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.
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The top 7 vitamins and supplements shown to
help Muscle Aches and Cramps:
The Prescription for Natural
Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Prescription #1 Magnesium - LifeSource
Take 400 mg daily.
Magnesium is a muscle relaxer, and a deficiency contributes to cramping,
aching, and tightness.
Prescription # 2 Calcium / Magnesium – LifeSource
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Take 600 mg twice
daily. Calcium is required for muscle and nerve relaxation. It works in
tandem with magnesium to relax muscles.
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.
Prescription #4 Aspirin – All Natural - LifeSource
Take as directed on
bottle. This remedy is has shown help in this area.
Prescription #5 Multivitamin – High Potency – LifeSource Products - See All of our Multivitamin Products.
Take a high-potency
multivitamin and mineral formula daily, as it will contain a strong base of
the nutrients that protect against muscle cramping.
Prescription #6 Phyto Greens -
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Take an organic
super green food, such as chlorella or spirulina, or a mixture of "super
green foods" each day. Take as directed on the container. It contains a
variety of minerals for muscle relaxation.
Prescription #7 MSM – Methylsulfonylmethane – 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.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid products that lead to the loss of minerals, such as soda pop, candy, and refined breads and pastas.
- B vitamins can become depleted, due to the effect of stress, thus causing muscle cramps and aches. Take a 50 mg complex twice daily.
- Protease enzymes reduce muscle aching and inflammation. Take 1 capsule three times daily between meals.
- Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) reduces spasms of the muscles. Take 40 mg of a 2.5 percent triterpene glycoside extract twice daily.
- Arnica (Arnica Montana) oil relieves muscle pain and tenderness. Apply the oil to painful areas twice daily.< /div>
- Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is helpful for spasms in the legs due to poor circulation. Take 300 mg twice daily.
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