fats, such as fish, avocado, coconut, pastured butter, walnuts and cold-pressed oils, such as olive oil and coconut oil, all have great anti-inflammatory effects. Foods that are rich in omega-3 and fresh vegetable juices, will provide you with essential vitamins and minerals. Green tea, which is packed full of antioxidants should also be included in your diet, you should be aiming to drink at least three cups a day in order to see the benefits. Finally, try eliminating grains from your diet, as this has been shown to help some people in prior studies of the condition.
Avoid foods that will make the symptoms worse:
Just like there are certain things that you should be eating in order to help your symptoms, there is also a lot of you can avoid, which will worsen them. These include; too much protein, processed foods, artificial sweeteners and added sugar, alcoholic drinks and any potential food allergens, which include the most common ones, gluten, dairy, shellfish and peanuts.
Take the right supplements:
Studies have shown that some supplements and essential oils can help you deal with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant, which is great at slowing the progression of Parkinson’s. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is used to prevent free radical damage, and to support a strong immune system. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, used to help support the brain, and will slow the process of Parkinson’s disease. Green vegetables powder supplements, can provide the body with vital vitamins and minerals, and can help with detoxification. Omega-3 fish oils are known to support neurological health. Vitamin D, can also help bone health.
Don’t forget about the essential oils either though, as using the right ones can help to reduce and calm your symptoms. Frankincense will help to reduce the inflammation of he brain, and vetiver oil will help to reduce the occurrence of tremors.
Do some gentle exercises and movements:
Research has suggested that exercise is actually a really important part of the treatment of Parkinson’s. People are unlikely to be able to exercise in the way they once did though, so there are some Parkinson’s specific movement and exercises which are very effective in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise can help activate natural processes within the body, such as anti-inflammatory processes, antidepressant processes and neuroprotective mechanisms, which are known to improve cognitive health. Consult your therapist, nurse or doctor when discussing appropriate exercises that can be carried out by yourself or the sufferer in order to ensure these exercises are being carried out correctly and safely.