Nocturnal Leg Cramps
Nocturnal Leg Cramps are generally cramps that occur in your calf muscles and possibly your feet at night. Then these cramps occur you are suddenly awakened by the intense pain in your legs and find it difficult to move you legs. Although the cramp may not last much more than a minute, they can leave you sore for an extended period of time. If the source of your cramps does not seem to be related to exercise, dialysis or other known conditions – you may be having cramps due to vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
Diet and Leg Cramps
Although there are othet potential causes, common deficiencies and therefore remedies for nocturnal leg cramps include vitamin E, Calcuim, magnesium, and Potassium. Vitamins and minerals should be reseached so that you may identify what your particular case reuires, some nutrients affect the absorption or use of others – for example calcium help magnesium absorption and sufficient magnesium levels are required to allow muscles to properly use calcium and postasium
Below are some foods natuarly high in vitamins and minerals that may help relieve cramping:
- Vitamin E: Wheat Germ, Vegetable Oils, Sprouted Seeds, Grains
- Magnesium: Spinach other Green Leafy Vegetables, Nuts, Figs, Pumpkin Seeds, Black Beans
- Potassium: Banana, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Oranges, Grapefruit, sports drinks
- Calcium: Milk, Yougurt, Cheese, Green Leafy Vegetables, Brocolli, Kale, Spinach, Oranges, Salmon, Sesame Seeds, Almonds, Tums(antacid)
If you are certain that you do get enough vitamins and minerals, you may need to examine some other dietary habits which can negativly affect absorption or cause depletion of these nutrients. Diets high in alcohol, fats, sugars colas and the use of some medication can inhibit nutrient absorption or cause depletion of important nutrients.
Other Ways to Reduce Leg Cramps
Other factors that can influence your Nocturnal Leg Cramps include the following:
- Dehydration: Insufficient dietary intake of water can lead to many types of problems including cramping
- Stretching: Can reduce the frequency of cramps, although if cramps are related to a poor diet this won’t stop them
- Sleeping Habits: Keeping your feet exposed or the blankets very loose so that your feet do not point out when you sleep may also help reduce the frequency of cramps occurring.
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