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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: Jonathan Nielsen, California

JonathanNielsen1“I’ve had RLS for many years, although ordinarily it was a minor annoyance. Although, during the past couple of years it got considerably worse, to the point that something had to change. It took a lot of searching to discover the real causes.

In the meantime (while I made the changes, like learning to drink enough pure, clean water and avoiding bad food ingredients), I needed something to help me sleep, while still in process of addressing the root causes of problems the drug companies want to treat with drugs (trust me, you don’t have a deficiency of whatever drug they want to prescribe).

I have found that the following supplements greatly help many people to sleep and to have significant reduction in RLS symptoms. I take the third one listed every night, although I’ve tried the others. They are the only things I’ve taken that were effective for my RLS symptoms besides drinking more water, exercising more, and improving my diet.

Now that I’ve increased my water intake (I don’t drink anything else now), my RLS symptoms are very mild, more like 5% of what they were.

Here are the herbs that help with RLS, stress, anxiety, and insomnia:

(1) Kava kava root extract (often just called “kava”), from a plant that grows on islands in the South Pacific, has been used by Polynesians for thousands of years. It is ignored by mainstream medicine because it’s not nearly as expensive as the prescription drugs, plus it’s not addictive and has no side effects, and they can’t patent it. Instead they try to make kava kava sound unsafe with warnings about liver damage. However, liver damage can only occur if other parts of the plant besides the root are used. Find a trustworthy manufacturer that uses only the root, and there’s no need to worry.

(2) Passion flower extract, from a plant native to North America, was used for centuries by Native Americans, is like kava in that mainstream medicine prefers you use their prescription drugs instead. Passion flower cannot safely be taken at the same time as kava, because both thin the blood some. This also makes both incompatible with some over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

9828010_m1(3) Valerian, from Europe and Asia, was used as long ago as ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Side effects are almost never seen, and the herb is found by many to work much like benzodiazepines but without the addictive qualities and other problems. Once again, mainstream medicine prefers you not know about it. Valerian also cannot be taken at the same time as kava, due to the fact that both are processed by the liver and overtaxation of the liver could result.

Valerian needs to be taken every day and becomes very effective after two to three weeks. The others can be taken at moments when anxiety, RLS, or whatever needs something. Of the three, I find valerian to be the best.

Note that valerian and passion flower can be taken together.

Since natural supplements are not supported by the government or the medical industry (who are really on the same side), it can be difficult to find information about them. Online research should tell you what the supplements are and aren’t compatible with, what dosages are safe, whether the supplement loses its effectiveness over time, and other needed information. All this is readily available with prescription drugs, but information on supplements including clinical trial information is almost nonexistent or may actually be misleading if the drug companies had a hand in it.

Information can be difficult to find, but it’s very important. The medical industry may actually be harming people by refusing to provide information (or accurate information) about natural supplements, and sticking to their position that everyone just needs the expensive patented prescription drugs (while minimizing, hiding, and denying the drugs’ harmfulness).

For the best website I’ve found that assists with determining interactions of drugs, also including information about many supplements, see LetsDrug.com.

FOCUSING ON YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE WILL MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE

Exercising. I must re-emphasize the importance of overall health, which is adversely affected by insufficient physical activity, use of harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol and many drugs (prescription and illegal), consuming problematic food ingredients, and inadequate intake of pure, clean water (the last of which, as stated, causes dehydration and many “diseases” that result from dehydration).

relax-blocksOther factors critical to health include getting some sun, getting adequate sleep, and overcoming psychological stress.

To learn about food ingredients which are major culprits in causing major health problems, Learning about these is important because they are very common in foods in nearly every aisle of the grocery store, and they can very much worsen inflammation and many health problems, such as RLS.

Most major food companies generally aim to make you addicted to their products, and to maximize profits at the expense of providing healthy products. The FDA allows nearly every deceptive thing the food companies do, which shows why you need to take personal responsibility and educate yourself, rather than rely on the government to protect you and keep you safe.”

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY: Holly Hogge McLarthy, Bear, Delaware

hollysmall“I remember having RLS symptoms in church as a teen. I thought it was just boredom. I would even get restless arms at times too!

I did not know that I would be fixing my RLS when I started my journey.

I changed my diet to heal my thyroid (AND its working with NO meds!!). But the bonus is no more RLS!!

I also noticed when I would drink alcohol (haven’t had any in months) the symptoms would escalate when my buzz was wearing off. I guess diff people have diff triggers.

So long story short, I’m on a paleo style eating regimen. I take daily probiotics to heal my digestive tract and boost my immune system. I do not eat gluten or dairy. Water is my main drink each day. No GMO’s and organic whenever possible. I eat healthy fats such as coconut and avocado. I am constantly reading about diet for autoimmunity and learning more & more all the time!!

I do not know when my symptoms subsided because I wasn’t looking for it. I just realized one day that I didn’t have it anymore. And again, my thyroid is improving!! My anxiety and heart palpitations have reduced significantly and continue to improve. Maybe they go hand in hand. Who knows.

Good luck to all who are suffering!!”

 

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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RLS.org Outdoes Themselves … again

RLSORGheade1rIt’s been a few years since I’ve gone off on a rant of any kind. I started this blog with a bit of fire in the belly, but a cooler head prevailed and I realized that I would be more helpful if I passed on the facts to readers of this blog, and kept my comments and opinions to myself.

However, a week or so ago, I saw the new header at the RLS.org Facebook page. My jaw dropped.

I showed my wife Barb the header (just to make sure I wasn’t out of line with my thoughts that it was wildly insane) and she agreed that it was highly disturbing.

But, I wasn’t going to say anything about it, I mean, what’s the point. That’s their business, and if people like it, who am I to judge? That was until I saw on their blog that they’re actually selling this thing. Wow!! What the fuck!

wordlI apologize for the potty mouth, but this is crazy.

Let’s look at this brilliant idea in a different context.

My father passed away several years ago. He was riddled with cancer. It was horrendous, as many of you know … but as a family we did our best to support him and comfort him.

What kind of moron would have thought that it was a good idea to give my dad this “wordl canvas” as a gift.

“Here you go John, put this up on your wall. You can feed your mind and spirit with words like Hopeless and Excruciating, Depressing and Aching, Torturous and Unbearable. No need to thank me. Hope you get better soon!”

Anyway, you know, what can I say. I think it is possibly the most horrendous idea in the history of any healing organization!

I’ll just leave it at that.

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I’m looking for RLS Success Stories!

8-hr-sleep-binaural-beatI’m looking for stories from people that have become free of their RLS. A few paragraphs about how bad it was and how you overcame your condition.

I’m going to post these stories on my website http://www.rlcure.com in order to cheer on those that are currently suffering, but are willing to make the necessary changes.

No drug therapies, please. Only natural methods.

Please e-mail your story to dwimble@magma.ca along with a photo and a short bio and I’ll post your story.

Your story will be very helpful to those that are still suffering. There’s nothing like a success story – a journey from hellishness to freedom, to light the flame of hope in someone still suffering.to-inspire

ALL recovery programs are based on this simple principle.

Thanks in advance!

David

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RESTLESS LEGS SUCCESS STORY – Gina Diggle, Melbourne, Australia

successGina Diggle is originally from New Zealand and has been living in Melbourne, Australia since 2006. She works in fashion retail. Gina was kind enough to send in the details of how she escaped from her RLS nightmare to now live a symptom free life.

