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PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
8/7/13 7:08 A

I know banana's are good for potassium but they are a high sugar fruit and I find I can't eat more than a half of one without feeling sick. I do appreciate all the suggestions and so far the stretching seems to be helping the most, I stretch out my calves and hips before bed.

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8/6/13 7:34 P

Banana's are high in potassium and can help with muscle pains. You don't have to eat a banana by it is the only fruit that I can think of that is high in potassium. Besides, they are also fairly inexpensive year round. A quick google search for potassium rich foods for alternatives.

It makes me feel better if I've had too much sodium, which has been in the higher range here lately.

PINK4YOUTOO Posts: 508
8/6/13 4:45 P

Banana daily?

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
8/5/13 5:25 P

ditto for eating some potassium rich foods

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8/5/13 1:45 P

Eat some banana's for the potassium.

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
8/5/13 6:50 A

I'd love to be able to afford massages more often, I'm lucky to manage two a year. They do feel great. Day to day though I have to do a lot of stretching to losen up.

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7/26/13 1:54 P

I have deep tissue massages often. They help with the knots, keep my flexibility, and make me feel awesome. I'm recovering from knee replacements. Really helped with healing both times. Recommended by Dr. at first. Cheaper than my physical therapy co-pays. I do think that drinking water and stretching is important.

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
7/26/13 8:00 A

The knots are getting better, I'm stretching more and drinking more water. I took a few days off of working out and maybe I needed that recovery time. Thanks for all the help.

7/20/13 1:52 P

Don't take potassium supplements without first consulting with a doctor. Your supplements are probably very low in potassium, by law - because too much can be fatal.

Muscle knots are usually - but not always - from overworked or tight muscles, or from eating too much sodium or not enough veggies. Sometimes it's a sign of a medical problem, such as kidney disease, or a side-effect from medication. If you're unsure why you're getting them, i would see a doctor.

What "vitamins" do you take?

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7/19/13 8:27 A

Massage with arnica oil to relieve tension and for quicker recovery - it's what my physio recommends...

MBKG0236 Posts: 30
7/18/13 8:13 A

I have had this problem as well with muscles in my lower back and legs. I found that taking some potassium helps - but doesn't fully solve the problem. I have been focused on strengthening my core muscles - and have to really think to engage them during exercising. With these muscles properly engaged, it has reduced the stress on the muscles in my leg and back area.

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
7/18/13 6:40 A

Not sure on the potassium, it's not listed on my multi-vitamin pack. I'll have to check into that. Thanks for the tips.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
7/17/13 10:30 A

Do you get enough potassium? That can be a factor.

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7/17/13 8:33 A

Foam rollers are wonderful things for easing muscle knots.

PATTYGRAN Posts: 411
7/17/13 8:25 A

Lately I am getting knotted muscles when I exercise, especially in my calves but elsewhere as well. When I try to stretch I get them in my back, and when I try to do ab exercises I get them in my abs. You can actually see and feel them. I have been spinnign and doing ab clas for more than a year and started yoga probably 4 months ago. I'm drinking plenty of water, take vitamins and stretch. Any other suggestions or ideas?

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