Parkinson’s: 4 Steps to Take to Get Your Gut Back on Track
For those unfamiliar with Parkinson’s Disease, it might come as a surprise to learn that it is connected with the gut. Many believe Parkinson’s is connected to the brain and the brain alone, and this is where much of the previous research into Parkinson’s has been focused. But new research is looking at the gut and its role in the disease’s development.
While research is still on going, one thing is for certain – Parkinson’s can present a number of unpleasant side effects connected to the gut which can make day to day life difficult. If you’re currently experiencing nausea, constipation, or any other side effects, here are some ways you can get your gut back on track.
1. Keep bad bacteria at bay through dietary changes
Changing and controlling your diet can help to ease any problems in the gut. If you have an un-balanced diet high in wheat, gluten, and sugar this can create the perfect environment for bad bacteria to thrive. Cutting down on processed foods from these groups can really help to get your tummy in better shape. Probiotics and prebiotics might also be useful for those who suspect that their gut flora could be out of balance.
2. Introduce more fiber
It’s no secret that fiber helps to keep your digestive system moving. If you’re suffering with constipation, then increasing the amount of fiber in your diet is a sure way to keep things moving. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of fiber, so trying to eat more greens is a good place to start.
3. Drink more water
The importance of hydration can’t be understated. This goes for anyone, but it’s particularly important for those with Parkinson’s. Regular consumption of water can help ease constipation, get rid of the ever-present thirst and dry mouth that some suffers experience, as well as help to flush out toxins from your gut. You should aim to drink 48-64 ounces per day. It can help to start off with smaller amounts and build up each day.
4. Avoid foods that could add to nausea
Unfortunately, nausea is a common side effect of many Parkinson’s medications. If you’re experience severe nausea it’s always best to consult with your doctor as they may be able to change your medication to eradicate the problem. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to stay away from foods that could worsen the problem, such as acidic fruits like grapefruit and oranges, or greasy fast-food.
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