“Restless Legs syndrome was a worsening nightly occurrence for me in throughout my 20’s. I went to the doctor a couple of times and they would normally shrug or attempt to prescribe me with sleeping medication.

I couldn’t really articulate the sensations of what it felt like each night to go to bed. After typing a few key words into Google I found some information. I couldn’t believe this weird thing I was experiencing each night had a name and I wasn’t the only one suffering.  

There seemed to be very little information on the internet at the time so I didn’t gain any confidence in healing myself. I tried a couple of different approaches including iron supplements, magnesium tablets, yoga, massage. Nothing seemed to have an impact.

I felt really helpless; I was suffering from depression, anxiety, exhaustion, nausea and dizziness.

My sister recommended a couple of food documentaries about how food was linked to affecting everything going on inside our bodies.

I was so inspired I decided my diet needed a huge change so slowly started culling out all processed foods, sugar, gluten, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, meat.

I discovered an organic wholefoods store nearby and also loads of amazing food blogs with inspiring recipes. organic-zone

Even though I’ve cut out all of these foods, the world of food has actually opened up for me as I love getting creative in the kitchen nowadays. Raw vegan tarts are my specialty.

I highly recommend an Australian company called Loving Earth. They do amazing organic raw chocolates and superfoods.

A year has gone by with a whole new diet and my restless legs have disappeared along with a few other health problems.

Sometimes I’ve noticed that when I eat out or order takeout food which exact ingredients I don’t know, I have a minor leg jump but that’s very rare these days.  

As we all know sticking to foods in their most pure form from mother earth is best! Nutrient deficiency starves the body of its ability to work optimally.  Knowing what I know now, my cured RLS doesn’t come as a surprise to me as I’ve learnt that diet plays a major role in every disease.

In conclusion you are what you eat/you get out what you put in.”

 

If you have a success story, please e-mail me at dwimble@magma.ca

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PROBIOTICS AND RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME: Part Five – The Best Probiotics to Heal Your RLS

aaProbiotics.jpgIf you believe that LESS INFLAMMATION = LESS RESTLESS LEGS, you can accelerate the healing process by implementing some of the probiotic foods listed below into your diet.

Science has proven without a doubt that the bacteria in your bowels determine your health. Your gut flora can make you chronically inflamed, obese, cancerous or healthy, and your diet can determine your gut flora. We return to the basic wisdom that you are what you eat, but you can change your gut flora.
 
If you are knowledgeable, your grocery store CAN be your pharmacy. You simply know what to buy, and what to avoid like the plague.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FERMENTED FOODS

Historically, people used cultured or fermented foods to support their intestinal and overall health, way before the invention of the probiotic supplement.

Did you know the number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by about 10 to 1? These bacteria in turn are comprised of both beneficial ones and harmful ones. The ideal balance is about 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad. Maintaining this ideal ratio is what it’s all about when we’re talking about the importance of probiotics. It’s important to understand though that probiotics are not a new concept. The only thing that’s new is that you can take them in pill form. But historically, mankind has consumed large amounts of probiotics in the form of fermented and cultured foods, which were invented long before the advent of refrigeration and other forms of food preservation.

Every traditional culture, when you look at their traditional diet, they ferment their foods. They fermented everything. You can ferment dairy, grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish. Everything can be fermented, and there were fermented beverages in every culture. When the cabbages were ripe in September, you made it a fermented cabbage. Perhaps for a month or two, you were eating fresh cabbage, but then for the rest of the year, 10 months of the year, you ate your cabbage in a fermented form. Quite a large percent of all the foods that people consume on a daily basis were fermented. And with every mouthful of these fermented foods you consume trillions of beneficial bacteria.

Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when they were tested, fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.

Mother Nature is extremely wise and extremely kind. It populated all organic fruit and vegetables, the dust on our soils, and all plant matter with Lactobacilli. The fresh cabbage leaves, if it’s organically grown (not the one from chemical farming), will be covered in Lactobacilli—lacto-fermenting bacteria. You don’t need to add anything. You just chop it up. Add some salt in the initial stages. (The salt is added in the initial stage in order to stop putrefactive bacteria from multiplying.) Then as the Lactobacillus stop working and start multiplying, they produce lactic acid. That’s why they’re called Lactobacillus. That’s just lactic acid.

If you look at the research in lactic acid, it is one of the most powerful antiseptics. It kills off lots and lots of bacteria…. So as the lactic acid starts producing, it will kill off all those putrefactive and pathogenic microbes and preserve the food. It’s a great preservative… A good batch of sauerkraut can keep for five to six years without spoiling or rotting, as long as it is covered by its own juice.”

This anaerobic process (fermentation) does more than just preserve the food, however. It also makes the nutrients inside picklesthe food more bioavailable. For example, the amount of bioavailable vitamin C in sauerkraut is 20 times higher than in the same helping of fresh cabbage!

This is because in the fresh cabbage, vitamin C is bound in the cellulose structure and various other molecules, and our digestive system is just not able to cleave it off and absorb it. Lots of it goes undigested and come out right out of you. So despite the fact that cabbage may be very rich in vitamin C, a lot of it you will not be able to absorb. But if you fermented that cabbage and made sauerkraut, all the vitamin C becomes bioavailable.

NATURAL PROBIOTIC FOODS

Yogurt

One of the best probiotic foods is live-cultured yogurt, especially handmade. Look for brands made from goat’s milk that have been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk and cheese are particularly high in probiotics like thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus and acidophilus. Be sure to read the ingredients list, as not all yogurt is made equally. Many popular brands are filled with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and artifical flavors and are way too close to being a nutritional equivalent of sugary, fatty ice cream.

Some yogurts contain the aforementioned bacteria; however, because they are sensitive to oxygen, light, and dramatic temperature changes, make sure to look for yogurts with “live and active cultures.” Many commercial yogurts are heat-treated or pasteurized, resulting in the loss of these valuable cultures. Learn more about the smart way to shop for probiotics.

If you are seeking non-dairy yogurt options, there are several that contain live probiotic cultures. Yogurts made from rice, soy and coconut milk are available on the market and also contain added probiotics that can provide the same benefits. Other alternative sources of probiotics include eating fermented foods like Brewer’s yeast, miso, sauerkraut, or micro algae. Whatever the source, always look for “live and active cultures” on the label.

KefirKefir

Similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains. High in lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria, kefir is also rich in antioxidants. One of the best and least expensive ways to get healthy bacteria through your diet is to obtain raw milk and convert it to kefir, which is really easy to make at home. All you need is one half packet of the kefir start granules in a quart of raw milk, which you leave at room temperature over night. By the time you wake up in the morning you will likely have kefir. If it hasn’t obtained the consistency of yogurt you might want to set it out a bit longer and then store it in the fridge.

A quart of kefir has far more active bacteria than you can possibly purchase in any probiotics supplement, and it is very economical as you can reuse the kefir from the original quart of milk about ten times before you need to start a new culture pack. Just one starter package of kefir granules can convert about 50 gallons of milk to kefir.

Don’t even think of using pasteurized milk, however, as pasteurized milk has its own set of negative health ramifications and should be avoided at all cost.

Sauerkraut

Made from fermented cabbage (and sometimes other vegetables), sauerkraut is not only extremely rich in healthy live cultures, but might also help with reducing allergy symptoms. Sauerkraut is also rich in vitamins B, A, E and C.
Some packaged varieties are pasteurized, which could destroy the healthy bacteria.  Choose raw, unpasteurized and unheated sauerkraut to get the full benefits of its live enzymes. Look for fresh sauerkraut in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. You can also make your own sauerkraut, there are many recipes online.

