Cramps cause strong pain which is sometimes unbearable, it hurts, it slows us down and it hinders our progress. Usually, leg cramps occur suddenly, and people who are trying to get in shape know just how often this particular unpleasant pain can occur.
This article explains what causes leg cramps and how to avoid their occurrence.
Reasons For Leg Cramps
A leg cramp (or any cramp for that matter) can be caused by a variety of internal issues. They are not caused by an outside force, unlike cuts and bruises.
There are cases when leg cramps can only indicate that one needs more water or certain nutrients. However, there are situations when these indicate some more serious problems, like a kidney infection. What is important to consider is that although cramping happens to everyone, all of our bodies are different, so in case of frequent cramps, you should consult your doctor.
People engaged in moderate or intense activities for long periods of time are simply dehydrated, and can avoid cramps by simply drinking some warm water. Warm water is recommended because its temperature closely resembles the temperature of our blood, and can be absorbed into dehydrated muscles much quicker the cold water.
Moreover, if one experiences frequent leg cramps, the consumption of an increased amount of electrolytes is recommended. Electrolytes give almost immediate results. Namely, they are like mini masseuses in the body that work with warm water to loosen up tight muscles.
How to Prevent Leg Cramps?
Even though hydration is a great start, our bodies sometimes need more than just some water. Our body requires specific minerals and nutrients that cannot be provided by electrolytes and water. One of the best minerals for prevention of leg cramps is magnesium. If, as we said before, electrolytes are the masseuse of the organism then magnesium is the massage oil.
Our body uses magnesium rapidly. So, in order to avoid cramping you should consume about 250 to 300 milligrams of magnesium on a daily basis. Foods that are rich in magnesium are: lentils, nuts, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, spinach, dark chocolate, prepared potatoes, molasses, and fish.
Potassium is yet another mineral that is great cramp prevention. In order to control and direct body fluids potassium is interacting with sodium. Leg cramps, caused by dehydration, most likely occur due to low potassium or high sodium.
Besides its ability to protect you from all types of cramps, potassium also acts as a cramp relieving agent.
Once potassium enters the digestive system it helps you by directing the body fluids to the affected areas. If you consume foods that are rich in potassium while your leg (or any other part of your body) is cramping, you will allow yourself with a quick relief.
Remember, although cramps occur in everyone, each person’s body is different. If you are experiencing frequent cramping you should consider speaking to your doctor.
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