"Apricots Save the Day"
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Another post from March 2005 Better Homes & Gardens magazine, page 232.
"Better Homes and Gardens reader Edith V. Williamson of Lehigh Acres, Florida, wrote to tell us about her secret food for preventing cramps: apricots. She says she used to wake up at night suffering from severe leg and foot cramps, but after eating sun-dried apricots every few days, the cramps didn't come back.
"Apricots are rich in magnesium, which along with sodium, potassium, and calcium are vital electrolytes that keep your muscles working correctly and prevent cramping.
"The water she drank while snacking also gets cramp-busting credit, says Ed Ryan, director of sports medicine for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Without enough fluids, muscles can contract and seize, creating painful cramps. When properly hydrated, muscles contract only as much as needed.
"To ensure you're properly hydrated, on your next bathroom break, check to see if your urine is clear to straw-color. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you are and more likely your muscles will be to cramp. -Doug Donaldson"