Natural cure for the restless leg syndrome
Do you maybe have creepy crawly sensations in your legs? If yes, you are one of the 12 million Americans who suffer from RLS – Restless Leg Syndrome. Doctors are saying that there is no known cure or cause, but they can help you to manage the symptoms with tranquilizers, anticonvulsants, Parkinson’s disease medications and opioids.
But be careful! Maybe you will need some extra medications to manage the potential side effects like breathing problems, amnesia, dizziness, the urge to binge on food or shop compulsively, fatigue and nausea.
The worst thing is the RLS tends to flare up the most during the pregnancy and the medications mentioned above are not safe for the baby.
Luckily, managing the RLS naturally can be easier than you think. Here you have the possible causes of RLS and how to manage with it naturally.
- Magnesium Deficiency
The RLS, according to some experts, is usually related to nutritional deficiencies, most notably magnesium and some other minerals. The magnesium is important because it pushes the excess calcium out of the cells, so the muscles can relax. The magnesium deficiency can cause twitches, muscle tightening, charlie horses and involuntary jerks.
It is not easy to adequate the levels of magnesium through the food for these three reasons:
- 1. Stress causes to burn through the stores more quickly
- 2. Modern soil is very depleted in magnesium and also the crops that are grown in it.
- 3. Magnesium is difficulty absorbed in the digestive tract.
We have one good news for you. The magnesium can be easily absorbed through the skin. You can use magnesium oil, pico-ionic magnesium and Epsom salt baths.
You can also make sure to get the other minerals that help you to calm the restless legs, like the potassium. The supplement is a homemade bone broth with a pinch of unrefined sea salt. That is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace minerals.
The experts usually suggest that people need to consume twice as much magnesium as calcium for the bone health. The supposed ideal ratio is a myth, according to Dr. Carolyn Dean.
The recommendation goes back to the statements that are made by Jean Durlach, a French scientist who warned that the calcium consumption should never dip exceed twice the amount of magnesium intake. Some new researches have proven that without adequate magnesium, the calcium can contribute to heart disease and calcify soft tissue.
Dr. Dean said that hundred years ago, the people enjoyed a diet that was high in magnesium with a daily intake of 500 mg, but these days we are happy to get 200 mg.
However, the calcium has never been higher. This low-magnesium and high-calcium diet, when coupled with calcium supplementation, gives a calcium to magnesium imbalance of 10:1 or maybe higher. That constitutes a walking time bomb of impaired heart disease and bone health. Dr. Dean recommends to get a 1:2 or 1:1 calcium to magnesium ration in your diet.
- Low Thyroid or Estrogen Dominance
This relates back to magnesium. According to Dr. John Lee, too much estrogen can lead to vitamin B deficiency and magnesium deficiency. A deficiency in magnesium can cause muscle tightening that causes people to experience the leg spasms common in RLS, while the vitamin B deficiency can cause neurological problems, which is what causes the RLS.
- Iron Deficiency or Anemia
Patients with RLS usually have some lower levels of dopamine in the substantia nigra and answer to iron administration. The iron plays a central role in the etiology of RLS.
Low dopamine levels can cause neurological issues like the RLS. That is the reason why Parkinson’s medications work. They boost the dopamine levels with a synthetic version.
Before you use the supplement with iron, there are two things that you need to know. The magnesium and iron compete for receptor sites in the body, so if you take too much that can affect your magnesium stores. The iron supplementation can make the anemia worse under some condition, according to Dr. Campbell-McBride, those are:
The people with abnormal gut flora have many stages of anemia and that is not surprising. Those people not only can’t absorb the essential for blood minerals and vitamins from food, but their own production of the vitamins is damaged.
Those people often have a specific group of pathogenic bacteria growing in the gut that are iron-loving bacteria like Mycobacterium spp., Actinomyces spp., Corynebacterium spp., pathogenic strains of E. coli, and many others. They consume the iron that the person gets from the diet, leaving the person deficient in iron. Unluckily, supplementing iron makes these bacteria to grow stronger and will not remedy the anemia.
B – Vitamins
We have mentioned in the thyroid section that a deficiency in B vitamins can cause neurological issues that results in tingling sensations.
Well, now you have learned almost everything about the RLS – Restless Leg Syndrome.