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Leg Cramps: How To Stop Them Naturally?

Have you ever wondered if there is a way to solve the painful and frustrating leg cramps and prevent future cramps from occurring?

Here’s a hint! When regular medical treatments fail the test, just look around. It’s easier than you’d imagine. Mother nature has the most effective drugs.

Everyone has experienced the cramping scenario at least once. Just remember the moment you felt strong leg pain in the middle of the night or during some physical activity? Leg or muscle cramp is also called a charley horse. Leg cramp occurs as a result of a spasm in the muscle and arise due to the strong muscle contraction that lasts from a few seconds to several minutes.

The most frequent cramps are so called night cramps which occur mostly right after we fall asleep or in the morning when we’re waking up. When talking about the cramps, we’re usually pointing out the thigh or feet muscle contractions. The causes of these cramps can be different. Most commonly, they occur as a result of prolonged exercise or standing on hard surfaces. Also, sleeping with the legs in unnatural positions may also influence the formation of spasm as well as wearing high heels. They can be the result of dehydration, lack of calcium, magnesium or potassium, pregnancy and cold. Rarely, they can occur after you start taking certain medications (birth control pills, diuretics, steroids, antipsychotics) or as side effects of certain diseases (blood flow, kidney or thyroid gland related problems, or even multiple sclerosis).

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to catch a cramp massage and stretch the affected muscle, it’s good to know that a hot shower or putting the ice on the muscle also has a good effect in taking the pain away.

However, the good news is that the formation of painful cramps can be prevented. How spasms usually occur as a result of physical exercise it is important to have a good stretch and to warm up your muscles before the exercise and to avoid sudden increase of the exercise intensity. Also, avoid situations where you have to stand for a long time or keep your legs in uncomfortable positions.

Watch what you eat

One of the most common causes of muscle cramps is lack of magnesium and potassium in the body. In order to balance the level of these valuable minerals, eat food rich in these important nutrients such as fresh fruit and vegetables, cereals and dairy products. Drinking plenty of water, six to eight glasses a day, is a must, as well as avoiding alcohol and caffeine, which are diuretics and can dehydrate you further.

Exercise

While spasms in the muscles may occur due to lack of movement, and several hours of sitting or lying in the same position, the most logical response to this is to make sure you’re having enough physical activity. Don’t forget to exercise regularly, walk, and when you're stuck at the office - get up every twenty minutes, stretch and continue with the job.

Warm compresses

When you cramp up, press the center of the painful muscle for 15 seconds, relax it and repeat until the pain subsides. You can always reach out for warm compresses or a hot bath which will relax all the muscles.

Apple cider vinegar with electrolytes restores restful sleep

Leg cramps usually occur at night, due to natural oscillations of mineral levels in the body and their physiological fall in the early morning. Without even knowing it, many people suffer from the lack of magnesium, calcium and potassium which is connected to as much as 40 percent of human population experiencing frequent cramps in the calves, thighs and feet. The pain usually occurs at night during sleep. Muscles are suddenly starting to cramp, the leaves become hard and extremely painful, and the pain is spreading through the foot. The pain is so strong that a person suddenly wakes up. After that, it’s impossible to return to a comfortable night sleep. The painful muscle tension and cramps are more common in spring and summer. The reason is simple: during the hot days people sweat more and therefore lose more minerals while often don’t take enough water and other fluids, and due to the imbalance of minerals and dehydration, muscles are more likely to cramp.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium for adults is around 400 mg/day for men and 310 mg/day for women. According to the results of a recent survey, less than 30% of US adults consume the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of magnesium and nearly 20% of them get only half of the magnesium they need. Taking medicines and supplements containing magnesium can help. But the problem is that many of them contain too low a dose, or, as is especially the case with pills coated with sugar, don’t take in sufficient quantity staggered throughout the day.

Our leg & muscle cramp remedy offers the right solution. Our formula is organic, GMO-free and is based on the time-proven effectiveness of apple cider vinegar with the modern addition of three essential electrolytes: calcium, magnesium and potassium. Since olden times, apple cider vinegar is famous for its various healing effects but in order to take advantage of all its benefits, it’s important to use raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized vinegar containing all the curative compounds and enzymes. The vinegar reduces pain, removes stiffness and eliminates excess fluid, which is highly important for the electrolytes to take effect. Apple cider vinegar also has the rich mineral composition which helps and increases the effectiveness of our formula.

You can use it daily as an effective preventative measure or as needed when you get nighttime leg cramps. The formula works very fast, due to the fast absorption of magnesium ions through the intestinal wall. If you decide to take it daily on a preventative basis, the formula is more like a popular drinking vinegar than ‘medicine’. The formula is based on the Pilgrim’s remedy of using apple cider vinegar (organic and unfiltered) for when the cramps occur, but we added the electrolytes to increase the effectiveness, some honey to soften the sharp taste and got a perfect out-of-nature remedy for muscle cramps!

A special feature of our product is that it contains magnesium, which the body can easily digest - in the stomach and intestines magnesium oxide is converted into ions that are easily absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall. The absorption is under the indirect control of a hormone that is mainly controlled by the magnesium level in the blood plasma and storage tissues, such as bones. In other words, the greater the lack, the greater the magnesium is absorbed. The body takes what it needs naturally.

Effective prevention

Pilgrim’s muscle remedy is best taken at night to prevent the drop in the magnesium levels in the early morning. Taken this way, it ensures the effective nighttime protection and helps prevent painful cramps in the calves and thighs, along with restoring restful sleep. Pilgrims remedy can be taken directly, or in a small glass of water.  Personally the Plimoth Baye team prefers to take it with carbonated water from a Soda machine or bottled.  This is preference only, and regular tap water is just as effective.  Adjust the water and remedy mixture to your preference; there’s no need to take a large amount of liquid before bed - this can help avoid getting up at night due to going to the bathroom.

