My husband and I have been following low-carb for a couple of years, and near-Paleo for several months. He has suffered on and off for years with Restless Leg Syndrome. Does anyone know about this and perhaps a vitamin or mineral supplement that would work? He gets up to stretch his legs, and sometimes that works, but often it just interrupts his sleep and is miserable the next day. He is in his mid-50's, and we've heard that it gets worse with age. Anyone?? Thanks!
There is a link between Celiac's Disease and RLS. Most Celiac's have iron deficiencies, and inherent issues with malabsorption. I had RLS for a while, and noticed I could sleep if I had taken an anti-inflammatory pill. It appears that RLS is due to some sort inflammation, so strict Paleo Diet should ameliorate his symptoms.
If you have noticed him having chronic fatigue as well, I would suggest: testing him for Celiac's Disease have his ferritin stores checked follow the Paleo Diet for leaky-gut and autoimmune diseases.
Some doctors (sadly) do not check for the ferritin stores, or for Celiac's Disease unless you specifically ask for it. This was my case back home in Kansas City. Good luck!
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to RLS, as well as a host of other problems. Personally, I had suffered from RLS for years. About a year and a half ago, I removed gluten from my diet and started supplementing with Vitamin D3. I was terribly deficient (32) and my doctor recommended 10,000 IU per day until my levels came up over the next year (70). I could tell an improvement in RLS, migraines, body aches, joint pain, and energy within just a few weeks. Other friends of mine have also noticed a big change in their RLS with Vit D3 and the gluten free diet.
PS. Do not take GABA in the evening. Nighttime doses make my RLS return until it wears off.
article linking RLS and celiac (iron and other vitamin deficiencies are common with celiac)
The Paleo diet does not contain gluten, but it is not gluten-free.
anemia is probably the most common cause of RLS. DO NOT supplement w/o a lab result since too much iron can cause serious problems.
you could do some paleo supplementing w raw beef (raw jerky's good) and don't forget to use something w vitamin C....lemon, lime, orange, etc. as well.
RLS syndrome is a sleep disorder.....and its tied to metabolism by the several factors. Fixing the leaky gut is critical. First screening sign is a lower than normal HDL and chronically elevated cortisol that is often out of synch with circadian rhythms.
I went to a sleep dr recently (a neurologist, actually), for suspicion of sleep apnea. I also mentioned to him that 1-2 times a month, I get restless legs.
From his note:
"Patient did have mild symptoms of restless leg syndrome occurring several times per month. While this did not appear to be problematic, followup serum testing for ferritin levels would be reasonable. If her ferritin levels are less than 50 she may respond well to supplemental iron."
My doctor also mentioned that low iron can be a problem. Also, is your husband taking any allergy meds? When I was taking Claritin some years ago, I wore holes in 2 bottom sheets from the RLS. (Talk about miserable!) I didn't make the connection for a while, then on a hunch, googled RLS & allergy medications. Sure enough, it got much better when I quit taking the meds.
I've had occasional bouts of RLS my whole life, but every time I hear an ad for the prescription drugs for it, and their warnings about "any unusual sexual or gambling urges", I'm more convinced that I can live with the RLS!
If you are having RLS i.e. the jimmy legs, "hot legs", and swelling or warmth is present, it doesn't have to be a lot of swelling, there is a good chance your not getting enough sodium. If I get the jimmy legs at night I automatically drink about 500ml of water with a 1/2 to 1 TEAspoon of sea salt (sometimes I drink it all sometime about half I just drink to "feel"), the symptoms go away fairly quickly. More than likely unless your very active I highly doubt it is a iron deficiency. I've had an iron deficiency before during very heavy training and the symptoms of that don't remind me of the jimmy legs at all. Try the salt you might be surprised.
If you are concerned about iron deficiency you should also try eating red meat separate from things like milk and eggs which can inhibit absorption. Things like orange juice will enhance absorption. Don't know for sure if this is common knowledge in the paleo world but these details are very well known in the elite running.
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