Microalgae

This refers to super-food ocean-based plants such as spirulina, chorella, and blue-green algae. These probiotic foods have been shown to increase the amount of both Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in the digestive tract. They also offer the most amount of energetic return, per ounce, for the human system. Sometimes called “blue algae,” microalgae is a grassy, green plant that’s often used in juices. Check your local health food store or juice bar to try this unexpectedly delicious treat.
 
MisoPasteWhite-rgbMiso Paste

Japanese miso paste is a form of fermented soy that is absolutely delicious. To get the beneficial probiotics from miso, however, you cannot boil the miso (as is usually the case with miso soup), because the heat kill all the bacteria.

Fortunately, miso paste makes a wonderful emulsifier in salad dressing. You can add a tablespoon of miso paste and a splash of rice vinegar to olive oil, along with salt, pepper, fresh chives and some grated ginger to make a nutritious and delicious dressing.
Beyond its important live cultures, miso is extremely nutrient-dense and believed to help neutralize the effects of environmental pollution, alkalinize the body and stop the effects of carcinogens in the system.

Pickles

Believe it or not, the common green pickle is an excellent food source of probiotics. Try making your own home-made pickles in the sun. Here’s a great set of instructions for making your own probiotic-rich dill pickles [1].

Tempeh

A soy product made with fermented soybeans, tempeh has a meatier taste and texture than tofu—and almost twice the protein. Sirota advises buying brands that use organic soybeans or have the Non-GMO Project Verified seal. GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods may be linked to allergic reactions, inflammation and even an increased cancer risk. They’re also more likely to have been sprayed heavily with pesticides, Sirota says. Some brands that carry the seal include SoyBoy and Lightlife. Find them in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, and put up to 4 oz of tempeh in stir-fries, salads and tacos.

Kimchi

An Asian form of pickled sauerkraut, kimchi is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage, typically served alongside meals in Korea. Besides beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods you can add to your diet, assuming you can handle the spice, of course.

20100304-kombucha2Kombucha Tea

Kombucha is a form of fermented tea that contains a high amount of healthy gut bacteria. This probiotic drink has been used for centuries and is believed to help increase your energy, enhance your well being and maybe even help you lose weight. However, kombucha tea may not be the best fit for everyone, especially those that have had problems with candida.

Soft Cheese

Not all cheeses are good sources of probiotics, but certain soft fermented cheeses like Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan and particularly Gouda contain bacteria that can survive the journey through your GI tract to benefit your health, according to Finnish research. “These cheeses start with a lactic acid bacteria that causes the milk to form curds and whey and ferment for days, weeks or even years, which helps create probiotics,” say Brown and Medina. Some cottage cheeses that list “live active cultures” on the label also contain probiotics. Work an ounce of soft cheese or a ½ cup of cottage cheese into snacks and meals for an added protein and calcium boost.

Sourdough Bread  

The next time you make a sandwich, pay attention to what’s holding your cold cuts and cheese. San Francisco’s famous sourdough bread contains lactobacilli, a probiotic that may benefit digestion.
Soy milk

Soy naturally contains some probiotic benefits, but new soy milk products on the market have added extra live cultures. Look for labels that say “live and active cultures” to be sure.

Olives

Olives in brine have large amounts of probiotics because the brine allows the probiotic cultures to thrive. Snack on your favorite type of olive or add to a salad or pizza.

Apples

A recent study looked at rats eating a diet high in pectin, a component of the dietary fiber in apples. When compared to rats on a normal diet, the rats with the apple-rich diet had increased amounts of beneficial bacteria. Although researchers aren’t sure if apples will have the same effect in humans, investigators did conclude that by eating apples regularly, the friendly bacteria “help produce short chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for ensuring a beneficial balance of microorganisms.”

CEN-21339-1PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS

When people first started to learn how important probiotics are for proper digestion, elimination, and overall good health, many nutritional supplement manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon and flooded the market with probiotic products that may very well be worthless. The problem is that most of the beneficial bacteria in these products probably don’t survive long enough to reach you—or, more specifically, your gut. For instance:

Many probiotics are dead on arrival in your intestines. Because your stomach acids are so powerful, they kill off most probiotics well before they can reach your small and large intestines. And they won’t do you an ounce of good once they’re dead.

Most probiotics can’t survive transportation and storage. Probiotics are extremely delicate — they can’t survive exposure to light, air, or even oxygen. And if you’re taking a brand that needs refrigeration, it has got to be refrigerated 100% of the time. The truth is, by the time most probiotic products leave the manufacturer, get shipped on trucks, and sit in warehouses or on store shelves, the power of the beneficial bacteria has been significantly and in some cases completely diminished.

Manufacturers overpromise the potency of probiotics. Many may promise you one billion live acidophilus organisms—but only on the date of manufacture!

Instead, you need to take a probiotic that delivers healthy bacteria to your gut each and every time you take it, and up until its expiration date.

Here they are …

Lactobacillus bulgaricus: can be found in many yogurts and soft cheeses. It was discovered by the Bulgarian doctor Stamen Grigorov, hence the name bulgaricus. It helps to convert lactose and other sugars into lactic acid, which may be particularly helpful for those who are lactose intolerant.

Streptococcus thermophilus: has nothing to do with strep throat, which is caused by a completely different bug. These friendly bacteria are also used to make yogurts and cheeses, and they even assist Lactobacillus bulgaricus by making nutrients that assist with growth.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Lactobacillus Casei: both convert lactose into lactic acid – also helping the lactose intolerant. Research has indicated that L. Acidophilus may also be helpful at reducing cholesterol levels.

Bifidobacteria: is a family of bacteria that has been studied for its ability to prevent and treat various gastrointestinal disorders, including infections, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. In addition to making lactic acid, it also makes some important short-chain fatty acids that are then absorbed and metabolized by the body. There is also some experimental evidence that certain bifidobacteria may actually protect the host from carcinogenic activity of other intestinal flora.

asparagusPRE-BIOTICS

If you want to supercharge your probiotic friends, you may want to feed them with prebiotics. That’s P-R-E-biotics. They nourish the good bacteria in your gut in order to keep them healthy against the bad bacteria. They should go hand-in-hand with probiotics. Prebiotics are found in many foods, including bananas, whole grains, honey, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, oatmeal, maple syrup, legumes and onions. Try to get two to four servings of these prebiotic-rich foods a day.

Snack alert: Popping 1.5 to 3 oz of pistachios per day increases levels of good gut bacteria, according to 2012 research in The FASEB Journal. Almonds didn’t perform as well as pistachios in the test, so it may be time to mix up your go-to snack. Opt for in-shell pistachios.

