Curing Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) Naturally
Many people suffering from restless leg syndrome have given up the efforts at finding an effective remedy for this condition. When a person suffers from RLS he/she experiences an overwhelming urge to move his/her legs because of sensations that they feel like itching, crawling, burning, tingling, etc. Feeling these sensations can be irritating, but if you feel it at night, it can disrupt your sleep the whole night and can be quite distressing. The reason is because the feelings or the symptoms are intensified the moment you relax to go to sleep. Fatigue is caused by lack of sleep and this is what people with RLS experience. People with RLS are not able to sleep well during the night.
Relieving RLS symptoms by natural means have been recommended although the causes of this disorder are not yet fully known. The best remedies for RLS are the natural ones because side effects are not experienced by the patient, unlike what prescription drugs can.
One thing that can help with RLS symptoms is to take a hot both before bedtime, or to wrap your legs in warm or cold wrap or compress.
There is a great difference in RLS symptoms when people affected by it changed their diet. You need to avoid alcohol and caffeine because those who suffer RLS have experienced worsening symptoms when they take these. Caffeine is contained is food and drinks like coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, energy drinks, and others. Another recommended remedy is to avoid eating large meals at night. There has been research results that indicate that an increase in the symptoms of RLS can be attributed to digestion of a large volume of food.
Some researchers have also shown the connection between RLS and iron deficiency. For this, you can take iron supplement or eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables that are rich in folate. You can take them whole or juice them. Iron in excess produces side effects so make sure to consult your doctor for the right dosage.
It has been shown by research the RLS and obesity are linked to each other. Great abdominal fat increases the risk of RLS. This means that dieting and exercise to lost weight can improve or cure RLS.
Exercise can be a form of therapy for people with RLS. Studies have shown that people who did brisk paced walking for 30 minutes four times a week, showed improvement in lowering RLS symptoms. You day should start early and with moderate exercise. Another form of physical exercise is yoga, which has been found helpful by many. Massaging the lower legs or lower back before sleeping can also be helpful to improve RLS symptoms.
It is also helpful to take a walk before bedtime.
Taking magnesium supplement before bedtime is also helpful. RLS can also be remedied naturally using magnesium supplements.
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