They wake you up in the middle of the night when all you want to do it sleep. On top of that, they really hurt, not only when you have the cramp but when you start walking around after the tension.
But how do you get rid of them and what causes them?
Cramping can caused by a calcium and/or magnesium deficiency or even a deficiency of potassium and sodium.
Eating diary foods, almonds, broccoli, egg yolk, green leafy vegetables, and sardines can help to prevent cramping. Preparing a bone broth a couple of times a week can also help you.
But if you are having trouble with sleep, this can be caused by a lack of calcium. If you are unable to stay asleep then your magnesium may be out of balance.
If your gut flora does not absorb well this will affect your mineral intake. In addition, taking iron supplements can interfere with your magnesium absorption too.
If cramps happen during sport, on hot days or during hard physical labour then hydration may be an issue due to the depletion of your electrolytes.
Doing something about cramps will make your life more comfortable and less painful.
At Banksia Women’s Health Centre we have a range of practitioner only products containing high quality magnesium, calcium and potassium which your body will absorb effectively and help you be pain free.