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Cramps

Cramps Questions

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by 11254 · about 9 hours ago

So, many of us get weird cramps and we are trying to figure out why. I have been under a lot of stress lately, so I tend to eat less. I noticed one day that my feet felt okay in the evening. I did have some carbs that day, but early, like 10 am,... (more)

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Nance 0 · April 02, 2013 at 2:12 PM

My solution for cramps is bananas. I don't have them every day, but if my muscles start getting jittery I buy a bunch and the muscles get happy. The bananas also seem to help when I need to be active in our Nevada heat.

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by 70 · about 9 hours ago

I've been Paleo/primal for over 6 weeks now, off 2 blood pressure meds and all crohn's meds. Started most of the supplementation recommended in Perfect Health Diet but I've needed potassium before for leg cramps. Now I'm taking potassium once... (more)

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Joanna_8 0 · March 03, 2013 at 9:32 AM

If I don???t take more than the RDA of magnesium I get muscle-cramps. When I started the paleo diet I found I had to double my dose of magnesium to prevent these symptoms. As well as causing muscle relaxation magnesium also places itself and... (more)

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by 0 · about 9 hours ago

I've always drank cheap $15 per 3 lb bag of Colombian coffee and noticed I always had the sudden urge to use the restroom even upon smelling it. Well I recently made a switch to more gourmet types of coffee and noticed specifically that no matter... (more)

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dmi 0 · October 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Coffee (caffeine) stimulates cortisol, and cortisol stimulates the urge to use the restroom. Mycotoxins are probably not the reason: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7451391 (more)

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by 80 · about 9 hours ago

I grew up eating tons of spicy food, and have continued to do so. However, since I dropped wheat and other refined foods, eating spicy things has caused problems. Specifically, I get intestinal cramps whenever the stuff is on the way out (12-16... (more)

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Firestorm 0 · August 31, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I've had similar problems, but handled it differently. First, I let my gut completely heal (which took about 2 years), then, I adjusted to the fact that things like hot peppers are, essentially, poison -- they produce a reaction in the body that... (more)

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by 95 · about 9 hours ago

I'll keep this as low on the TMI scale as possible. :) since cutting out dairy (now have on very rare occasion, like maybe 2 times in the past month) and soy (grrrrr soy, I hate it so much) entirely, I'm having hormonal issues. or rather,... (more)

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Nicole 0 · August 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I found that after I cut dairy, I was getting leg cramps at night - something that had never happened to me before. I switched to the Natural Calm with Calcium from the kind without, and the problem went away. It's not a lot of Calcium or... (more)

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by 789 · about 9 hours ago

I suppose this is a pretty self explanatory question? I just got off birth control (been on it for a year) in an attempt to get in better health, but now experiencing and fearing those god forsaken pains. How do you ladies manage to manage them? (more)

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Crowlover_ 0 · July 12, 2012 at 1:46 AM

cramps are most often caused by too low progesterone (and/or estrogen dominance) according to my ND and MD. Mine went away when I started pregnenolone (capsules, non prescription) to up my progesterone and also progesterone cream (mine is a... (more)

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by 1467 · about 10 hours ago

Recently all the evidence has been pointing to coffee as bad for my stomach and increasing my cold sore recurrence but I cannot (will not) give it up. One of my greatest joys in life has been bulletproof coffee for breakfast most days but I... (more)

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DanielleO812 0 · May 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Vodka. Usually plus soda and a lime :)

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by 15 · about 10 hours ago

Mostly at night but sometimes in the day I get these aufull cramps in my feet. It make my toes go in abnormal directions also the tendons on the top of my leg stick out it really hurts and I have to walk for about 10 minutes till they go away ... (more)

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Josh_M 0 · April 07, 2012 at 7:38 AM

I have been LC-VLC for over 4 years now - get cramps on occasion, when I do I just up my potassium & magnesium intake for a day or two and they go away. Only pattern I have noticed is if I have been very active in hot weather I may get a... (more)

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by 3280 · about 10 hours ago

I'm having muscle twitching, foot cramps, and occasional calf cramps. I have periods of tension headaches which I suspect are all related to hydration or electrolytes (potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium). I already take magnesium & calcium... (more)

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Stephen_5 0 · April 04, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Personally, I only get the muscle twitching when I eat too much sodium. The fact that you are having issues after working out is of limited usefulness in trying to diagnose this. The trouble is that you lose a lot of things in your sweat, not just... (more)

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by 15 · about 10 hours ago

I have severely dry/itchy skin for the past few years. Switching to paleo has helped immensely, but sometimes when I take cod liver oil I will get terrible cramps a few hours later and vomit or diarrhea everything out. What am I doing wrong? My... (more)

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Heather_15 0 · April 09, 2012 at 12:08 AM

I take half a teaspoon of Green Pasture's Fermented CLO with pastured butter oil (cinnamon tingle flavored - yum!) about 30 minutes after I wake up in the morning (so I'm fasted). When I first started out with paleo, my dosage was 1 teaspoon a day... (more)

