Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one’s body, mainly the legs, to stop uncomfortable and sometimes painful tingling, and tugging sensations. It is a common condition that affects up to one in 12 of the population. It is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. RLS may start at any age, including childhood. In a survey among members of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation it was found that up to 45% of patients had their first symptoms before the age of 20 years. For some sufferers it is a progressive disease whilst others find their symptoms will remit.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) typically causes a strong urge to move your limbs and can cause pain and uncomfortable sensations. It typically concerns the legs, but the arms and torso can be affected too.
Sufferers may experience some or all of the following sensations:
- tingling, burning, itching or throbbing
- a feeling like something is crawling on their skin
- a fizzing feeling inside the blood vessels in the legs
- cramping in the calves or legs.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and are usually worse in the evening and during the night. It can cause major disruption to the sleep cycle.
Some people experience symptoms just now and again, while others have them every day. Sufferers may find it difficult to sit for long periods of time.
Just over half of people with RLS also experience episodes of lower back pain.
Some say that the exact cause of RLS is unknown, other researchers claim it is linked to one or more of the following factors:
It is due to inflammation in the body.
It is linked to abnormalities in levels of the brain chemical dopamine.
It is a genetic condition.
It is the result of an iron deficiency
It is associated with certain drugs and medications including: caffeine, alcohol, H2-histamine blockers (such as ranitidine [Zantac] andcimetidine [Tagamet]), and certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline [Elavil, Endep]).
Eat a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains, organic fish, grass fed beef and poultry. This will provide adequate levels of magnesium, folate content and iron (deficiencies in these are linked to RLS).
Stay away from refined flour and sugar.
Caffeine, alcohol and tobacco can all aggravate the condition so steer clear of these offenders too.
Avoid heavy meals before bedtime.
Eat small frequent meals. This keeps the nutrients flowing through your body at a more consistent level than by eating one large meal.
Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day.
Keep a food diary to see if there are links to particular foods that may trigger your condition.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so also try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement. Omega 3 is an anti-inflammatory so can help to heal the inflammation that may be causing your restless legs.
- Iron supplements: It is recommended that people with RLS should have their serum ferritin level tested. The ferritin level, a measure of the body’s iron stores, should be at least 50 µg/L (or ng/mL, an equivalent unit) for those with RLS. Oral iron supplements, taken under a licensed practitioner’s care, can increase ferritin levels. For some people, increasing ferritin will eliminate or reduce RLS symptoms. A ferritin level of 50 µg/L is not sufficient for some sufferers and increasing the level to 80 µg/L may further reduce symptoms. It is dangerous to take iron supplements without first having ferritin levels tested.
- Vitamin C and E have been found effective in treating RLS. In a randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial by Sagheb, et al., vitamins C, E and their combination were an effective and safe treatment for RLS in hemodialysis patients compared to the placebo.
- Take vitamin B3, B12, zinc and potassium to heal inflammation.
- Taking calcium, magnesium and folic acid have also been proven to improve symptoms of RLS.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Note: Medications such as allergy pills and cold medications contain mild stimulants which can cause jittery legs.
Try to reduce stress from your life. Stress can exacerbate RLS. We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Restless leg syndrome linked to magnesium deficiency www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/173193.php
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Herbal remedies to treat RLS www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY49hoHHgOw
Exercise tips for restless leg syndrome www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuysT1F6eAQ
Evaluation of oral iron treatment in pediatric restless legs syndrome (RLS)
Estrogen tied to restless legs during pregnancy
RLS in middle aged women and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in their offspring
Vitamins C and E for treatment of restless leg syndrome
Further Information (links and books)
Juicing for Restless Leg Syndrome by Andrew Williams Ph.D
The Power of Sleep: How to Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep Naturally by Maria Johnson
The Inflammation Syndrome: Your Nutrition Plan for Great Health, Weight Loss, and Pain-Free Living by Jack Challem
Yoga Sanctuary: A Guided Hatha Yoga Practice by Shiva Rea
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Amy Lanski, homeopath: www.activeconsciousness.com
Judith Hoad, herbalist: [email protected]
Andrea Butje, aromatherapist: [email protected]
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Kath May, reiki, tai chi: [email protected]
Lillian Bridges, Chinese medicine, living naturally: [email protected]
Rakesh Modi, Ayurvedic Practitioner: [email protected]