Leg Cramps

I did a bit of research on what causes leg cramps on WebMD. Of the items listed there, the most probable one, for me, was the lack of potassium. I used to take a potassium supplement. But I slacked off probably a month or two ago and I wonder if that’s why that cramp woke me so rudely the other morning. I headed to my stash of pills and resumed my morning potassium pill. So far, so good, no rude awakenings with leg cramps.

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4 Responses to Leg Cramps

  1. susie says:

    Hmmm, perhaps I need more potassium, especially with our dangerously high temps the past week and projected for this week. A few nights ago I woke with cramps in my thighs, which has never happened before. Then my lower legs (shins and calves) started cramping. I have been drinking Gatorade, but potassium tablets would surely be cheaper! Thanks for this article.

  2. susie says:

    On second thought, I don’t thinks shins can cramp, but they did hurt.

  3. fillyjonk says:

    When it’s hot out cramps can be worse, too, because of dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Luckily I seem to manage to avoid them most of the time. (I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, including some high in potassium, and I’m careful to drink enough water)

    I like coconut water and often drink it on hot days. I can’t do most Gatorades because of the food coloring in them, and also coconut water has less sodium and less sugar.

    • susie says:

      I haven’t tried coconut water, but you have me thinking I should. Less sodium and sugar, and no food coloring sound very healthy. Thanks for the mention of it.

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