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    I was getting leg and foot cramps at night recently, since lowering my carbs and doing more running/walking (did both at the same time so I'm not sure which is to blame, if either). I started taking a calcium+magnesium supplement (had it at home already, just hadn't been taking it yet) and haven't had a single cramp since! I take a multivitamin in the morning, and the Ca+Mg in the evening, since I don't know how much you can absorb all at once so I figured it couldn't hurt to spread them out.

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    Are you getting adequate potassium? I take two 99mg potassium citrate supplements every night to avoid the cramps. The Drs Eades recommend them when you are low-carbing.
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    You can also try some spinach, it's loaded with potassium

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    I doubt it is carb related, but potassium and magnesium are rich in several carb heavy foods, such as bananas, that reducing carb intake also reduced K/Mg intake to the point that you are cramping. Adequate sodium/potassium/magnesium balance is necessary to prevent cramping; also, you're not taking creatine, are you? Creatine loading can cause severe cramping in some people, so you might want to moderate intake if you are using it.

    Up your avocado intake, one of which has more potassium than a banana. Eat some foods rich in magnesium. Stay hydrated.

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    A guy I know who eats paleo but is an endurance athlete says that his cramps have been solved by drinking apple juice. It's not completely primal, but probably less of a cheat than Gatorade.

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    I used to get calf cramps nightly when I was running every day. I took electrolytes, potassium pills, stretched, yoga, pretty much anything I could think of. Last year, I was talking to a running store owner after doing a long run with the DCRR club, he told me about "The Stick" It's a segmented stick you use to roll over your muscles. I have one had one calf cramp since then and it was b/c I let my mom borrow the stick for a week. I have since bought another one for myself and all my friends have them too. Best tool for cramps ever.

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    I have gotten them bad too... but I take potassium pills and they seem to go away...
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    Mine have come back now despite taking my magnesium daily. =[ I could either blame it on doing more strength training and not stretching often, or not eating avocado as much as I was before (they're reasonably high in potassium and I had been eating half of one almost every day).

    Although the scientist part of me would like to figure out exactly what the cause is, the part who wakes up in the middle of the night in pain doesn't appreciate that so much. So I'm bringing the avocados back into my diet AND stretching every day. If that doesn't work, I suppose I'll get a potassium supplement.

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    Sounds like classic dehydration. I'd suggest take a short break at the 5 mile mark and get in a few good gulps of water or some water mixed with gatorade, 50/50 mix. I'm pretty sure that will fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayness View Post
    Mine have come back now despite taking my magnesium daily. =[ I could either blame it on doing more strength training and not stretching often, or not eating avocado as much as I was before (they're reasonably high in potassium and I had been eating half of one almost every day).
    Perhaps track a bit in dailyburn.com or nutritiondata.com

    Potassium needs are typically a minimum of 3500 mg per day but are closely tied to Na intake and Kcal intake. I'm often suprised by how much potassium I miss if I'm not actively working on it. Same for magnesium.



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