REFERENCES

“Pre- and Probiotics” from the Cooling Inflammation Blog, September 20, 2008 http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.ca/2008/09/pre-and-probiotics.html
“Gut Bacteria Offer New Hope for People with Celiac Disease” by drmercola.com May 27, 2010 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/27/gut-bacteria-offer-new-hope-for-people-with-celiac-disease.aspx
“Probiotics Found to Help Your Gut’s Immune System” by mercola.com July 05, 2008 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/05/probiotics-found-to-help-your-gut-s-immune-system.aspx
“Fact Sheet: Probiotics” doctoroz.com June 9, 2012 http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/fact-sheet-probiotics
“Best Types of Probiotic Supplements for Digestive Health” by Dr. David Williams drdavidwilliams.com 02/06/2014 http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/digestive-health-probiotic-supplement/#axzz3AWh54boe
“Probiotic Foods”  Dr Edward Group III DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM, June 19, 2014  http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/probiotic-foods
“The Truth About Probiotics and Your Gut” WebMD http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/probiotics-10/slideshow-probiotics
“13 Probiotic-Filled Foods” by Readers Digest Editors, http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-probiotic-filled-foods/#slideshow=slide4
“Fermented Foods Contain 100 TIMES More Probiotics than a Supplement” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, May 12, 2012 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/12/dr-campbell-mcbride-on-gaps.aspx
“5 Simple Ways To Eat More Probiotics” by Darya Rose, Aug 4, 2014 http://summertomato.com/5-simple-ways-to-eat-more-probiotics

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PROBIOTICS AND RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME: Part Four – Gut Flora and Inflammation

117GUT_rdax_424x600There’s a new (ancient) wrinkle to consider in the fight against chronic inflammation: the gut flora.

Understanding our own bodies is difficult enough, but now we’ve also got to make sense of how the droves of foreign (but symbiotic) microbes living in our guts interact with our health.  

Scientists have referred to the gut as the “second brain.” Why? Because it contains a vast network of neurons. In fact, it contains over 100 million neurons, which is more that what’s found in your spinal cord.

Just like the neurons in your brain, the neurons in your gut communicate with neurotransmitters. One particular nerve, called the vagus nerve, communicates directly to your brain. This is why your digestive system responds to stress and outside stimuli.

Researchers from the University of Michigan have published a study showing how probiotics reduce stress induced gut inflammation. Psychological stress from work, school, marriage, relationships, finances, any chronic stress, releases the stress hormone cortisol, which stops the digestive process causing inflammation and damage to the gut. Allowing large food particles and toxins to enter the bloodstream, where they are attacked by the immune system, creating inflammation in the body and brain.

Your gut can become inflamed and damaged from physical sources as well. Such as antibiotics, alcohol, diet, chlorinated drinking water, mercury, lead, GMO Food, preservatives, food additives and more.  

Most people, including many physicians, do not realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, making a healthy gut a major focal point if you want to maintain optimal health. Remember, a robust immune system is your number one defense system against ALL disease.

Our relationship to gut flora is confusing and rather precarious. If the right conditions are met, we exist in harmony. If good gut_microbes_welcome1bacteria is stable, breaking down fiber (like pectin and inulin) into short chain fatty acids (like butyrate), and working harmoniously with the body, gut inflammation is suppressed, intestinal permeability is reduced, and multiple health biomarkers (lipids, insulin) improve. But we must remember – gut flora doesn’t exist for our benefit. Even if gut flora species were sentient, they’d only be acting out of self-interest. They wouldn’t “care” about us. They’re just trying to survive. It just so happens that keeping us happy by mediating immune responses and tight junction function, helping identify harmful intruders, and producing short chain fatty acids like butyrate puts the flora in good standing with our immune systems. They scratch our back, we provide room and board and don’t dispatch antibodies to destroy them.

Gut flora influences the human immune response (provides a blockade against damaging bacteria; gives a “safe word” to avoid the immune system wasting resources on attacking; influences size of the thymus). Mice without gut flora have a severely truncated immune response, for example.

Now what is the primary immune response to damaging stimuli? Inflammation. In correct doses, inflammation is a boon, necessary for healing and protection from foreign invaders. But in excess, inflammation is at the heart of many diseases. Gut inflammation especially is associated with a number of autoimmune diseases. Leaky gut, or intestinal permeability, for example, is associated with inflammation of the gut, and with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, occurs when the gut flora is compromised. Remember, normal gut flora acts as a physical barrier to foreign flora; they are stubborn tenants, old ornery relics of the neighborhood who refuse to leave and who dissuade pathogenic flora from settling in. If the good gut flora is gone or disrupted, pathogenic bacteria can populate the gut at will. The result is SIBO, and it leads to gut inflammation and intestinal hyper permeability.

1251983591561-fIt’s all a vicious cycle. Inflammation leads to disturbed gut flora (or maybe it’s the other way around – the classic chicken and the egg dilemma), SIBO, malfunctioning toll-like receptors, and leaky gut, allowing proteins to enter the body and provoke an inflammatory response by the immune system. More inflammation, more bacterial overgrowth, maybe a bout of antibiotics thrown in for good measure which wipes out the bacteria, leaving a clean slate and prompting another mad dash by microbes to fill the vacancies, and the result is – potentially – a permanently altered/disrupted distribution of gut flora both supporting and supported by chronic systemic inflammation. Where does it end? How do we fix it?

(Part Five of this series will list the top probiotics to help repair your gut and keep it healthy).

REFERENCES
“Probiotics Reduce Gut Inflammation” from Depression Anxiety Diet, June 14, 2013 http://www.depressionanxietydiet.com/probiotics-reduce-gut-inflammation
“Can Probiotics Help Reduce Anxiety?” by Maylin Rodriguez-Paez, RN, Life Extension  blog.lef.org/2012/10/can-probiotics-reduce-anxiety.html
“Putting Out the Fire: Gut Flora and the Inflammatory Cycle” by Mark’s Daily Apple http://www.marksdailyapple.com/gut-flora-inflammation/#axzz3ATtIxTit
“Probiotics Found to Help Your Gut’s Immune System” by mercola.com July 05, 2008 articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/07/05/probiotics-found-to-help-your-gut-s-immune-system.aspx
“Probiotics: One of The Most Important Supplements You Can Take” September 24, 2011 by mercola.com articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/24/one-of-the-most-important-steps-you-can-take-to-improve-your-health.aspx

 

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PROBIOTICS AND RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME: Part Three – The connection between Gut Bacteria and Restless Legs Syndrome

Kristina_Campbell__11_of_202__400x400Next in this series we have a wonderful article linking gut bacteria and RLS by science writer Kristina Campbell. Kristina was kind enough to let me post her article in this blog.

Kristina has written about the microbiome and digestive health since 2011. Her work as a gut bacteria science critic has appeared in newspapers, magazines and on her “Intestinal Gardener” blog http://intestinalgardener.blogspot.ca/

Kristina has lived and worked in Canada, Taiwan, and the U.K., and has completed degrees at the University of Toronto (B.A. Hon) and the University of British Columbia (M.Sc.). She worked as a communication clinician before training to be a journalist. Her own experience with digestive health problems first led her to investigate the science of the microbiome and its direct implications for health.

Kristina is also a frequent contributor to “The Gut Microbiota for Health” website www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com

FLORA-KILLING FALLOUT: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GUT BACTERIA AND RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME

According to one intriguing new study in Sleep Medicine, Restless Legs Syndrome may be another thing that is connected to gut bacteria gone haywire.

The study came about because its investigators, Weinstock and Walters, had previously noticed that many people with celiac disease and Crohn’s disease happened to have a diagnosis of Restless Legs Syndrome.

They wondered: Does the reverse relationship hold between gastrointestinal problems and restless legs? That is, if we take a group of people with known RLS, would we find that they have more gastrointestinal problems than people with normal leg movement?

The gastrointestinal problems they were interested in studying were irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Importantly, IBS is a “functional syndrome”. That means doctors diagnose it based on reported healthy_stomach_wellbeingcomausymptoms rather than a specific test that confirms or disconfirms it. So to be fair, there’s no guarantee that people with IBS have anything wrong with their gut bacteria. But in recent years IBS has been linked to SIBO, a condition that is definitely associated with too many bacteria hanging out in a neighborhood where they don’t belong: the small intestine.

