Leg cramps often occur as a result of lack of calcium in the body. This deficiency can be compensated by an increased intake of milk and milk products. It is recommended drink a glass of warm milk every night or chew some Tums an hour before bedtime. Since Tums can disrupt the process of digestion, it isn’t recommended for long-term use. Calcium supplements can be used in the form of effervescent tablets.
Leg cramps may also appear due to a lack of potassium in the body that can be compensated by taking its supplements or regular consumption of 1-2 bananas a day. Diuretics can cause lack of potassium.
The best remedy for eliminating cramps in the legs is proven to be magnesium which should be taken in doses of 400 mg daily in any form.
Chamomile tea increases the level of glycine (amino acid) which relaxes muscles. Bearing in mind this property it is recommended to consume up to 5 cups of tea a day for at least 2 weeks in order to reduce cramping and pain in the legs.
The medical experts claim that there is direct causality between the upper lip and foot and leg. Therefore, in case of leg or foot cramping, it is necessary to strongly press the upper lip to relieve cramp.
One of the simplest and most effective natural remedies for eliminating leg cramps include pouring or showering cramped area with hot water.
Also, one very simple but somewhat painful method for removing leg cramps is stretching cramped muscle as far as possible. The easiest way to apply this method is by lying in bed. Also, the legs can stretch in a standing position, pushing the heel on the floor and lifting the toes up. This position should be maintained for about half an hour. Another method for stretching calf includes pushing the toes against the wall and staying in that position for about half an hour. This procedure should be consecutively repeated several times and regularly applied, especially if leg cramping frequently occurs.
Muscle cramps can arise as a result of dehydration of the organism and the lack of important electrolytes. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure supplying the body with required amount of liquid.
It is very important to warm up before any physically demanding sport’s activity to prepare the muscles for straining. Warming up should take 10-15 minutes.
Quinine contained in tonic water can also help in eliminating leg cramps, where special attention should be paid to the dosage.
Cramp bark is an herb that positively affects any kind of cramps. It is used mainly in the form of tincture at a dose of 1-2 tablespoons three times a day.
Mixing one tablespoon of calcium lactate, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey in half glass of lukewarm water and drinking immediately will help reliving the leg cramps.
Another of many ways to overcome the problems with cramps involves the making of tea from red raspberry leaf. This tea should be drunk in the morning and evening for at least two weeks.
Vitamin B complex, after 3 weeks from the beginning of their consumption significantly contributes to the reduction of leg cramps. In addition, these vitamins may contribute to alleviate tingling and numbness of the body.
The best known way to eliminate leg cramps is massaging the affected areas. There are various massage techniques and essential oils specifically designed to eliminate cramps.