Causes & Treatment of Muscle Cramps

by Dr. Jason Barker February 02, 2017

Causes of Muscle Cramps

  • Poor Blood Flow
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle Fatigue
  • Diuretic Medication (i.e. water pills)
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Hyperventilation (breathing too fast and hard)
  • Excessive Vomiting
  • Imbalance of Electrolytes

Imbalance of Electrolytes

These problems 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.

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)
  • Alcohol

Lack of electrolytes is 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)

Treatment Of Muscle Cramps

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 and ease muscle tension while promoting overall relaxation.
  2. Electrolyte Energy Formula contains the electrolytes you need to keep muscles from cramping.
  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.
  5. Get your thyroid and vitamin D levels checked. Thyroid problems and low vitamin D can cause muscle cramping.
  6. If you’re taking an acid blocking drug for reflux, consider rhizinate, a reflux natural treatment.
  7. Eating plenty of leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and other vegetables will supply you with a constant supply of electrolytes.
Dr. Jason Barker
Dr. Jason Barker



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