What to do about those rest­less legs

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE - WITH CLAIR WHITTY Clair Whitty is a Bach Flower Prac­ti­tioner, a Nu­tri­tional Health Coach ac­cred­ited with Thought Leader Nat­u­ral Health 2018 and a Vega Food In­tol­er­ance Tester at The Nat­u­ral Health Store, 24 North Main Street, Wex­ford 053 9121613 | clairm1

DO you have rest­less legs and ever won­dered why you get them? I call it leg thrash­ing be­cause when I get it all I can do is thrash my legs all over the place in an at­tempt to re­lax them. I drive my hus­band mad twist­ing and twitch­ing be­side him. Peo­ple de­scribe it dif­fer­ently. Some say that it feels like there are ants crawl­ing un­der their skin. It can be tingly or itchy too, and there is al­most al­ways an urge to keep mov­ing the legs, you just can’t help it.

A de­fi­ciency of mag­ne­sium is the most com­mon cause of rest­less legs. Cer­tainly in my own case mag­ne­sium does the trick. When it hap­pens I take a mag­ne­sium sup­ple­ment, one bot­tle can be enough to sort me out, that is un­til the next time it hap­pens; this keeps both me and my hus­band happy!

Some­times mag­ne­sium on its own won’t work. This could be be­cause the bal­ance be­tween mag­ne­sium and potas­sium is off. One lady told me that she takes a potas­sium sup­ple­ment with the mag­ne­sium and that this works for her. Or you could eat a banana for ex­tra potas­sium – this works for some peo­ple.

You could be de­fi­cient in iron and may ben­e­fit from an iron tonic for a while. Or you could in­crease your in­take of red meat, spir­ulina, and green leafy veg­eta­bles. Other vi­ta­min de­fi­cien­cies could in­clude vi­ta­min D and B6.

Tired­ness is a big trig­ger. But what can hap­pen is that we ig­nore the fact that we’re tired and should re­ally go to bed. In­stead we stay up trash­ing our legs all over the place. So if you don’t go to bed try to have your legs raised up a lit­tle straight out in front of you. This might help.

Some peo­ple ben­e­fit from alternatin­g hot and cold wa­ter on the legs. I am too lazy for that!

Rest­less legs can af­fect your mood, espe­cially if you’re not sleep­ing on ac­count of them keep­ing you awake.

Med­i­ca­tion could be a cause of your symp­toms. Take a look at your in­for­ma­tion leaflet from in­side the packet and check if this is the case. If you have tried ev­ery­thing over the counter and home reme­dies talk to your doc­tor to en­sure that there isn’t an un­der­ly­ing con­di­tion caus­ing the prob­lem.

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