leg cramp

Get Rid of Leg Cramps Naturally

Leg cramps can be excruciatingly painful and will stop activities dead in their tracks or wake you up from a peaceful nights sleep. Caused by recumbency cramps, the muscles spasm and contract. They are most often caused by dehydration, and electrolyte or mineral imbalance. Most people suffer from leg cramps at night as the body relaxes and recumbent cramps cause muscles, most often in the calves of the legs, to tense up tightly for a minute or longer. Leg cramps at night or nocturnal leg cramps are frustrating, painful and often difficult to treat as they keep you from getting out of bed.

The best way to handle leg cramps is to prevent them. By taking preventative steps you can help to reduce or even eliminate the number of leg cramps you suffer during the day and night. Children and adults can both suffer frequently from these sorts of cramps. Individuals suffering from diseases such as restless leg syndrome, peripheral artery disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, pregnancy and many more are more likely to suffer from leg cramps than others. Take steps today to prevent leg cramps, especially nighttime leg cramps, when possible and learn how to ease them when they act up.

How do I prevent Leg Cramps?

  • Drink lots of water. Water helps to avoid dehydration which can cause muscle spasms after exercising.
  • Increase your intake of Potassium and Calcium through fruits and vegetables such as bananas and dairy products such as yogurt.
  • Eat foods high in magnesium such as leafy green spinach or pumpkin seeds.
  • Always use proper, supportive footwear to avoid putting extra pressure on muscles.
  • Keep sheets and bed covers loose so the feet are not forced into awkward positions.
  • When exercising, be sure to stretch properly before starting and after stopping.
  • Drink a glass of warm milk before bed to help reduce any vitamin deficiencies.
  • Drink five cups of chamomile tea everyday for two weeks to help relax muscles and prevent cramping. Chamomile also contains glycine, an amino acid that helps to relieve muscle spasms.
  • Drink an infusion of red raspberry tea every morning and evening.
  • Consider supplements for calcium, potassium and magnesium.

What are the symptoms of  Leg Cramps ?

  • Tight muscles in the legs
  • Painful muscles in the legs
  • Tingling of the leg muscles
  • Muscle twitches in the legs
  • Swelling, knotting or bulging of the painful muscles
  • Inability to move your legs
  • Muscle tenderness

How Do I get rid of  Leg Cramps ?

  • Gently massage the affected area until the cramp dissolves
  • Gently stretch the affected muscle.
  • Try applying a heating pad or warm bottle of water to the muscle as you stretch and massage it.
  • Massage with lavender or rosemary oils. They help relax muscles and prevent further cramping. After massaging, wrap the affected muscle in a warm towel to help the oils seep into the skin effectively.
  • Have a teaspoon of mustard mixed in a glass of water.
  • Have a teaspoon of pickle juice mixed in water.
  • Mix together a tablespoon of calcium lactate with a teaspoon of honey and another teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. It will help to almost instantly boost your potassium levels and ease the cramp.
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