Saturday, April 03, 2010

Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) seems to be affecting more and more people. So let's do a little digging to see what it is about.

Nobody really seems to know what Restless Leg Syndrome really is, or what it's causes may be.
It is generally an uncomfortable feeling (tingly, bumpy, or creepy feeling) while resting that goes away or subsides if you move your legs around.

Some studies connect RLS with estrogen overload. It is also connected with anti-histamine drugs. Low iron [Click for info on anemia.] is also associated with RLS, as well as kidney problems. Some even think there is a genetic component. [Click HERE for more about genetics.] Others say that it is a nerve disorder or some kind.

So, if I thought that I had RLS I would work on normalizing the body in relation to those things listed above.

First would be to get the hormones in balance. This can NOT be done with hormone therapy. We don't know enough to balance hormones. However the body knows how to balance our hormones if we give it the right resources and the opportunity to do so.

The major keys to balancing hormones are :
  1. Eliminate all corn, soy, canola, or cotton seed oils from the diet.
  2. Eliminate all omega-3 or fish oil supplements.
  3. Eliminate all added sugars from food, along with all artificial sweeteners, colors, or flavors.
  4. Take 3 to 4 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil a day.
  5. Exercise daily for 30 to 60 minutes.
  6. Drink a cup of water a day for every 10 pounds of body weight.
  7. Make sure you are getting your salt with trace minerals. [Click HERE to learn more.]
The next thing would be to eat plenty of green leafy vegetables to help balance out iron processing systems of the body. These will also help to clean and strengthen the kidneys.

Of course, as many toxins as possible need to be eliminated from your lifestyle, so that the kidneys and liver are not over burdened.

Whole grains in the diet (meaning you buy whole grains, not a package that claims whole grains were used in the manufacturing process), particularly wheat, will help to balance many body systems, as well as help to heal leaky gut that is a major contributor to histamine problems.

Note that some people with RLS already have problems with wheat gluten, so they will need to use wheat grass for a while until the body is healed enough to handle the whole wheat.

An important lifestyle change to make for balancing nerve health is to eliminate all GMO foods. More and more we area being exposed to genetically modified foods, and they are causing havoc with our bodies, especially, it seems, our nervous systems.

In particular GMO foods have been connected to some of the tingly, creepy feelings similar to those experienced by many people with RLS. [Click HERE to learn more about GMO foods.]

If I had RLS, I would do all of the above listed things together, to give my body the best chance at re-balancing and normalizing.

Doing what it takes to regain your health is a personal journey. Ultimately we are each responsible for our own health. My goal is to help you all I can with what I am learning. If you have any questions or comments I would be happy to hear from you.

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