restless legs syndrome
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Restless legs syndrome is described as this vague set of symptoms that people struggle to define. People with this issue get this uncontrollable need to move their legs at night, as well as vague unpleasant sensations, that can affect their night of sleep. This creates a problem because the next day, they are less productive at work. It affects them socially because they don’t have the energy to go out. It affects them healthwise because they don’t have the energy to exercise. So what do you do?†
The symptoms of restless legs syndrome
The chief symptom of restless legs syndrome is the need to move your legs. The weird sensations typically begin after you’ve been lying down or sitting for an extended period of time. You get rid of the sensation by moving, stretching or jiggling your legs.The symptoms generally occur at night. They can also be accompanied by aching, itching, throbbing or pins and needles.†
It’s estimated that up to 7 to 10% of the US population has restless legs syndrome. Women frequently have it more often than men. It can begin at any age, but the symptoms typically become more common, frequent and long-lasting as you grow older.†
There are different causes and risk factors for restless legs syndrome. For instance, there is a genetic component to this issue. You can inherit it from your parents. Sometimes, it is related to drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or consuming too much caffeine. Diabetes can also put you at risk because it causes inflammation.†
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How to help with this issue
One thing you can do if you have restless legs syndrome is have your doctor do an iron profile. Iron is involved with dopamine. These two nutrients are important for a part of the brain that is involved with muscle health. If you have a problem with iron, this can affect your muscles. Iron supplements can really help with this issue.†
Alcar with ALA can also be beneficial. Both of these nutrients are naturally found in your brain, muscles and heart. Alcar and ALA can both help with nerve issues, so if a nerve problem is one of the factors leading to restless legs syndrome, try the Alcar with ALA.†
Folate is another nutrient that can help. All of our multivitamin formulations contain the active form of folate. When you have low folate levels, you are more likely to develop restless legs syndrome.†
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The minerals magnesium and potassium are other things that can help. They’re involved with nerve excitability within the brain and the peripheral nervous system. This is the part of the nervous system that affects your muscles directly. Magnesium and potassium help to support the excitability of your neurons, as well as your blood flow. If you’re low in these minerals, you can begin to develop muscle cramps or restless legs syndrome.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses the phenomenon of restless legs syndrome. He explains various factors that may contribute to this issue and also offers recommendations for nutrients that can help.†
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