Stop the cramping and twitching with this mineral secret
Q: I am a 51-year-old healthy male. I eat very well (almost entirely Paleo), exercise regularly, and work out. I've noticed I get muscle twitches in my calves almost every morning, and cramping through the night sometimes. Any suggestions as to why this is happening?
G.R.: When you’re experiencing muscle twitching and cramps – especially in the legs – a magnesium test is a good place to start.
Magnesium is critical to muscle function, and we’ve known forever that when you’re low on this vital mineral (and many Americans are) you can experience all sorts of twitching, cramping, and other muscle problems.
The Paleo diet is a great way to avoid magnesium deficiencies. But it’s no guarantee.
In Paleo, you can easily substitute high-magnesium foods like dark, leafy greens for other vegetables… or magnesium-rich fish for different types of meats, and so on. People do that all the time based on their taste preferences.
That’s why, when you decide to stick to a Paleo diet, it’s important to make sure you still have a well-rounded menu with lots of variety.
There are also lots of other ways you can develop a magnesium deficiency, even if you otherwise feel healthy. Certain blood pressure meds and asthma drugs, for example, can deplete the magnesium in your body – and some people have trouble absorbing the mineral properly as they age.
Magnesium supplements are safe, affordable and widely available – and they’re worth trying for folks experiencing muscle problems.
With twitching and cramping, doctors may check your levels of potassium and calcium as well, as shortages of these key minerals can also trigger muscle issues.
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