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A Natural Approach to Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome is a condition that causes uncontrollable urge to move the legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation. It typically happens in the evening or nighttime hours when you are sitting or lying down. RLS is a major factor in insomnia and has contributed to many sleepless nights. Moving tends to ease the symptoms temporarily. RLS can begin at any age and generally worsens as you age.

Clinically studies suggest that RLS may be caused by low Potassium &/or Magnesium levels as well as low Folate, vitamin B12 and Iron. Low potassium levels are often caused by a Magnesium deficiency. Low Potassium contributes to muscle spasms and RLS because Potassium plays a major role in regulating muscle contractions and low levels are associated with muscle twitches and spasms.

Foods high in Magnesium include kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens and mustard greens. Foods high in Potassium include dried apricots, raisins, beans, lentils, potatoes, spinach, broccoli, beet greens, avocado and banana. Foods high in Iron, B12 and Folate include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, liver, red meat, eggs, spinach, asparagus, peas, chick peas and brown rice.

Susan P presented to the Holistic Center at Bristol Square complaining of RLS. Sleeping had become very challenging and uncomfortable. After suffering many years with no resolution to her health issue she decided to try an alternative approach.  Susan’s diet was evaluated and it was evident that her diet was low in the nutrients that provide the minerals mentioned above. She was put on a healthier diet, started taking Magnesium chloride, and Potassium as well as started to eat red meat and spinach which are high in Iron. Her symptoms started to resolve quickly and she is now sleeping comfortably through the night.

If you or someone you know is suffering with RLS have them reach out to The Holistic Center at Bristol Square (508)660-2722) and make an appointment with Dr. Rochelle Bien or Dr. Michael Goldstein today. We are located at 1426 Main Street, Walpole, MA.  

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