Saturday, November 28, 2009

Leg Cramps

Leg cramps may be caused by a number of circulatory problems. Inefficient blood flow in the lower extremities is common as you age. One of the most frequent complaints is called intermittent claudication.

Get the kinks out of your diet!

There are a number of vitamins that may help relieve leg cramps. Vitamin B-6 has had good results, but check with your doctor for dosage recommendations before you try these. Vitamin E benefits the circulatory system in many ways, and it seems to have positive effects in relieving night foot and leg cramps. Take up to 400 IU of vitamin E daily. For higher doses, you should consult a physician. People who take diuretics may suffer from leg cramps. If this is the case, add bananas to your diet to make sure you get enough potassium. A banana or two each day should replace the potassium you are losing. Since this is sometimes caused by a deficiency of calcium and magnesium, it would be wise to consume foods that are high in these minerals such as dark green leafy vegetables and whole grains. You may be able to reduce the occurrences of leg cramps by changing your eating habits. Leg cramps may be an indications of calcium deficiency, so be sure to include plenty of greens in your diet. Eat them raw or steamed to get the most benefits from the vegetable's nutrients. Also, try eating less sugar, white flour and fatty meats for a week. See if you notice a difference.

Stretch it out!

If you feel a muscle about to tighten up, take a moment and stretch it. You can also stretch a muscle that's already cramping, but the technique is more effective if you use it to ward off a cramp. Improving your blood circulation can prevent muscle cramps. When you wake in the morning, and when you go to bed at night, lie on your back and raise your legs above your body. Lean your legs against a wall, the end of the bed, etc., and keep them elevated for about ten minutes. Twice a day should do the trick.

Putting discomfort to bed!

Grandma was always after us to keep our feet warm. She was convinced that walking around on a cold floor could bring on leg cramps. If you have a problem with spasms in the legs and feet, try wearing a pair of warm, wool socks to bed. Leg cramps that occur at night can be relieved with this sweet and sour remedy. In half a glass of warm water, mix one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of calcium lactate. You should be feeling better is less than half an hour.

Wash away the Pain!

Here's a soothing tea that can wash away leg cramps. Some say if you drink one cup of red raspberry leaf tea twice a day--in the morning and in the evening--you may say goodbye to leg cramps for good.

Pinch Away the Pain!

Try this remedy in a pinch. Some say it works almost instantly. When you first feel a leg cramp, pinch the skin between your upper lip and your nose with your thumb and index finger. Put your fingers on either side of the "divot" and keep pinching this point for about twenty seconds and the cramps should disappear. This is especially effective for people who get leg cramps while swimming.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the advice!! I suffer from cramping, but not just in extremities. I've heard that magnesium also helps...


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