I was watching a basketball game yesterday, University of Arkansas Razorbacks v. North Carolina. During the game I noticed how several of our players would have to suddenly stop because of muscle cramps. The trainer would take them back to the locker room where I assumed they received a mineral drip and some stretches.
So, why do we get muscle cramps? It may be from overuse of a muscle while exercising, dehydration, and/or lack of minerals, such as, calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium.
What can you do if you get a muscle cramp? Do some stretches, and drink plenty of water for starters. You can also use a heating pad, ice cloth or ice on the area. Increase your intake of minerals. There are trace minerals that are great for reducing the risk of cramps.
How do you prevent muscle cramps? Stay hydrated, eat nutritional foods (fruits, vegetables, and protein), eat bananas which are high in potassium, and take magnesium, and stretch your muscles before exercising.
Here’s to your Health!
Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR