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1/14/09 5:10 P

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ILPACKFAN I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT SUPPLEMENTS BUT EVERY ONE THINKS IT IS POTASSIUM IS WHAT YOU ARE LACKING IN ACTUALITIES IT IS THE LACK OF MAGNESIUM AM BORDERLINE DIABETIC AND HAD TERRIBLE LEG CRAMPS FROM MY FEET UP TO THE GROIN EVERY NIGHT. MY DOCTOR SUGGESTED I TRY MAGNESIUM AND THE CRAMPS HAVE ALL BUT DISAPPEARED I TAKE 1000 MILLIGRAMS A DAY AND WHEN I FIND MYSELF SKIPPING FOR A FEW DAYS I AM RIGHT BACK TO WALKING THE FLOORS AT NIGHT ALL THE OTHER SUGGESTIONS WERE ALSO GOOD ONES BUT IF NOTHING ELSE WORKS GIVE MAGNESIUM A TRY. START AT A LOWER DOSAGE IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT BUT IT IS WORTH TRYING

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1/13/09 9:02 P

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I get cramps in my legs and feet as well. I've found Icy/Hot helps calm the muscles. Also drinking Propel helps replace nutrients. I buy the mix and drink one during or after every workout. I don't eat bananas quick enough to buy them routinely, so can't rely on that source for potassium.

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1/13/09 11:07 A

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You might try OJ also. I was feeling drained and getting cramps back in H.S. and my Mom and I tried everything until she found orange juice. Now I don't do anything w/out my morning glass of OJ. I drink about 13 ounces and can definitely tell a difference when I don't. Tropicana is really good, it's not from concentrate and they have something called Healthy Kids which is very well fortified or there is one with added D and Calcium.

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Oh, make sure you are streching, too.

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1/12/09 8:43 P

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When this happened to me it helped when I started stetching before and after exercise. I also kicked up the water intake.

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1/12/09 5:22 P

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lack of calcium, potassium, and water can cause muscle cramps. dark green leafy veggies are a great source of calcium. potatos, as well as bananas, are a great source of potassium. talking to your doctor might be a good idea as well.

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1/12/09 5:07 P

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try eating some bananas, that always helps me


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1/12/09 2:47 P

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Congrats on that great loss!

I also am getting cramps in my thighs feet and calves but I was told to have some quinine water when this starts and it would help them stop. So far I haven't needed to try it.

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1/12/09 2:41 P

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Hi! Congrats on your 8 lb. loss. That's terrific!

There are two things you may want to consider. 1) please make sure you are drinking enough water. It's important to keep your body hydrated. 2) If you're not including bananas in your diet, you may want to add them in. When I started eating them daily, it helped me tremendously. I try to buy the small ones so it has less impact on my overall caloric intake. If you don't like bananas, you may want to consider spinach as well. Otherwise, you may want to add a supplement to your daily regimen.

Good luck and let me know if any of this works for you.

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1/12/09 2:27 P

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I have been on my diet for about a week(lost 8lbs) and every muscle in my body cramps up at different times. This happens even without any other exercise. Is this normal for a diet? I have noticed by tracking my food intake that I am usually lower in potassium that my goal. Could this be the reason? Just wondering if it is something I need to watch more carefully.

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