What are some common causes of leg cramps?
Lack of potassium. The daily recommended amount is 4700 mg. Below are the top foods with potassium.
One reason there may be a lack of potassium in the body is due to a person taking diuretics. This medicine is crucial to help get rid of extra swelling in the legs. If this is the case be sure and ask your physician if you should take a potassium supplement.
Another major cause of leg cramps is a lack of Magnesium. The daily recommended amount is if you are over age 31 is 320mg for women and men is 420mg. This mineral helps potassium and calcium cross cell membranes.
Almonds are nutrient-dense and full of healthy fats and protein. Their high fiber content helps regulate blood sugar and reduces hunger, making it a great snack for those looking to manage their weight. Better yet, just one ounce of almonds contains 80mg of magnesium!
Spinach is packed with magnesium, providing 157mg in a single cup. Additionally, this leafy green has many other vitamins and minerals that help optimize magnesium absorption.
Pumpkin seeds contain a whopping 184mg of magnesium in just ¼ cup! That’s approximately half recommended daily allowance (RDA).
Avocados contain 58mg of magnesium in a single fruit. Healthy fats present in avocados are great for heart and brain health and actually contain more potassium than bananas!
Cultured yogurt contains 30mg of magnesium per cup and is a superb source of protein. Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and probiotics, which are all also found in yogurt, make this one nutrient-rich, gut-healthy snack. – See more at: http://www.drperlmutter.com
Another reason is lack of calcium. 1200mg is the recommended daily amount
- 1) Raw Milk. 1 cup: 300 mg (30% DV)
- 2) Kale (cooked) 1 cup: 245 mg (24% DV)
- 3) Sardines (with bones) 2 ounces: 217 mg (21% DV)
- 4) Yogurt or Kefir. 6 oz: 300 mg (30% DV)
- 5) Broccoli. 1 ½ cup cooked: 93 mg (9% DV)
- 6) Watercress. 1 cup: 41 mg (4% DV)
- 7) Cheese. 1 oz: 224 mg (22% DV)
There are some other possibilities that can cause leg cramps and leg pain. We will go over these in the future. A few may be restless leg syndrome, lumbar stenosis, and some others.