One of the possible side effects of being on a low carb diet is that you can develop charlie horse leg cramps. And I am one of those people who gets them if I’m not careful to make sure I get enough electrolytes.
Charlie Horses are NOT fun!
I have been woken up from a deep sleep with this severe pain in my calf. I have to jump out of bed and walk it off, just to have it come back a couple hours later. It seems like as soon as I start to fall back to sleep, I get another one.
I tried walking it off, and massaging with lotion but nothing seemed to work. So I started doing some research as to the cause of charlie horses and a low carb diet.
I have been able to figure out what my body is missing and how to nurture it so I no longer get these extremely painful muscle cramps in my legs.
What I learned was that often when people are on a low carb diet they end up missing some important electrolytes and minerals. So in a way, a charlie horse was a wake-up call to me letting me know that something was wrong.
We lose a lot of sodium in our urine while on a low carb diet. So it is very important to make sure you are getting enough sodium in your diet. I recommend adding some sea salt to your diet. It really makes a difference.
I take a good multivitamin daily but it just doesn’t give me enough of the minerals that need so I needed to add a few.
Magnesium and Calcium are both important. But to get them with your food you would need to eat a lot of green vegetables. Even though I eat a lot of greens, I find I still need to add a magnesium tablet as well as calcium. I take these with water at bedtime.
I was researching online and learned from Dr. Eric Berg that it is important to take these together because calcium by itself can actually make the cramps worse. Fortunately, I’ve been taking mine together but I’m glad I know that I don’t ever want to stop doing that. I certainly don’t want to get any more charlie horses.
I also added a potassium supplement because it helps my body absorb the calcium. But also I learned that potassium plays a huge role in helping muscles to relax. And since I have a job where I’m on my feet all day long, I thought it would be good to add it to my other vitamins.
I also drink a glass of warm lemon water mixed with a bit of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and cranberry juice. This helps make my body a bit more acidic. And this helps me to absorb the minerals easier.
As a result of taking these minerals, I am sleeping through the night just like a baby. And sleep is very important when it comes to weight loss and health. I am now charlie horse free and hope to stay that way.