SIBO itself is diagnosed via an indirect method called the “lactulose breath test”. The attraction of this method is that it involves nothing more invasive than drinking a cup of sugar solution and blowing into a plastic tube.

The researchers wanted to investigate both IBS and SIBO because each one indicates that something is going wrong with digestion; some patients have both problems, but others have just one or the other. Smartly, the researchers ended up with one measure of gastrointestinal distress that was based on reported criteria (i.e. IBS), and one that was based on measurable biology (i.e. SIBO).

People with Restless Legs Syndrome discovered the study through ads that made no mention of gastrointestinal symptoms. Their diagnoses of RLS were confirmed by the investigators, and then each subject was assessed for both IBS and SIBO.

It turned out that IBS was diagnosed in 28% of subjects with Restless Legs Syndrome, compared to 4% of the controls. In some of the cases, the IBS symptoms had appeared before the onset of the RLS symptoms. In others, the two problems started around the same time.

As for SIBO, the breath test showed it was present in 69% of the people with Restless Legs Syndrome, compared to 28% of the controls.

The conclusion? People with Restless Legs Syndrome have a greater incidence of IBS and SIBO – that is, a greater incidence of problems in the digestive system – than people without it. And in at least some people with restless legs syndrome, the associated gastrointestinal problem was related to bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.

3d-intestinal-tract-225x300The research is far from concluding that gastrointestinal problems CAUSE restless legs or vice versa. But the researchers did put forward the tantalizing idea that there may be a common mechanism that leads to both: maybe some kind of inflammatory process in the body that leads to central or peripheral nerve damage, or a change in micronutrient absorption, resulting in restless legs.

In support of this, the researchers did an informal review of conditions that tended to co-occur with RLS; 89% of these disorders had been associated with inflammation or immune system activation.

In turn, the connection between inflammation and problems with gut bacteria has strong support in the literature. But that’s a topic for another day.

Lots of questions remain about Restless Legs Syndrome, but the connection that this study made between restless legs and gut troubles seems to confirm certain clinical observations – not to mention people’s personal experiences. We need more information though – let’s hope this area of research stays alive and… ahem… kicking.

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PROBIOTICS AND RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME: Part Two – A Success Story

heatherHeather Sullivan Zydek from Milwaukee, Wisconsin sent me a message recently telling about her early success in eliminating her RLS by focusing on microbiome healing.

It was due to this message (along with an article that I am presenting in Part Three of this series) that got me REALLY excited about probiotics. This just feels like the core of the problem. It makes so much sense. If the gut is where most of the inflammation is being manufactured, then this has to be the primary target for healing.

Below is some hopeful information from Heather that was originally posted on a forum called “Healthy Microbiome: A place to discuss the healthy microbiome lifestyle” http://healthymicrobiome.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6

“For most of my adult life I have struggled with Restless Leg Syndrome, a condition believed to be auto-immune in nature. My flare-ups usually occur in the evenings when I am sitting watching TV or reading, on a car ride or at a play or movie. It started in my mid 20s with my pregnancies and worsened as the years went on. I tried quitting caffeine and taking extra iron, as both are associated with the condition. Nothing helped.

In the summer of 2012, I noticed a slight improvement on the almost nightly electrical feelings in my legs and arms after I started drinking the probiotic drink kefir daily. But my diet was still poor — as a lacto-ovo vegetarian I lived on tons of sugar, wheat and fat — so ultimately the RLS persisted.

For a while after that I wondered if maybe healing my microbiome would help this and other minor germs-289x300ailments (e.g. chronic heartburn) to improve. I was very thankful when I finally sat down and started learning how to heal the microbiome, and then made a commitment to try this summer.

I have now been following a microbiome diet for almost a month and can say that for the last week or so I have had almost no RLS symptoms. I even went on a two-hour car ride and had no RLS. I still feel a shadow of that irritating electricity wanting to flare up, but it never happens. I will keep watching to see if this is a legit healing or if the RLS is just at bay for a little while. I’m excited about the possibility that I might be able to go to evening plays and on road trips without the embarrassing disturbance of having major RLS symptoms.”

 

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PROBIOTICS AND RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME: Part One – Definitions

Probiotics1There is a TIDAL WAVE of information coming out these days about “probiotics” and the importance of having a healthy gut.

Science has proven time and time again that fully functional digestive system is the key to good health.

Those people in the know have been aware of its importance for years, but only recently have probiotics found their way into the mainstream.

So, what do “microbes” and “gut bacteria” have to do with RLS?

Endless studies have shown that an unhealthy gut is a breeding ground for inflammation. If you believe that your RLS may be caused by inflammation, as I and others claim, then it is crucial that you ensure that all is healthy in the world of your digestive system. If it’s not functioning properly, then any attempt you make to try and free yourself from RLS will be severely limited in its effectiveness.

For those of you like myself that are not versed in scientific things, I’m going to present a series of posts that will hopefully present the facts you need to know in a clear and simple manner.

This first post is a collection of key definitions that will make the rest of the information less confusing.

DEFINITIONS

Probiotic: A food or a dietary supplement containing live bacteria that replace or add to the probioticsbeneficial bacteria normally present in the gastrointestinal tract (from Greek: pro – advancing or projecting forward or outward  biotic – pertaining to life).

Microbe: An extremely small living thing that can only be seen with a microscope (from Greek mīkro- small + bíos – life).

Microbiome: The totality of microbes, their genetic elements, and environmental interactions in a particular environment. The term “microbiome” was coined by Joshua Lederberg, who argued that microorganisms inhabiting the human body should be included as part of the human genome, because of their influence on human physiology. The human body contains over 10 times more microbial cells than human cells  (from Greek: Micro – of reduced or restricted size: Biome – a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, e.g. forest or tundra).

Flora: the bacteria and fungi, both normally occurring and pathological, found in or on an organ.

Gut Microbiota (formerly called Gut Flora) The word microbiota represents an ensemble of microorganisms that resides in a previously established environment. Human beings have clusters of bacteria in different parts of the body, such as in the surface or deep layers of skin (skin microbiota), the mouth (oral microbiota), and so on.

Gut microbiota is the name given today to the microbe population living in our intestine. It contains tens of trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with more than 3 million genes (150 times more than human genes). Microbiota can, in total, weigh up to 2 kg. One third of our gut microbiota is common to most people, while two thirds are specific to each one of us. In other words, the microbiota in your intestine is like an individual identity card.

As its name states, gut microbiota is harbored in the intestine, one of the main areas in our bodies that comes into contact with the external environment (other examples are the skin and the lungs).

proal2009ica.003While each of us has a unique microbiota, it always fulfills the same physiological functions and they have a direct impact on our health:

     – It helps the body to digest certain foods that the stomach and small intestine have not been able to digest.
     – It helps with the production of some vitamins (B and K).
     – It helps us combat aggressions from other microorganisms, maintaining the wholeness of the intestinal mucosa.
     – It plays an important role in the immune system, performing a barrier effect.
     – A healthy and balanced gut microbiota is key to ensuring proper digestive functioning.

REFERENCES
http://www.gutmicrobiotawatch.org/gut-microbiota-info/
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/probiotic

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“WHEN BOTH IBS AND RLS STRIKE” by Elizabeth Shimer Bowers, Everyday Health

IBS-2I ran across an article by Elizabeth Bowers on the Everyday Health website. One of the doctors quoted in the article, Dr. Michael Wald, suggests that inflammation may be the link between the two conditions.

