Changing my diet may have solved my RLS

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Re: Changing my diet may have solved my RLS

Postby Rustsmith » Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:36 pm

I am not aware of a "great debate" on the subject. Iron is poorly adsorbed under the best of conditions. Apparently some doctors think that every other day helps. Either way, it is a very slow proposition at best as it can take months to increase your ferritin levels through the use of oral iron supplements.
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Re: Changing my diet may have solved my RLS

Postby ViewsAskew » Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:55 pm

suttmes69xx wrote:Thanks so much for clarifying that, Rustsmith. I wonder why my PC insists that the best way to absorb the most iron is to take it every other day. Are their different expert opinions on this?


I've learned that none of us are immune to incorrect info. Even those who would seem science-based, such as doctors. I went to a doctor two years ago who was SURE I would be at a HUGE risk for horrible things if I had an iron infusion. Yeah, 20 years ago I might have been, but not with today's methods! And she was only in her late 30's - it amazed me that she was that behind in this. Now, she was a neuro, but, the way she talked about it, she really had reviewed the info about infusions, so she should have understood that it wasn't nearly as dangerous.

I usually try to review multiple sources - and studies if I can - to see about things.
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Re: Changing my diet may have solved my RLS

Postby peanut1 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:52 am

I am on a paleo diet, but can eat dairy as that does not impact my WED at all. Since 2011, I've been on an immaculate diet and I'm proud to say, that some days I decide not to do raw vegetables, but most days I do them. My severe RLS got better with hypnosis, which I did for other things, but I would not recommend this for everyone. Since I have more stress in my life now due to chronic pain, the WED is worse. I no longer do the hypnosis.

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Re: Changing my diet may have solved my RLS

Postby badnights » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:35 am

I wonder why my PC insists that the best way to absorb the most iron is to take it every other day. Are their different expert opinions on this?
Yes, there are, of course. Your PC is going by the theory I mentioned earlier,
If iron isn't absorbed unless your blood levels are low, how does taking iron everey day help?
The theory is that iron levels (and perhaps ferritin levels) get depleted as time goes on, even over the course of a day. Taking the entire dose once a day is therefore, according to this idea, better than 3 times a day, and not as good as taking two doses all at once every two days.
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Re: Changing my diet may have solved my RLS

Postby peanut1 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:08 pm

Well that theory certainly does not work for me, BUT I suspect it's because the iron all at once impacts my digestion. What did work for a while was eating some type of liver or beef heart every day lunch and dinner. I slept like a baby for 8 hours a night and without any meds at all. It was like a cure. Unfortunately, my doctor was not happy with my cholesterol level so I had to quit that route.

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Re: Changing my diet may have solved my RLS

Postby suttmes69xx » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:16 pm

Interesting. I find that if I eat too much red meat for dinner, it really sets off my RLS at bedtime. That makes no sense to me at all.

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Re: Changing my diet may have solved my RLS

Postby ViewsAskew » Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:38 am

peanut1 wrote:Well that theory certainly does not work for me, BUT I suspect it's because the iron all at once impacts my digestion. What did work for a while was eating some type of liver or beef heart every day lunch and dinner. I slept like a baby for 8 hours a night and without any meds at all. It was like a cure. Unfortunately, my doctor was not happy with my cholesterol level so I had to quit that route.


For most of us, the food we eat doesn't raise cholesterol more than about 10-15 percent above what our bodies produce and may not end up being that much of a problem. If you get that much relief, it seems to me that this might be worth doing!

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why- ... l-in-food/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/di ... not-matter
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