It’s caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain. These nerve cells help with the production of dopamine, a hormone that sends messages between the brain and the nervous system.
Parkinson’s disease can cause a number of changes in the gut, and patients often suffer from constipation, said charity The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Drinking enough water could help to relieve the signs of constipation in patients, it added.
Parkinson’s disease patients can avoid constipation by increasing the amount of fluids and fibre in their diet.
Drinking between six and eight glasses of water every day could help to get rid of constipation pain, said the charity.
Drinking warm water may help to kickstart bowel movements, it added.
“Constipation is common in Parkinson’s disease,” said the charity.
“Increased fluid and fibre consumption can help maintain regularity.”
“Aim to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Warm liquids, especially in the morning, can stimulate bowel movements.”
To boost the amount of fibre in your diet, try eating more fruits – with the peels – vegetables, legumes and whole grain breads.
Drinking more water will also help to raise blood pressure, the charity said.
Low blood pressure is a symptom of Parkinson’s disease, and a side effect of some of the medications.
“Raising fluid and salt intake will boost blood pressure, but talk with your physician, especially if you have heart or kidney problems.
“Increase cold fluids – water – to five 8-ounce glasses per half day.”
Take all Parkinson’s medications with a full glass of water. It could help the body to break down the medication more efficiently.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms are mild in its earliest stages, but develop gradually over a period of time.
The most common signs of the brain condition include tremors, slow movement, and stiff muscles.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Almost 150,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.