A young man from our church contacted me recently asking for dietary advice for his wife on Restless Legs Syndrome or RLS. What he didn’t know when he was referred to me, was that I too struggle from restless legs.
Here’s what I wrote him back…
“Funny you should mention RLS since I suffer from the very same problem. So Alan and I know how very disruptive this can be. Our sympathies to and your wife. I also have insomnia as well. Personally I experienced the most relief when I exercise strenuously (which I don’t do nearly enough).
Also, for some people, I have been told that a good source of calcium/magnesium supplement can help. I also experienced some relief a few years ago when I was seeing Chiropractor, Dr. Brian Walsh, for an unrelated condition – I believe it was the spine manipulation that helped me by getting my neck in alignment. Since with restless legs I get into all kinds of contorted conditions when I sleep (It kind of effects my whole body at times). For me it is also seems to be aggravated or relieved with hormonal fluctuations – I wonder if your wife’s onset was related to pregnancy/pre or post natal?
Unfortunately in my case I have not found the magic bullet and I also refuse to take those heavy meds (Benzodiazepines and Parkinsonian drugs) that are used to treat this disorder. I am still looking and researching myself. We personally eat a very nutritionally dense and diverse, mostly raw/vegan diet. This gives me lots of energy and keeps us very healthy over all (we rarely have colds, flu other ailments or symptoms – low cholesterol etc.) but it does not seem to have helped me with this (though I don’t know, maybe it would be worse if I didn’t eat this way.)
Our personal nutrition site is www.ezhealthydiet.com , but for more nutritional advice and testimonies on RLS check out www.hacres.com . I did find one testimony on the Hacres site of a person whose RLS was relieved on the raw/vegan diet.
Overall, the research I have done tells me this is still pretty much a mystery disease.
I read in one of Dr. Walsh’s newsletters recently that a patient of his with RLS found great relief working with him. He also did his thesis on RLS. His clinic is CARE Chiropractic and he is located at 2104 West New Haven Avenue, W. Melbourne, FL 32904. His number is 728-1387. His website is www.drwalshcares.com .
Tell him I sent you.”
Well, dear podcast listeners, since I wrote this email, I have made other adjustments in my exercise and diet routine and have added a topical treatment and I must say I have experienced significant relief from my symptoms. If you have or know someone who has RLS, tune them in to our next podcast where we will give you more information about what I am doing that is really helping me sleep better and reduce my restless leg symptoms.
To your health,