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Treating Restless Legs Syndrome Naturally

by Dr. Jason Barker August 04, 2020

Treating Restless Legs Syndrome Naturally

 

Treating Restless Legs Syndrome Naturally - RLS Treatment

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition where a person experiences a jittery, or 'creepy-crawly' sensation in their legs that's only briefly relieved by movement.

We'll cover the several nutrient deficiencies and lifestyle factors that can drastically worsen this condition in this video. 

 

 

RLS is characterized by three main issues:

1. An unbearable urge to move the legs

2. Worse during rest (sitting in a chair for long periods, or in bed)

3. It's relieved (briefly) by movement

4 . Worse at night

Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol are also commonly reported causes for worsening/aggravation of RLS.

Additionally, prescription drugs like antidepressants and antihistamines can worsen RLS symptoms. 

Restless Legs Syndrome is pretty common - about 1 in 10 people suffer from it.  It most commonly occurs in kids that have attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pregnant women and middle aged/older people. 

So, how can you fix it?

There are 4 top nutritional medicines you can use:

1. Magnesium - acts as a muscle relaxer and sleep aid. 

2. Iron - Iron deficiency is very highly associated with RLS - be sure to get your iron levels checked if you have RLS!

3. Folate (a type of folic acid) deficiency ( B6 complex contains a highly absorbable form of folate plus vitamin B6 that helps escort magnesium into the cells where it's needed).

4. Adrenal B Complex contains the necessary B vitamins for RLS but also includes several adaptogenic herbs that can help balance out stress and support adrenal function. 

4. Tyrosine - an amino acid precursor to dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter.

It's important to make sure your diet is rich in the above nutrients - magnesium can be found in green leafies, nuts, seeds, avocados, bananas, legumes, seafood and chocolate and coffee.

Iron and tyrosine rich foods include chicken, turkey, fish, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soy products and lima beans, avocados and bananas, eggs.

Folate + B12 rich foods include meats, beans, lentils, peas, soy, spinach, beets, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Additionally, keeping the legs moving frequently with exercise like walking and running spread throughout the day, stretching and acupuncture can lessen symptoms. 

We cover it all in more depth in this video!

Dr. Jason Barker
Dr. Jason Barker


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