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Every day I get cramps when I stretch my legs. It occurs the most while I'm in bed.
Sometimes I stretch slower if I feel like I’ll cramp up. Definitely drink more water.
You need more salt. I have the same issues especially when I am fasting or didnt eat enough after exertion. You probably have a hard job or workout alot. Put half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of water and it will go away in an hour. Just dont overdo the salt it will give you the shits.
No, try potasium and magnesium first. Most people get way too much salt to begin with. Adding more will only stress your heart amd liver function. You need some sodium, but that is rare to find someone lacking it. They make calcium/magnesium supplements that are great for muscle issues. They work in conjunction with each other. And bananas are a common food for athletes to consume when cramps strike. Although potatoes have more potasium. And hydrate hydrate hydrate!
Salt has potassium and magnesium in it. I take potassium and magnesium supplements everyday and if I do too much working out it does not help. People are low on salt if they are doing strenuous work with lots of sweating. Thats why athletes drink gatorade. Its filled with salt.
Only epsom salt has magnesium, not table salt. And only some table salt has a negligible amount of potassium and will do more harm than good. You probably need more calcium if it's not being absorbed into your body. And gatorade is only good if you are engaged in strenuous activity. Doesn't sound like the OP is. In general gatorade is not a good choice because it has more sodium than you actually need and lots of sugar, not to mention food dyes. Spring or mineral water will suffice. Also, you should try to get these nutrients from food and not from supplements. Many supplements (not all are created equally) don't offer bioavailable nutrients, meaning your body doesn't absorb them and you will pee it out.
Pink Himalayan salt is what I use and it does have magnesium and alot of other minerals. Redmans real salt is also really good. I feel like we have had this same discussion years ago on here or maybe its just deja vu.
I said I thought he was having a strenuous lifestyle in my original comment and I was wrong. I have dealt with this issue myself alot, I do alot of strenuous activities where I need the extra salt. I use to be a roofer and needed it. Even nowadays I do alot of running and weight lifting everyday and actually just yesterday my calves started cramping up bad in my sleep so I took a teaspoon of pink himalayan salt and it went away.
If you look up "symptoms of salt deficiency" you'll see it causes alot of cramping. If you're deficient in the salt its not dangerous to take some salt.
You use hippie salt! Haha. I wouldn't be surprised if we talked about nutrition in the past. I am passionate about it. But a salt deficiency is pretty rare and I would rule out more common causes first. I'm glad it works for you. But if you have high blood pressure or are pre diabetic, salt is not a good option.
It might be to do with the fact that I'm not very active?
If you're not very active, stop screwing yourself over and get some exercise. Your calves aren't used to doing anything, so something as simple as a stretch will set them off. I used to be fat, lazy, and had calf cramps every week. I hated it.
The things the other two users are saying above about being low on key nutrients matter too. Please take care of yourself.
I do walk a lot but I don't ever really run or stretch before going out.
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