Muscle Cramping & Spasms
Treatment for Muscle Cramps
Muscle cramps are a pain! Treatment centers around supplying the muscles with the right nutrients so they don't over-contract and become spasmed. Treatment for foot cramps, muscle cramps, leg cramps, “charlie horse” or nocturnal leg cramps can be done naturally.
|1. Muscle Cramp/Tension Formula provides important electrolytes and soothing herbs to help lessen occasional nighttime or exercise-related leg muscle cramps, eases muscle tension and promotes overall relaxation.|
|2. Electrolyte Energy Formula contains the electrolytes you need to keep muscles from cramping. A great pre- and post-workout addition!|
|3. Make sure you take a vitamin B-6 supplement; B-6 helps to escort magnesium (an important muscle-relaxing electrolyte) and other electrolytes into the muscles.|
|4. Stay hydrated and stretch tight muscles regularly.|
1. Get your thyroid gland and vitamin D levels checked. Thyroid problems and low vitamin D can cause muscle cramping.
2. If you’re taking an acid blocking drug for reflux, consider a reflux natural treatment. Acid reflux drugs inhibit your body's ability to absorb minerals, which are needed for proper muscle function!
3. Eating plenty of leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and other vegetables will provide you with a constant supply of electrolytes.
Muscle cramps are typically caused by an imbalance in electrolytes, or the specific minerals (and other nutrients) that help the muscles to relax after they contract, or tighten.
Muscle cramps, foot cramps and nocturnal leg cramps are extremely common – and can be difficult to treat. It's not as simple as eating a few bananas for the potassium. You need plenty of other electrolytes including sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium for proper muscle function.
Further, electrolytes won’t just be automatically absorbed into your body – if this were true you probably wouldn’t be having muscle cramps, “Charlie horse”, foot cramps or nocturnal leg cramps in the first place.
Electrolytes can be tough to absorb for a few reasons, such as:
- Acid blocking prescription drugs and antacids (minerals need acid to be absorbed)
- Tannins (chemicals in coffee, tea, wine)
Lack of electrolytes can be due to:
- Poor diet (minimal fresh veggies, nuts, fruits, etc)
- Excessive sweating. People whose clothes have a white ‘stain’ on them after sweating have a heavy loss of electrolytes in their sweat.
- Poor hydration, with the wrong fluids (soda, energy drinks, coffee, tea, etc). These drinks can actually dehydrate you!
Other causes of muscle cramps include:
- Poor blood flow
- Muscle fatigue
- Diuretic medication (“water pills”)
- Thyroid imbalance (high or low function)
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Hyperventilation (breathing too fast and hard)
- Excessive vomiting or diarrhea, such as when you have a gut bug or food poisoning.