Restless legs syndrome (RLS) can affect anyone at any age. In fact, around one in ten people are liable to suffer from this unpleasant restless leg disorder at some point in their lives.
With symptoms ranging from mild to severe, sufferers experience an uncontrollable urge to move their legs to try and relieve the unpleasant tingling or aching sensations in their limbs. And while this in itself is not harmful, the effect of disrupted sleep can lead to excessive tiredness.
While there is no sure fire cure for restless leg syndrome, a diet high in folate and other essential nutrients can help manage the symptoms.
Restless Leg Syndrome Treatment and Dietary Needs
Obtaining relief from the RLS symptoms is the focus and that includes maintaining a proper restless leg treatment, diet and lifestyle.
- Change your diet to include an increased amount of foods high in folate such as asparagus and spinach. Dark green leafy vegetables are known to have high folate content.
- Diversify your breakfast menu with the use of whole grain products and various breakfast cereals. Read the labels to find the one you like with the highest level of folate.
- Increase your intake of eggs, unless contraindicated due to other dietary concerns such as high cholesterol. Eggs are a good source of folate and essential B vitamins
- Having an iron deficiency is known to increase RLS symptoms. Make sure that red meats and liver are included in your diet as these are great sources of iron. However, do not get all your iron sources from red meats. Resolving iron deficiency it is important to vary the source. Try
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