A healthy diet will improve your general health, reducing your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. There is no specific diet for Parkinson’s; however, general recommendations for healthy eating do apply, and changes in you diet can help some of your symptoms. Avoid the many fad diets that carry promises of health or symptom control.
Choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Local produce that ripens naturally on the vine contains more nutrients than a canned or “fresh” vegetables picked early and shipped from afar. Consider eating organic foods to reduce ingestion of pesticides, herbicides, or hormones that may be harmful to your health. The most recent dietary and lifestyle recommendations are published by the American Heart Association, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Institute of Medicine.
Dietary Recommendations for Certain Parkinson’s symptoms:
- Fatigue and Energy Loss
- Sleep Problems
- Protein Interference with Drug Performance
- Nausea and Stomach Bloating
- Drooling and Swallowing
- Weight Loss
- Vitamins and Supplements
You can learn more about diet optimization for Parkinson’s and other nutrition topics, including the role of protein, carbohydrates, sugars and fats and how these foods can interact with medication in the Every Victory Counts® program for living well with Parkinson’s.
Watch the Living Well ChallengeTM webisode on nutrition with Sarah Zangerle, RD, CD a registered dietician with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. View the slides from her presentation here.