While living with Parkinson’s can be challenging, there are many things you can do to maintain and improve your quality of life and live well with Parkinson’s disease. For many, it is embarrassing to bring up taboo topics with your doctor ― from sexual dysfunction to incontinence. However, when it comes to living with Parkinson’s disease, sometimes these topics can be connected to the disease itself or side effects from medications. No topic should be considered off limits to discuss with your healthcare team. The more we normalize and bring awareness to these issues, the less taboo they become.
With the verdict still out on the best treatment for Parkinson’s disease, doctors and naturopaths alike recommend trying as many healing therapies as possible. Since the disease is progressive, it’s best to do everything you can to slow that progression starting immediately according to Dan Lukaczer, ND. These complementary approaches both time-tested and cutting edge offer hope to those with Parkinson’s, no matter what stage they’re in.
Does Diet impact Parkinson’s disease
- Decrease toxin exposure. Choose organic produce, drink filtered water, and load up on fiber to ensure regular bowel movements.
- Drink more green tea. New research found that naturally occurring chemicals in green tea actually protect dopamine neurons affected by Parkinson’s.
- Cut back on carbohydrates. It’s also smart to limit dairy and refined or processed meats and grains, which increase inflammation (and therefore increase your risk of Parkinson’s, though why that happens remains unclear).
Supplements to Support Parkinson’s
Glutathione. The brain cells of Parkinson’s patients are often deficient in this brain-protective antioxidant. Intravenous glutathione two to three times a week, which your doctor can show you how to do, has produced promising results.
Coenzyme-Q10. This antioxidant improves mitochondrial functioning, which helps protect the dopamine-production cells. Take 200 mg daily, half in the morning and half at night.
Creatine. About 10 mg a day of this protein may boost the dopamine available to brain cells and protect neurons. A 2006 study found improved moods and smaller increases in dopamine-therapy drugs for Parkinson’s patients taking creatine.
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Try acupuncture. Although studies have been inconclusive, many proponents have found that acupuncture, especially using points from the yin channels, boosts energy and improves sleep in patients.
Exercise more. Obesity appears to increase your chances of getting Parkinson’s, sometimes up to 300 percent. ?Body fat may store toxins that damage the neurons in your brain responsible for dopamine production,? says David Perlmutter, MD.
Meditate. A calm, meditative mind soothes the nerves and may increase dopamine production. A 2002 study found that Yoga Nidra, also called yogic sleep, boosts dopamine production by up to 65 percent. Although the study wasn’t conducted on Parkinson’s patients, doctors have cited it as a potentially important discovery for fighting the disease.