random muscles cramping

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 10:39
..At first I just thought I was dehydrated but after a month of drinking 3+ water bottles a day I still cramp in my legs, arms, fingers, stomach and many other odd places when I exercise, and even sometimes when Im just slightly moving.. what do you guys think could be causing it?

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 11:01
Maybe some potassium is needed in your diet? Banana's might help.


Also sodium ... you can drink Gatorade or other sports hydration drinks, they may help.

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 11:06
First, this is a question best answered by your doctor, and you should consult with him/her.

Having said that, one possibility is low or unbalanced electrolytes. You may not be getting enough potassium or sodium.

EDIT: Looked at your diet calendar. You're getting a lot of sodium in your diet. A ton, on some days. So that's not the issue. Getting more potassium in your diet wouldn't hurt - but checking with your doctor is still the better approach.

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 11:43
I think I read that you need a balance of potassium and sodium, so maybe bringing down the sodium and adding in some potassium would do the trick?
- Natalie

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 12:04
What they said-- potassium is often the prime culprit in muscle cramps. If it were me I'd add a banana per day to my diet.

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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 16:41
Also I hope you are not one of those dieters who try to replace their food with a gallon of water per day. Stay hydrated but remember that you can mess up your electrolites if you drink too much water, especially if you sweat a lot during work out.
The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~ Author Unknown
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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 19:17
I had a lack of potassium as well and I added orange juice to my diet. 1 cup is 500 mg of potassium.
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Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 23:24
Along with the potassium and sodium issues mentioned above, Calcium is also very important for normal muscle contraction and relaxation. Orange juice with calcium added is a good option.

Also, Nuun makes a tablet that can be dropped in water and will help maintain a better electrolyte profile without the sugar in drinks like Gatorade.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2012, 00:32
The more I think about it, the more I think that you should go see your doctor. It would be worth running labs to see what's really going on, rather than guessing based on what a few strangers on the internet suggest.

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