Aquarisun, you can look this up if you Google it, but your leg cramps can also be the result of low magnesium levels. Magnesium is the mineral that allows your muscles to relax which is why you don't want to mix it with Calcium (which allows your muscles to contract.).
If you supplement with Calcium, please make sure you take enough Vitamin D3 and especially Vitamin K2! D3 helps Calcium absorb and K2 tells the Calcium to go into your bones, teeth and to stay out of your arteries. No K2 with your Calcium can mean you are hardening your arteries with Calcium deposits.
If you supplement w/Calcium, leg cramps could also indicate that you are out of balance with too much Calcium and not enough Magnesium. About 85% of women are deficient in Magnesium. In the immediate, you can help yourself by drinking Gatorade. (I drink the sugar free version and usually cut it with water by 50%. Unless its a hot day and I'm doing a very hard workout.) If you're working up a sweat, that would in part explain the deficiency. But you also lose magnesium through stress, rather like a B vitamin.
Supplementing is a good idea. I've done it for years. I buy the Spring Valley brand of Magnesium w/Chelated Zinc (also good for your immune system) at Wal Mart. The way to figure how much Magnesium per day you need is to multiply your weight times a "stress" number from 1.5 to 3.5 depending on how much stress you're experiencing. That will give you the milligrams per day that you need.
Another way to supplement Magnesium without taking pills is to take an Epsom Salt soak every couple of days. Just a cup of plain or scented Epsom Salts in a very warm bath and soak for 20-30 minutes.
Hope this helps!
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