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How can you help thirst or dry mouth with diet when you have Parkinson's disease?

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Some Parkinson's medications may make you feel parched. Try these tips for relief:

  • Drink at least 8 cups of liquid each day. Some people with Parkinson's also have heart problems and may need to watch their fluid levels. Check with your doctor about how much you need to drink.
  • Limit caffeine from coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate as it can interfere with some of your meds and make you thirstier.
  • Soften breads, toast, cookies, or crackers by dunking in milk or decaffeinated tea or coffee.
  • Sip a drink after each bite of food to moisten your mouth and help you swallow.
  • Add sauces to foods to make them soft and moist.
  • Stay away from most mouthwashes, which often contain alcohol that can dry your mouth. Ask your doctor or dentist if there’s anything else you should do.

From: Eating Right With Parkinson's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 10/28/2017

SOURCES:

Parkinson’s UK: “Diet.”

PLOS: “weight Loss and Impact on Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are some common nutritional concerns for people with PD?"

National Parkinson Foundation: "How do you maintain a healthy diet?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

SOURCES:

Parkinson’s UK: “Diet.”

PLOS: “weight Loss and Impact on Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are some common nutritional concerns for people with PD?"

National Parkinson Foundation: "How do you maintain a healthy diet?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

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