There appears to be a direct correlation between Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
What if you could address your RLS through healing your gut? When we seek healing at the “root” of the problem, it is amazing to watch the domino effect in our bodies!

What is restless leg syndrome?

RLS is a very common condition, with more than 3 million cases in the US per year. It is characterized by a nearly irresistible, uncomfortable urge to move the legs, typically in the evenings. Moving eases the unpleasant feeling temporarily. It typically occurs while sitting or lying down, often worsens with age, and can disrupt sleep.

What causes RLS?

Research suggests the following factors could contribute to the condition:
1. genetic predisposition
2. issues with the neurotransmitter dopamine
3. problems with the metabolism of iron
4. challenges with nervous system motor pathways
5. pregnancy or hormonal changes
6. gastrointestinal disorders such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and IBS.

You might be wondering what restless legs has to do with IBS (abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation).

Studies estimate that approximately one-fourth to one-third of IBS patients might also have RLS. We have learned that our gut bacteria plays a very important role in our overall wellbeing. When someone has an overgrowth of bad bacteria it can be referred to as SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth). This specific condition has been linked to RLS.

What’s the connection?

Intestinal dysbiosis causes chronic inflammation in the colon. When this occurs, a hormone (hepcidin) is released that decreases iron in the brain. This, in turn, contributes to RLS.

Studies have shown great improvement in RLS when addressing gut bacteria overgrowth.

If you or someone you know is experiencing RLS, schedule an appt with Dr. Maria to talk through addressing the issues. Dr. Maria takes a holistic, integrative approach that will get to the root of the problem and increase overall wellbeing.

The Surprising Correlation Between Restless Leg Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by Dr. Maria Belluccio time to read: 1 min

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