“WHEN BOTH IBS AND RLS STRIKE by Elizabeth Shimer Bowers, Everyday Health, July 26, 2013. Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

WHY THESE TWO DISORDERS CO-EXIST

“There is a strong relationship between restless legs syndrome and IBS,” says Michael Wald, ND, MS, CDN, director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco in Mount Kisco, N.Y. “In fact, when an individual has RLS along with IBS, it predicts more severe intestinal pain.”

One reason is, put simply, tension. “If you have tension in your legs affecting the nerves and muscles causing restless legs syndrome symptoms, you can have similar tension in your gut affecting the muscles and nerves there, leading to IBS,” Dr. Dean said.

Inflammation in the body may also be to blame. “A person may be affected by both conditions because the inflammatory process is a wide-body process — inflammatory chemicals literally circulate within the legs and the intestinal tract,” Dr. Wald said.

Fortunately there are steps you can take to put both your digestion and your legs at ease.bupa-take-steps-for-good-health-2

1. Squelch stress.

Stress is a risk factor for restless legs syndrome. It’s also thought to be one of the biggest contributors to IBS. So, reducing stress can help combat both conditions, Wald said. You might try relaxation techniques, such as meditation; counseling; attending support groups; physical activity such as walking or yoga; and getting enough sleep.

2. Improve your nutritional profile.

The irritation and inflammation in the gut caused by IBS can translate to poor absorption of nutrients,” Dean said. Supplements that may help treat both IBS and restless legs syndrome include melatonin, 5-HTP (5-hydroxy tryptophane), and magnesium. Discuss these options with your health care professional.

3. Eliminate irritants.

With both IBS and the sleep disorder restless legs syndrome, certain food and drink may aggravate symptoms. “For restless legs syndrome, eliminating caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and colas is essential,” Wald said. Cutting out these beverages may also help symptoms of IBS, he added. Also restrict foods that produce excess gas, such as beans and cruciferous vegetables.

Everyday Health Media http://www.everydayhealth.com/ibs/when-both-ibs-and-rls-strike.aspx

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Restless Legs Syndrome: Causes and Solutions – PART TWO

passion-flower-bspTHERE ARE NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS THAT ARE AS EFFECTIVE OR MORE EFFECTIVE THAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Passionflowers are pretty plus help people with anxiety, stress, insomnia, and RLS. Besides the above-mentioned information about water and dietary changes, which will do more to improve your health than just about anything other than getting good exercise, there are some specific natural substances that will help most RLS sufferers as much or more than the conventional methods above, without unwanted side effects.

I’ve had RLS for many years, although ordinarily it was a minor annoyance. Although, during the past couple of years it got considerably worse, to the point that something had to change. It took a lot of searching to discover the real causes.

In the meantime (while I made the changes, like learning to drink enough pure, clean water and avoiding bad food ingredients), I needed something to help me sleep, while still in process of addressing the root causes of problems the drug companies want to treat with drugs (trust me, you don’t have a deficiency of whatever drug they want to prescribe).

I have found that the following supplements greatly help many people to sleep and to have significant reduction in RLS symptoms. I take the third one listed every night, although I’ve tried the others. They are the only things I’ve taken that were effective for my RLS symptoms besides drinking more water, exercising more, and improving my diet.

Now that I’ve increased my water intake (I don’t drink anything else now), my RLS symptoms are very mild, more like 5% of what they were.

Here are the herbs that help with RLS, stress, anxiety, and insomnia:

(1) Kava kava root extract (often just called “kava”), from a plant that grows on islands in the South Pacific, has been used by Polynesians for thousands of years. It is ignored by mainstream medicine because it’s not nearly as expensive as the prescription drugs, plus it’s not addictive and has no side effects, and they can’t patent it. Instead they try to make kava kava sound unsafe with warnings about liver damage. However, liver damage can only occur if other parts of the plant besides the root are used. Find a trustworthy manufacturer that uses only the root, and there’s no need to worry.

(2) Passion flower extract, from a plant native to North America, was used for centuries by Native Americans, is like kava in that mainstream medicine prefers you use their prescription drugs instead. Passion flower cannot safely be taken at the same time as kava, because both thin the blood some. This also makes both incompatible with some over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

(3) Valerian, from Europe and Asia, was used as long ago as ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Side effects are almost never seen, and the herb is found by many to work much like benzodiazepines but without the addictive qualities and other problems. Once again, mainstream medicine prefers you not know about it. Valerian also cannot be taken at the same time as kava, due to the fact that both are processed by the liver and overtaxation of the liver could result.

Valerian needs to be taken every day and becomes very effective after two to three weeks. The others can be taken at moments when anxiety, RLS, or whatever needs something. Of the three, I find valerian to be the best.

Note that valerian and passion flower can be taken together.

Since natural supplements are not supported by the government or the medical industry (who are really on the same side), it can be difficult to find information about them. Online research should tell you what the supplements are and aren’t compatible with, what dosages are safe, whether the supplement loses its effectiveness over time, and other needed information. All this is readily available with prescription drugs, but information on supplements including clinical trial information is almost nonexistent or may actually be misleading if the drug companies had a hand in it.

Information can be difficult to find, but it’s very important. The medical industry may actually be harming people by refusing to provide information (or accurate information) about natural supplements, and sticking to their position that everyone just needs the expensive patented prescription drugs (while minimizing, hiding, and denying the drugs’ harmfulness).

For the best website I’ve found that assists with determining interactions of drugs, also including information about many supplements, see LetsDrug.com.

healthy-lifestyle-logoFOCUSING ON YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE WILL MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE

Exercising. I must re-emphasize the importance of overall health, which is adversely affected by insufficient physical activity, use of harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol and many drugs (prescription and illegal), consuming problematic food ingredients, and inadequate intake of pure, clean water (the last of which, as stated, causes dehydration and many “diseases” that result from dehydration).

Other factors critical to health include getting some sun, getting adequate sleep, and overcoming psychological stress.

To learn about food ingredients which are major culprits in causing major health problems, see the links to lenses I’ve made about them, listed below. Learning about these is important because they are very common in foods in nearly every aisle of the grocery store, and they can very much worsen inflammation and many health problems, such as RLS.

Most major food companies generally aim to make you addicted to their products, and to maximize profits at the expense of providing healthy products. The FDA allows nearly every deceptive thing the food companies do, which shows why you need to take personal responsibility and educate yourself, rather than rely on the government to protect you and keep you safe.

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Restless Legs Syndrome: Causes and Solutions – PART ONE

draft_lens20066904module163749090photo_1368827404I ran across this article several months ago on Squidoo. It is written by Jonathan Nielsen from California, who found a solution to his Restless Legs Syndrome through natural means.

The article goes into great detail about commons sense ways to heal your RLS – methods that worked for him, and also worked for me.

It was such a thrill to find someone that had made similar discoveries about the relationship between inflammation and RLS.

Jonathan was kind enough to allow me to repost his article.

The article is fairly long, so I’m going to post it in two parts.

