Recently I have been awakened in the early hours of the night by painful reoccurring late night lower leg cramps. This has been happening usually two to three times a night about an hour or so apart. I don’t have to tell you what this does to a good night sleep. I have been told that this can happen because of dehydration but this was ruled out because of the high quantities of Ionized, alkaline water that I drink on a consistent basis.
So out of frustration I began to do some research and found that several Doctors report that many baby boomers approaching the age of 50 and over suffer from recurrent lower leg cramps usually occurring in the calves and feet. Hey that’s exactly what is happening to me, I thought, so I researched further.
In these circumstances the culprit is usually a mineral deficiency. This can happen even if you are taking a multi vitamin. The three most common mineral deficiencies lacking in the body in order, are Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium. All three of these minerals play a key role in muscle contraction and other vital functions. One of the ways to test for this is through a blood test but they are not always accurate.
What you can do to solve this problem of Leg Cramps.
The first and really most important is to consume foods that are rich in these minerals. Here is a list of just a few foods that you can find these minerals in. Magnesium is found in whole grains, legumes and green, leafy vegetables. You will find a good source of Calcium in broccoli, collard greens, kelp (also call sea veggies). Calcium is also found in some dairy products such as yogurt and milk but unfortunately because of all the hormones and preservatives found in dairy these days this is not going to be your best choice. Potassium-rich foods include apples, bananas, oranges, tomatoes and potatoes.
Now having said that, the average U.S. diet is severally lacking in the quality and quantity of the proper foods required to receive the sufficient amount of minerals necessary to promote good health.
Mineral supplements -for leg cramps
The second course of action would be to take a combination of nutritional supplements to boost the body’s mineral levels. A recommended dose of these supplements would be as follows: Calcium (500 mg) Magnesium (250-400 mg) the best time to take these is after dinner. For most people this will resolve the problem within a day or so. If this doesn’t do the trick then a Potassium deficiency may be the problem. A good source for potassium can be found in low sodium V-8 juice, try drinking at least one 8 ounce glass and see what happens?
Take a minute and leave me a comment and let me know if your have experienced these dreaded leg cramps and your course of action and success in alleviating them.
I have also added a link to amazon for some of the supplements that I am currently taking.