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Cramps

Post by TheVirus » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:11 pm

Hey, anybody knows anything about cramps? What causes them exactly? How to prevent them? What to do when you get one?
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Post by JackBean » Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:33 am

http://www.biolib.cz/en/main/

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Post by TheVirus » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:26 am

Yeah, well, thanks, but i've already tried that. I was hoping someone could explain it to me in simple words.
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Post by JackBean » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:43 am

Basically, for relaxation of muscle you need calcium. If you're lacking it, your muscles are not able to relax and you get crap :)
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Post by kolean » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:26 pm

Menstrual cramps can be helped with magnesium (in balance with calcium levels). This is because the uterus is a smooth muscle, and magnesium relaxes the strong contractions.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Magnesium-for-Menstrual-Health

Now, I have also had cramps in my calves when I was eliminating sodium from my diet. I increased my potassium a little (don't want to get heart palpitations from too much potassium) and they subsided (a banana will help with potassium and magnesium).

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