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    I have been having severe cramping in my lower legs and feet in the evening and all night. I'm waking up at least 6 times a night with random cramps and I harbor .jumpsuits bed to get rid of them. I've started taking electrolytes. I feel like I get enough water. Anybody else have this problem?

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    Which electrolytes are you taking? Magnesium and potassium are the two most likely suspects for me. Try Epsom salt baths and magnesium glycinate, and salt your food! Orange juice is a good for potassium and magnesium as well.
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    • #3
      Thanks. I take Magnesium but I think it's citrate. Didn't know about OJ. I'll try those ideas.

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      • #4
        I had Endurolytes from when my kids played tennis in the heat.

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        • #5
          Low magnesium is what it was for me. Take a 100mg magnesium supp before bed, problem solved. Might want to add a little more salt to your diet also.

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          • #6
            Magnesium here, too!
            Crohn's, doing SCD

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            • #7
              That electrolyte for your kids may not be enough for an adult. I would also recommend the magnesium glycinate, at least 400mg a day. Maybe 200mg in the afternoon and 200 mg at bedtime. And avocados actually have a higher amount of potassium (975 mg per avocado) than an 8 oz. glass of orange juice (496 mg).
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              • #8
                Thanks everyone! I never thought to take Magnesium before bed and I would love the excuse to eat more avocados. Thanks for the great tips!

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                • #9
                  When I first experience debilitating cramps it was vitamin B, which was corrected by taking additional B-complex for ~ 2 weeks. Second time it was magnesium.
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                  • #10
                    You don't need an excuse to eat avocados. They are a staple food!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AuroraB View Post
                      And avocados actually have a higher amount of potassium (975 mg per avocado) than an 8 oz. glass of orange juice (496 mg).
                      And twice the calories. 16 oz. OJ would have just as much if you scaled it up to avocado calories.
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                      • #12
                        But most orange juice is fake and artificially sweetened after being held in vats for up to six months. And, of course, it's sugar.
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                        • #13
                          You can juice it at home. Of course it's sugar. And it's vitamin c and potassium, magnesium, tiny bit 'o protein, trace fat. Not all sugar is bad, Taubes Jr. Avocado can be tasty, but it's a PUFA and fiber bomb. Last time I ate a whole one my stomach was unhappy.
                          Last edited by j3nn; 08-16-2013, 12:53 AM.
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                          • #14
                            I have heard people swear by vitamin E to prevent cramping, but magnesium + potassium supplements work for me.

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                            • #15
                              For me, twitching means I need more potassium, cramping (Charlie horses) means I need more calcium.

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