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3 Tips to prevent leg cramps

Stop leg cramps before they stop you!
Three common causes of leg cramps are keeping your legs in the same awkward position for too long, dehydration, and mineral deficiency. Therefore, for most people, most leg cramps can be stopped before they start by addressing these three things.

Move Around Proactively

Don't wait for your legs to cramp up. If you have a desk job, take frequent short breaks that involve walking around. Go to the bathroom or break room or printer to keep your legs from cramping. Try to make sure you have adequate leg room when you sleep. If you go to a movie theater, make sure to periodically switch up your foot position. Walking regularly for exercise can improve your circulation and help protect against cramping.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated starts with drinking enough water throughout the day. If necessary, schedule a drink break every hour or two. But just drinking enough is not enough to keep you properly hydrated. You also need to avoid consuming too much alcohol and caffeine, both of which are dehydrating.

Get Enough Minerals

Getting enough minerals is one of the best ways to avoid leg cramps. The three most important minerals are potassium, calcium and magnesium. There is a lot of research linking defiency of these minerals to muscle cramps, especially in late pregnancy or for people engaging in strenuous exercise. Eating a diet rich in these minerals is a good place to start. For some people, eating right will not be sufficient. In those cases, a good supplement can make a big difference.

Warning
Certain medications can also promote leg cramps. If you are on medication, discuss the side effects with your doctor.
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Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in life. It is full of joy, hope, and celebration for the new chapter that is about to take place. Although pregnancy has its amazing moments, it is often accompanied by a host of side effects including leg cramps. Cramps typically occur during the second and third trimester and are often experienced at night.

Sleep is a very crucial time during pregnancy so it is very important to get a healthy amount of rest. Plimoth Baye Naturals is the perfect quick fix in the midst of a sudden night cramp. Our formula is fast acting and relieves even the worst night cramps.

In the moment when you need fast relief our formula is very effective, however, it is important to implement some healthy habits to start preventing pregnancy leg cramps. A good habit to get into before bed is stretching out your calves. This is both relaxing and a great way to prevent cramps from occurring.

Another great habit is light exercise or a walk before bed to help your muscles relax. Whatever exercise you enjoy be sure to wear the proper footwear that has the right amount of both comfort and support. These factors are very important when it comes to leg cramp prevention.

Drinking plenty of water is a simple way to keep leg cramps at bay. Keeping the muscles hydrated has been proven to help alleviate and prevent leg cramps. An easy way to tell if you are dehydrated is to check the color of your urine. If it is dark in color then you are dehydrated. Your goal should be a light yellow or clear color.

We hope these tips along with our formula help make pregnancy more enjoyable and stress free. It is one of the most precious moments in a Mother’s life, don’t let the pain of cramps get in the way of enjoying this time.

 

 

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Life starts where leg cramps stop.

It’s a beautiful spring day, the kind of day that makes you want to live outside forever. The sun is shining and there is a soft sound of birds chirping in the distance. Bill laughs with his grandson Scott as they ride their bikes through the winding park. This is their Sunday ritual and it is finally warm enough to play outside again.

Bill loves being with his grandson and cherishes their precious time together as he gets older. He prides himself on his ability to keep up with a ten year old and how Scott always gushes to his fifth grade class about how much fun his grandpa is.
Bill has been experiencing occasional leg cramps that have become more and more frequent as the year has progresses. All of a sudden he feels a sharp pain that is all too familiar to him and he knows he is getting a leg cramp. Scott notices that his grandpa’s laughter has stopped. He looks over his shoulder to see Bill gripping his leg on the side of the trail. He swings back and rides over to Bill with a worried look on his face.

“Come on grandpa! Why did you slow down?” Bill looks up and sighs, “I’m afraid we are going to have to call it a day little guy, your grandpa isn’t as young as he used to be with these leg cramps”.

Bill tried to cheer Scott up with a milk shake on the way home but couldn’t stop thinking about how much he hated the interruption that leg cramps had become in his life. He explained his concern to a friend and was introduced to Plimoth Baye Naturals.

The quick relief that Plimoth Baye Naturals offers is perfect for Bill’s on the go lifestyle. He loves being active and needed a quick and easy solution in the event of a leg cramp. Now Bill always takes a bottle of Plimoth Baye Naturals with him on the trail. He is free to relax and enjoy his time with Scott. Life is too precious to have to be put on pause by leg cramps.


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Post workout tips for leg cramps

Three easy to adopt tips to prevent leg cramps.  You're doing the hard part already, do the easy after part and stop muscle cramps from forming in the first place!
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Are you Dehydrated?

Dehydration could be a major factor contributing to your leg cramps. Here are some simple tips on how to diagnose your body of dehydration.
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The role of calcium and magnesium in leg cramps

Many individuals who experience leg cramps are deficient in both calcium and magnesium. You could be eating foods that are inhibiting your consumption of these essential vitamins.
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The Benefits of Yoga for leg cramps

Yoga benefits both the mind and body. Its slow and controlled movements are the perfect combination to prevent and relieve leg cramps.
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The causes of nocturnal leg cramps

Nocturnal leg cramps can affect individuals of all ages. Here are some of the sources that could be causing you to loose out on your precious sleep. 
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Why we put electrolytes in our formula

Electrolytes are an essential part of maintaining a lifestyle without leg cramps. Because the human body is mostly made up of water and electrolytes, it is crucial to get the proper minerals to replenish your system.
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