Muscle spasms, cramps, twitches and tics are usually a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies or imbalances. Most cramping occurs at night as minerals move between the blood, muscles and bones. A good diet and natural supplements have been very successful in fortifying and strengthening the body against nutrient shortages. Improvement is noticeable within two weeks. Acupressure is highly successful. See Acupressure page 41 in Healthy Healing 14th Edition.
What Causes Muscle Cramps?
Metabolic insufficiency of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, trace minerals, and vitamins E, D and B6; lack of sufficient HCL in the stomach. Vitamin C and silicon deficiency causes poor collagen formation, vital to muscle elasticity. Food allergies to preservatives and colorants may be involved. Note: If you take high blood pressure medicine and have continuing muscle spasms, ask your doctor to change your prescription. Some have sodium imbalance that upsets mineral salts in the body. Leg cramps are usually the result of poor circulation.
Do You Get Frequent Muscle Cramps, Pulls And Spasms?
Leg cramps are uncontrollable, very painful spasms and twitches, especially acute at night. Facial tics are embarrassing muscle twitches, etc.
Diet therapy is a key to prevention and treatment.
1. Eat vitamin C-rich foods; leafy greens, citrus fruits, especially kiwi, brown rice, sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc.
2. Eat potassium-rich foods; bananas, broccoli, sunflower seeds, beans and legumes, whole grains and dried fruits.
3. Add 2 tbsp. seaweeds daily for iodine and potassium - a difference in about a week.
4. Eat magnesium-rich foods; lettuce, bell pepper, green leafy vegetables, molasses, nuts and seafoods. Take a green superfood drink daily.
5. Muscles need healthy fluids to contract and relax. Take an electrolyte drink for good mineral salts transport.
6. Avoid refined sugars, processed and preserved foods. Food sensitivities to these substances are often the cause of twitches and spasms.