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Restless Legs and Food Intolerance

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Detecting any food intolerance you may have is CRUCIAL for a healthy recovery from RLS.

A food intolerance will continue the lineage of inflammation in your body (including the inflammation that is causing your restless legs), even if you are taking supplements and avoiding obvious triggers.

I’m going to write an article on this in the near future based on my own experience, but for now, I present to you this overview on what a food intolerance is and how it can affect you.

FOODS THAT CAUSE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION

Chronic inflammation lies at the root of a host of diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, heart disease (as measured by C-reactive protein), asthma, and many others. Food can be a major cause of chronic inflammation, however, symptoms differ from one person to another. If the inflammatory symptoms are suggestive of food allergy, then a food allergy blood test may pinpoint the causes.

Causes of inflammation

Acute inflammation is the first response to infection and manifests with symptoms of inflammation such as redness, swelling, pain, heat, and loss of function. Chronic inflammation is more subtle and involves a different mechanism than acute inflammation. Pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1, IL-6, TNF-α and others can cause chronic symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, irritable bowel, asthma, etc., and cause tissue damage.

Foods that Cause Chronic Inflammation

The Western diet is a major culprit in chronic inflammation because it contains a high proportion of inflammatory foods, such as processed food, sugar, and trans fats. Most people don’t get enough healthy foods in their diet, such as fatty fish, fruits and vegetables, which are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds. Many of us also get too much fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates in our diet, all of which promote chronic inflammation. The fats we do eat are too often derived from processed seed oils (safflower, sunflower, soy) which are high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. This high omega-6/omega-3 ratio is a key cause of chronic inflammation. Fats that are highly processed or heated contain a high proportion of trans fatty acids, one of the most inflammatory compounds known and which can hardly be called a “food.” These days, many physicians and nutritionists recommend an anti-inflammation diet, such as the Mediterranean diet.

Food Sensitivity – An Often Overlooked Cause of Chronic Inflammation

The symptoms of food hypersensitivity are driven by chronic inflammation. Gut inflammation can cause digestive problems and cause symptoms such as bloating, leaky gut syndrome, indigestion, and gas, food hypersensitivity can cause inflammation-related symptoms such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, eczema, asthma, rhinitis, and even depression, hyperactivity, and migraine. Classic food allergies mediated by IgE antibodies are often the source of the problem, but many healthcare providers believe that delayed food hypersensitivity, also called Type III food allergy, can cause chronic inflammation and may play an important role in diseases such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, which includes Crohn’s disease. In this type of food allergy, circulating immune complexes made up of food molecules and IgG antibodies travel through the bloodstream and enter tissues where they cause chronic inflammation. Delayed hypersensitivity often goes unnoticed because symptoms arise hours or days after ingesting the offending foods. The list of foods that can cause food hypersensitivity is long, but the major offenders include dairy products, wheat and glutenous grains, yeast, eggs, food additives, and more. Sympoms of food intolerance are non-immune mediated and are usually due to toxic or metabolic reactions to food.

Elimination Diets are the Gold Standard of Diagnosis

Until recently, food allergy and intolerance was diagnosed with an elimination diet, a lengthy, unpleasant process of removing foods, waiting awhile, and replacing them back into the diet to observe symptom patterns. Elimination diets are a hit-and-miss affair because symptoms to some foods may persist while you have eliminated other foods. In the most extreme version of the elimination diet, the patient is put on a simple diet of foods with low allergenic potential, such as lamb, rice, and cooked vegetables. Then foods are added one by one while observing symptoms. It is common for such diets to go on for months when food sensitivities are many. But despite the effort required, elimination and rechallenge is still considered the gold standard for diagnosis of food allergy and intolerance.

Food Allergy Tests may Help Improve Chronic Inflammation Caused by Foods

The IgG food allergy blood test detects an individual’s IgG antibody response to various foods by combining their serum with food extracts distributed in an array of tiny wells. Through a process known as the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), a chemical signal is generated when IgG antibodies in the person’s serum reacts with the food extract in the well. The IgG food allergy blood test can be valuable adjunct to food elimination and rechallenge. Once the problematic foods are identified, they can be excluded from the diet. The IgG food allergy test is not useful for diagnosing non-immune mediated food intolerance; this can only be done through food elimination and rechallenge.

 

This article is from the LSIA Labratory website. You can read the full article here:

http://en.food-intolerance.ca/24/foods-that-cause-chronic-inflammation/

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Gluten Sensitivity and Restless Leg Syndrome – Is there a connection? by Dr. Peter Osborne

Dr-O-Fox-NewsIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) are common in RLS.

Three hypotheses developed are

(a) RLS patients are selectively immunocompromised or genetically predisposed and thus more subject to SIBO

(b) SIBO leads to autoimmune changes, and subsequent auto-antibodies attack brain and/or peripheral nerves

(c) SIBO inflammation leads to increased hepcidin and CNS iron deficiency which, in turn, leads to RLS.

These hypotheses bear further investigation.

Gluten Sensitivity, RLS, and SIBO are all Connected…

Research studies have linked gluten ingestion to changes in small intestinal bacteria. These changes can cause a variety of symptoms to occur.

Most commonly patients will experience:

– gas and bloating
– abdominal pain
– intermittent diarrhea and constipation
– acid reflux
– bad breath

Bacterial overgrowth can also lead to changes in digestion, vitamin and mineral absorption, and intestinal permeability (AKA – leaky gut syndrome).

Gluten ingestion can lead to a variety of physiological changes that create disease.

I have treated thousands of patients with gluten issues. Many of them have also had RLS symptoms that resolved on a gluten free diet.

If you haven’t done so already, it is recommended that you get tested for gluten sensitivity or go gluten free.

You can take our self test Here: http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/gluten-sensitivity-intolerance-self-test

Wheat fieldDr. Peter Osborne is the clinical director of Town Center Wellness in Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. is both a doctor of chiropractic as well as a Board Certified doctor of clinical nutrition. He founded the Gluten Free Society in 2010 to help educate patients and physicians on the far reaching effects of gluten sensitivity. He is the author of Glutenology, a series of digital videos and ebooks designed to help educate the world about gluten.

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Back Ache, ‘Restless Legs’, Arthritis Linked to Food Sensitivity

ImageFrom The Food Intolerance Institute of Australia
 
Studies show inflammation associated with back pain, ‘restless legs’, neck pain and other arthritic conditions is linked to some foods. In addition the research reveals inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis are over-represented among food sensitive people – further cementing the link.

Different sensitivities are to blame in different people. However the only thing sufferers need to know is –  these inflammatory disorders start healing almost as soon as Problem Foods are identified and substituted in the diet. This new drug-free healing method is finding favour amongst doctors and patients alike.

Relieve Back Pain, Inflammation – By Switching A Few Foods

Your body may not be able to fully digest all food proteins. It’s called Food Intolerance . . . and it delivers renegade half-digested proteins (peptides) into your bloodstream which cause mischief in the body: essentially they set off an immune response which triggers inflammation.

Once in the bloodstream – these peptides can create inflammation anywhere in the body – and if left unattended – the inflammation can develop into chronic disease.

– Inflammation in the dermis leads to dermatitis and eczema
– Inflammation in the intestine leads to colitis and Celiac Disease
– Inflammation in the respiratory system leads to bronchitis, cough and asthma
– inflammation in the tendons of the joints leads to stiff joints, back pain, neck ache or arthritic conditions  (Editor’s Note: I would add Restless Legs Syndrome)

Most importantly – identifying problem foods is vital for the healing to begin: discovering your food intolerance.

 

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