Leg Cramps and Magnesium:
The Power of Trace Minerals

Leg Cramps are No Laughing MatterLeg Cramps are No Laughing Matter

GUEST POST by Linda Robison

Leg cramps are no laughing matter. It's me, Susan here, and I want to tell you why I've got Linda Robison's advice coming up.

On Feb 5th, 2024, at 1:40 am I was rudely awakened by a Charlie Horse in my right calf of epic proportions. For the life of me, I could not get it to stop. I hobbled into my bathroom, and tried to grab a hold of the sink for support.

The pain was so overwhelming, I blacked out. On my way to the floor I hit the corner of the sink, or the countertop.

Result? Upon crawling back up the calf muscle "leg go," and then I saw and tasted blood. My upper lip was torn in an "L" shape, and a couple of days later, a nasty bruise appeared on my chin - and knees.

4 am Googling for Leg Cramps

I was up the rest of the night Googling "leg cramps." It came to light that I was low on magnesium - and highly likely potassium too.

I'm gonna hand this over to Linda now, who kindly provided this important information on leg cramps, and what to do about it.

Leg Cramps: The Power of Trace Minerals

Have you ever been jolted awake by a sudden, excruciating leg cramp? It's a sensation that can send even the toughest among us reeling in pain. But fear not, because there are simple yet powerful solutions to ease the agony and keep those cramps at bay.

As a former anti-aging health advisor with the Life Extension Foundation, I can share some insights into combating leg cramps and enhancing overall health. Here's the lowdown:

Magnesium: Nature's Miracle Mineral

Magnesium is a true hero when it comes to muscle cramps. Unfortunately, many of us are deficient in this essential mineral. Taking magnesium supplements, particularly before bed, can help prevent those painful nighttime cramps.

Potassium: The Unsung Champion

Potassium often flies under the radar, but its benefits are immense. Like magnesium, potassium supplements can help alleviate muscle cramps and contribute to better sleep quality. You don’t need much of this mineral. For most people with cramping issues, a single 99-milligram tablet taken before bed usually does the trick.

Magnesium Gel: Targeted Relief

For those seeking immediate relief, magnesium sports gel is a game-changer. Simply massage it onto your legs, and feel the tension melt away. With high absorption and less sting than magnesium oil, it's a must-have for anyone prone to muscle cramps.

Hydration: The Key to Balance

Dehydration can exacerbate cramps, so staying adequately hydrated is crucial. Trace mineral drops offer a convenient solution, replenishing electrolytes and keeping your body in balance. Just a few drops in a glass of water can make a world of difference.

Minerals and Hydration: Benefits for Healthy Skin Too

As a Certified Facial Fitness Specialist, I can’t pass over the importance of minerals and electrolytes for healthy skin too.

A deficiency of minerals, electrolytes, and dehydration can not only cause muscle cramps but can take a toll on your complexion. Dehydration and vitamin/mineral deficiencies can make your face look sallow, sunken, and saggy.

Eating a diet low in sugar and simple carbs and high in fruits and vegetables is an easy way to help maintain radiant, youthful skin

Many women will spend hundreds of dollars on skincare creams or in-office treatments. But think nothing of throwing back a couple of glasses of wine or a few caramel macchiatos daily.

Not realizing that this overindulgence can have adverse effects on your skin's hydration levels, deplete mineral stores, and accelerate aging through glycation.

Simple sugars can accelerate the aging process of the skin through a phenomenon known as glycation.

Here is how glycation works:

Consuming refined sugars and carbohydrates leads to a process where sugar molecules attach to proteins in the skin, forming harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

These AGEs can damage collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for keeping skin firm and elastic, leading to wrinkles, sagging, and overall premature aging.

So, while enjoying the occasional sweet treat or a glass of wine is fine, it's essential to be mindful of our sugar intake for the sake of our skin's health and overall well-being.

Opting for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help keep sugar consumption in check and support radiant, youthful skin. Not to mention that it may help keep muscle cramps at bay too! 😊

These simple yet powerful tips work better than any skincare product or cream. Anti-Aging Foods for Skin: Can You Slow Aging Skin with a Simple Diet?

Word of Caution: When to Seek Further Help

Persistent or severe leg cramps could signal a more serious underlying issue, such as peripheral artery disease (PAD). If home remedies don't provide relief, don't hesitate to contact your doctor for a thorough evaluation.

Back to Susan:

It's been a month now; I had many sleepless nights since February 5th, wondering if I was going to get nasty leg cramps again.

I got a bottle of the Magnesium Gel that Linda recommended and rub it gently onto my calves. Just a drop does it. Then I use a baby wipe to wipe if off my calves 20 minutes later. (It feels a little greasy, so you don't want to leave calf prints on the bottom of your sofa, or grease up the bed sheets, argh!)

Ailaka Toeless Compression Socks, front viewAilaka Toeless Compression Socks, front view

I also got a pair of Ailaka brand zippered compression socks off Amazon, along with a bottle of B12 (great for nerves) and between them and Linda's advice, I've been "fine."

Ailaka Toeless Compression Socks, side viewAilaka Toeless Compression Socks, side view

What I love about these socks is the ability to put them on easily (and take 'em off) due to the zipper.

Alika Compression Socks Zipper PullAlika Compression Socks Zipper Pull

The pull on the zipper has a little fabric pull that makes it easy to use instead of trying to hold onto the small tab of the zipper. They are very comfortable, not slack, and not too tight. Folks can't tell I'm wearing them!

I opted for "open toe" because reviews of other socks with closed toes said their toes felt tightly packed in their shoes with all the toe material bunching up.

They also have a nice "thick/wide" band at the top and stay up all the time.

For the record, I ordered two pairs (to save money!) in size Medium. I'm a little over five feet tall.

Thanks for reading about how to fix nasty leg cramps - and I hope the advice from Linda Robison at AntiAgingBeautyZone helps you out too!

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Susan Gast created this website to showcase her puzzle books and other fiction and non-fiction books she's written and produced since 2012. Read Susan's story here.

Since 1980, Susan's involvement in publishing - in one form or another - led her to create "reviews" of products related to the publishing industry. She realized it was time to explain how she created all those books and got them to market.

Since 2010, Susan has also owned and operated Easy Food Dehydrating where she is featured on the Mother Earth News blog, and on Solo Build It (SBI). Read her first SBI interview and her second SBI interview.

The sites mentioned are hosted by the amazing team at Solo Build It!

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