KNOWN CAUSES ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA’S ARTICLE Wikipedia-logo-en-big

Psychiatric drugs cause RLS in many people. The Wikipedia article on RLS lists some causes, but as we’ll see later in this lens, they leave out the #1 cause. The article lists:

(1) Deficiencies in some substances (iron, dopamine, folate, and magnesium)

(2) Certain auto-immune disorders (such as Sjögren’s syndrome, celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis)

(3) “Other associated conditions” (varicose vein or venous reflux, fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, uremia, diabetes, thyroid disease, peripheral neuropathy, hypoglycemia, and Parkinson’s disease)

(4) Medication side effects (side effects of anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, some anti-convulsants, some anti-histamines, benzodiazepines, and antidopaminergic antiemetics)

(5) A genetic inheritance

knee_painABOUT INFLAMMATION, THE REAL CAUSE OF RLS

Wikipedia’s article neglects to mention inflammation as the cause of RLS. That it is caused by inflammation is known and scientific papers have been written on it, although this explanation doesn’t sit well with the medical industry, who like to suppress symptoms with drugs, and never address underlying causes. Note that many conditions listed, such as celiac disease and diabetes, involve massive inflammation.

Since inflammation isn’t mentioned in the Wikipedia article, the main cause of inflammation also isn’t mentioned, which is mild to severe dehydration, caused by not drinking enough pure, plain water.

Dehydration is a problem far more widespread and more serious than many people are aware of, and it is the cause of many common health problems that the medical industry will tell you have no known cause or cure. Miraculously, drinking adequate amounts of water clears these conditions up in many cases, addressing the root cause of the problem.

Medical science tends to focus on the portion of our body that is not water, which is only 30% to 40% of what we are composed of. The importance of what the majority of our body is made of, water, is commonly overlooked. We are typically 60% to 70% water, and thus water intake is critical, and without proper water levels we begin to have serious health problems. We get inflamed when water levels are inadequate.

There are books that are excellent for learning how to minimize inflammation, including dietary advice for avoiding inflammation-promoting foods. I’ll link to some below. However, water intake is the most critical factor.

The mainstream medical industry can’t make much money by telling people to drink water, so instead they invent drugs that don’t address the root causes of the problems. What the drugs do is silence the symptoms that indicate what it is you really need, which is water.

Drugs are pushed because they rake in money and people believe they help because they suppress symptoms. However, since they don’t address the root cause of the problem, health problems don’t go away like they would if the treatment was correct.

Many scientists know about inflammation and the importance of water (and not drinking other stuff that actually makes dehydration worse, like soda, tea, coffee, and alcohol). However, the information is suppressed. You’re supposed to think that drugs are the solution, and that when you hurt you need drugs and not anything natural or inexpensive. Doctors who go against the recommendations of the establishment may be censured or have licenses revoked, even if their advice is helpful to and they said nothing false.

The results are that many people with health problems, including RLS sufferers, will continue to be given treatments that don’t eliminate inflammation and therefore root cause of the problem.

Certain food ingredients are well known for worsening inflammation. Some of the most major ones are sugar, simple carbohydrates (like white flour and white rice), corn syrup, MSG (monosodium glutamate and similar chemicals), and trans fats. Eliminating these is guaranteed to reduce inflammation in your entire system, plus eliminate major causes of serious health problems like diabetes, obesity, migraines, and cancer. However, drinking plenty of pure, plain water is even more important.

Inflammation has also been shown to lower dopamine levels, and low dopamine levels are already accepted as consistent with RLS. The inflammatory food ingredients listed above all increase inflammation, lower dopamine, and can worsen restless legs syndrome, although the main cause is insufficient water intake, which causes chronic dehydration, which causes inflammation and numerous health problems currently described as having “no known cause.”

INFLAMMATION’S #1 CAUSE IS DEHYDRATION FROM INADEQUATE INTAKE OF WATER

Water is the best drink of all time. and always will be. I’ve often heard people say that we need eight cups (64 fluid ounces) of water every day. People usually also say that other drinks like juices, milk, sodas, and tea count for these water needs. Even some scientists and nutritionists say that, but it’s not correct.

Caffeine is known to cause more water to be flushed out of your system than how much was in the caffeinated drink itself. Tea, caffeinated sodas, and coffee actually dehydrate you more, rather than helping meet your water needs. Juice is full of sugar, which causes a myriad of problems. Milk provides some protein and calcium, but also has a lot of sugar and growth hormones.

We actually need pure, clean water and not other drinks with calories, sugar, and other things attached. The best guideline for how much pure water to drink? Divide your weight (in pounds) in half, and translate that to ounces. A man who weighs 200 lbs will need 100 oz pure water each day to prevent dehydration. A woman who weighs 150 lbs will need 75 oz pure water each day. These are minimums! It should be higher if you sweat a lot or if you live in a dry climate.

Why is dehydration a big deal? Isn’t dehydration rare? Actually, dehydration is common and it is the biggest cause of inflammation and many common health problems currently recognized as various “diseases,” and usually treated with harmful toxic chemicals (prescription drugs). The drugs usually mask signs of dehydration such as chronic pain, allergies, asthma, migraine headaches, and other symptoms of inadequate water levels in the body. The drugs suppress symptoms but don’t address the root cause of the problem.

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS WORSEN RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROMEHow-long-do-you-have-to-take-Zoloft-before-it-works2

Anti-depressants like Zoloft can make RLS unbearable. Many of the most major psychiatric drugs, prescribed to sufferers of various mental disorders, significantly aggravate RLS. Look at the list from the article on Wikipedia:

- Anti-depressants, which include the very widely-used SSRIs such as Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, and Zoloft.
– Anti-convulsants, which are commonly used to treat bipolar disorder’s vicious mood swings.
– Benzodiazepines, which are commonly used to treat severe anxiety and panic attacks.
– Anti-psychotics, which are commonly used to treat schizophrenia and mania in bipolar disorder, and they are often used for other purposes as well.

This can be distressing news if you have been taking such medications and you suffer from RLS. The fact that RLS is a side effect of prescription psychiatric drugs, however, should not be a surprise. These drugs have a great many dangerous side effects, many of which are worse than the symptoms of RLS. Here are some examples:

- Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and those who seek to get off them often suffer greatly with withdrawal symptoms.
– Anti-psychotics are notorious for damaging the nervous system, causing weight gain, and causing diabetes.
– Anti-depressants frequently cause sexual dysfunction, have warnings about possibly making suicidal thoughts worse, and also cause many people to gain weight – in addition to being difficult to withdraw from, and rarely performing better than placebo in clinical trials.
– Anti-convulsants can cause problems with weight gain, migraine headaches, and more.

The problem in each of these instances does not lie with the patient, it lies with the drugs. Prescription drugs, besides being incredibly expensive, are often ineffective, and the drug companies don’t like to investigate negative aspects but frequently exaggerate benefits. For many of the conditions these drugs treat, it’s untrue that drugs are the best solution, and it’s also untrue that they treat the underlying problem. All they do is attempt to suppress symptoms, while often causing great harm.

Prescription drugs should actually be a last resort. For anyone perplexed by the idea of treating serious mental illness without drugs, I recommend starting with a booklet titled The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs. A link to this item is given below.

Unfortunately, the mainstream medical establishment only cares about making as much profit as possible at the expense of giving people the help they really need. Expensive prescription drugs are pushed with benefits exaggerated and risks minimized, and other treatment options are suppressed, ignored, ridiculed, or slandered.

Next we’ll explore how RLS is currently treated by mainstream medicine, and then we’ll discuss some “alternative” herbal treatments, which are natural and far superior to any bizarre chemical concoction manufactured by the drug companies.

HOW DOCTORS CURRENTLY TRY TO TREAT RLSPuzzled male shrugging wearing lab coat

Benzodiazepines like Xanax can’t both cause and treat RLS. The Wikipedia article highlights the standard treatments given to RLS sufferers. As we’ll see, the treatments seek to address the symptoms but not the underlying cause, which is insufficient water, which causes dehydration, which causes inflammation, which causes RLS and many health problems.

