They come on suddenly and can stop you in your tracks, or awaken you in the night from a dead sleep. These sharp muscle spasms, commonly called charley horses, frequently occur in the legs or feet, but can occur in any muscle.
Common causes: a deficiency in minerals including potassium, calcium, and magnesium, as well as dehydration. Drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet including potassium-rich foods such as bananas, and taking supplements can help to prevent charley horses. Also effective are homeopathic remedies containing quinine, an anti-inflammatory, pain-killing alkaloid also found in small amounts in tonic water. For immediate relief, try stretching or rubbing the affected muscle. Soaking in a hot bath with a handful of mineral-rich Epsom salts can help to replenish minerals in the body and relax muscles.
Some helpful home remedies:
HYLAND’SLeg Cramps PM contains quinine from the bark of the Cinchona tree, known to be extremely effective for preventing leg cramps.
TRACE MINERALS RESEARCHIonic Potassium is a concentrated liquid potassium in an ionic form that absorbs quickly into cells. This formula also includes magnesium.
MEGAFOODCalcium, Magnesium & Potassium delivers a trio of important minerals forproper muscle function, all derived from whole-food sources that are easily recognized and utilized by the body.