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by 103 · about 10 hours ago

Greetings to all the ladies: I've been noticing that when I eat more sugar (desserts, sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, rapadura/sucanat; but not whole foods like sweet potatoes/fruits), my periods tend to be more uncomfortable (bloating,... (more)

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Jackie_4 0 · December 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Ever since I stopped taking the pill this past May, I noticed that my cramps are barely existent if I am eating clean, and even if I do increase my sugars, as the cravings are there, and I tend to give in a little, I try to keep it to dates. But... (more)

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by 32518 · about 10 hours ago

(Okay, so not as sexy as "Hack my Vagina", but I knew it might get more attention than "Hack my Menstrual Cramps.") ;-) I am stumped. I've had severe cramping for the first day or two of my cycle all my menstruating life, except when I was on... (more)

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julianne 0 · November 04, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Yes iodine is very important for uterus and breast tissue. If you do take it - start off low and increase it very slowly. You could also look at the possibility of histamine intolerance. http://histamino.wordpress.com/page/2/ Jamie Scott also... (more)

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by 32518 · about 10 hours ago

Thanks to Travis & his recent (fabulous) posts on Zinc and hormones, I started putting two and two together and found this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17289285 More details here in the original... (more)

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A_at_Grain_Free_Diet 0 · September 11, 2011 at 4:18 AM

No, I haven't tried it for cramps, but get this: Travis' post led me to read a bit more on zinc and I found some information saying that many migraine sufferers have low levels of magnesium (which I knew) and high levels of copper (which I didn't... (more)

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by 3946 · about 10 hours ago

I have been contemplating the question for a few months now, whether VLC is healthy for the long-term. There are many arguments to support both sides, and I am still not certain as to the answer. However, Travis' recent question regarding junk... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · August 27, 2011 at 7:25 PM

When I am low-carb in the winter, I base my diet off the diets of indigenous people of the far north, like the Inuit, Koyukon, and, Yakut. I always make sure to eat At least 10% raw meat/fish Shellfish twice a week Sea vegetables at least twice... (more)

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by 60 · about 10 hours ago

I've been doing hardcore elimination diets for a year or two, experimenting. I was never able to stick to ketosis because of the carb cravings. It took tremendous willpower and I could only do a couple of months without cheating. Recently I... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · August 09, 2011 at 1:10 PM

I do think micronutrients matter, particularly in ketosis. The iodine in the scallops can help support the thyroid, which is important since there is some evidence that low-carb can lead to low-thyroid issues (which may actually be more about... (more)

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by 1793 · about 11 hours ago

I've been mostly paleo for about 6 months now- not perfectly so- probably not consuming a perfect balance omega 3/6's, for example. Over that time I've had GI issues at least 3 times. Has anyone else had this problem? What's the cause? Here are... (more)

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Stephen_Aegis 0 · October 18, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Gluten and Fructose do this to me. A food journal and a 30 day elimination/reintroduction test is best if you want to narrow it down

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by 84 · October 29, 2014 at 4:06 AM

Hi, I have been on paleo for the last 3 years or so. It has been a great experience! I've lost 50 pounds, 3 year long case of heartburn went away, stopped taking antidepressants, etc. In the last 4 weeks i've been getting more and more... (more)

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JenJen 0 · October 16, 2013 at 4:23 AM

Gah, can't reply directly to your comment. Daz says gallbladder, that could be an issue. But bear in mind that gas can feel very uncomfortable. Gas can be easily caused by many common paleo foods such as cruciferous veg (think cabbage, broccoli,... (more)

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by 0 · October 28, 2014 at 4:10 AM

Hi all, Just started a ketogenic diet plan for the second time. About one week in now compared to a month on the prior attempt to maintain low carb lifestyle. However just like the first time I tried this, I have been having a few unfortunate... (more)

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paleot 0 · February 25, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Are you exercising / over exercising? You could try a switch from Mg citrate to chelated Mg glycinate for better bioavailability, though it seems like more of a hydration issue if your lips and eyes are excessively dry. Is your urine... (more)

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by 40 · October 28, 2014 at 3:49 AM

I find that if I fall off the diet and have a few days eating crap like cakes, bread etc i start to experience lots of muscle twitches and my calves are very easy to cramp. Even when I keep taking my mineral supplements. Do you think the grains... (more)

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by 227 · October 28, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Hi All! I'm a newbie to paleo (been paleo for almost 3 weeks). I feel much more in control, which is great (used to be obsessed with food), I've also lost my migraines and that's fantastic! I still have a lot of questions and uncertainties, and... (more)

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ScottMGS 0 · December 16, 2010 at 8:50 AM

I'd look into minerals like potassium, etc. Enter your food on a site like FitDay.com and look for deficiencies.

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by 0 · October 27, 2014 at 3:59 AM

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this. Like a lot of people before paleo I had a bunch of problems like fatigue and muscle pains. After going paleo most things have improved but I keep getting cramps and spasms in the same small... (more)

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