Middle of the night leg cramps

Occasionally I get a charley horse in one of my legs in the middle of the night while sleeping. One time I got one in each calf. Wow, ouch!

Over the past few nights I have woken up in the middle of the night twice with a charley horse in my left leg.

According to WebMD, a charley horse is a cramp, particularly in the calf muscles, caused by muscle spasms, involuntary contractions of one or more muscles.

For me the cramps and muscles spasms are terribly painful. I used to try to massage them out.

Years ago I learned a tip that if you can stand on your feet the cramps will go away immediately. It’s true. But to get out of bed and stand up takes a lot of might and strength. But once I step my feet to the floor the cramps and spasms completely disappear.

I’ve heard a variety of reasons why I could get them. Such as dehydration or potassium deficiency. Many more possible causes are listed in the WebMD article.

According the MedLine Plus, when a muscle goes into spasm it feels very tight. It is sometimes described as a knot. The pain can be … Continue reading

The many benefits of coconut water

At some point recently I saw coconut water at Trader Joe’s and decided to buy some. I knew it was all the rage, but I wasn’t sure why.

The other day at the yoga studio they had juice box like container of coconut water for free. I took one.

Yesterday I had a raging headache at work. I figured it was because I was dehydrated, stressed and I am sure my heavy (but delicious) lunch didn’t help. I decided to skip a workout and come home to lounge. When I got home I thought I would have a little bit of coconut milk.

I finally decided to read the information on the container.

Coconut water has so many benefits. It naturally rehydrates the body with electrolytes.

According to Livestrong.com, Electrolytes come in different forms, including chlorine, potassium, phosphate, magnesium, calcium and sodium. You must keep electrolytes balanced within your body to allow it to maintain proper water amounts in your body, balance blood acidity, allow for proper muscle action, and to allow other important processes to occur.

People can lose electrolytes from exercising or while drinking alcohol or caffeine. When we have a cold or the flu we … Continue reading