While benign fasciculation syndrome or BFS is generally harmless, it can be frustrating and even annoying. However, home remedies can help treat the condition and give you at least some peace of mind (and muscle) back. Sea salt and magnesium are two of the most common supplemental treatments, but changing your diet may also help alleviate the issue.
What Is Benign Fasciculation Syndrome?
Benign fasciculation syndrome is a neurological condition in which certain muscles twitch or spasm uncontrollably. The muscles most commonly affected are those in the eyelids and arms; however, you may also experience spasming in your feet and legs. Unlike an acute round of twitching, BFS continues on for extended periods of time and is only temporarily paused by activating the twitching muscle.
What Causes Muscle Twitching?
While muscle fasciculation is often linked to neurological issues such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, the term “benign” fasciculation syndrome refers to a condition that is unrelated to a more serious injury or disability. In terms of benign fasciculation, the cause of your muscle spasms is more likely related to increased stress, altered sleeping patterns, a new medication, or various other issues. Additional causes of the condition include bug bites or stings, pregnancy, dehydration, fatigue, nutrient deficiency, and others.
Can Natural Remedies Reduce Muscle Spasms?
We suggest consulting your doctor prior to self-treating with natural remedies primarily to rule out more aggressive conditions, but in the event that your condition is benign, natural remedies are particularly effective. Magnesium and sea salt are two of the best treatment options, but you may also want to try changing your diet.
Magnesium plays a part in over 300 chemical reactions in your body. Among its roles are maintaining energy level and controlling stress. As such, taking a magnesium supplement can help calm your neural responses and relieve issues of BFS.
2. Sea Salt
The sodium present in salt helps your body transmit information to your nerves and muscles. Upping your salt intake can help your muscles and nerves communicate more effectively and reduce fasciculation.
3. Dietary Changes
BFS may be the result of a food allergy or sensitivity. As such, changing your diet to limit gluten, wheat, dairy, or other allergy-prone foods can help alleviate the condition.
Try one of these treatment options to reduce involuntary muscle spasms or add one of your own suggestions to our list below!