What does one do naturally? Well, once you leave or reduce the sugar in your diet and this includes artificial sweeteners too. Check your caffeine level as well. I know there are pros and cons to the health and benefits of coffee, but take a close look as to where all your caffeine intake is coming from your diet.
There are few remedies I'd like to share with you as I know exactly how this condition feels and it's awful! My restless leg and sometimes arms comes from stress. Sugar and caffeine will just aggravate the problem and prevent one from falling asleep at night. Many deal with this condition in the evening, but many are dealing with it on a regular basis. Two nutrients one needs is Calcium and Magnesium. These are needed for healthy muscle contraction and relaxation. Did you know both nutrients are depleted by the intake of sugar and caffeine? Get the picture? One can use a Calcium/Magnesium supplement, one I recommend is the Natural Vitality Calm Magnesium with Calcium. It's a powder, mixes easily in water and tastes great. Best part is, it works beautifully for those with a mild case of restless leg.
Another nutrient I like to recommend is the amino acid Tryptophan. This converts to the neurotransmitter Serotonin and has had a positive effect in reducing or eliminating restless leg. This is not recommended for those taking antidepressants in the MAO or SSRI class of drugs.
For those of you who like herbal remedies, I find the combination of Passion Flower, Chamomile, Hibiscus, Lemon Balm found in the product called NAPZ works very well too. In herbal medicine, these herbs are called nervines which operate by relaxing the nervous system and are very effective. The product is used for sleep, but we all know restless leg will keep you from falling asleep!
- Calcium 1000mg
- Magnesium 800mg
- Tryptophan 500-1000mg on an empty stomach
- Herbs such as Passion Flower, Valerian, Hibiscus, Lemon Balm and Chamomile
- Avoid refined and artificial sugars/sweeteners
- Avoid caffeine-related products
So what are you waiting for, give the suggestions a try and see how much better you'll feel!
Ward W. Bond, PhD