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    I get cramps - what to do

    im 20 years old and in pretty good fitness

    i often get sudden leg cramps (calves) in the morning when i wake up and kick my sheets out of the way

    and when i play basketball or go road biking, i can feel leg cramps start to set in about 40 minutes into the activity ... its a gradual cramping -- nothing sudden or spontaneous


    i guess my diet is pretty poor lately ... i always skip breakfast and snack for lunch. its kinda tough for me to fit more meals into the day. should i start loading up in bananas or take vitamins? or both? or something else?

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    I used to get cramps as well. In my case I found that due to my high water intake (two gallons per day) I was flushing almost all of the potassium out of my body, which contributed to the cramps. What I do now is usally have a banana (or 5 LOL!) during the day. When I can't get bananas, I will have a small can of V-8.

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    salt replacement remedies available from the pharmacy (for treating diahrroea) should also solve the problem

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    I get cramps when I don't drink enough water.
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    Diet is key but do you warm up before riding etc or do you jump right in? If not try warming up on the bike a little before you take off, same with basketball.
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    I get those cramps in my calves too. And I do drink loads of watter everyday. What's another good source of pottasium? I like bananas, but not enuf to eat it daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenyBen
    I get those cramps in my calves too. And I do drink loads of watter everyday. What's another good source of pottasium? I like bananas, but not enuf to eat it daily.
    Tomato is another good source of potassium. Tomato juice or V-8. Potato ( with skin) is good also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenyBen
    I get those cramps in my calves too. And I do drink loads of watter everyday. What's another good source of pottasium? I like bananas, but not enuf to eat it daily.
    I used to have issues with cramping and then I began to take a potassium tablet every night at bedtime - never a cramp since!

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    Try Midol. Works for my wife.

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    Thanks for the tips!

    I'll try it out.

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    To avoid leg cramps the best cheapest solution is to add
    1 (one) 595mg tablet of potassium to your diet each morning.
    Any drug store will have this mineral in Potassuium gluconate
    form.

    No matter what your age is your body NEEDS potassium in great
    quanites than banannas alone can provide. Potassium is needed
    for proper leg vein & nerve health so a poor diet will mean
    trouble.....everytime.

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    I drink plenty of fluids during rides, including Cytomax. For centuries/metrics, I'll take one Potassium Magnesium Asparate capsule (available from GNC) each day about 3 days before the ride and one the day of. Breakfast includes Raisin Bran - high pottasium and magnesium content with a carb bonus. Long ride nutrition - bananas/Clif Bars. The most critical item is hydration. The hotter it is the more you have to drink. And you must force yourself to drink.

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    Massage after riding.
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    I've never had cramps in my life, no matter how active or inactive I've been.
    Maybe it's genetic to some extent.
    I also drink lots of milk (2 litres/0.5 US Gal. a day, 0.5% fat), and milk has a good amount of potassium.
    Lentils, beans, pasta and potatoes also contain plenty of potassium.

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