Daddy takes the papaya conversation seriously, and gives Anna a run down on why papaya is the healthier option. "Papaya is a rich source of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants like carotene", while conceding that melons are better in summer as they are "cooling".
He then goes on to tell us the story of Eric Beyrodt who hated carrots.
In 1954, Eric Beyrodt came to India as a part of a technical assistance program run by the Ford Foundation in developing countries. Anna was then a Deputy Development Officer posted in New Delhi. Eric was an expert on leather technology and its use in the footwear industry and Anna worked with Eric closely. Eric stayed in India for 8 years helping the GOI build the leather footwear industry.
During his first winter in Delhi and Agra, Anna noticed that Eric Beyrodt never ate carrots. Anyone who has lived in North India, knows that the carrots in winter are the best - deep red & sweet. We eat carrots as if they are going out of fashion - in salads, as sabzi (cooked vegetable), in halwa (the Indian, much sweeter version of carrot cake).
So one day, Anna, noticing that Eric removed all the carrots from gajar mattar (carrot and peas) sabzi , asked him why he did not eat carrots at all.
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This story is so interesting that we forget all about constipation and its cure papaya.
Anna wins this round hands down!!
Dealing with Constipation in patients with Parkinson's Disease
Constipation is a common problem for patients with Parkinson's Disease. Constipation may occur due to the improper functioning of the autonomic nervous system - the system that is responsible for regulating smooth muscle activity.
Here is what helps us manage Anna's constipation:
- Eating at least 2 portions of fruit everyday. Papaya / melon is a must.
- Eating at least 2 portions of vegetables. Raw salad added to at least one meal.
- Drinking lots of water. We measure his water intake and urine output daily.
- Exercise. Walking at least 2 times a day helps
- Stool softener. He had a mild softener on alternate days. It just helps ease the way.
- When the situation reaches the "danger stage" i.e. 3/4 days without a movement, then a surefire way to solve the problem is to cook him a meal of besan ka cheela (crepes made from gluten-free chickpea flour) and a green fiber-rich vegetable like spinach.
Come to think of it, this is exactly what people, with or without Parkinson's Disease need to do to prevent constipation. So what is unique for a Parkinson's patient? Well:
- It is a monitor and control every meal, every day activity. Healthy people can take a break once a while and eat low fiber stuff, a Parkinson's Patient can not.
- Exercise is harder for people with Parkinson's and hence we need to balance cajoling, motivating, and forcing them to exercise