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Re: Muscle cramps in calves - are you affected? is there a way to reduce it?
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2019, 06:28:58 AM »
I used to boogie board in very cold water with swim fins and would get major seizing calf cramps if overdid it.  Potassium from any source helps.  I used to take kelp tablets - packed with potassium.

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Re: Muscle cramps in calves - are you affected? is there a way to reduce it?
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2019, 11:03:12 AM »
Cramps suck and bad ones are so immobilizing.

Sea Salt is the solution for me. 

A put a little sea salt and lemon in water and drink this as my "sports drink".  I first heard of this in the book Nourishing Traditions.

The way I make sense of hydration is our bodies are salt "water" and drinking plain water in attempt to rehydrate dilutes our salt content.  I notice when I'm really thirsty I crave salty foods.  Usually the biggest or second biggest ingredient in gatorade type drinks is salt/sodium.
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Re: Muscle cramps in calves - are you affected? is there a way to reduce it?
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2019, 07:24:44 AM »
The solution for me was hydration.  I stopped getting cramps when I started wearing a hydration pack in the water.  I am currently using the dolfinpack.  I try to drink plenty of fluids before the session (which I did before the hydration pack but was never enough).  Drinking fluids after the session I sometimes forget, but is important as well.
Clay's suggestion about salt is great.  I had the same cravings as a grom and never understood why.
My coworker is an avid runner.  He would get migraine headaches if running on hot days.  He discovered that if he drank seltzter (soda) water instead of regular water, the migraines could be avoided.
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Re: Muscle cramps in calves - are you affected? is there a way to reduce it?
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2019, 08:31:43 AM »
Cramps suck and bad ones are so immobilizing.

Sea Salt is the solution for me. 

A put a little sea salt and lemon in water and drink this as my "sports drink".  I first heard of this in the book Nourishing Traditions.

The way I make sense of hydration is our bodies are salt "water" and drinking plain water in attempt to rehydrate dilutes our salt content.  I notice when I'm really thirsty I crave salty foods.  Usually the biggest or second biggest ingredient in gatorade type drinks is salt/sodium.

I called that DennyAde because you can make it at Denny's. If I stop for breakfast before a paddle race I'd bring my camelback into the restaurant, fill it with water and ask for extra lemon and lite salt. A little regular salt, a little Lite salt (potassium chloride), a packet of sugar and some lemon. Tastes pretty much like water but has a reasonable electrolyte balance.
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