Windsor Parkinson Meeting August 23, 2011

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Parkinson home.jpg . . Welcomes Guest Speaker : Heidi Rexer B.A, Soc. R.H.N. - Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Heidi will be talking to our group about "Nutrition for Parkinson's patients."

Nutrition and Parkinson's
Written By Heidi Rexer B.A.Soc. R.H.N.

A healthy diet can help persons with Parkinson's live a better quality of life.

Research advises that persons with Parkinson's follow a low protein, low iron, low manganese diet. Eating a low protein diet free of red meat can reduce tremors, tapping and improve walking. Proteins should be plant based and eaten in small amounts with the evening meal. The iron in red meat can promote the symptoms of Parkinson's and interfere with the body's ability to utilize B2. Most people eat much more protein than is require. Where do gorillas get their protein? Or cows?

Left to right - Pat St.Pierre and Heidi Rexer

In the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research,is a study where 32 consecutive Parkinson's disease patients were tested for levels of B2. Every single one of them had abnormally low levels of B2 ( riboflavin) in their blood streams. They were told to stop eating all red meat and supplement with 30 mg of B2 taken at smaller doses throughout the day. Every patient who followed this advice showed some improvement after 6 weeks and regained some or most of their lost motor skills after 6 months. Other than brightly coloured yellow urine, there were no side effects. In order to better utilize B2, a B vitamin complex along with Vitamin B2, needs be taken as the B vitamins work in harmony. B vitamins are essential in maintaining a healthy nervous system. B2 helps convert carbohydrates into ATP, a compound needed to store energy in muscles.

As B2 is a water soluble vitamin. It is stored only for a very short term in the body and needs to be replenished daily.

Eating fresh, whole, unprocessed foods high in fibre helps bowel movements, helps the body eliminate toxins and helps you feel full. Plates at meal time should be colourful, so a broad range of nutrients and anti-oxidants are consumed. Choose organic when possible as not further add stress to the body. Figs, prunes, fresh fruit and vegetables are all high in fibre.

The rotation diet will help the digestive system function more efficiently. You can take the right nutrients, but if the digestive system is not efficient, it will not absorb nutrients. Digestive enzymes help break down foods so our bodies better absorb nutrients. Persons deficient in stomach acid and enzymes have poor digestion and faulty absorption of nutrients. Small nutritionally dense meals 5 times a day provide better energy and easier digestion.

Drinking plenty of filtered room temperature water is needed for flushing toxins and assist bowel movements. An easy way to gauge if you are drinking enough water is the colour of your urine. lt should be almost clear, unless you have just taken your B vitamins. Drinking cold beverages stops the production of the hydrochloric acid in our stomachs which is needed for digestion.

Diet should also contain plenty of probiotics to maintain the needed flora in the gut, to aid with digestion, nutrition assimilation, and bowel movements. Probiotics are the good bacteria we have throughout our digestive systems and are essential to maintaining good health. A healthy adult should have between 3 to 5 pounds in their digestive tract. These live bacteria can be purchased in capsule form to replenish your good bacteria. They need to be refrigerated and contain Bifodus for the lower bowel. Antibiotics and drinking chlorinated water destroy our good bacteria.

Free radicals are oxidants which cause damage to the cells. In a seven year pilot study, 2L patients with Parkinson's disease where give anti-oxidant therapy with 3,000mg of vitamin C and 3,200mg of Vitamin E. The drug therapy was able to be delayed two to three years compared to those who did not receive the therapy. Liver detoxification has also provided some relief in patients. Dopamine is easily oxidized. Herbs to assist with detoxification help the liver function more effectively.

Magnesium is a mineral most people are deficient in. Magnesium has 100's of functions' Not enough magnesium in the diet leads to, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, muscle cramping, twitching and a severe deficiency can lead to severe, continued muscle contraction. It is used in the transmission of electrical impulses along the nerves to the brain. Adding magnesium supplementation helps relax the bowels, which is also a muscle.

If bowels become loose then you have too much magnesium. Epson salt baths help muscles relax because of the magnesium content in the salts.

The ability of the body to make dopamine depends on many minerals and vitamins such as zinc, magnesium and the B vitamins, especially B6 and folic acid. Without enough folic acid the body produces too much homocyteine, a toxic substance that damages the brain cells through inflammation. Doing so hinders dopamine production'

Omega 3 fatty acids are found in raw nuts, seeds and nut butters, fatty fish and fish oils, hemp, olives, flax and their oils. Fish oils are the most beneficial. Omega 3 helps protect the brain, supporting glutamate function. Glutamate and GABA play a role in the brain's neurotransmitters. They work together to control the brain's overall level of excitability that controls many of the body processes.

The March issue of Archives of Neurology reports that patients tested with early onset parkinson's were found to have on average, low levels of Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is now considered a prohormone. It is synthesized by the kidneys to circulate as a hormone. D is necessary in the conversion of tyrosine to Dopa, a precursor to dopamine. Low levels of D can cause impaired balance, decreased muscle strength, cognitive dysfunction and brittle bones. As D is a fat soluble vitamin it should be taken with food, for absorbency, throughout the day.

Improving the choice of foods you eat and using supplementation, can add to the quality of life. Only if you put quality in, you get quality results. I would suggest keeping a journal to track what you consume. Also journal the impact those changes are making.

      Written by  Optimum Health 4U
                  Heidi Rexer B.A.Soc.R.H.N.
                  Registered Holistic Nutritionist
                  Personal Health Consultant
                  E-mail :
                  Phone  : 519-962-8875  
Books recommended : The Brain Wellness Plan
Kensington Book
ISBN 10: 1575662930 / 1-57566-293-0
ISBN 13: 978 1575662930
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