Electrolytes & muscle cramping
Cramps are involuntary muscle contractions that occur during or after a hard workout. Normal muscle function happens when electric signals are sent from the brain down the spinal cord and into the muscles by electric ions known as Electrolytes. Deficiencies in Electrolytes can cause twitching or muscle spasms. Calf cramps is something most people have experienced during exercise. Even light activities can cause spasms, such as writers cramp in the hands and fingers. A healthy diet with sufficient Electrolyte intake and exercise can go a long way to help prevent muscle cramping.
Calcium and magnesium play an important role in preventing muscle cramps and the daily requirements can easily be met in a healthy diet containing meat, fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, dairy and vegetables. People on a fad diet may need to supplement with Electrolytes when not eating an ample amount of real food sources.
1) correcting your posture can do wonders to prevent putting muscles under strain and increasing blood flow.
2) cold showers and hot baths can help to increase blood flow into the muscles.
3) Breathing techniques; rapid breathing (hyperventilation) can cause an imbalance in carbon dioxide in the blood, meaning proteins attach themselves to calcium ions making them unavailable to the muscles.
4) Progressive relaxation; tensing and relaxing various muscle groups can help to prevent muscle spasms after a few sets of toning and relaxing.
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