Saturday, October 04, 2008

Diet and Exercise to Relieve and Control Restless Legs

Eat a whole foods diet, including plenty of foods high in B vitamins, such as sunflower seeds, cashews, brewers yeast, and whole wheat flour, as well as meat products such as beef kidneys and liver. High iron foods such as: red meat, black strap molasses, nuts, legumes are extremely important, and provide a wide variety of other naturally occurring nutrients necessary to maintain proper health.

Antioxidants, such as green tea, cranberries, cherries, and deep colored greens such as broccoli and collard greens should become an important part of the daily diet, as well as foods high in bioflavonoids with naturally occurring vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin E.

Avoid constipation and greatly reduce the intake of refined sugars, drinking coffee, caffeine, cola and soda. Eat and drink foods that are rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, along with naturally occurring vitamin C and bioflavonoids, such as carrot, parsley, and celery juices, rhubarb, plum and prune juice can be especially helpful.

Along with proper diet, you may find it helpful to wear supportive leggings or stockings, which will help to increase circulation. Propping up the legs at night or adding a small board under the foot of the bed can reduce the buildup of excess fluids in the legs, which can also cause varicose veins.

Developing a daily exercise routine is essential to maintaining proper circulation in the legs, as well as throughout the body. Yoga, ballet, pilates, and tai chi are all excellent forms of exercise for the toning and strengthening of the leg muscles, followed by massage before you relax for the evening. If you don’t have access to a personal masseuse, you can opt for the store bought version!

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