If you don’t have your hand up…

Again,,, I found this insightful info on the Invigorated site… . Raise your hand if you’ve ever had this thought:

“I could do all the things I need to do for my Parkinson’s symptoms, if only I had more energy!”

If you don’t have your hand up, it’s probably because you don’t have the energy.

Exhaustion and fatigue are some of the most challenging Parkinson’s symptoms – alongside apathy and lack of motivation – to pinpoint and improve.

)ther areas you can investigate to help you determine what may be draining your energy, sleep, blood pressure, nutrition & social health.

Today I address Movement – her favorite topic!

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When you’re not actively using your heart, your lungs, and your muscles to move fluid around your body, it sits inside you like water in a stagnant pond.

On the flip side, when you’re moving around – exercising and being active – your body’s fluids are moving around like a river, rushing from one point to another. As you move fluid around, you also push nutrients to your organs, flush out toxins, and help your body heal.  [Remember??… Stay Hydrated]

This brings fresh life and fresh energy to your entire being.

Get up and move first thing in the morning, if you can.

It can be tough to get moving first thing in the morning, so start with a basic stretching routine. As you gently introduce movement, you’ll notice your energy start to perk up.

Start gentle, then slowly increase your intensity for a minimum of 10 minutes.Stretching is wonderful, but exercise works best when you raise the intensity and your heart rate.

Start with 10 minutes. Set a timer. Tell yourself, “I don’t have to enjoy this 10 minutes, but I’m committed to following through.” If you finish 10 minutes and still want to quit, then you can. On the other hand, if you’re feeling good, see if you can add 5 more minutes.

Add on extra time slowly and soon you’ll be able to workout for 30, 45, or even 60 minutes. It takes time to build endurance, and the important part is to do a little more today than you did yesterday.

Give your new program 3 weeks to kick in. Most people require some time to adjust, but as you become more active, you’ll likely notice you have more endurance throughout the day and your feelings of fatigue will start to lift.

Staying Hydrated

I found this great information on the Invigorated site:

Staying Hydrated with Parkinsons: Going Beyond “Drink More Water”

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“You need to drink MORE WATER!”

You’ve heard it a million times.Every health practitioner worth their salt has recited these words hundreds if not thousands of times to their clients. However, there is more to staying properly hydrated than just chugging 8 glasses of water every day and the implications can be life changing.


Imagine the potted plant in your home that sits in the corner.

Similar to a water-starved plant, your cells can become chronically dehydrated .  Re-hydration has to be strategic.

Similar to a water-starved plant, your cells can become chronically dehydratedRe-hydration has to be strategic. If it hasn’t been watered in a while the soil gets dry and crumbly. When you add water at this point the soil isn’t able to absorb a majority of it and it slips through the cracks and out the bottom of the pot. No matter how much water you pour over that poor guy he’s not going to re-hydrate properly!

This is similar to what happens to your cells when you have been chronically dehydrated. Our cells are less able to properly absorb the water we put into our system. This excess of water in our digestive tract leaves us feeling water-logged and making frequent trips to the bathroom.

Similar to the wilted plant, our body can’t perform its daily functions without proper hydration to your cells.

Proper cell hydration is a fundamental issue in wellness. Without it:

  • You can’t get proper nutrients into your cells (here come achy joints and painful muscles)
  • Your mitochondria (which are the energy-producing “powerhouse” of each cell) can’t produce the energy you need to heal and function
  • You can’t make digestive enzymes or hormones (hello constipation, nutritional deficiencies, and anxiety)
  • You can’t repair your DNA (fast track to looking and feeling older than you are!)
  • Your neurons are less efficient at sending electrical signals to each other (brain fog, anyone?)
  • You can’t flush out nasty toxins that contribute to disease and disarray.
  • As you can imagine, regaining the ability to properly hydrate can have a drastic impact on how you move, think, and feel on a day-to-day basis. Implementing the following into your daily hydration routine is an important part of regaining your vitality:

Balance Your Sodium

Adding 1/4 tsp of Celtic or Himalayan sea salt to a quart (32 oz) of water helps assist your kidneys at properly absorbing water from your bloodstream. Specifically using Celtic or Himalayan sea salt offers 60+ trace minerals and electrolytes that assist your cells in absorbing the water molecules and using them to your advantage.

(Afraid of overdosing on sodium? 8 ounces of this cocktail contains 115mg of sodium compared to 8 ounces of Pedialyte that contains 260mg.)

Use a Water Filter

It’s important to remove them from your daily routine whenever you can. Remove toxins and chemicals from your tap water with a filtration system.

Hydrate in the Morning

Start your day with a glass of water as this is the time of day where your body is housing its highest concentration of toxins and is most dehydrated. (Add a squeeze of lemon if you’re feeling fancy and want a digestion boost.)

Pick the Right Water Bottle

Avoid plastic water bottles whenever possible (even if it says it is BPA-free) as chemicals released from these bottles can also contribute to your daily toxin load. Choosing stainless steel or glass bottles are best.

Cheers to your most hydrated self!

Give Yourself Permission

Give yourself permission to celebrate Every Victory … every moment, regardless of how small, when you were able to overcome a symptom.

Give yourself permission to brouse the INDEX of my blog, to find entries which may be of interest to you.

Healthy Parkies give themselves a break if they’re having a difficult day. They don’t view their lack of efficiency as negative or need to take an afternoon nap as lazy. They don’t compare themselves to their Pre-Parkinson’s self. They accept that they might not be able to complete all the tasks that they attempted to do but in turn, celebrate what they did get done that day. 

Part of my protocol

Besides Exercise… in conjunction with WBV & Tandem biking . Diet… focusing on gut health, bone broth, fermented foods, . avoiding white flour, white sugar . Infrared Sauna . Alternatives… Oxygen, Amino Acids, Frankincense oil . Nutrituinal supplementation… Three Kings, (see the blog post) , Mucuna Pruriens ( a medicinal herb famous for it’s neuro- . transmitter and hormonal balancing properties) . Serropeptase (as recommended in the link below)

 Serropeptase & Parkinson’s

12/29/18 Dr. Berg recommended … Serropeptase  3 x’s a day on empty stomach  suggesting enzyme may break down or dissolve build-up of protein (alpha synuclein) in the brain

This is the only place I’ve even heard of serropeptase, but I was able to find it at the recommended strength… . I’ve only been on it a month and 1/2 but I feel like it is helping.

I found this additional insight on ‘MyParkinsonTeam.com’: “Now known as Lewy bodies, these deposits of alpha-synuclein (aS) protein are understood to be one of the most common causes of dementia in people with parkinsonism.”