Tingling, aching, cramping feelings in the legs can be so uncomfortable, we often have to get up and pace the floor to get relief. This maddening uncontrollable urge to move the legs usually comes after sitting or lying down. RSL (Restless Legs Syndrome) can occur at any age but is most common in the elderly, and women seem to be the most affected.
People with chronic conditions like Parkinson’s, diabetes, neuropathy, and kidney failure can have problems with restless legs. Also, medications such as antidepressants and antihistimines can cause similar symptoms.
Old Fashioned Remedy
There is an old fashioned remedy that seems to work for some people, not all. Place a new bar of soap under the sheets at the foot of the bed and leave it there. It isn’t clear how it works, but for many people it does!
Your Magnesium Levels
It is more likely that restless legs syndrome is caused by a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral in the body and is involved in more than three hundred biochemical reactions. It is necessary for healthy nerve, muscle, and heart function, and for the formation of bone.
Ordinarily, diet provides enough magnesium. However, nutritional deficiencies in the elderly are very common as they tend to eat less foods that contain high amounts of magnesium such as leafy greens, nuts and beans. And, If there are intestinal issues, malabsorption can cause a deficiency. Also, the soil is so depleted of minerals that supplements are necessary to achieve adequate levels.
Routine tests for magnesium levels are misleading because most of the magnesium is everywhere else but the blood. Half of it is in the bones and the rest is in the tissues. Only 1% circulates in the bloodstream which gives a false sense of security as to the amount really needed to perform vital functions of the muscles, heart and kidneys.
It is unlikely that your doctor will prescribe a magnesium supplement for restless legs, but will prescribe a drug that is so toxic that it has to be monitored and is usually withdrawn because of toxicity.
With heart failure patients, care must be taken when given supplemental magnesium as it is a crucial part of the electrical function of the heart. In one such case, I was able to eliminate the symptoms of restless legs totally with acupuncture alone.
For most people, a high quality magnesium supplement will do the trick. The very best magnesium is bonded to an amino acid glycine to form magnesium glycinate. It allows for greater absorption and reduces the chances of intestinal upset and diarrhea.
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