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Why am I getting so many Muscle Cramps?

95% of us will get a muscle cramp at some point in our lives, but that doesn’t make them any less painful. So, the question remains: “why am I getting so many muscle cramps?” Here are a few possibilities.

Because you aren’t drinking enough water.

Avoid Cramps with waterA lack of electrolytes and salts in your body can be the source of your muscle spasms. Dehydration is often the reason for this deficiency. For a number of reasons you should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. If you exercise regularly, (which, again, you should for a number of reasons) drink even more water. It’s a great habit to have H20 with you wherever you go. And that doesn’t always mean bottled water. Go green, and get a sleek beverage vessel like this one from Nalgene.

Because it’s all in your head.

Avoid CrampsNo, we’re not accusing you of hypochondria, but your brain can be the problem. Certain neurological disorders can affect the nervous system and cause muscle spasms. Also, the aftermath of tragic happenings like a stroke can disrupt brain communication, causing your muscles to involuntarily contract.

Because you’re old.

It’s a harsh reality, but as we age our muscles atrophy. That’s just a fact. Once you hit your mid-40s, your muscles simply cannot perform as they once could. You lose quickness and strength and are much more susceptible to muscle cramps. The best thing to do is exercise regularly and, despite limitations, keep your body in as good of shape as possible.

Because you’re out of shape.

If you don’t get enough exercise, when you do have to exert yourself, your muscles are more likely to fatigue. This can alter spinal neural reflex activity which can, in turn, cause muscle spasms. Beyond a good workout, stretching regularly lengthens muscle fibers allowing those muscles to contract and expand more vigorously, helping to prevent spasms.

Because there is something REALLY wrong.

If you have regular muscle cramps, you should definitely check with a doctor. In the worst of scenarios, muscle cramps may be a symptom of much more severe conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), thyroid disease, and cirrhosis of the liver.

As with a lot of physical ailments, when it comes to persistent muscle cramps, simply getting fit and eating well can make a world of difference.

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