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    Does anyone have any advice for muscle cramps?

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    Hi Groksters,

    I find that when I am on a really good fat burning and there is not much glycogen in my muscles, I tend to get various cramps such as leg cramps at night, a back cramp or even an ab cramp. Does anyone have a supplement or remedy that is effective? I have tried calcium/magnesium supplements, potassium supplements and they really don't do much.

    Any advice anyone has would be very appreciated

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    Timothy Noakes writes shortly (in book: Waterlogged) about hyponatremia (low natrium levels), when cramps occur at rest and in several muscles. Also Search: Daniell & Nocturnal Cramps..he has studied this area.

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    Thank you so much!

    I was kinda going nuts with this cramping!

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    Calcium deficiency may be to blame but so may an imbalance in potassium and sodium. When I was into running in ketosis I used to stick a spoon of sea salt in some warm water and glug it down with some black-strap molasses just before running and it sorted me out. Your body dumps sodium when you're in ketosis so you have to replace it.
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    I was waking up to calf cramps in the middle of the night 3+ times per week. I've found since adding sea salt to my diet the issue is gone.

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    Magnesium citrate or glyconate (if you can find it) help with muscle cramps. Also with restless leg syndrome, general relaxation and deeper sleep.

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    With IW on that one, my N=1 trial on magnesium citrate has produced an interesting side effect of decreasing my nocturnal urine output meaning I don't have to get up to pee every night.
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    I just take 1/4 tsp of baking soda after a heavy workout. Works pretty well! I also have a glop of molasses every day and sprinkle potassium salt on my food, and get plenty of salt from kraut and bacon. And, yes, mag citrate almost every day.


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    A proper warm-up and cool down may help keep cramps at bay. So make sure to carve out time to get those muscles movin’ before working out and relaxed once done.

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