Muscle cramps can occur at any time without any warning at all. Although we don’t really know what causes a muscle cramp, science shows that one of the main causes is in relation to your diet and the lack of certain minerals in your body. Your body requires an adequate amount of sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium to function at its best, that’s why we suggest you eat more of these foods to prevent muscle cramps.
Sodium is an essential electrolyte that you commonly lose when you sweat. It helps maintain a normal fluid balance and regulates blood pressure. Avoid getting sodium from processed foods and try to get it from natural sea salt or Himalayan rock salt. Be careful not to go overboard unless you need it since high sodium levels are associated with high blood pressure.
Magnesium helps regulate your body’s functioning and biochemical processing including muscle contractions and nerve functions. It plays a role in energy production, protein synthesis, nerve conduction, muscle relaxation, and electrolyte balance. To increase your Magnesium levels, eat more dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, soy, whole grains, and legumes.
Potassium helps your body break down carbs and build muscle. It also plays a role in the muscular function and nervous system and helps generate electrical impulses. Vegetables and fruits such as sweet potato, potato (with skin on), pumpkin, bananas, melons, and avocado are rich in Potassium.
Your body needs Calcium to control muscular contractions (including heart, intestines, and blood vessels) and nerve impulse generations. Food sources such as dairy, dark leafy greens, nuts, and certain fish (sardines, anchovies, pink salmon) contain high amounts of Calcium.
Avoid these foods
Try to avoid or limit inflammatory foods such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed meats. Decreasing your intake of these foods can significantly limit the inflammation in your body which can help prevent muscle cramps in the future.
There is no guarantee that incorporating and/or eliminating these foods will stop a muscle cramp. That’s why it is always good to keep a bottle of CrampFix on you so you can rapidly relieve muscle cramps in seconds. Try our CrampFix Mouth Spray for NON-exercise related muscle cramps such as nighttime cramps, or try our QuickFix Shots when you’re on the go or at an event for easy storage!