Do you want to know how to get rid of leg cramps? I have a few tips for eliminating them.
You will be surprised how my basic tips can be effective. If my advice doesn’t help, please contact your doctor, there may be a medical condition or medication, causing this problem.
Why leg cramps can occur
How much are you drinking water and coffee throughout the day? If the answer is that you drink a small amount of water and more coffee, then you are probably dehydrated. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps.
Coffee is a diuretic, which means that you will increase elimination through urinating. For every cup of coffee, you should have a cup of water to decrease the effect of caffeine.
Even if you do not drink coffee, there is a chance that you are still not drinking enough water. This example is a common problem. If you think that you are in this category, then pay attention to your daily intake.
Health authorities say you need eight, eight-ounce glasses per day. This is about a half gallon of water. Also, keep in mind if you are exercising and sweating then you will need more.
Have you ever experienced leg cramps after a tough workout? When muscles get tired, they cramp and need to stretch. Take 5 minutes to cool down and stretch out.
Exercising in heat can bring on cramps. I ran one hot summer day to the beach. I drank water before the run and half way through it, and still on my way home my calfs cramped. The only thing I could do is walk back and stretch every few minutes.
Other reasons for muscle cramps are due to low levels of potassium and electrolytes. As you sweat your electrolytes and other natural minerals decrease. The body needs these minerals for a healthy balance in your muscles.
Foods like bananas, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, dates, raisins, coconut, and avocados are rich in potassium. You can replenish your electrolytes with a plant based diet.
Remember your body is incredible, it tells you information; you just have to listen. When your muscles cramp, there is a cause.