A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can feel like the rug being pulled out from under you.
You wonder what will happen once your body is completely taken over by alternating tremors and stiffness… and if you’ll be able to continue enjoying a “normal,” fulfilling life.
I know, because it happened to me. I got my diagnosis 12 years ago, and I’ve successfully managed the disease since then through detoxification, nutritional approaches, and other lifestyle changes.
That’s why I take special interest in sharing news with my readers about how to live a long, independent life – while taking steps to ensure the disease progresses as slowly as possible.
And I’m pleased to announce the latest development: The Journal of Parkinson’s Disease recently published a massive study that analysed 30 years’ of Parkinson’s research to determine if there’s one lifestyle change we can make that could actually help physical capabilities, cognitive function, and quality of life.
And that’s getting regular physical activity.
I’ve shared this topic with you before because there have been some very interesting developments in customising some of these activities specifically to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s – which has included everything from bicycling to boxing.
In this new meta-analysis, researchers once again have found overwhelming evidence that exercise can improve your strength, flexibility, motor control, balance, and endurance when you’ve got Parkinson’s.
Maintaining strength and motor control will help you keep doing the things you love and spending time with people, which will prevent you from slipping into depression – as many people with Parkinson’s do.
And it’s not just depression, but all sorts of shifts and swings in mood. I’ve found that, as the disease progresses, so does your anxiety about your ability to maintain balance and to interact with people without drawing too much attention to yourself.
It’s a vicious cycle – because anxiety can keep you from getting out and being active. And that’s the thing you need the most.
The best way to combat anxiety, and keep your body operating at its best, is to NOT let Parkinson’s slow you down. Whether it’s walking, gardening, taking the grandchildren to the park, or taking a yoga class for seniors, find a form of exercise you enjoy and stick with it.
You’ll get a nice boost to your mood from the release of endorphins and from sun exposure, if you can manage to get some activity outside.
Exercise is also a great way to sweat out toxins in your body – and, as you know from my story, there’s a direct connection between toxic exposure and neuro-degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.
I wish I could say that exercise alone could also help prevent the onset of Parkinson’s, but that’s probably not the case. But when you combine it with a natural detoxifying diet like Paleo AND avoiding environmental toxins – especially heavy metals like aluminum, lead, and mercury – the odds are most certainly in your favor to dodge the disease, or beat it if you’ve already got it.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Parkinson’s Disease Patients Benefit from Physical Activity, ournalofparkinsonsdisease.com/parkinson%E2%80%99s-disease-patients-benefit-physical-activity
Exercise May Be Real Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease, medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162698.html