Parkinson’s disease affects about 127,000 people in the UK, according to the NHS. It’s caused by parts of the brain becoming increasingly damaged over a number of years. But, you could lower your chances of developing the condition by making just a few changes to your daily diet. One of the easiest diet swaps to avoid Parkinson’s disease symptoms is to eat more apples, it’s been claimed.
Apples are one of the richest dietary sources of fibre. A single apple contains between three and four grams of fibre.
Fibre is needed by the body to avoid constipation, which is a symptom of Parkinson’s disease.
Most Parkinson’s disease patients feel constipated regularly, said charity The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research.
“No singular diet can treat Parkinson’s disease or its symptoms, but a healthy and balanced diet can improve general well-being,” said the charity.
“Eating fruits and vegetables may help keep you energised and hydrated.
“Fibre-rich foods and fluids may ease symptoms of constipation or low blood pressure.
“Constipation is common in Parkinson’s disease. Increased fluid and fibre consumption can help maintain regularity.
“Dietary sources of fibre consist of fruits [with the peel], vegetables, legumes, whole grain breads and cereals.”
Drinking sufficient amounts of water will also help to relieve some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s, it said.
Everyone should aim to drink between six and eight glasses of water in a single day.
Warm liquids, like a cup of tea, could help to stimulate bowel movements and avoid constipation – especially in the morning – it added.
Parkinson’s disease affects about one in every 500 people in the UK.
Early signs of the condition tend to develop gradually over a longer period of time, and may only appear mild at first.
You could be at risk of the brain condition if your handwriting seems to have gotten smaller, or if you’ve lost your sense of smell.
Speak to a GP if you’re concerned about the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
The doctor will assess your symptoms and decide whether to refer you to a specialist for further tests.
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