Muscle Aches and Cramps
You might experience back soreness after a long day playing with the kids, have aching shoulders after overdoing it in the swimming pool, or feel calf pains during the night. Occasional muscle aches and cramps often just accompany the rigors of life. They are rarely a cause to worry.
Muscle aches can affect an active child, as well as a sedentary child who sits in front of the television playing video games and watching programs. The pain often occurs when muscles are overused and pulled or strained, particularly after a vigorous workout that didn't follow a warm-up or stretching session. The pain can range from mild to severe and usually dissipates after a few restful days. Lingering or recurrent pain, especially when accompanied by a fever, decreased muscular strength, or joint swelling, could suggest a severe strain, possibly injury.
The feeling of a muscle turning into a knot indicates a muscle cramp. Muscle cramps could afflict any child, regardless of fitness or diet. Heat cramps, which are common to the calves, the thighs, and the abdomen, can strike a person who exercises in hot weather or a hot gymnasium and who needs water. Night cramps often knot up the muscles of the calves, the feet, and the thighs, causing sharp pains and tightened muscles, which commonly awaken people from a sound sleep.
Nutritional deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and the B vitamins are often the root cause of muscle aches and cramps. Lack of sleep can also contribute to this problem.
Eat foods that are high in calcium: kelp, cheese, collards, kale, turnip greens, almonds, yogurt, milk, broccoli, and calcium-enriched rice and soymilk.
Also eat foods that are high in magnesium: whole grains, nuts, legumes, soy, and green leafy vegetables.
Foods that are high in potassium are beneficial as well: fruits and vegetables, specially apples, bananas, carrots, oranges, potatoes, tomatoes, cantaloupes, peaches, plums, strawberries, meat, and fish.
Electrolyte drinks can help you quickly restore lost minerals. We recommend these drinks only on a short-term basis, though. Many contain artificial colorings and large amounts of sugar, although more healthful alternatives are available.
Drinking water on hot days or after physical activity is important.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid products that lead to the loss of minerals, such as soda pop, candy, and refined breads and pastas.
Muscle Aches and Cramps
Prescription for Natural Cures by: James F. Balch, M.D. & Mark Stengler, N.D.
|Super Prescription #1 Magnesium - LifeSource Product|
Take 400 mg daily. Magnesium is a muscle relaxer, and a deficiency contributes to cramping, aching, and tightness.
|Super Prescription # 2 Calcium - LifeSource Product|
Take 600 mg twice daily. Calcium is required for muscle and nerve relaxation. It works in tandem with magnesium to relax muscles.
|Super Prescription #3 Potassium - LifeSource Product|
Take up to 300 mg daily. A potassium deficiency can lead to muscle cramping. Note: If you are on blood pressure medication, use under the guidance of our doctor.
|Super Prescription #4 All Natural Aspirin - LifeSource Product|
Take as directed on bottle. This remedy is has shown help in this area.
|Super Prescription #5 High-potency multivitamin - LifeSource Product|
Take a high-potency multivitamin and mineral formula daily, as it will contain a strong base of the nutrients that protect against muscle cramping.
|Super Prescription #6 Super green food supplement - LifeSource Product|
Take an organic super green food, such as chlorella or spirulina, or a mixture of "supergreen foods" each day. Take as directed on the container. It contains a variety of minerals for muscle relaxation.
|Super Prescription #7 Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) - LifeSource Product|
Take 500 mg three times daily. This nutrient has natural antispasmodic properties. It is especially good for muscle cramps and aches related to an injury. Reduce the dosage if diarrhea occurs.