Holistic Health Tips

The Answer to Chronic Cramping

By Tom Martin

*The following post is meant for educational purposes only and is not meant to advise, diagnose, or treat any medical condition. This information is not meant to replace any medical advice or relationship with a licensed medical professional.*

Like all ailments, chronic muscle cramps indicate a nutritional imbalance in the body. Although usually associated with a potassium deficiency, the more likely culprit is an imbalance in a very important cocktail of nutrients, often deficient in the American Diet.

This imbalance can be caused by a diet high in carbohydrates and sugar. Take a look at what you consume, especially sports drinks and gels. You will find both to be very high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The best hydration drink is one you make yourself of purified water, fresh lemon juice and a pinch of Celtic or Himalayan salt. Not only will this hydrate your body and balance your electrolytes, it will also provide some of the nutritional balance I mentioned above.

The cocktail of nutrients of which I speak is Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin K2, and Vitamin D3.

Rarely do people not get enough calcium in their diets. But the calcium cannot be properly absorbed if the other three nutrients are not present. If you choose to take calcium, I recommend taking calcium citrate. Never take calcium carbonate.

If your diet is high in carbohydrates, your body is starving for more magnesium. In fact, it takes 287 molecules of magnesium to metabolize just one single molecule of glucose. For magnesium, I highly recommend Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil (available on the internet). It comes in a spray and you simply spritz 10 to 15 shots of it on your skin and rub it in.

For Vitamin K2, I suggest taking 1,000 to 2,000 micrograms each day.

For the Vitamin D3, the best source is the sun and letting your body manufacture the vitamin (actually a hormone). But, if that is not possible, you should take 5,000 to 10,000 IUs per day with food.

By following this advice, your body will be able to properly use the calcium you consume or take, providing the full spectrum of nutrients required by your muscles.

I also recommend balancing your diet to include good quality fats such as pasture butter and/or raw, virgin coconut oil. Both contain the necessary fats for your body to function properly.

For more information on diet, balancing the foods you eat and good health, I recommend reading my book, Just Do This One Thing: A Guide To Chronic Good Health.

Please email Tom here with any suggestions for health topics you would like addressed.

Tom Martins bio

Thomas Martin

After working over 25 years in software engineering with a degree in Business, I was suddenly struck down with heart failure. I was told I would need a heart transplant. I was not told, however, what had caused the heart failure. Since I had never had any chronic illness, the medical teams had no answers. I could not imagine agreeing to have my heart cut out of my body without knowing why this all was happening to me.

I began a search for answers in the holistic community, reading studies and reports by medical doctors (MDs), Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs), Research scientists and naturopaths. I sought the help of an integrative doctor in Newport Beach, California and after being given odds of only one percent that my heart could heal, it did, in fact, heal.

Taking what I learned over a seven year period, I began writing books, posting blogs, speaking to groups and counseling people with chronic illness as to alternative health options. I have currently written 11 books on a variety of health issues.

Tom's Books:
One Percent: My Journey Overcoming Heart Disease
Just Do This One Thing: A Guide to Chronic Good Health
The Balance Diet: A Fourteen-week Healthy Weight-loss Program

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