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How do I Prevent Cramps?

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  • Last Modified Date: 04 November 2016
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To prevent cramps, you can take different measures, such as refraining from swimming or other activity immediately after eating, and doing warm-up exercises before any strenuous physical work-out or activity. Slow breathing techniques may help prevent cramps as well. Staying hydrating is another way to avoid or prevent cramps of any kind.

There are different types of cramps that can affect a person for various reasons. If you suffer from menstrual cramps every month, there are ways you can control or prevent them from occurring. Some experts believe diet is the key. Be sure you are not suffering from a potassium deficiency. Potassium deficiencies may cause cramping and other issues, such as heart irregularities.

To prevent cramps related to your monthly menstrual cycle, modify or enrich your current diet. Eat more potassium-rich foods, such as bananas and leafy green vegetables. Pecans have been noted for eliminating or preventing cramps as well. Stress and anxiety can often play a factor in menstrual cramps. Relaxation techniques may greatly minimize your cramps and make you feel better.

If you suffer from leg cramps or spasms, or cramps of the feet, diet may also be a contributing factor. Ensure you have no nutritional deficiencies, take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. Drink several glasses of water daily. Dehydration can often lead to cramped muscles and spasms, which could be a reason for your cramps.

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A good way to prevent cramps of virtually any kind is through regular exercise. By moving around and using your joints and muscles, you are less likely to experience cramps in your legs and feet, and even menstrual cramps. Exercise can also help prevent night cramps, which affect many people.

Before undergoing a rigorous exercise program, it is best to have a physical examination and approval of your physician. Start off slowly in your exercise program. Walking is a good way to begin and has many benefits. Your circulation will improve through regular walking, and cramps should diminish.

If you are an athletic person who enjoys regular running, you may want to know how to prevent cramps after a run. Never run without warming up. This is crucial in preventing cramps or leg strain, sprains, and pulled muscles. Do some gentle stretches before exercising. After exercise, replenish your body with fluids and electrolytes.

If you have been suffering from cramps and are unsure of the reason, it's a good idea to speak with your doctor. He can give you a complete physical examination and rule out any known medical causes. In certain cases, prescription medications, such as muscle relaxants, may help severe cramping. Only your doctor can know if these would work best for you. Tonic water may help as well, but should be used under a doctor's supervision.

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