Cramp is a sudden and severe, involuntary muscle contraction that can last anything from a few seconds to approximately ten minutes. Cramp can happen anywhere in the body but the most common place is in the legs.
There are many different causes for muscle cramps, but one of them may be caused by a poor diet and dehydration. One way to help stop cramp is to eat enough electrolytes such as sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium!
Where do I find these electrolytes – I hear you ask?! Fear not, listed below are 6 foods rich in these key nutrients and can be easily incorporated into your lifestyle!
These wonderful nuggets of nutrition contain potassium, calcium and magnesium and have approximately six times more calcium than bananas!
Just one creamy avocado has twice as much potassium as sweet potatoes or bananas! The avocado is important because potassium helps to keep your heart healthy and helps your muscles to work.
What a total package the melon is. It is packed full of potassium, magnesium, calcium and a little sodium, but more importantly contains loads of water. Water is essential in keeping you hydrated as dehydration is a known cause of muscle cramps.
Leafy, Dark Greens!
Try adding spinach, kale of broccoli to your dinner plate as they are extremely rich in calcium and magnesium!
Beans and Lentils!
These little legumes are really high in fibre which can help lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and control your blood sugar level, not to mention that they are packed full with magnesium.
Oily fish such as salmon, mackrel or sardines can help to improve your circulation as muscle cramps can be the result of poor blood flow.
Next time you go food shopping put some or all of these foods into your basket and wave “Hello” to a healthier lifestyle!
From the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire