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10 Foods that Surely Prevent Muscle Cramps and Spasms


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If you think you are spared from muscle cramps due to strenuous exercises, then think again. You can get muscle cramps even while sleeping.

Fortunately, you do not have to live with constant fear of getting muscle cramps. Consumption of right nutrients can prevent and reduce the muscle cramps. You should consume foods that prevent muscle cramps. Here is the list of those foods rich in nutrients.

10 Foods that prevent muscle cramps

Eat the following foods to prevent muscle cramps. These foods also work to prevent cramps even during menstruation.

1. Watermelon

Watermelon has good amount of potassium that keeps you hydrated. It is a superb source of antioxidants that fights oxidative stress and inflammation. Consume bowl of watermelon 45 minutes before your workout.

 

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2. Bananas

Banana is great pre-workout snack to enhance your energy and prevent muscle cramps. It contains calcium, potassium and magnesium, which helps prevent cramps.

3. Water

When you do not drink enough water while intense workout, you can end up with muscle cramps. Definitely, you need proper hydration especially during your workouts to avoid muscle cramps. Hence, drink at least 1.5-2 litres of water every day. Of course, the quantity of water you should drink depends on how active you are.

Feel free to have flavoured water, as it contains electrolytes. Alternatively, you can drink oranges, watermelon or strawberries juices.

4. Fortified Orange Juice

Oranges are high in sugar and calories, but you don’t have to avoid it totally. In fact, drinking glass of fresh orange juice occasionally prevents cramps, as it contains calcium and magnesium.

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5. Avocado

Avocado is one of the foods you should eat on daily basis. Avocado has several health benefits. Most significantly Avocado is rich in potassium. As a result, Avocado is perfect for preventing muscle cramps.

Add avocado to your smoothies, salads or eat it by itself. Eat it in moderate amount as one large avocado contains near as 400 calories.

6. Pickle Juice

Research studies show that pickle juice inhibits electrically induced muscle cramps. Duration of muscle cramps was reduced by 49 seconds when individuals drank pickle juice instead of water. Researchers are not convinced that pickle juice help more than ordinary water. However, some people believe that sodium in pickle juice works. Meanwhile, others think the vinegar (acetic acid) present in pickle juice helps.

7. Sweet Potatoes

A medium size sweet potato gives 12% of the potassium you need in a day. There are various ways to cook sweet potatoes, but to lower your calorie intake roasting and boiling is the great way.

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8. Beans

Beans have potassium and magnesium content. You cannot eat beans as the right food before your workout. Yet, you can add it to your diet for any meal during the day or night. You can still enjoy the health benefits of consuming beans.

9. Spinach

Spinach is one of the best sources of magnesium and calcium. Other dark leafy greens, such as kale and broccoli may also be advantageous foods for preventing muscle cramps.

10. Celery

Celery contains considerate amounts of sodium that is essential for normal flow of fluids. Celery rich in sodium also prevents muscle contraction and makes you feeling full.

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