Water! Water! Water! (Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease Part 2)

Water and Parkinson’s Disease: The Overlooked Nutrient 

The Importance of H2O

When it comes to nutrition and Parkinson’s disease, just like most things, there is no simple answer. There is no amazing fix that will change everything. However consuming the right nutrients can assist the general wellbeing of not only those with Parkinson’s, but it can also assist the caregivers and family to have the energy to get through the day.

Today’s focus is on one of the most important nutrients, H2O, and how vital hydration is.   Every day we lose water through our breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. Water is important for our blood, tissues, organs and cells. H2O is used in nearly every bodily function, such as the excretion of toxins and digestion. The most common reason for fatigue is dehydration.

So, yes, it is important for everyone to stay hydrated but why is it critical to highlight the importance of water when it comes to Parkinson’s disease? This is because the symptoms of dehydration can often be confused with common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

How much H2O should we drink per day?

Like everything else in life there is no one fit all answer to how much water we need to consume on a daily basis. It is commonly recommended to drink approximately 50 ounces of H2O a day.  Those who perspire a lot, are on certain medications, or extremely active should drink more.  The more coffee or tea you drink, the more you need to increase your water intake.

Many people with Parkinson’s disease often suffer from the need to go to the bathroom a lot even without drinking much water. Many believe that you actually need to drink more if this is the case. A common cause of increased urination is toxins which often overtake the liver, putting the kidneys into overload. Increased water is believed to reduce this.

So remember from this day on that our body consist between 50-65% H20; it is everywhere in our body; our cells, blood and in between. So next time you reach for a soft drink instead of a glass of water remember the importance of nourishing your body with the cheapest and easy drink that one could grab!

If you are not use to drinking 50 oz. of water a day (8 glasses), slowly increase your intake by ½ to 1 cup a day till you reach 8 cups and see if you can notice the difference.

For some fun recipes to create fruit infused H2O visit my website: Nutrition Journey

Stay Healthy!