cramps are caused by chronic contraction or abnormal
toning of the muscles, of which there are three types
skeletal, smooth, and heart. Symptoms of muscle cramps
include tightness in the muscle, pain, and/or tingling
and burning in the affected area.
experiences muscle cramping at some time, but those
who are most prone to it tend to live a sedentary lifestyle,
do not exercise regularly, lack magnesium-rich foods
in their diet (especially green vegetables) and/or eat
an excess of foods that reduce calcium, such as animal
foods, grains, soda, caffeinated beverages, refined
sugars, and processed foods high in phosphates.
Muscle cramps can be due to lack of exercise; low thyroid
function; deficiencies in iron, magnesium, calcium,
vitamin E, and/or folic acid; dietary imbalances; food
allergies; excessive coffee consumption; poor posture;
spinal problems; uncomfortable footwear; past injury;
stress; poor circulation; heart problems; general fatigue;
diabetes; and/or arthritis. If muscle cramping becomes
chronic, all of these factors need to be screened for
and, if present, addressed.
Diuretic medications can worsen muscle cramps
and spasms because of their tendency to deplete the
body of essential minerals, particularly potassium,
calcium, and magnesium, and may create worse muscle
Eat an organic, whole foods diet that is high in calcium-rich
and magnesium-rich foods, such as green leafy vegetables,
fruits (particularly apricots), organic yogurt, kefir,
millet, raw nuts and seeds, and raw organic honey. Minimize
your intake of citrus fruits, meats, and grains. Overall,
you want your diet to be one that supports alkalinity
and minimizes acidity, so you need to make sure each
meal of the day is high in fruit or vegetable content.
Also eliminate coffee and other caffeine drinks and drink plenty of pure filtered
water throughout the day.
The following nutrients are very helpful for relieving
and preventing muscle cramps calcium, magnesium, potassium,
silica, trace minerals, a multimineral supplement, vitamin
B complex, vitamin B1, vitamin B3 (niacin), folic acid,
vitamin C, vitamin E, and chlorophyll.
cramps, particularly in the calf muscles, can also occur
because of a lack of sodium in the body. To prevent
this, take a half a teaspoon of organic sea salt or
Celtic salt in a glass of water once a day.
Rosemary, lavender, marjoram, chamomile, or
clary sage essential oil massaged into the affected
area can provide rapid relief of most muscle cramping.
Rescue Remedy Cream applied topically over
the affected area.
As its name suggests, cramp bark tea is an
excellent herbal remedy for preventing and relieving
muscle cramps. A tincture of equal parts lobelia and
cramp bark can also be applied topically to soothe the
Hot packs, Epsom salt packs or baths, sitz
baths, and/or a full, hot bath can hasten recovery from
muscle cramps. For nighttime leg cramps, soak in a hot
bath for 20-30 minutes before going to bed, then stretch
Carrot, beet, celery, and cucumber juice can
provide your body with vital nutrients to minimize your
risk of cramping.
Massage cramping muscles with a mixture of grated ginger
juice and equal parts olive or sesame oil. Repeat as
needed throughout the day.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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