Help for Muscle Cramps & Spasms

Posted at 11:00 - July 13th, 2019 - Megan & Jae - Education Guides

A cramp in a muscle is caused by an involuntary spasm or contraction. Muscle contraction causes the release of sodium and potassium. When taxed, muscles lacking minerals are not able to contract and release. Staying in the contracted position causes a cramp.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the most common locations for muscle cramps include the calf, hamstring or quadriceps muscles. Usual causes include: Overworking a muscle, poor hydration, electrolyte (magnesium, potassium, chloride, sodium) depletion, insufficient blood flow to the muscle or nerve compression.
According to NYU Langone Medical Center, deficiencies in minerals, especially electrolytes, can lead to muscular cramping because muscles need minerals to be able to contract and expand. In addition to a diet lacking critical minerals, medications (especially diuretics) can deplete essential nutrients.

Daily dietary recommendations for optimum muscle support

  • Potassium: 4,700 milligrams - possible food sources include sweet potatoes, tomatoes, soy, yogurt and tuna
  • Calcium: 500 – 800mg from algae-based supplements or food sources including sardines, soy, leafy green vegetables and chia seeds
  • Magnesium: 300 to 600mg, on average, - possible food sources include nuts, squash, bran, spinach, beans and avocado
  • According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin D deficiency may contribute to muscle weakness because the body uses this vitamin to support calcium and phosphorous balance
  • Vitamin E, B vitamins and selenium are also important nutrients for muscle health
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Activity and Workouts Concerns

  • Loss of electrolytes can lead to painful muscle cramps and potentially muscle injury.
  • Intense workouts or working out for extended time periods can use up available electrolytes
  • Sweating causes the body to lose electrolytes
  • Muscle exhaustion may lead to cramping
  • A pulled muscle is a tear in the muscle tissue that occurs when the muscle is pushed too far creating damage

Injury


Pulled muscles are usually the result of not preparing the muscle for work through proper stretching, placing too much tension on the muscle or over-using the muscle. Soreness is usually the first symptom then the muscle becomes painful, difficult to use and may appear swollen and/or bruised. Healing may require reduced usage for take several weeks.

Dehydration


The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons report that sweating depletes the muscles of sodium, potassium and chloride (electrolytes). Cramping occurs when these minerals are not replaced through proper hydration. Increased body temperature from exercise or hot weather exposure also contributes to dehydration unless additional water is consumed. Many people are chronically dehydrated from lack of adequate water throughout the day.

Ways to Improve Muscle Health

  • While cramps are painful, they are usually temporary.
  • Stretching the muscle, staying hydrated and resting the muscle help prevent further injury
  • A simple technique to relieve a muscles cramp is to walk it off, then gently shake the leg and massage the muscle
  • Include a regular stretching routine before and after exercising to warm up and cool down muscles
  • Drink fluids with electrolytes added when exercising in a hot environment which can cause dehydration and loss of critical minerals
  • Applying heat or taking a warm bath can assist fatigued muscles

Trace Minerals NO! Muscle Cramps

A unique blend of electrolytes to keep muscles hydrated and working painlessly. These minerals are made more bioavailable because of the supportive matrix of 72 ionic trace minerals included in the solution.

Hyland’s Leg Cramps

A homeopathic formula designed to help bring temporary relief from muscle cramps and pains in the lower back and legs. May assist with: Cramps in legs, calves and feet as well as joint stiffness.

Solaray Magnesium & Potassium Asporotates

An advanced formula containing the two most critical minerals for muscle contraction/release/hydration in a highly bioavailable combination with bromelain (works as both a digestive enzyme and an anti-inflammatory).

Eureka Market Vitamin D

Supplied in a base of beneficial MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil, it is an optimum choice for getting critical Vitamin D to support the calcium/phosphorous balance needed by all muscle functions.

Sources:
Livestrong.com
Mercola.com


Authors

Megan is our product curator and store visionary. Personally vetting every product that comes through the door, she evaluates thousands of items each month with a focus on quality ingredients and value. Well-schooled in the supplements department and the editor of our in-store newsletters, she still insists her main job is raising three daughters! (Wichita, Kansas)

 

2019 marks Jae’s 20th year working as a Holistic Nutritionist and Supplement Specialist in the Health Food industry. This environment has afforded the opportunity to discuss health issues and solutions with thousands of customers and clients. Along the way, she has acquired multiple certifications including biogenealogy, environmental biology, holistic nutrition and various healing modalities. She is currently studying to complete a Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition.

All Eureka Market Education Guides are intended for educational purposes only. The guides are NOT intended to substitute for professional medical consultation and as such, do not diagnose, prescribe or offer personal medical advice. Always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements with prescription medications.

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