Leg cramps are a common condition manifested by intense pain preventing any movement and causing difficulties in performing daily tasks. Usually, leg cramps occur suddenly, without warning and people who are doing sports know how often this unbearable pain can occur.

 

 

What can causes leg cramps?

While bruises, wounds and cuts are caused by direct result of pressure or an external force, leg cramps are caused by various internal problems. In some cases, lack of nutrients and water in the organism, can also contribute to this particular type of pain, and in other cases, leg cramps indicate to more serious problems like kidney infection.

 

 

Easy fix

People who suffer from leg cramps due to dehydration or strenuous or moderate exercise, can solve this problem easily by drinking some warm water. Warm water is recommended because its temperature is similar to the one of our blood.  And, also it is absorbed into dehydrated muscles faster than cold water.

People who suffer from frequent leg cramps are recommended to increase the electrolyte intake in their organism. Electrolytes prevent leg cramps due to their efficacy in loosening up tightened muscles. You can buy electrolyte packets in the health supplement store or at a local grocery store.

 

How to prevent leg cramps?

Although, increasing the water intake in the organism can be of a great help, still our bodies need specific minerals and nutrients that water and electrolytes cannot provide. Magnesium is considered as the best mineral for preventing leg cramps.

 

The daily recommended dose of magnesium you should consume, in order to avoid leg cramps is about 250 to 300 milligrams. Magnesium-rich foods: lentils, nuts, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, spinach, dark chocolate, prepared potatoes, molasses, and fish.

 

Another mineral that is extremely effective in cramp prevention is potassium. This mineral interacts with sodium in order to control body fluids. Leg cramps mostly occur due to low potassium intake of high sodium intake.

Regular consumption of foods rich in potassium, and especially while your leg is cramping, can provide you a quick relief.

However, each body reacts differently and if you suffer from leg cramps regularly, consult your doctor.

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