Leg cramps are really frustrating, especially if they hit during the night. Some people can’t stand the pain that radiates along the entire leg.
It’s impossible to sleep, and sometimes these cramps affect overall health.
Cramps are caused by insufficient physical activity, dehydration, and poor blood flow in the lower limbs. They may last up to a minute or even a few days in the worst cases.
You can use a few simple tricks to prevent and treat your cramps. Boost your magnesium intake, and eat more dates, bananas, yoghurt, dark greens, vegetables, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate.
We give you a list of the best natural sources of magnesium:
- Greek yogurt
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sardines and salmon
- Sea salt
- Green leafy veggies
Magnesium oil can also help you. Rub it on the affected are before you go to bed, and let it work overnight.
- ½ cup magnesium chloride flakes
- ½ cup distilled water
Bring the water to a boil, and add in the flakes. Stir while you do that. Take the liquid off the heat, and let it cool at room temperature. Transfer your magnesium oil into a spray bottle.
Spray the oil onto your legs before bedtime.
There’s nothing better than a good stretch. It stimulates blood flow, and eases the transport of oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Look for stretches that involve using a ball, and find what works best for you.
Vitamin D improves the absorption of calcium. Spend more time in the sun, and eat more seafood and mushrooms.
Drink plenty of water. However, electrolytes sometimes go out of balance, and you should do more than just drink water.
Combine half a teaspoon of ionized salt, 1 quart water, and 6 teaspoons of sugar or honey. If you use honey, add a quarter teaspoon of salt. You can also add the juice of two limes and lemons.
Drink your electrolyte drink every day
- Walk at a slow pace to stimulate blood flow
- Massage your calves, and circular motions work best
- Extend the affected leg, and stretch