Karen Taylor, L.Ac. addresses members of a
Parkinson's support group to discuss
the benefits of eating congee.
I love how easy it is to eat congee, but now I know just how important that can be for people who experience swallowing challenges.
The Breakfast Cure is still very young, with only a little over six months from inception. Every month has been incredible and I am learning so much. This month has been no exception.
Last week I was honored to speak at an Alternative Parkinson's Support Group, and it was a blast! What a truly inspiring group of individuals.
The Breakfast Cure hosted the first ever congee tasting and it was a party right down to the last bite.
Congee - perfect food for difficulty swallowing. The Breakfast Cure tasting party at a Parkinson's support group.
I have long been aware of the many digestive benefits of congee such as eliminating constipation and improving nutrient absorption, but I was thrilled to discover that ease of swallowing is also high on the list.
Difficulty swallowing is associated with Parkinson's Disease as well as with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, post stroke and brain and spinal cord injuries.
Choking and aspirating air into the lungs during meals can have serious consequences. Difficulty swallowing can occur at any stage of Parkinson's disease.
According The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research, "The leading cause of death in Parkinson's is aspiration pneumonia due to swallowing disorders."
One congee convert said it "was the perfect solution for ease of swallowing, pleasant taste, and adding food and nutrition at breakfast. Have used it just about every morning."
I'm celebrating the love of congee for a whole new reason that really matters; it is a solution helping people who mean so much to me.