‘How to get rid of restless legs’ is a question often asked by people who suffer from incessant urge to move their legs.
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that affects the nervous system. It affects about 10% of the people in the U.S., causing uncomfortable sensation in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them for relief.
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Many cases of RLS have unknown causes but doctors suspect that genes play a role in it. There are also some factors that can increase one’s chance of getting restless leg syndrome. These include having chronic diseases or conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and peripheral neuropathy, the use of certain drugs like antipsychotic, antidepressant, and antinausea medications, and pregnancy (some pregnant women suffer from RLS especially on the last trimester).
How To Get Rid of Restless Legs
There are different ways on how to get rid of restless legs. These include:
Use of iron supplements
Studies have shown that some patients with RLS found relief through iron supplementation. However, before you get into this route, it’s best to know your ferritin level and consult your doctor. Taking of iron or any minerals can impair the body’s ability to use other minerals. In some cases, it may even lead to toxicity.
Getting into regular physical activity can help in improving the RLS symptoms. This has something to do with the release of endorphins (also known as the ‘feel good’ hormones) and the overall mind and body relaxation that exercise provides.
Ditch the stimulants
If you have RLS, it would be best if you avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol. In one study, researchers found out that RLS patients who smoke and drink less have fewer RLS symptoms.
Re-think your diet
Some people have food sensitivities that lead to development or exacerbation of the RLS symptoms. They experience fewer RLS symptoms by getting rid of gluten and MSG.
If you have restless legs, these tips may help you. Although these different ways on how to get rid of restless leg will not provide you with total relief overnight but over time, they can help alleviate some of the symptoms.
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