Below is an excerpt from an article titled “Inflammation and Pain Management with Magnesium” by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P), December 8, 2009
“According to the National Sleep Foundation approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected with sleeping disorders. Approximately 12 million Americans have Restless Legs Syndrome, a sleep and movement disorder characterized by unpleasant (tingling, crawling, creeping and/or pulling) feelings in the legs, which cause an urge to move in order to relieve the symptoms.
‘People with poor quality sleep or sleep deprivation exhibit increased levels of interleukin-6 (IL6), the chemical that causes inflammation throughout the body’ (Redwine et al. 2000).”
The above excerpt is a short but effective overview of the way that Restless Legs Syndrome feeds off itself; ever increasing the stranglehold it has over each individual.
The original RLS-causing inflammation in your body could have been created because of a number of issues. It’s likely that diet is involved, but there are many other possible contributors such as lifestyle, environment & toxins, alcohol consumption, stress, pregnancy, aging etc.
Once the inflammation inside you reaches a level that causes your legs to start tingling … a whole new (ugly) cycle begins!
The lack of sleep you begin to experience because of your wonky legs AS WELL AS the stress of the increasing frustration BOTH raise the existing inflammation level inside of you.
And, of course, as time goes on, it just gets worse. It’s an ugly, ugly debilitating cycle.
Your sleep gets worse, the inflammation increases. Your stress gets higher, the inflammation increases. Your anger deepens, the inflammation increases.
Yes, all the while, the RLS-causing inflammation inside of you increases, raising your inflammation and RLS to new levels.
Healing RLS requires a multi-pronged attack. You can’t just take a pill and wish it all away. Taking a prescribed medication expecting it to rid your RLS is like closing the door to a room that is on fire expecting the fire to die out.
The inflammation inside of you is going to continue to increase and manifest in other ways. (I explain how RLS is actually a warning signal from your body, on my website http://www.rlcure.com).
To rid yourself of RLS you need to:
1. Put a cork in where the inflammation is flowing into your life.
This means, first off, change your diet! Get the sugar, trans & saturated fats, gluten, alcohol, refined carbohydrates and MSG out of your life, as best you can. Give your body a chance to heal. It doesn’t have to be forever, just give it some breathing room to heal itself.
It also means that you need to learn to calm down.
Meditation, relaxation exercises and yoga have all been clinically proven to lower inflammation levels.
I still believe that no one is beyond help when it comes to RLS and inflammation. Regardless of how hopeless you think your situation is, if you’re willing to make necessary sacrifices and put in the work, you can be healed.
For some helpful tips on natural ways to put out the fire that’s raging inside your body, please visit my website http://www.rlcure.com