Foot and Leg Cramps

February 3, 2014

A few of my clients experience lower leg or foot cramps, especially at night. Ouch! I found this interesting article that explains the various causes and possible natural remedies.

Cramps that happen at night may be due to calcium deficiency, or magnesium or potassium imbalance.  Calcium is needed to contract a muscle and magnesium and potassium is needed to release the contraction. In this article they suggest that cramps occurring on the right side of the body indicate magnesium is needed and left sided cramps indicates calcium is needed.  Interesting!   I have also read about people who spray magnesium oil right onto a cramp for faster relief.

Hydration also plays and important role in preventing cramps.  Most people do not drink enough water in a day, and when a cramp occurs a sports drink might be a good idea.

Calcium Rich Foods:

  • Milk Products

  • Sardines

  • Dark Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, collards)

  • Soy beans

Magnesium Rich Foods:

  • Dark Leafy Green (spinach, kale, collards)

  • Nuts and Seeds (sesame, almonds, cashews)

  • Fish

  • Beans and Lentils

  • Whole Grains

Potassium Rich Foods:

  • Sweet Potato

  • White beans

  • Yogurt

  • Banana

  • Broccoli

  • Cantaloupe

As always, if you want to learn more or explore ways to deal with your leg or foot cramps, consult your doctor.

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