Leg Cramps and natural remedies

A leg cramp is an involuntary contraction.  Whether it is the calf muscles or the small muscles of the feet, it can be uncomfortable, even painful. They can be caused by different things like dehydration, vigorous exercise, nerve issues, medication, or poor blood circulation. Here are some natural ways to help. Sometimes, a combination of a few can work well.

-Eat potassium rich fruits like bananas, avocados, tomatoes, and dried fruits.

-Eat Yogurt. Yogurt has healthy bacteria that keeps your digestive system working well so nutrients from food can be better absorbed. Yogurt is also a good source of potassium.

-Apple Cider Vinegar is another natural source of potassium. Drink it as a tonic or apply a compress of ACV to the affected area.

-Drink water

-Eat dark leafy vegetables for calcium and magnesium.

-Eat raw cacao or chocolate. As a “super food” it is rich in calcium and magnesium. And who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate?

-Have a glass of milk at bedtime. This is the oldest natural cure for leg cramps at night.

-Rub the area with some eucalyptus oil. It’s cooling and soothing.

-Eat a spoonful of mustard. Mustard has acetic acid which stimulates your muscles and keeps the blood circulating.

-Take a hot bath and/or pour hot water over the cramp. It will help soothe the muscles.

Don’t let cramps cramp your style!

 

 

Coffee, Tea, or

Whether your drink of choice is coffee or tea, it’s fun to experiment. Both have many health benefits. I have tried different sweeteners in my coffee in an effort to reduce sugar. I have also tried different types of milk. Over time I cut both sugar and milk and drink coffee black.

Tea is interesting to experiment with too. I love Masala tea and Golden Milk (with fresh turmeric and ginger). I recently tried Fennel tea because of its many health benefits. It really gave my digestive system a work out! I’m now on to Mountain tea (I’m told only found in Greece). I love the taste, it’s a bit like chamomile. What are you experimenting with? Please share.

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