How does magnesium relate to muscle cramps?
Leg and calf cramps are two of the most common muscle cramps people experience. Athletes are prone to them due to depletion and or lack of vital nutrients in their diet. These involuntary cramps can come with no warning, and stop you in your tracks while running, swimming, as well as waking you from sleep. There are several ways to reduce and eliminate these nagging cramps, magnesium being just one of them.
Magnesium is essential
Magnesium is needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle function and when depleted through excessive exercise (via sweat), these muscles may become problematic. Magnesium is important for the relaxation and contraction of muscles. Many athletes will try replacing or supplementing their diets with sodium to prevent muscle cramps. While sodium may provide temporary relief of the symptoms, more times than not the underlying cause of these muscle cramps are from low concentration of magnesium in the blood system. Furthermore, magnesium is essential for controlling the sodium and potassium pump.
Magnesium missing from most electrolyte products.
Sports drinks are the go to electrolyte replacement product. Products such as Gatorade are advertised as the key way to replace the essential nutrients lost via sweat and vigorous exercise. These sport drinks typically contain: sugars, high fructose corn syrup, natural flavors, sodium and potassium. What is missing? The magnesium essential for controlling and absorbing the electrolytes. How many times have you seen someone stop mid length in a swimming pool crabbing their calf, foot or quad gasping in pain. Me, I’ve seen it more times than I can count (most commonly with men). Sometimes stopping, stretching and massaging the cramp with help, or you will see the person actually get out of the pool to down some electrolyte drink then get back in the pool to finish their workout. In my experience watching these instances, I would say 50% of them don’t recover from the cramp and are left frustrated and not finishing the workout. Every single person that I have come across that suffers from these type of cramps I have offered up a sample of Recovery e21 electrolyte supplement and have seen amazing success. The magic seaweed/electrolyte pills that contain all essential minerals including magnesium could be one of the best remedies I have seen with fantastic results. Muscle cramps are just one of them….
What are some natural magnesium sources?
Bran varieties such as rice, wheat & oat are very high in magnesium and found in many healthy breakfast cereal options. Green leafy vegetables (spinach) and broccoli are also great sources of magnesium. Quick to grab snacks or salad toppers like pumpkin seeds and squash seeds contain over 100% of the dietary value of magnesium per serving. While adding magnesium to your diet via food consumption is the best way to naturally replenish it, often times magnesium supplements are used in the form of a pill and often very effective at reducing symptoms associated with low levels such as leg cramps and muscle fatigue.
In summary, If the body does not have enough magnesium in the system, muscular energy is compromised and symptoms such as muscle cramps, sleep disturbance dizziness and fatigue may occur. Replenishing or supplementing magnesium will help reduce these symptoms as well as promote overall good health. Do your research. Look at the labels and make sure you are getting the most nutritional supplementation in a single does. Make sure you record and take note of the results and how your body responded.