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  • Help with cramps in my feet!!

    Hello...

    I am getting cramps in my feet quite often and not sure why. I drink 2-3 liters of water/day. I take magnesium (Natural Calm) at night and occasionally drink my own electrolyte drink (water, lemon juice, and celtic sea salt).

    What am I missing? Potassium?

  • #2
    I've been getting them too, usually at night. So I started taking potassium and 15 minutes a day I scoot my butt up to the wall with my legs extended up in the air and just be calm or read and that seems to be helping. Looking forward to reading other suggestions.
    And I drink a lot of water, so if they say dehydration, that isn't it.

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    • #3
      Are you getting them at night? Do you have seasonal allergies? I find I get cramping any time I'm not breathing deeply enough. If it's caused by inflamation of your nasal passages causing you to not get enough oxygen a benydryl might help.


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      • #4
        I get them at different times and sometimes triggered by pointing my toes. I can no longer do calf raises without getting them. I don't really have allergies... don't think that is it. I practice deep breathing fairly regularly. Hmmm...

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        • #5
          What kind of activities are you doing during the day? Anything out of the ordinary? Did the cramps just start or have they been on going?
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          • #6
            I've been primal for 4 months and they started about a month ago. I have been doing sprints once a week for a couple of months. I am lifting heavier, but only once a week. Other than that I walk my dog for an hour/day... been doing that for years.

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            • #7
              Avocado is high in potassium if you're concerned about getting some into your diet. I'd try massaging your feet after each workout and see how that does. Do it with coconut oil then put on some socks- bonus mini spa treatment- lovely for men and women alike!
              Enjoy & be well!

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              • #8
                Hi Diane @ Balanced Bites! I am a huge fan of your blog. Not to get off topic, but I just finished my degree in Nutrition Science and have been inspired by you to start my own primal practice in the future! Nice to see you here!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by healthy11 View Post
                  I've been primal for 4 months and they started about a month ago. I have been doing sprints once a week for a couple of months. I am lifting heavier, but only once a week. Other than that I walk my dog for an hour/day... been doing that for years.
                  What are you wearing on your feet for sprints and lifting heavy? You could be stressing the plantar fascia
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                  • #10
                    Postassium. Also, do gripping exercises with your toes when watching tv, etc. That helped my toe cramps.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks! I took some potassium last night and it seemed to help. I used to take it regularly for RLS, but stopped because the magnesium seemed to cure that. Possibly the elimination of potassium is the problem. But... I take Spironolactone for acne and you aren't supposed to have a lot of potassium with it. Hmmm...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kitoi View Post
                        What are you wearing on your feet for sprints and lifting heavy? You could be stressing the plantar fascia
                        I am wearing good running shoes... Asics. I was fitted for them. Could be the problem, though.

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                        • #13
                          Very likely potassium. The Drs Eades caution people to increase potassium supplement intake, at least at first. I take two 99mg capsules of potassium every night, and no cramps.
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                          • #14
                            Not sure this is right or not, but in my hockey "community" if we got cramps it was thought because a lack of salt.

                            Athletes often can get cramps from sweating so much and salt tablets were recommended.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by healthy11 View Post
                              Hi Diane @ Balanced Bites! I am a huge fan of your blog. Not to get off topic, but I just finished my degree in Nutrition Science and have been inspired by you to start my own primal practice in the future! Nice to see you here!
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                              Enjoy & be well!

                              Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, HLC
                              Certified Nutrition Consultant & Holistic Nutritionist specializing in Paleo nutrition
                              http://www.balancedbites.com

                              Author of the book "Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle" available on Amazon.com

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