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Are Nutrient Deficiencies Making Your Legs Restless?

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One reason Calm Legs works is because it is carefully formulated to address the exact nutritional deficiencies that are believed to cause Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

Many people say, “Nutritional deficiencies? No way, not me. I eat a healthy and balanced diet!” They might be surprised to learn how widespread these deficiencies truly are — especially when it comes to the nutrient shortfalls that cause RLS.

Check out these three surprising factors that may deplete your nutrients and trigger RLS flareups:

1. Aging. As if those gray hairs and crow's feet weren't annoying enough! As we get older, our ability to produce, absorb and utilize many nutrients declines.These include Vitamin B12 and magnesium, low levels of which may actually cause RLS. Vitamin B12 is especially hard to absorb after age 50 due to a natural decline of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Magnesium absorption decreases in older adults too; those over 50 also have lower dietary intake of this important mineral for muscle relaxation.

2. Pregnancy. Women who are pregnant really are eating for two! Their bodies divert nutrients to the baby in the womb, which leaves the mother nutrient-depleted. Folic acid is especially low in pregnant mothers, and its deficiency is a major predictor of RLS. That's probably why a staggering 27% of pregnant women experience symptoms of RLS that usually improve after giving birth.

3. Prescription and OTC drugs. Researchers are more aware than ever that some drugs interfere with the absorption of nutrients, block nutrient receptor sites and even interfere with the body's ability to create nutrients. Distressingly, some very common drugs cause nutritional deficiencies that trigger RLS. In particular, iron, B12, folic acid, Vitamin C and magnesium are depleted by antiinflammatories, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, antibiotics, birth control pills and drugs for ulcers and acid reflux.

Thankfully, nutritional deficiencies are pretty easy to treat. With some dietary changes and smart supplementation, you can restore your body's nutrient stores  and soothe your restless legs, too. The nutrients in Calm Legs include all of those mentioned above and more. Calm Legs can help you regain healthy sleep patterns, a brighter mood and a zest for life!