|Boost mineral intake for muscle cramps
Question : I HAVE been suffering from muscle cramps, especially
after playing football and exercising. What is the cause of the muscle
cramps and how can I prevent them ?
Answer : CRAMPS usually occur due to the sudden involuntary
contraction of a muscle. Often, there is no obvious cause, but it may occur
with over exertion or chilling of the muscles, for example, when doing
strenuous physical activity. Common causes of muscle cramps are inadequate
flow of blood to muscle, the body is over acidic, exhaustion, muscle injury,
poor posture, over exertion of certain muscles and excessive loss of
minerals ( potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium ). It is uncommon for cramps
to be caused by a serious underlying disorder. In most cases, the cramp goes
away within a few minutes.
During muscle cramps, try to stretch and then relax the affected muscle.
Always warm up and cool down by stretching before and after workouts to
prevent cramps. A gentle massage is useful to extend and stretch the
contracted muscles. It is also advisable to drink lots of fluids to
rehydrate the body.
Increase the intake of minerals that are needed for muscle contraction
and nerve conduction such as calcium and magnesium. Take a vitamin B
complex, which contains water- soluble vitamins that help maintain the
nervous system and muscle tone and possess soothing and relaxing effects.
The ginkgo herb may also help to relieve muscle cramps as it is used to
stimulate blood circulation.