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Muscle Cramps During Exercise!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I have noticed a major increase in the incidence of muscle cramping since I started the Paleo diet. Is this a common thing? If so, what can I do to avoid this?

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on February 25, 2013
at 11:28 PM

Yes, sea salt is definitely better! Where I live most of our "table salts" are sea salts, sorry for the confusion and not making the distinction ;)

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on February 25, 2013
at 05:44 PM

table salt and sea salt have about the same amount of sodium. I would suggest using sea salt over table salt. The biggest difference is all the sodium people consume in processed crap. Iodine deficiency could also be the culprit, so get some iodine too!

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on February 25, 2013
at 03:11 AM

Hyperkalemia definitely causes muscle cramps. But it's fairly rare. Low levels of calcium coupled with high levels of potassium could be the culprit. I'd check with your doctor and get a blood panel

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on February 25, 2013
at 02:26 AM

I do a lot of juicing of fruit and vegetables. I have at least two either juice concoctions or NutriBullet smoothies daily. The most glaring carb source that I've eliminated is my former daily intake of white sweet potatoes.

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on February 25, 2013
at 02:22 AM

I eat approximately 4-6 bananas daily...sometimes more and I also drink lots of coconut water

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on February 25, 2013
at 02:11 AM

what's your carb intake like

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on February 25, 2013
at 01:41 AM

bananas and water OR coconut water and you should be good.

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Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

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on February 25, 2013
at 10:18 AM

A very common problem for those who have turned from a "normal" diet into a low-carb diet is hyponatraemia, that means low levels of sodium (table salt), this can give muscle cramps especially when exercising since your electrolytes are off. Try drinking some water with a pinch of table salt in it before and during exercises and see if it helps.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 25, 2013
at 05:44 PM

table salt and sea salt have about the same amount of sodium. I would suggest using sea salt over table salt. The biggest difference is all the sodium people consume in processed crap. Iodine deficiency could also be the culprit, so get some iodine too!

Daee038b2da136bc8e817e3889c746c5

(139)

on February 25, 2013
at 11:28 PM

Yes, sea salt is definitely better! Where I live most of our "table salts" are sea salts, sorry for the confusion and not making the distinction ;)

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on February 25, 2013
at 02:59 AM

I've also struggled with muscle cramping since adopting the paleo diet. I've upped my magnesium intake to about 600/mg a night. I think the magnesium paired with adequate water intake through the day has helped.

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Cfec3fb17e6d06f984ffedc2aae54920

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on February 25, 2013
at 01:27 AM

You may be lacking potassium and make sure to drink a lot of water

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on February 25, 2013
at 03:11 AM

Hyperkalemia definitely causes muscle cramps. But it's fairly rare. Low levels of calcium coupled with high levels of potassium could be the culprit. I'd check with your doctor and get a blood panel

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on February 25, 2013
at 01:41 AM

bananas and water OR coconut water and you should be good.

Cabfd049a7d21f8046f2fe68e1b4393b

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on February 25, 2013
at 02:22 AM

I eat approximately 4-6 bananas daily...sometimes more and I also drink lots of coconut water

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on February 25, 2013
at 03:05 AM

agree with the magnesium, take mag citrate

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