Even though hydration is a great start, our bodies sometimes need more than just some water. Our body requires specific minerals and nutrients that cannot be provided by electrolytes and water. One of the best minerals for prevention of leg cramps is magnesium. If, as we said before, electrolytes are the masseuse of the organism then magnesium is the massage oil.
Our body uses magnesium rapidly. So, in order to avoid cramping you should consume about 250 to 300 milligrams of magnesium on a daily basis. Foods that are rich in magnesium are: lentils, nuts, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, spinach, prepared potatoes, molasses.
Potassium is yet another mineral that is great cramp prevention. In order to control and direct body fluids potassium is interacting with sodium. Leg cramps, caused by dehydration, most likely occur due to low potassium or high sodium.
Besides its ability to protect you from all types of cramps, potassium also acts as a cramp relieving agent.
Once potassium enters the digestive system it helps you by directing the body fluids to the affected areas. If you consume foods that are rich in potassium while your leg (or any other part of your body) is cramping, you will allow yourself with a quick relief.
Remember, although cramps occur in everyone, each person’s body is different. If you are experiencing frequent cramping you should consider speaking to your doctor.
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