I'm really not sure my problem is electrolyte balance (though for some reason I keep coming back it this hypothesis), and I'm kinda grasping a straws here but:
Twice recently, I went from feeling great to severe systemic muscle cramps (calves, feet, hands, scalp, neck).
One change in my food routine both times was adding greek yogurt & raw kale to my routine.
I have the impression (incorrectly so, perhaps) that Kale and certain other veggies can bind to minerals. Could that be enough to mess me up if I'm teetering on the brink of my minerals being out of whack?
I do consume plenty of dairy (for the calcium), so I supposed that too much calcium could lower magnesium levels.
Are there any other food antagonists that could be relevant for muscle cramping?
Also, for some crazy reason, I keep having the impression that I run into problems when I shake salt onto my food. Could that suggest I'm low in potassium?
At the same time, histamines is on my radar and of course yogurt (being fermented) would be high in histamines.
BTW, I did find an osteopath on the Paleo Physicians Network and saw him last week. I had this blood test performed (and am waiting for the results):
Any and all thoughts or theories (no matter how remote) would be very much appreciated !
If I could just get to the bottom of this, I'd be the happiest caveman in the modern age :-)
asked byCaveMan_Mike (3275)
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on February 18, 2013
at 12:45 AM
Hi CaveMan_Mike, I've battled with cramping, too. I can't speak to your question on Kale, but I can share what's killed my cramping problem. I've found three things to be helpful on this front: taking a daily magnesium supplement, eating quality meals, and drinking a bit more water than I think I'm thirsty for, especially in the evening hours.
Don't be afraid to salt your food to taste. This especially holds true if you're eating unprocessed foods like every cave man should. I find my cramping tries to come back when I'm eating lots of food with salt already added or if my meals are not well-rounded. The other night my dinner of just prosciutto came back to haunt me, if you know what I mean. If I'm plagued by cramps and nothing works (which almost never happens anymore) I drink a Nuun. I also drink these during my fasted workouts to prevent cramping.
Here's a link to my favorite flavor if you're interested: http://www.amazon.com/nuun-Active-Hydration-Tropical-Tablets/dp/B004WKSMA4/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1361148129&sr=8-20&keywords=nuun
on February 18, 2013
at 03:37 PM
I use these drops to remineralize purified drinking water. When I do this, I rarely have problems. However, bursts of heavy physical activity can give me excrutiating cramps in my thighs, so bad I can barely stand. Several drops in a little water gives INSTANT relief. They have a very broad spectrum of minerals, equivalent to the minerals in sea water without the sodium. I can usually find them at my health food store and one bottle lasts a long time.
I am a huge fan of raw dairy, and I have found that drinking a lot of milk seems to contribute to muscle cramps. So I need to practice moderation there. The cost of it usually forces moderation.
on February 19, 2013
at 03:42 AM
Could the calcium in milk + kale be competing for absorption with magnesium?
I had cheese last might and today, along with milk and went from feeling good to abrupt muscle contraction, tension headache, neck muscles got tight.
I will experiment with eliminating calcium for a few days, combined with the magnesium zma I bought today to see if I can feel better.
Just one of a zillion hypothesis to prove out experimentally.
Thanks for any thoughts,
Ps: Today I got some potassium caps and am starting at 3 per day to see if that helps