There is no cure for Parkinson’s
disease, but there are treatments for each person with Parkinson which are
based on his/her Parkinson’s symptoms. Treatments include lifestyle
modifications and medication that can improve general wellbeing.
How to cure
A cure could mean that people could
live entirely free from the condition. But because Parkinson’s disease varies
from person to person, there may not be a single cure for the condition. So, we
need a variety of different therapies that can be used in combination to meet
the needs of different patients. The combination includes therapies and
strategies to slow the progression of the disease and to control the symptoms.
Medications coupled with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise could help
repair damaged brain cells and manage Parkinson’s symptoms.
Parkinson’s disease is a disease that
can make one’s daily life difficult; following simple lifestyle modifications
can help treat the symptoms and make a living with his neurodegenerative
disorder easier. Symptoms like weakness, tremors, and muscle stiffness can
prevent you from performing your daily household tasks especially as the
progression of the disease continues. With the severe condition, even simple
tasks like dressing, walking, and bathing can become frustrating. When it comes to improving the symptoms,
exercise plays a key role; it manages the symptoms of the disease. Physical
activities like dancing, yoga, swimming, and
even brisk walking can help your muscles to stay relax when you have
Parkinson’s. Clinical studies show that the natural Parkinson’s
treatments described below can significantly lower the risk of disease
progression and improve the quality of life.
- Stress to lose your
stiffed muscles – Certain stretching and flexibility exercise can help relieve
stiff muscles, improve muscle movements, and make everyday tasks easier. Moving
your body every day can help give you better balance, less anxiety, and improved
coordination. Speak to your health care specialist about what kind of physical
activity you can do to improve flexibility. He/she may recommend you to a
physical therapist that can give you the best fitness tips for you.
- Consider a low protein
diet to help Parkinson’s medications work better – A diet of a patient living with
Parkinson’s can have a great impact on his/her medicines that allows managing
common symptoms like constipation, shaking or tremors. A diet rich in protein
can limit your body’s absorption to Levodopa (A common Parkinson’s drug) used
to prevent the disease progression. Therefore, it is wise to restrict protein
intake and prefer taking your medicines before meals or empty stomach for
better absorption of the drug. Experts recommend avoiding curd, dried meat or
fish, fermented cabbage, soy products, aged cheese, red wine.
Read: 8 Ways to Prevent Parkinson’s
- Stay safe at home – Design a safer living or
a fall-proof living space in your house. Simple changes like furniture
replacement, extensions on toilets, removing rough floor coverings, installing
handrails, can make it easier for you to function well while dealing with Parkinson’s disease symptoms. With the
help of an occupational therapist, you can create an environment that is
friendly and allows you to perform your daily tasks without any difficulty.
- Get enough time for a soft
shut eye –
Sometimes, Parkinson’s can prevent you from getting a relaxing bedtime. It is
very important to set yourself for a good sleeping routine and follow it every
night. Stick to the sleeping routine; go to bed and wake at the same time
daily. Use good sleep hygiene like a good bad, appropriate room temperature,
and comfortable beddings that supports you well.
- Consult different health
care professionals – No doubt your doctor is the first line of defence against Parkinson’s but expanding your
health care team can help you with your movement and make daily activities
easier. You can speak to a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and
acupuncture expert to improve wellbeing.
- Eat good – Eat a variety of whole
grains, vegetables, and fruits every day. Limit sugar and salt intake. Drink a
lot of water to keep you hydrated. Load your diet with vitamin D, K, magnesium,
and calcium for bone strength.
- Seek support from friends
and family – While dealing with Parkinson’s, friends and family can be a great
support, and they can offer excellent comfort t and practical advice. You can
also contact a mental psychiatrist if you are having a hard time enjoying your
Parkinson’s disease is a brain
disorder which affects around 1.5 million Americans. The common symptoms are
body tremors, reduced memory, speech impairment, slow movement, rigid limbs,
and a shuffling gait. Currently, there is no cure for the condition, and it is
still not known what causes a reduction in dopamine levels. However, aging is
considered as the single most risk factor
for Parkinson’s disease. Accompanied by with stress and inflammation that
ultimately leads to cell damage. As there is no cure for the neurodegenerative
disorder, it is quite difficult to prevent the disease before symptoms appear.
