Posted by: Ellené | 2008/07/03


When exercising, one sometimes gets cramp. Someone said just mix ordinary table salt into water and drink - this helps cramp and replenishes the salt lost. Is this true? I was under the impression that it is a different kind of salt.
Please advise. Thank you.

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Dear Ellene
The 2 most important so-called 'electrolytes' that can influence cramp are sodium (found in table salt) and potassium. In addition some individuals may benefit from taking magnesium and calcium. There is, however, a school of thought that says that cramps are not caused by electrolyte imbalances, but insufficient warming up before exercise. If you suffer from cramps during exercise, make sure that you warm up properly before you do your intensive exercises and also try drinking an energy drink which contains carbohydrates and some sodium and potassium (Powerade, Energade, EnerG, etc) during your exercise.
Best regards

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