Create Healthy Habits

Create Healthy Habits

A healthy diet and ample self-care are key to living well with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Good nutrition can improve medication delivery and plenty of rest improves mood.

Nutrition

Small changes can make a big difference. Try to make one dietary change at a time. The right foods can improve your energy, keep your bones strong, fight constipation and help maintain your health.

There is no precise diet for Parkinson’s. But good nutrition goes a long way. Most people living with Parkinson’s should eat a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and dairy products and protein-rich foods, such as meat and beans. Fats from nuts, olive oil, fish and eggs are also beneficial. Planning healthy meals in advance can simplify daily living.

Sleep

Restful sleep is especially important for people with Parkinson’s. Getting enough sleep is key to managing mood, health and PD symptoms. Create a sleep strategy that includes a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine to ensure adequate rest. A dark, cool, quiet and electronic screen-free sleeping environment will also maximize rest.

PD medications and symptoms can disrupt sleep. Your doctor can help with strategies to mitigate Parkinson’s-related sleep problems.

Talk to your doctor first about any PD-related concerns. You can also contact the Parkinson's Foundation Helpline 1.800.4PD.INFO (1-800-473-4636) or email Helpline@Parkinson.org with any PD-related questions.

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