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Electrolyte Replacement May Prevent Cramps

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Q. I cramp easily even when I have not done anything strenuous, but more so after playing tennis. Drinking Gatorade before and after tennis helps some. What am I lacking?

A. If Gatorade helps somewhat, you may be low in some electrolytes. We have heard from another tennis player that drinking Pedialyte after a match can help prevent cramps. This liquid formulation is designed to help replenish lost fluids and minerals for babies who may become dehydrated from diarrhea or vomiting.

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Potassium, or lack there of could well be your problem. Try eating a banana a day and you might be pleasantly surprised!

I can get painful leg cramps that wake me up at night. The best treatment I have found is to drink vinegar. I put about 1 tablespoon in 6-8 ounces of water with about 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar to help it go down. The cramps are gone in about 5 min. I carry a small bottle of vinegar with me now just in case.

A friend told me of a cure the same as hyperventilation, breath into a paper bag. I'm not sure about this one, I have not tried it.

I was having problems with cramps that sometimes went from my toes to my hips. The doctor suggested potassium. To make a long story short, I did some checking on the web on foods. I discovered that If I ate a med. baked potato with Morton Lite Salt (potassium added) and 1/2 c. of no-fat plain yogurt (much cheaper that the mixed stuff). This gave me approximately 1000 mg of potassium. It worked! As long as I now dine on my loaded potato once a week, I do wonderfully.

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