Cramps can sometimes cause pain in your feet, calves and thighs. Let’s not forget the discomfort you feel at night.
Leg cramps are common in people who don’t exercise too often. It’s a result of dehydration and poor circulation in legs. Cramps will usually bug you for a few seconds, but in some people they may last up to few minutes or even days.
A few simple tricks can help you treat your problem. Consider boosting your magnesium intake. Add yoghurt, dates, bananas, dark greens, veggies, pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate to your menu.
Top 15 magnesium-rich foods
- Greek yogurt
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sardines and salmon
- Sea salt
- Green leafy veggies
You can also use magnesium oil, and rub it on your legs at bedtime.
Here’s how to make it:
You will need half a cup of magnesium chloride flakes and half a cup of distilled water.
Bring the water to a boil, and stir in the flakes. Turn the heat off once the flakes are fully dissolved. Transfer the resulting liquid into a spray bottle.
Spray your legs at bedtime. You will need about 5-10 sprays on each legs.
Stretching improves blood flow, and eases the transport of oxygen and nutrients to cells. Transfer your body weight on a ledge, and stay in this position for 2 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds, and make 6-8 repetitions on each leg.
It enhances the absorption of calcium. Your body needs enough calcium to balance fluids. Spend more time in the sun and eat more seafood and mushrooms.
Drink plenty of water, and hydrate your body.
Electrolyte drink recipe
Add half a teaspoon of unionized salt and six tablespoons of sugar into a quart of water. You can use honey instead of sugar, but make sure you reduce the salt by half. You will also need lime or lemon juice. Drink this every day.
Always walk at a slow pace, and massage your calves with circular movements.
Extend your cramping leg, and flex your ankles. Point the toes upwards, and tug your feet.