First they suggest moving or shaking one’s legs. This is obvious, and is what RLS sufferers already feel compelled to do. It’s what they want to go away, rather than doing it even more.

Second they suggest iron supplements, although many RLS cases have nothing to do with low iron levels. Sufferers are advised to have iron levels tested and to consult with a physician before taking any iron supplements.

Iron supplementation is of course a good idea if you don’t get enough from your diet. If this helps a RLS sufferer with their symptoms, then great. But for many this will be insufficient.

Third they suggest prescription drugs (also called “pharmaceuticals”). One of these inexplicably is benzodiazepines, which are also on the list of drugs that cause RLS.

In PART TWO we’ll talk about “alternative” (which means not supported by the drug companies) methods for treating RLS.

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Study: Herbal Mixture Provides Significant Results for Children with RLS

ImageIn the following study from 2005, researchers created a mixture of several healing ingredients and produced a syrup which the children with RLS took orally.

Out of the 14 ingredients in the mixture, 13 of them had ANTI-INFLAMMATORY properties (references can be found for each by following the link at the end of this post). The only ingredient that didn’t have anti-inflammatory properities was Long Gu (Dragon’s Bone) which is “ground bone” – a sedative to reduce stress and calm the mind.

STUDY:

“Fifty cases of child restless legs syndrome treated with the integrated method of Chinese Herbal drugs.”
Wang W. and Fan H. J Tradit Chin Med. 2005 Dec;25(4):276-7.

Fifty cases of child restless syndrome were treated with oral administration of Chinese traditional herbal drugs plus auricular-plaster therapy from December 1998 to November 2001, and another 47 cases were treated with oral administration of methylphenidate as controls

METHODS OF TREATMENT:

For patients in the treatment group the ingredients of formula were prescribed as below:  Image

Fu-Ling (Poria cocos) 40g
Shan Yao / Radix Dioscoreae (Chinese Yam Root) 40g
Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata 30g
Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni) 30g
Shi Chang Pu (Rhizoma Acori Tatarinowii) 45g
Yuan Zhi / Radix Polygalae (Chinese Senega Root) 30g
Bai Ji Li (Fructus Tribuli) 30g
Long Gu (Dragon’s Bone) 60g
Mu Li (Oyster shell) 60g
Jiang Can / Bombyx Batryticatus (Silkworm) 30g
Gou Teng (cat’s claw) 30g
Yi Zhi Ren (Chinese Ginger) 30g
Da Zao (Jujube Fruit) 30g
Gan Cao / Radix Glycyrrhizae (Licorice Root) 25g   

They were made into 250 ml of syrup in the pharmaceutics department of this hospital.

The syrup was orally administered to the patients under 9 years in a dose of 25 ml, three times daily, and to the patients over 9 years in a dose of 40 ml, three times daily.

RESULTS OF TREATMENT:

Of the 50 cases in the treatment group, 21 cases were markedly effective, 26 cases effective, and 3 cases ineffective, with a total effective rate of 94%. Among the 47 cases in the control group, 15 cases were markedly effective, 17 cases effective, and 15 cases ineffective, with a total effective rate of 68.09%. The difference in total effective rate between the two groups was statistically very significant (P<0.01).

ImageDISCUSSION:

The results showed that the therapeutic effect of the treatment group was significantly superior to that of the control group

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Successful Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome with the Herbal Prescription “Yokukansan.”

ImageYokukansan, also known as TJ-54, is composed of SEVEN herbs; Angelica acutiloba, Atractylodes lancea, Bupleurum falcatum, Poria cocos, Glycyrrhiza uralensis, Cnidium officinale and Uncaria rhynchophylla.

Yokukansan is used to treat insomnia and irritability as well as screaming attacks, sleep tremors and hypnic myoclonia, and neurological disorders which include dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Not only has Yokukansan proven in studies to have STRONG anti-inflammatory qualities, but EACH of the seven herbs that make up Yokukansan have anti-inflammatory qualities (references to these studies are below).

In 2010 a study showed that Yokukansan was beneficial in relieving RLS in all 3 test subjects.

In their conclusion, the scientists don’t mention that it was due to the anti-inflammatory properties of Yokukansan that brought on the relief in all 3 subjects.

However, it is just a matter of time before this case becomes another obvious example of the undeniable LINK between inflammation and RLS.

ImageTHE STUDY:
“Successful treatment of restless legs syndrome with the herbal prescription Yokukansan.”

Hideto Shinno, Mami Yamanaka, Ichiro Ishikawa, Sonoko Danjo, Yasushi Inami, Jun Horiguchi and Yu Nakamura. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. Volume 34, Issue 1, 1 February 2010, Pages 252–253.

CONCLUSION:

RLS improved in ALL 3 cases after the addition of Yokukansan. We speculate that actions on GABAergic, serotonergic and dopaminergic systems might account for some of the therapeutic effects of KS in the present cases. YKS, therefre, appears to be useful in RLS treatment.

REFERENCES:

“Use of Yokukansan (TJ-54) in the treatment of neurological disorders: A review.”
S. de Caires, V. Steenkamp. Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria

“Ameliorative effects of yokukansan on behavioral deficits in a gerbil model of global cerebral ischemia.”
Liu Y et al. Brain Res. 2014 Jan 16;1543:300-7. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2013.11.015. Epub 2013 Nov 19.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24269335

“Yokukansan promotes hippocampal neurogenesis associated with the suppression of activated microglia in Gunn rat.”
Motohide Furuya et al. Journal of Neuroinflammation 2013, 10:145 doi:10.1186/1742-2094-10-145
http://www.jneuroinflammation.com/content/10/1/145

“Effects of Angelica acutiloba on mast cell-mediated allergic reactions in vitro and in vivo.”
Kyungjin Lee et al. Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, August 2012, Vol. 34, No. 4 : Pages 571-577
http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/08923973.2011.636048

“Further Phenols and Polyacetylenes from the Rhizomes of Atractylodes lancea and their Anti-Inflammatory Activity.”
M. Resch et al. Planta Med 2001; 67(5): 437-442. DOI: 10.1055/s-2001-15817
https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-2001-15817

Bupleurum (Bupleurum falcatum)
http://www.herbosophy.com.au/bupleurum-bupleurum-falcatum

Assessment of anti-inflammatory activity of Poria cocos in sodium lauryl sulphate-induced irritant contact dermatitis.
Fuchs SM et al. Skin Res Technol. 2006 Nov;12(4):223-7.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17026651

“Antioxidant and Antiinflammatory Activities of Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza uralensis): Aroma Extract.”
Aki Tanaka and Takayuki Shibamoto. Chapter 20, pp 229–237. Chapter DOI: 10.1021/bk-2008-0993.ch020. ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 993.
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2008-0993.ch020

“Components of rhizome extract of Cnidium officinale Makino and their in vitro biological effects.”
Bae KE et al. Molecules. 2011 Oct 21;16(10):8833-47. doi: 10.3390/molecules16108833.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22019572

“Uncaria rhynchophylla inhibits the production of nitric oxide and interleukin-1ß through blocking nuclear factor ?B, Akt, and mitogen-activated protein kinase activation in macrophages.”
Kim JH et al. J Med Food. 2010 Oct;13(5):1133-40. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2010.1128.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20828308

You can read the full study here:
www.deepdyve.com/lp/elsevier/successful-treatment-of-restless-legs-syndrome-with-the-herbal-tIA5ur7GMK

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