Cramps: The potassium connection
Some time ago I wrote to you about muscle spams and cramps, however I thought I’d touch on it again.
While many people are aware that potassium rich foods are good for avoiding cramps, they still manage to get nocturnal cramps. It’s that feeling you get when you wake up in the middle of the night with painful cramps that contort your calf or foot.
Bananas and muscle cramps
Some people believe that eating a banana right away will rectify the problem. It is interesting to discover what science has revealed about this.
Human beings need around 3500 mg of potassium daily, and a banana provides around 300 mg of potassium. So eating a single banana at the time of the cramping is simply not going to do the job.
Bananas are a good source of potassium as they do not require cooking, and therefore, no potassium is lost. They taste great and make a nice addition to cereals. Some people even like to eat banana and peanut butter sandwiches.
Other sources of potassium
Combine bananas with other potassium rich foods and you will have a great start to the day.
Yogurt and milk are both rich in potassium. This will help you to get the right balance of sodium and potassium in your body. People who do not have the right balance of sodium and potassium in their bodies are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure. Furthermore, this imbalance will disrupt nerve function, and this is when the cramps start.
Because humans need 3500 mg of potassium each day, some people opt to take a potassium supplement
As it is possible to overdose on potassium, the FDA has enforced that each over the counter potassium tablet contains no more than 99 mg of potassium. Alternatively, you can take ionic liquid potassium, which is easier to absorb than the tablet variety and is administered in minute quantities.
Potassium has many benefits and some of them include:
- improved athletic performance
- improved heart health
- superior nerve function
- healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- strong skin tissue and
- normal blood pressure levels
Other benefits of this great mineral include negating stiffness of joints, healing of bruises and cuts and pain relief.
More importantly, potassium is an electrolyte that helps the body to maintain the right balance of water, and it aids the process of eliminating waste from the body.
If you suffer from muscle cramps, it is is a great idea to give Mineralife Liquid Ionic Potassium a try. Because the minerals are water soluble and angstrom sized, they allow maximum utilization and absorption within the body. One bottle lasts 2-3 months.