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Dopamine Deficiency Causing Restless Leg Syndrome? ~ 10 Ways To Increase Dopamine Levels

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS); affects approximately 10% of the general population, 30% of individuals diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and 50% of patients with CFS/ME.

Is there evidence of dopamine deficiency causing restless leg syndrome? Dopamine is a key chemical produced in the brain that helps to produce smooth, fluid muscle movement. Patients with FMS and CFS/ME are generally found to be low dopamine producers.

The basal ganglia is located at the base of the brain, and is involved in helping the body with fluid movement. When the basal ganglia does not function properly, it fails to use the neurotransmitter dopamine correctly. Many scientists believe this to be the main culprit of disorders dealing with involuntary muscle movement, like Parkinson’s and RLS.

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I have been plagued with RLS since I was 12 years old. I can best describe it as an uncontrollable urgeย to move my legs, almost like a ‘compulsion’. Although I would not describe mine as painful, pain can precede that time of night when it kicks in. The pain usually starts somewhere on my foot, or comes from my sciatic nerve.

It kicks in around 9pm, and can last anywhere from 2o minutes to several hours. It cannot be ignored, believe me I’ve tried. You cannot ‘will’ it to stop. All that can be done is to stretch, bounce, walk on, or massage the leg muscles. A ‘session’ usually involves all of these techniques, and I just ride it out until it is over.

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So, if dopamine deficiency causing restless leg syndrome is what’s happening within the body to bring about these muscular disorders, it would make sense to seek ways to increase dopamine levels. Talking to your doctor about theย possibility of having low dopamine levelsย is the first step. Then finding natural and safe ways to increase your dopamine levels would be the next.

Dopamine Deficiency Causing Restless Leg Syndrome? ~ 10 Ways To Increase Dopamine Levels

  1. Avoid Addiction ~ Although initially ‘pleasure’ rewarding, this turns and creates the ‘opposite’ effect, lowering dopamine levels even further.

  2. Complete Tasks ~ Making lists and completing the actions, however minor, supports an increase in dopamine levels.

  3. Create ~ This is my favorite! I completely identify with this. Nothing creates that ’emotional num-num’ like creating something. It fills the soul like food fills the stomach!

  4. Excercise ~ A little more challenging for those of us with chronic illness. Do as much or as little as you can.

  5. Stay On A Streak ~ If the behavior is good, nourishing, and healthy, keep it going! The longer you do it, the better it will feel.

  6. Eat Foods Containing Tyrosine ~ These include: chicken, eggs, fish, avocados, artichokes, spinach, broccoli, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, bananas.

  7. Listen To Music ~ Listening to your favorite music increases dopamine levels as much as eating something you love. (and less detrimental to your waist line)

  8. Prayer ~ It quiets the mind, and brings you peace.

  9. Natural Supplements ~ Check with your doctor to see what kind of supplement you may be able to add to your routine.

  10. Cleaning Out The Toxins ~ In addition to cleansing, I would add not continuing to contribute to the ingesting of toxins. This would include eating as ‘clean’ as possible. Cut out the processed foods. Eat a diet mainly of healthy whole food. Summer is the perfect time for this! The stores are full of fresh produce, and the heat creates a natural desire to eat lighter.ย 

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    Brandi Clevinger
    June 4 at 6:32 am

    I need to detox, but a little hesitant to do so. I don’t know why – I’m just weird, I guess. Since I’ve been taking Vitamin D each night, my RLS has not acted up. I hope I didn’t just jinx it. haha I was thinking about doing leg stretches not only in the mornings, but also at night.
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      June 4 at 8:15 am

      Well, detoxing is not necessarily fun. That’s interesting about the Vit D, I’ll have to look into that. Thanks Brandi! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    June 8 at 10:00 am

    Kristine, this is amazingly timely. My son has a low dopamine level, and all these suggestions are some that I will be forwarding to him. He also has restless leg syndrome, and I’m hoping that this can help. He is only 24 and hates RLS, and that it gets him right before he falls asleep and then he tosses and turns. Thank you so much for sharing this!
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      June 8 at 5:58 pm

      UGH!! RLS is the WORST!! Makes it SO HARD to sleep and stay asleep! I hope those suggestions help!! Also have him talk to his doctor about magnesium supplements. Alot of people say it helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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