Reduce your Toxic Load, Optimize your Nutrition
Updated: Jan 27
While the cause of Parkinson’s is not fully known, environmental toxins such as pesticides and herbicides are implicated along with physical trauma, genetics, drugs, nutritional deficiency, mitochondrial insufficiency, enzyme deficiency and continuous stress.
Researchers have found levels of environmental toxins such as pesticides and herbicides to be higher in the brains of people suffering with Parkinson’s and the incidence of Parkinson’s is higher in areas with greater use of chemicals. Parkinson's or not It makes sense to avoid any environmental and dietary toxins such as processed foods, drugs, alcohol and caffeine.
Support your Digestion
To get full benefits of your food and nutritional supplementation, your digestion and absorption of nutrients must be working at the optimal level. When eating, avoid stress and distractions such as television, computers, phones and work. Relax, eat and chew your food slowly.
Fermented food such as Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Natto, Kombucha, Miso, can improve your digestive health and boost your immune system.
Vitamins A, C and E are three major antioxidant vitamins. They help protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which triggers cellular damage and aging. Researchers believe that oxidative stress and cellular damage may play a role in certain conditions, including: diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and age-related macular degeneration. Organic fresh fruits and vegetables (lightly cooked or raw) are full of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help you combat inflammation which is characteristic of Parkinson’s and support your body’s detoxification pathways. Fresh fruits and vegetables will also help your digestive system work well and maximize absorption of nutrients.
Food intolerance can be a huge burden on your body, so Identifying food intolerance and avoiding these foods can make a difference in how you feel. The usual suspects – are gluten (wheat, rye, barley), wheat, dairy (all types – cow, sheep, goat, milk, cheese, cream etc), soy, yeast and eggs. If this is the case, you could try excluding those foods for a brief trial period and/or get a food intolerance test, or an IgG ELISA blood test to determine whether you have raised antibody levels to specific foods.
Blood Sugar Levels
Keep your blood sugar levels balanced by controlling your sugar and refined carbohydrates intake. Fluctuation of glucose levels in your blood can promote fatigue, irritability, dizziness, insomnia, depression, excessive sweating (especially at night), poor concentration and forgetfulness. In addition, excess glucose in the blood leads to inflammation.
Foods rich in vitamin B including: whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, animal foods such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy are particularly rich in B12. New study shows that folic acid (B9) might help prevent Parkinson's disease. Green vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds are rich in folic acid.
Omega-3 Fish Oil
The omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory which can be beneficial as neuron-inflammation is a factor in Parkinson’s. Omega-3 oils may also improve mood and help with depression which is prevalent in Parkinson’s. The richest dietary sources of Omega-3 are fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, trout and anchovies. Seeds such as flax seeds and pumpkin seeds are also rich in Omega-3 oils.
Vitamin D3 is mainly provided by the sunlight on the skin. According to a recent study low levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a greater tendency for falls, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression in people with Parkinson’s disease. Vitamin D3 has a vital role in bone health, because it promotes calcium absorption and bone mineralization. We are likely to get deficient in Vitamin D3 as we get older so it makes sense to have a good level of vitamin D3 by getting reasonable sun expositor and supplementation.
Magnesium is a natural relaxant mineral. Muscle tremors or spasm, muscle weakness, insomnia or nervousness, anxiety, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, constipation, hyperactivity and depression can be attributed to magnesium deficiency. Nice relaxing bath with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) can support good night sleep since many people with Parkinson’s experience poor sleep. Food rich in magnesium includes: green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, cabbage, spring greens and pumpkin seeds.
Potassium is probably the number one nutritional deficiency with most people. Many of the indications of low potassium are: high blood pressure, muscle cramps, insomnia, abnormal heartbeat, anxiety, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, constipation, fatigue, frequent need to urinate at night, low endurance and more.
Iron nutritional deficiency is prevalent worldwide. Iron helps your body make red blood cells and when deficient can lead to anemia resulting in fatigue, weakness, and a variety of other symptoms. Iron Rich foods are dark leafy greens, red meat, and egg yolks.
Zinc is called an "essential trace element" because it is necessary in very small amounts for our health. Being that our body does not store excess zinc, it must be consumed regularly. Zinc is needed for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting, thyroid function, and much more. Sources of Zinc include meats, seafood, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. Symptoms of Zinc deficiency include low insulin levels, loss of appetite, irritability, generalized hair loss, rough and dry skin, slow wound healing, poor sense of taste and smell, diarrhea, and nausea.
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