All thanks to the advancement in the medical industry, there is safe medicine for
Parkinson’s that can reduce the severity of symptoms associated with the
brain disorder. There are some surgical options too, which can stop some of the
more severe symptoms of Parkinson’s. But we all know that the fewer medications
and surgery we can have in our lives, the better. Check out these natural
remedies that are found to be effective in preventing Parkinson’s disease:
1.Eat veggies- Vitamin B folic acid found in raw vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Dark green vegetables like collard greens, asparagus, okra, Brussel sprouts, spinach, and okra are the best source of folic acid. You can also get vitamin B from lentils, legumes, and avocado.
2. Include omega 3 fatty acids in your diet– Parkinson’s disease in an inflammatory disorder so many research studies to place to understand the anti-inflammatory effects of omega 3 fatty acids on the disease. The type of fatty acids is strongly recommended in the prevention of cell degeneration. In various research studies, the effectiveness of omega 3 fatty acids has been approved when it comes to preventing Parkinson’s. People with Parkinson’s disease who received omega 3 supplementations experienced no reduction in dopamine levels which improves symptoms of Parkinson’s. Furthermore, omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial in balancing cholesterol levels, improving cardiovascular health, and boosting immunity. The primary source of fatty acid is salmon, mackerel, and cod. Walnuts and pastured eggs are also found to have some amount of omega 3 fatty acid.
3. Green tea- The antioxidant properties of green tea are very well known and almost everyone is aware of the numerous benefits of green tea. The benefits of this tasty drink are:
- Reduces risk of certain type of cancer
- Increases ability to burn fat
In multiple studies, green tea has
been shown to sustain dopamine levels, reducing the severity of Parkinson’s
Also Read: Parkinson’s: A Life-threatening Diseas
4. Vitamin D3- There are only two sources of vitamin D- sunlight and animal fat. Vitamin D helps to absorb the amount of calcium and phosphorus your body needs to function properly. Not taking enough vitamin D can have negative effects that become more prevalent with age. People are living with Parkinson’s believed to have low levels of vitamin D which helps in the identification of a strong link between Parkinson’s disease and low vitamin D levels.
5. Aerobic exercise-With added benefits like increased bone density, lung capacity, and overall longevity, aerobic exercise has a distinct impact on the brain health of people living with Parkinson’s. Regular aerobic exercise is helpful in reducing inflammation in the brain, which is responsible for causing Parkinson’s. According to a research study, regular aerobic exercise can improve overall cognitive health.
6. Reduce stress– the most important thing that we can do for our long-term health is to reduce stress. Physical or emotional stress give rise to inflammation and long-term damage throughout the body.
7. Avoid toxins- Exposure to certain toxins can trigger Parkinson’s. All of us are exposed to the polluted reservoir of chemicals. From air pollution, solvents, smoke, radiations, drug use, weed killers, bugs to metals and PCBs. We are surrounded by toxins every day. Avoiding toxins can help preserve brain health and from parkinsonism.
8. Managing health conditions- Poor health management can lead to Parkinsonism. Conditions like obesity, high blood pressure inflammation, insulin resistance, and high triglyceride levels are linked to altered brain function. Take proper care of your teeth and gums. Treat your chronic physical pain before its too late.
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most underrated diseases related to the aging. It is not a life-threatening disease, but the person suffering from the parkinson’s disease is not able to lead a normal life due to the issues related to speech, brain functioning and movement. There is a huge impact on the life of a person suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Up till date there is no Parkinson’s disease cure, and the only way to manage the condition is by controlling the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Continue Reading